Virus is the font foundry of Jonathan Barnbrook and Barnbrook design. Founded in 1997, it seeks to produce experimental, innovative and usable fonts. Letterforms which truly express the spirit of the age and reflect the complexity or language that we use.
The starting point for the name was the quote, "Language is a virus from outer space" attributed to William Burroughs and also Neville Brody's statement that style is a virus and we only really need one typeface. The other important theme was the relatively new phenomenon (then) of the computer virus – a metaphor for the subversive power of typography. Small foundries were springing up and producing fonts which were directly commenting on society.
In addition to releasing typefaces Virus also designs bespoke lettering and fonts for Barnbrook Design and external clients. In this way being able to completely control the tone of voice of a project. Virus is also the commercial arm of Barnbrook Design releasing and distributing publications and limited editions of the studio.