Martin Barker

Martin Barker is London-based graphic designer with specialist skills in illustration and animation.

Lettering my name

Personal project, 2019

This project was initially inspired by the distinctive angular letters of Gustav Klimt’s signature. Whilst gazing upon his work in a recent exhibition, I decided that I wanted to create something similar, I tried to imitate his style, but it just didn’t work with the letters in my name. As I worked to improve it, the design developed in a completely different direction and I came to the realisation that I’m more inclined towards curves than angles.

As I refined the Letters and their relationship with each other, the characters started to look fun and exuberant. Some satisfying combinations formed –  the B and A curl up into each other, the R embraces the A extending its arm around it and the ‘K’ and ‘R’ join in a protective arch over the ‘e’. There is also, a completely unintentional hint of fifties/sixties design style. Perhaps suggested by the flared blossoming terminals and contrasting weights of the strokes. 


Martin Barker
Graphic Design • Illustration • Animation


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