Anthony Burrill Q&A
We put graphic designer Anthony Burrill to the test about his working life and uncovered a fondness for Popbitch and his desire to be reincarnated as a dog…
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
Turning off the alarm clock.
What do you wear to work?
Jeans, t-shirt, adidas, I like to keep it casual.
What do you have for breakfast?
This morning I had a bagel that I bought in Brick Lane at the weekend, with honey.
Do you read a newspaper/watch television/click online?
I check the Guardian online and Popbitch. I spend more time on Popbitch than the Guardian.
How do you get to work?
I walk, my studio is next to my house, it takes seconds.
What time do you first check your inbox?
About 8.00 ish. I’m addicted to email, ichat, facebook, etc.
Where are your desk and chair from?
My friend Gavin Ridley made my desk. my chair is from Brick Lane, I bought it 10 years ago for £2
If you could save only one item from your office/studio what would it be?
My Vasarely books.
Do you listen to music whilst you work? If so, what are you listening to at the moment?
Otis Redding, I’m feeling mellow.
Where would your ideal lunch be and who would it be with?
A picnic on Winchelsea Beach with my family, in sunshine.
Summarise in three words your work ethos?
Keep it simple.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not being able to say ‘No’
What do you think is the most overrated virtue?
Is there any single person that particularly inspires you?
Where do you feel most inspired?
Walking my dog Pip, early in the morning through the orchard, watching the sun coming up.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My two children.
How do you switch off?
Being with friends.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A soldier, it was the uniform I was interested in, rather than the killing.
What excites you/terrifies you on a daily basis?
I’m excited by potential; I’m terrified by deadlines that don’t leave me with enough thinking time.
Would you like to be your own assistant?
Yes, I think it would be fun, we would have the same taste in music.
Is there anything about retirement you look forward to?
I’m not planning to retire, I enjoy work too much.
If you could choose to come back as person or thing, who or what would it be?
I’d come back as my dog Pip, she has a nice life.