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What the FFF?

Founded in 2007 by an ever growing group of designers, illustrators, coders and makers eager to collect and share the best design work they came across, FormFiftyFive soon became an international showcase of creative work.

We scour the world’s best creative talent to keep FormFiftyFive a foremost collection of current design from both the young upstarts and well known masters. We’re constantly on the look out for new features that dig even deeper into what’s happening in the design community, so get in touch if there’s something you’ld like to see on here.

Have a look round, if you see something you love or hate be sure to comment, and drop us a line if there’s a juicy bit of creative gold you’d like to see on here.

Keep it real, the FFF team.

The FFF team

Glenn
Glenn Garriock — 1576 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1191 posts
http://twitter.com/Jack_FFF
Graphic designer & Illustrator – Glasgow,…

Lois
Lois Daly — 45 posts
http://www.twitter.com/the_loi
Lois Daly – Graphic Designer, Glasgow

Alex
Alex Nelson — 80 posts
http://twitter.com/lexnels
Designer/coder – Leeds/London/Melbourne

Guy
Guy Moorhouse — 46 posts
http://futurefabric.co.uk
Independent designer and technologist — London,…

Gil
Gil Cocker — 321 posts
http://www.sansgil.com
Designer & Maker – London, UK

staynice
Barry van Dijck — 125 posts
http://www.staynice.nl
Designer & Illustrator – Breda, The Netherlands

Gui
Gui Seiz — 135 posts
http://www.seiz.co.uk
Graphic Designer – London, UK

Chris J
Chris Jackson — 72 posts
Graphic Designer – Leeds, UK

Tom Vining
Tom Vining — 12 posts
http://moreair.co
Graphic Designer – London, UK

Tommy Borgen
Tommy Borgen — 15 posts
http://www.uppercase.no
Graphic Designer – Oslo, Norway

Clinton Duncan — 24 posts
Creative director – Sydney, Australia

amandajones
Amanda Jones — 27 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 21 posts
http://gabrielasalinas.com/
Graphic designer – Monterrey, México.

Felicia Aurora Eriksson
Felicia Aurora Eriksson — 6 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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O Street ‘Roadliners’

Roadliners – lovely film (& subsequent agency branding) by O Street in Glasgow.

“Roadliners is a film about inspiration and craft, and the uncelebrated typographers of the road. With filmmakers Pretend Lovers we documented a day in the life of Glasgow roadliner Thomas ‘Tam’ Lilley. While looking for inspiration for O Street’s new brand we stumbled on a typographer whose work was uniquely relevant to our company—one whose work embodied the values we hold dear: honesty, beauty, humility, and intelligence…

…With sweeping, freehand strokes and choreographed steps, they used molten-thermoplastic to create an alphabet, numerals, punctuation (every good designer needs an ampersand) and the new O Street marque.”

Check out another beautiful film here showing the alphabet being made. A couple of years after that ‘BUS STOP’ film gave us a glimpse into the craft of freehand road-writing its nice to see a more in-depth project using the technique.



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Secret 7″ 2016

Secret 7″ is back again for another year. They’ve invited a range of creatives to respond to one of 7 singles to produce a unique piece of artwork for a 7″ cover.

This year they’ve moved to Sonos Studios in Shoreditch and the exhibition is currently open until 1 May with all the records going on sale on 2 May 2016.

Best of all the full collection of album covers are available on the Secret 7″Gallery




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British typography & branding week

The FutureLondonAcademy are launching their British typography and branding week. The course will run from 27th June – 03rd July 2016 in London and will be packed with workshops and lectures from the some of the most exciting companies in the UK, such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Ged Palmer, David Pearson, Luke Powell & Jody Hudson-Powell, Moving Brands, Mark Bain, Europa and Dalton Maag.

Check the FLA website for full details and costs.



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MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

Creative Director and founder of Transmission, Stuart Tolley, got in touch to let us know about his excellent new title MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design.

As the first comprehensive look at the rebirth of simplicity in graphic design, it showcases the minimalist work of around 160 international designers across a range of formats and media. From editorial design and album artwork to packaging design and branding, the book features some of the best work by renowned studios and designers including Made Thought, Bunch, Stockholm Design Lab, Wang Zhi-Hong and Warp Records.

The considered design of the publication also echoes its minimalist subject matter and is divided in to three sections (Reduction, Production, Geometry) — each of these including an exclusive interview with Cereal Magazine, BVD and Erased Tapes Records.

MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design is published by Thames & Hudson and is available now.



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Mark Smith Illustration

Found via our friend Bob Newman on twitter, Mark Smith is a UK based illustrator with an incredible portfolio.

I’ve totally fallen in love with his smart and textured style. It’s well worth journeying through his whole portfolio as you’ll appreciate the images even more when you see them in context with captions. No wonder he’s got an enviable client list including ESPN, Fast Company, Financial Times, The Folio Society, The Guardian, Harvard Magazine, New York Times, New Yorker, Penguin, Variety & many more.

Be sure to check out this interview with Mark by Bob on AI-AP.



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the Type Archive

For years the Type Archive (formerly the Type Museum) has been something of a mystery. A near mythical place, mentioned only in whispers, which many people have heard about but seldom few have ever been. Tucked away at the end of a quiet, residential street in Stockwell, south London, behind large gates to what was once a victorian circus animal hospital (complete at the time with its very own baby elephant), lies one of the most important collections of typographic history in the country. A repository for the equipment and precious materials from the country’s last great type foundries.

Now this hidden world is set to start opening its doors.

From April 2016 the Type Archive will be welcoming visitors to a series of exhibitions and workshops. So not only will you be able to see inside the fabled archive, there will even be the chance to get hands on and inky with some of the collection. First up is ‘Lost Words’ – a two day introduction to letterpress, exploring long forgotten language in the lost world of typographic treasures housed within the Type Archive.

The intensive, hands-on design and typography workshop will introduce participants to the basics of letterpress and the traditional techniques of typesetting with both wood and metal type. Over the two days, each student will design, set and then print their own limited edition poster on a Vandercook precision proofing press using the archive’s collection of type. The workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to escape the pixel perfect precision of their computers and get their hands dirty exploring the craft of letterpress. No previous experience is necessary, but an interest in typography, language and letters is a must.

The course will be run by leading London letterpress design studio, The Counter Press. Class sizes are small and intimate,  just 6 places, with the first two day workshop being held 29 – 30th April. Places cost £300 each, all materials will be supplied, and can be booked via typearchive.org

 



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Leeds Print Festival 2016

Leeds Print Festival is back for its 5th year. With a great new identity from Leeds based design trio Something More. Originally designed as a one off event, the festival has become a key event in the calendar for the Northern creative industry. Kicking off on Friday 1st April there is a week long programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks from the likes of Alan Kitching, Ian Anderson (The Designers Republic) and Danny Leigh (BBC writer and presenter). Tickets and more information can be found here.



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Unit Editions: The Archive Series

Regular readers will know of our collective appreciation here at FFF for a good design book. Unit Editions are always high on our list for their stunning publications on contemporary design and visual culture, beautifully realised with awesome attention to detail. Recently they announced ‘The Archive Series’ – a bibliographic celebration of graphic design archives & collections. Naturally we jumped at the chance to talk with the team involved about the first edition in this new series, Graphic Stamps.

The content of this first publication is sourced from the collections of Iain Follett (@mintneverhinged), co-founder and design director of studio Six and Blair Thomson (@graphilately), founder and creative director of agency Believe in. Alongside the historical overview of stamp design there’s a broad and considerable showcase of lesser-known designers and their incredible miniature works. As we’ve come to expect it not only looks good, it feels it too – it’s the perfect handy size and features my personal favourite editorial luxury, lay-flat binding. We caught up with Adrian Shaughnessy (co-founder of Unit Editions) along with Iain and Blair to have our questions answered…

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Tim Smith

We have all (well most of us) been there, the thankless task of trying to design your own logo. So many possibilities. So many options. Where do you start…

Designer & Illustrator Tim Smith found himself at the same crossroads and couldn’t decide on what logo to use on his new website. So, what he did instead, was approach his favourite designers, artists and illustrators out there to do a version of his logo! Each week he’ll be featuring a different logo by a different guest artist.

So far he managed to involve: – Mr Bingo – Pete Fowler – Olly Gibbs – Jean Jullien – Annie Rickard Straus – Alex Griendling – Stanley Chow

With more to come.

Keep an eye on mypoorbrain.com for future updates.




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Multiplicity Glasgow

Our pal Dave Sedgwick has been in touch to let us know about the launch of Multiplicity, a one night only *free* event held at The Drygate Brewery in Glasgow, put on by  and sponsored by . The line-up is brilliant! Speaking at the event will be Astrid Stravo of Atlas, Adrian Carroll of D8 and Tony Dunworth of Graphical House. No wonder its already sold out… but if you didn’t get tickets in time, keep your eyes peeled in case more are released.

Dave is responsible for the event branding, along with Luigi Carnovale aka DesignLSC, while  and  are responsible for the site.

Creativity is as much about the possibilities as it is about the outcome. The possibilities are endless, and this potential demonstrates why strategic creative thinking in graphic design is more relevant than ever. Our guest speakers are international renowned practitioners in the design of iconic visual identities and packaging for consumer brands. We will hear of how they strive to deliver not only world-class strategic design, but also world-class project management for clients the world over. We examine their work and learn of their unique collaborative working process, during which strategy and design become clearer, simpler and richer in meaning. This event is for those who creatively push the boundaries, and equally for those who are focused on learning about creativity, and what it is that inspires the compelling work they see before them.

Multiplicity An international evening of words and works. Hosted by Foilco. Sponsored by Fedrigoni. The Drygate Brewery, Glasgow. 28 April 2016. 6 – 9.30pm.



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Nerdo — Beer by Charles Bukowski

Lorenzo at Nerdo got in touch about their latest animation entitled ‘BEER’. An interpretation of the poetry of Charles Bukowski.

“The composition is a manifesto of the author’s way of life, this is why we decided to go inside the author’s mind, and it is not a safe journey. A brain solo without filter, a tale of ordinary madness, showing how much loneliness and decadence can be hidden inside a genius mind.”

I love it!




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