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Illustrated Barbican map

Follow the evolution of the Barbican brand through architecture, typography, marketing and beyond. 

From the layout and furnishings of the flats to the visual language of the Barbican's posters, signs, programmes and uniforms, almost everything about the Barbican’s design has achieved iconic status.

The original visual language of the Arts Centre was designed by the influential Ken Briggs (1931– 2013) – who was also responsible for much of the graphic identity of London’s National Theatre.

As part of the archive project, we will be building a picture of what design at the Barbican looks like through the decades. 

‘'The transformation of the Centre's image is arguably as much to do with its visual identity, in print and online, as it is to do with its bold cultural reprogramming and physical refurbishments'‘
Michael Evamy, Creative Review

Further reading

Obituary for Ken Briggs from 24 January 2014 (Eye Magazine)

An Explanation of Flat ‘Types’ in the Original Barbican Estate (Barbican Living)

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