WORK HARD & BE NICE TO PEOPLE
He did that. Catchy, isn’t it? Is he a poet more than an illustrator?
Burrill (with two R’s and two L’s, jut like me) makes big, bold statements in woodblock printing or in a graphic style. The words are often positive calls to action disguised as old corny phrases.
DO NOT NO!
sounds like Do not know… but it’s spelt much more positively.
DONT’T SAY NOTHING
means ‘speak up’ but sounds like advice from your homies say to you just before you have to go and talk to the cops.
The Anthony Burrill style I sometimes think of as the end point of design… it defies improvement because everything that is surplus is gone… more design cannot make it any more clear and simple.