On november 12th 2012, graphic exchange moved to www.mr-cup.com

You still acces it from www.graphic-exchange.com and
all the archives of post done since june 2006 will stay here.


graphic-exchange is an alternative to the "links only" web site, showing you the a selection of work directly on this site. I also use it to present my own work.

About me (updated in april 2011)

Here come some infos, on what I am / I have done / I am working on... To illustrate this, here come some picture of my office, that I share with my wife in our nice France countryside home.


chapter 1 . First design years 1995/2007

So, I am Fabien Barral ;) I am freelance graphic design since 2007. I study design and get a graphic diploma at the end of the past century, then I work freelance with my friend Reno Orange.

I then get a job as art director at mediafix, where I work from 2002 to 2008.

In june 2006, I start this blog to present things that inspires me. The idea, at the beginning, was to send other designer my printed stuff and get their in return... I have a lot of nice stuffs in the black boxes you can see on these pictures ;)

I met Frédérique in 1999, we get married in 2001 and get our daughter Thaïs in 2003. We buy a house in the country side of Auvergne in 2004.



chapter 2 . Freelance years 2007/2011

I get freelance in 2007, even if I continue to work with mediafix. I also start working with US agency moreyellow, we did very nice projects together.

In 2008 we set up the decorative workshop harmonie interieure with Frédérique, we design and sell wall stickers and posters.

In 2009 we deceided to move in the south of France to bring to Thaïs a different school. We move in a house, but we stay there only for a year and move again past july to this nice house with this large office we are in.



chapter 3 . coming years 2011...

With experience, I am very please of support I get for this blog, as well as designing and selling my own products such as the letterpress calendar or the coasters.

At the end of december, I met Laurent Dubois and we are working together on a new project, www.byDandB.com. We are working on a collection of textile print to sell, and we are decorating the Excelsior Latin Hôtel in Paris at the same time. We plan to do the Maison & Objet fair next septembre.

Metting other designers and people is something I want to do more too, such as I did in Barcelona last month, or in Australia past october... Doing a talk was a great experience and I hope I can do more.

We may go to the USA this august, under an invitation to do a work shop, but will tell you more when I can.



chapter 4 . what else ? ;)

I learn speaking english by myself (which explain so much mistakes here, but the important is that you understand, right ?) mainly because I collect Sting's records during 20 years and did exchange with other collector around the world (you know, with list on paper send by post ;). I have a silly collection of record as you see on this image (these are only Sting CD, edition from all the different countries...) :


I love old objest and they inspire me so much... I found this large hairdresser chair in my grand parents attic, and the above grey and red chair belong to my grand-grand father...



So to make it short... my work / my shop / DandB / on cargo / photo portfolio / on behance / on flickr

And if Graphic exchange bring you not enough images, check my fffound & my flickr favorits

Selection of work (see complete portfolio at www.fabienbarral.com)