VirusFonts is the foundry of Jonathan Barnbrook and the Barnbrook studio. Founded in 1997, it seeks to produce innovative and experimental typefaces. These are letterforms which reflect the complexity of language and express the spirit of the age.
The name Virus originates from the author William S. Burroughs and his concept that ‘language is a virus from outer space’ as well as Neville Brody’s statement that ‘style is a virus’. During the genesis of VirusFonts, another important theme was the then relatively new phenomenon 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 VirusFonts also designs bespoke lettering and fonts for Barnbrook and external clients.