Christopher Burke is a typographer, typeface designer, and design historian. His principal area of research is twentieth-century graphic design. He has written two books about major figures in typography of the twentieth century: Paul Renner: the art of typography (1998) and Active literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography (2007), both published by Hyphen Press (London).
He co-edited Otto Neurath’s ‘visual autobiography’ From hieroglyphics to Isotype (2010) and History of the Monotype Corporation (2014). He was co-curator of the exhibitions ‘Isotype: international picture language’ (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2010) and ‘Time(less) signs: Otto Neurath and reflections in contemporary Austrian art (Austrian Cultural Forum, London, 2014). Burke was also a major contributor to the book Isotype: design and contexts, 1925–1971 (2013).
He has designed four typefaces: Celeste, Celeste Sans, Pragma and Parable.
Burke is Associate Professor at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, UK, and Research Fellow at the Vienna Circle Institute, University of Vienna.