Carl Burgess always knew he wanted to be a designer. “I have been into art and design for as long as I can remember,” he says. “Even from an early age I had a clear direction of where I wanted to go. I always thought I would end up being a graphic illustrator, as I didn’t know there was such a thing as a designer back then. I remember telling my careers officer at secondary school that’s what I wanted to do and he seemed to think it was a far-fetched idea and I should focus on more realistic goals.” Thankfully Burgess disregarded this advice, and after completing degrees at Leeds Metropolitan University and Central Saint Martins, he began creating his own design work.
As is the fashion these days, his work is diverse. “I am just as comfortable doing a piece of print work as I am sculpture or motion graphics,” he says, “I really like the challenge of doing something new and being able to explore different mediums. I try and retain the same creative vision throughout and this hopefully gives a sense of continuity to my work.”
After graduating from csm, Burgess initially set up shop with designer Tom Darracott as More Landscape, but the venture was short-lived. “It was a real leap into the unknown,” he explains. “Neither of us had the slightest idea how to run a business. After a year of working in my living room with only one client we both decided it was time to get real jobs.” Darracott went on to work for Village Green, while Burgess joined Hi-Res!, initially as a designer, before later becoming art director at the company. While there he worked for clients including Beck, adidas, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake and Diesel.
Burgess recently left Hi-Res!, after four years, and this summer set up his own company, More Soon. On the More Soon website he greets us with a constantly revolving piece of unidentifiable organic matter, which is both gripping and revolting. The site currently contains various films and other designs, though Burgess has also recently contributed to the new Ford Fiesta ad, which contains work from over 20 cutting edge designers and directors. Burgess created short films of a hand dripping in shiny metallic paint and letters created from objects including pears, tape measures and fob watches for the project. All are visually rich but have an edge of something strange. Looking ahead, Burgess is keen to continue in a similar style. “The recent work for Ford is significant not only because it is the first large-scale project I have completed since leaving Hi-Res!, but it is also the beginning of the direction I want to move towards in the future,” he says. “More than anything I hope I carry on enjoying what I do and keep moving forward, taking on new challenges.”