VirusFonts is the foundry of Jonathan Barnbrook and the Barnbrook studio. Founded in 1997, it produces innovative and experimental typefaces. The letterforms mirror the complexity of language and express the spirit of the age.

The name Virus derives from the William S. Burroughs concept that ‘language is a virus from outer space’ and Neville Brody’s statement that ‘style is a virus’. During the genesis of VirusFonts, we became interested in the new phenomenon of the computer virus – a metaphor for the subversive power of typography. At that time, small foundries were forming and fonts were being created that commented on the state of society, directly.

In addition to releasing typefaces VirusFonts also designs bespoke lettering and fonts for Barnbrook and external clients.