Exocet is based on primitive Greek and Roman stone carving. Renaissance type has been a huge source of inspiration for contemporary typographers but the more primitive work, particularly from Ancient Greece, has a unique under-appreciated beauty. In a conscious effort to avoid revival or pastiche, these ancient letterforms were reinterpreted as a visual language for today. Exocet has become one of our most recognisable and well-used fonts, appearing on everything from food packaging to video games. Exocet now features support for Cyrillic and Central European languages. Exocet is named after the French-built anti-ship missile. It is a name that reveals the danger of language – the possibility to soothe or vilify with words, to start war or create peace. It hints at the violence possible with a simple rearrangement of the alphabet.
Barnbrook is one of Britain’s most well-known and highly regarded independent creative studios, based in London. We work with a variety of clients across the globe and projects of varying scales. From overseeing the brand identity and environmental graphics of Art Basel to our much-discussed David Bowie album covers.
Barnbrook’s contribution to design was recognised with a retrospective at the Design Museum in London entitled Friendly Fire in 2007.
59th Annual Grammy Awards – Winner of “Best Recording Package” for Blackstar, 2016
The Design Museum Museum Beazley Design of The Year – Winner of ‘Graphic Design of the Year’ for Blackstar, 2016
We offer a 3-month paid internship. Please submit a CV and a portfolio of your work to
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