I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT? Anthony Burrill

July 1st, 2014  |  Published in blog, Events, Exhibition, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

June 21 – August 16


Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York and has been exhibited in galleries around the world including The Barbican, The Walker Art Centre and The Graphic Design Museum, Breda. In 2012, he made his first foray into curating with the exhibition Made in L.A. – Work by Colby Poster Printing, at KK Outlet in London.

‘Burrill is a great designer because he makes you notice and appreciate truths that would otherwise remain dead and inert. His work has such resonance because it’s so true: we should all work hard and be nice.’
Alain de Botton


The I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT? exhibition at MADE NORTH Gallery in Sheffield features a selection of Anthony’s best-known works which have been re-purposed exclusively for a new book of posters printed on heavyweight art paper with an accompanying sheet printed in special inks. On the back of each poster is a description of the project and comments on Burrill’s work from key collaborators.

In this film by Andrew Telling, Anthony Burrill outlines the thinking behind the book

In addition to the I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT? exhibition, a limited edition collaborative print by Anthony Burill and MADE NORTH will be launched as part of the exhibition and Sheffield Design Week. The exhibition and print form part of Sheffield Design Week, a six day celebration of design, architecture and craft taking place across the city and the wider region from June 23rd – 29th 2014.


Words and language are an important part of Burrill’s output and he has developed a distinctive voice that is sought after not only by collectors of his posters and prints but also by clients including Wallpaper* magazine, The Economist, The British Council, London Underground and The Design Museum. Burrill is perhaps best known for his typographic, text-based compositions, including the now-famous “Work Hard and Be Nice to People”, which has become a mantra for the design community and beyond.


While Burrill’s work is grounded in a serious devotion to his art, he has a lightness of touch and humour that, although often copied, is unique in the field of graphic communication. He frequently embarks on innovative collaborations with friends and fellow creatives. Recent and regular colluders include product designer Michael Marriott, writer and philosopher Alain de Botton, designer Ben Kelly and creative director Erik Kessels.

Burrill was born in Littleborough, Lancashire. After studying Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic he completed an MA in Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art, London. He now lives and works on the Isle of Oxney, Kent.



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MADE NORTH is a platform for northern designer/makers. MADE NORTH brings together the industry in an annual conference; showcases and promotes work via contemporary gallery space in the heart of Sheffield and online www.madenorthstore.co.uk. It will also designer/makers through a membership, events and network programme.

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