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25 years adrift in the creative industry.

I am Adrian Talbot, longstanding Design Director at creative studio Intro. I’m also a type designer selling my wares at Talbot Type; and a photographer, showing my images at Talbot Gallery. T3 is where I post updates of my attempts to stay afloat creatively
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Why settle for one letter when you could have three at a time?
Why settle for
one letter when
you could have
three at a time?
19 July 2013

Я пытался вещи из, и стал заинтригован вещи, которые собирались, когда я обложил письма - комплекс froms, которые возникают, и вещи всегда хорошо работать в тройках. Не уверен, что я буду делать с ними, хотя

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Another Free Logo
Another Free Logo
12 July 2013

Here’s another free logo. MediaNav is an online search refining tool, it sifts the bits you specifically want from an expansive Google search.

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The secret’s out
The secret’s out
24 June 2013

Design and art direction for Secret Theatre, a season of shows at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.

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The differenceis minimal
The difference
is minimal
24 February 2013

I might not be worthy, but I couldn’t resist following in the footsteps of Herbert Bayer and Wim Crouwel in pursuit of a minimal alphabet.

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Cover your ears, I’m going to blow my own trumpet
Cover your ears,
I’m going to blow
my own trumpet
22 November 2012

I’m really pleased with my latest new font, Kaleko.
I think I’m getting the hang of this font designing craft.

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Painting the globe Talbot Type colour
Painting the globe Talbot Type colour
26 October 2012

The Talbot Type empire is growing, with more new fonts to come the world will soon be mine.

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A load of hot air
A load of hot air
14 October 2012

Recent photos of vapour trails.

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Call this summer?
Call this summer?
30 July 2012

I’ve added a selection of recent photographs to my Talbot Gallery site, with an emphasis on inclement weather.

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Anything can happen in The Space
Anything can happen in The Space
20 July 2012

My designs for The Space have started appearing in the national press.

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Natural sculptures
Natural sculptures
05 July 2012

Another recurring theme in my photography — trees.

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Stick ’em up!
Stick ’em up!
29 June 2012

Let’s do some Talbot Type posters.

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Watch this Space
Watch this Space
24 June 2012

I’ve designed an identity for The Space, an innovative new arts platform brought about by a collaboration between Arts Council England and BBC.

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Highly desirable Talbot Type postcards
Highly desirable Talbot Type postcards
22 June 2012

I’ve created a set of 12 A6 postcards to promote my first wave of fonts on Talbot Type.

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New images at Talbot Gallery
New images at
Talbot Gallery
13 June 2012

I’ve updated my Talbot Gallery site with some new images. I saw this chap catch a super tanker recently.

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(Lo)go with the flow
06 June 2012

A logo for ex-colleague Dan’s new venture River Digital.

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Anyone want some unused ideas?
Anyone want some unused ideas?
27 May 2012

Unused visuals for a British Council initiative — Languages for Europe.

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I’m probably
getting too old
for this but . . .
21 May 2012

Design of an XX poster for a Bestival Festival competition.

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Hands up for handy handbooks
Hands up for handy handbooks
12 May 2012

Specimen Handbooks for each of the Talbot Type fonts.

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Talbot Type is on the move
Talbot Type
is on the move
08 May 2012

Kinetic type. I’ve been having a bit of fun bringing these designs to life.

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We’re a 163-car family
We’re a 163-car family
28 April 2012

Our son Ted likes his Hot Wheels cars, and so do I. These are some of my favourites.

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Talbot Type launches — I’ve founded a foundry
Talbot Type launches — I’ve founded a foundry
18 April 2012

It’s only taken three and a half years; the Talbot Type website is open for business.

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Character Building
19 March 2012

These designs are from a volume of letter collages I’ve created. For each of the characters of the alphabet, I combined three contrasting styles using only solid process colours.

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Lateral Maths
22 February 2012

Equations that are wrong, but right.

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This is definitely not right
This is definitely
not right
23 January 2012

I was reminded of these rejected visuals recently, they were my first ideas for the Bath International Music Festival, which you’ll see elsewhere on the blog ended up taking quite a different direction.

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Buy my book, it will make your life better
Buy my book,
it will make
your life better
19 December 2011

I’ve created a book of my photographs, I’m embracing vanity publishing.

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Alchemy attempt that had to settle for silver
Alchemy attempt that had to settle for silver
17 November 2011

An unused idea for Alchemy, a festival of arts exploring links between India, UK and South Asia, at the Southbank Centre.

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The coast is clear
The coast is clear
09 November 2011

People like to look out to sea — myself included; what are we looking for?

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Badges of Honour
Badges of Honour
08 November 2011

When chrome and enamel were all the rage.

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Now I run a gallery
Now I run a gallery
26 October 2011

I’ve designed a portfolio website for my photography, and it’s up and running, go and have a look — talbotgallery.co.uk

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Not afraid of a bit of colour
Not afraid of
a bit of colour
03 August 2011

Design of a variety of printed materials for Bishopsgate Institute, following our recent redesign of the visual identity.

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Room with a view
Room with a view
07 May 2011

The tower block is called Sussex Heights, and it dominates our view to the east over Brighton.

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Road to Nowhere
Road to Nowhere
02 May 2011

A recurring theme in my photography, less is more in these landscapes.

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Split personality
Split personality
17 February 2011

Runner-up designs for our Southbank Centre Membership identity of a few years ago.

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Do you need a logo for that?
Do you need a logo for that?
09 December 2010

Logos for Royal Academy of Music publications and events.

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Right up your Strada
Right up your Strada
01 December 2010

Redesign of visual identity, print and marketing materials and restaurants for the Strada chain.

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FreeHand lives on
FreeHand lives on
06 October 2010

Design of a new identity for the prestigious Bishopsgate Institute in the heart of London.

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Barking up the right tree
Barking up the
right tree
25 July 2010

Pictures of contrasting tree bark, all within a short distance of each other.

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Going for gold
Going for gold
29 June 2010

Design for Alchemy, a festival of arts exploring links between India, UK and South Asia, at the Southbank Centre.

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‘Try and make it look plain’
‘Try and make it
look plain’
23 June 2010

The 2010 Arts Council Annual Review was far more sober than the preceding year’s equivalent, befitting the gloomy state of the economy, and draconian cuts to funding of the arts.

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Laura and Nikki
are Splendid
16 June 2010

Identity for Splendid Production Services.

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There was a Concorde there, and I got stuck into these
There was a Concorde there, and I got stuck
into these
18 April 2010

Brooklands in Surrey, is the birthplace of British motorsport and pioneering aviation, and is now the final resting place for many associated icons. I found myself photographing gauges and warning sign details.

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Crafting a logo
Crafting a logo
28 March 2010

I recently unearthed this book of visuals dating from our redesign of the Crafts Council identity a few years ago.

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Everyone needs
to know about Moondog
09 March 2010

Packaging for Joanna MacGregor’s Moondog tribute, Sidewalk Dances.

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When is art real art, and what kind of art is it if it’s not real — surreal?
When is art real art, and what kind of art is it if it’s not real — surreal?
04 November 2009

Identity, print materials and website for The Real Art Company.

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. . . out with the bath water
. . . out with the
bath water
23 August 2009

Unused visuals of printed materials for Bath Music Festival.

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Being paid to have fun
Being paid to
have fun
12 July 2009

I enjoyed designing this Annual Review for Arts Council England, it’s probably their most prestigious piece of print each year.

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Coming to terms with rejection
Coming to terms with rejection
27 March 2009

Overlooked designs, from our 2006 redesign of the Young Vic theatre identity.

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‘What are we putting on the cover?’  ‘How about a shot of some grass’
‘What are we putting on the cover?’
‘How about a shot of some grass’
26 March 2009

Designs for the Royal Academy of Music diary of events, featuring my seasonal snapshots on the cover for Spring, Summer and Autumn editions each year.

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Keep taking (photos of) the medication
Keep taking (photos of) the medication
22 March 2009

Some of the medication, required on a regular basis by our daughter Esme.

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If I had my way, all of my designs would be approved
If I had my way, all of my designs would be approved
13 March 2009

Designs for an identity update that didn’t happen — shame.

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When Pink Freud met Salvador Dalai
When Pink Freud met Salvador Dalai
03 March 2009

Design of a membership scheme for the Southbank Centre.

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The world needs climate champions — apparently
The world needs climate champions — apparently
07 October 2008

Visuals for a British Council initiative — International Climate Champions, raising awareness of climate change issues.

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House of Frustration
House of Frustration
10 July 2008

We lost this pitch to design an identity for the new House of Illustration. I liked some of my visuals though, and they can get to see the light of day here.

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Top Form
Top Form
22 March 2008

Anyone who seeks funding from Arts Council England, has to apply using this package that we designed.

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Colourful Language
Colourful Language
19 March 2008

Designs for a British Council initiative – Languages for Europe. The British Council are the single largest English teaching provider around Europe.

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Tree awarded camera
Tree awarded camera
13 March 2008

This picture of a cherry tree in blossom, has won me a Canon EOS 450D camera.

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Young, Gifted & Back
Young, Gifted & Back
16 October 2007

Various designs for Young Vic theatre printed communications.

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Pictures to accompany music — Part two
Pictures to accompany music — Part two
09 July 2007

Design of identity and printed materials for Bath Music Festival.

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A very good pianist and a very good saxophonist make
a very good album
19 February 2007

Design for Joanna MacGregor’s Deep River LP on her Sound Circus label, recorded with saxophonist Andy Sheppard.

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Can insurance be sexy?
Can insurance
be sexy?
12 January 2007

These are some of the prettier bits of identity and print work I did for Close Premium Finance, over several years.

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Feeding on scraps
Feeding on scraps
12 January 2007

A printed scrapbook for staff and partners, to commemorate the rebuilding of the Young Vic theatre.

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Laying low for a while
Laying low for
a while
26 October 2006

Photos from a recent trip to the Netherlands.

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A programme worth watching?
A programme
worth watching?
12 October 2006

Designs for the Bath Music Festival 2006 Programme.

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An identity to soothe aches and pains
An identity to soothe aches and pains
04 September 2006

Identity and printed communications for the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, who like to be known as Physio First; and with a name like that you can see why.

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500 cover versions
500 cover versions
22 July 2006

Creating 500 unique covers for a Young Vic hospitality brochure.

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Pictures to accompany music
Pictures to accompany music
29 June 2006

Design of identity and printed materials for Bath Music Festival; these were the posters.

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We’ve been for some Councilling
We’ve been for
some Councilling
23 May 2006

Redesign of the Crafts Council identity and all of their printed materials.

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From prefab to fab!
From prefab to fab!
29 April 2006

Design of the visual identity for the Young Vic theatre.

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Hot air, and apparently it’s getting hotter
Hot air, and apparently it’s getting hotter
16 February 2006

Summary document of a climate change debate conducted online.

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Two c’s in a circle
Two c’s in a circle
13 March 2005

Identity for Zero Carbon City, a British Council climate change awareness initiative.

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All the way to Sweden to photograph a phone booth
All the way
to Sweden to
photograph a
phone booth
04 September 2004

A few of the photos I took on a trip to Norway and Sweden recently.

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A fistful of logos
A fistful of logos
30 March 2004

What’s the collective noun for logos? Whatever it is, this is one of them.

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Murder, torture and war — just another day at work
Murder, torture and war — just another day at work
14 March 2003

Designs for Penguin book covers.

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The sound of a pianist’s brain
The sound of a pianist’s brain
05 February 2003

Packaging for Joanna MacGregor’s Neural Circuits album.

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A simple sample
A simple sample
22 July 2002

Four CDs in a box, design for the Mute Song Sampler.

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Banging the drum for Ensemble Bash
Banging the drum for Ensemble Bash
03 March 2002

Packaging for an Ensemble Bash album, on the Sound Circus label.

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Putting a hex on everything
Putting a hex on everything
01 February 2002

Having fun with hexagons, and the endless possibilities of a tessellating motif. Developing the Mute Records look on promos and samplers.

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Making waves
Making waves
26 January 2002

Design of a visual identity for venture capital start-up, Blue Spring Capital.

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I’ve been on a voyage with a jazz pianist
I’ve been on a voyage with a jazz pianist
07 December 2001

Another design for Dune Records, again using my own photography. This time it’s for jazz pianist Robert Mitchell, and his album Voyager.

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What does Jamaican jazz music look like?
What does Jamaican jazz music look like?
15 October 2001

Here’s a design I did for Jazz Jamaica All Stars release Massive, on Dune Records.

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Vorsprung durch technische Identität
Vorsprung durch technische Identität
15 October 2001

Visual identity for independent record label, Mute Records.

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Play for Today
Play for Today
09 October 2001

Design for Joanna MacGregor’s Mercury Prize-nominated Play LP on her Sound Circus label.

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A Digital Revelation
A Digital Revelation
16 July 2001

I took photographs of jazz saxophonist Denys Baptiste, and used them to design his album Alternating Currents, on Dune Records.

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A classic(al) road trip
A classic(al)
road trip
18 November 2000

Packaging for Joanna MacGregor’s recording of Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto.

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Avant-Garde new contemporary classical jazz
Avant-Garde new contemporary classical jazz
12 January 1999

Design for the first three CD releases, on Joanna MacGregor’s Sound Circus label.

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A quick trip to hell and back
A quick trip to hell and back
16 September 1998

Packaging for ex-Magazine and Bad Seeds member Barry Adamson’s LP As Above, So Below and associated singles, on Mute Records.

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If you want something done properly, do it yourself
If you want something done properly, do it yourself
11 August 1998

Identity for pianist Joanna MacGregor’s new Sound Circus label.

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Only a pound, who’ll give me a pound for a bag of pictures?
Only a pound, who’ll give me a pound for a bag of pictures?
26 September 1996

Identity, literature and CD packaging for Digital Vision, an image library.

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4-Play
4-Play
02 October 1995

Design for the annual music industry gathering in Manchester — In the City. This was its 4th year, so I thought I’d play around with an abstracted 4 motif, no hard to grasp concepts there.

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Bookmarks
Bookmarks
30 October 1994

Design of an identity for publishing services company, Whitaker.

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Honda 125 plays pivotal role in design of a property brochure
Honda 125 plays pivotal role in design of a property brochure
08 September 1991

Design of a brochure for property management company Ross Jaye.

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What on earth’s an LMX Seminar?
What on earth’s an LMX Seminar?
12 October 1990

An early Intro effort, this is an invitation to a seminar for LMX enthusiasts, I think it was a piece of software.

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This is where it all began
This is where
it all began
14 June 1990

Three CDs in a box. A compilation of British indie music of the 1980s, for the Japan market. A job that helped to put Intro on the design map.

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Historical logo unearthed
Historical logo unearthed
04 August 1989

While digging out old material to include on this blog, I found these hand drawn visuals for the first Intro identity. I think I’m very brave to share them with a wider audience.

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