Jonathan Barnbrook is a graphic designer who graduated from Saint Martin's school of Art and the Royal College of Art in London who is famous for his and anti-corporate and non-commercial work. Barnbrook founded his own studio in 1990 and Virus Foundry in 1997, and his main focus is using graphic design to fight the problems of society.[1] He constantly stresses the importance of not working for companies with questionable ethics or that want you to lie for them. One example of a piece he made with this stand is his //Adbusters Billboard// 2001 Barnbrook supports the idea that graphic design should not only be used to sell things in a corporate society, but should be used to promote understanding and communication throughout the world. He uses it to expose the wrongs of the world and wants to raise awareness to change these issues for the better through his art. He uses advertising to reveal anti-corporate messages and exhbitions to promote non-commercial work. This is also shown through another of his pieces in the collection entitled //Art Grandeur Nature// 2004 He strangely has an international presence while still having local impact, and his work is very much his own. He claimed he is influenced by the world around him. He says "your job is part of what you do – it’s not everything that you do. Your job should reflect what you believe as a person. There can be some conflict between the two." He also says to "think of others around you in whatever you do, unconditional love and compassion should be the basis of all decisions. This may look a little embarrassing written down, but people so easily forget the basis of what they are doing, this is why I am not a fan of organised religion, the idea of fighting a war because you don't agree with some other persons representation of the same thing (love) is ludicrous." [2]

His stance on America and especially Bush's policies are made incredibly clear simply by the work below. America is the epitome of a corporate, capitalist society of monopolies destroying the cultures of the world. From the following works, one can easily interpret he is strongly against war and globalization.
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Bibliography (Jonathan Barnbrook)

17th Biennale of Sydney. “About Jonathan Barnbrook.” Accessed April 4, 2011,
Barnbrook Design. “Interview 2006.” Accessed April 4, 2011
Barnbrook, Jonathan. “I Am a Virus.” Font Magazine 67 2007: 63-68.
Computer arts. “Jonathan Barnbrook.” Accessed April 4, 2011,
"Creative Characters: Jonathan Barnbrook." Creative Characters, 39 2010
Design Museum. “Jonathan Barnbrook.” Accessed April 4, 2011
Heller, Steven. “VISUALS; Words Into Type..” New York Times, 09 Sept. 2007, sec. p18.
Pingmag. “Jonathan Barnbrook about responsibilities in design.” Accessed April 4, 2011
Typographer. “Cult Love.” Accessed April 4, 2011
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    Design Museum. “Jonathan Barnbrook.”
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    Computer arts. “Jonathan Barnbrook.”