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What the FFF?

Founded in 2005 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 — 1521 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1180 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 — 78 posts
http://twitter.com/lexnels
Designer/coder – Leeds/London/Melbourne

Guy
Guy Moorhouse — 45 posts
http://futurefabric.co.uk
Independent designer and technologist — London,…

Gil
Gil Cocker — 319 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 — 71 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 — 25 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 16 posts
http://gabrielasalinas.com/
Graphic designer – Monterrey, México.

Felicia Aurora Eriksson
Felicia Aurora Eriksson — 5 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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Red Logo Associates

Back by popular demand, the lovely people at MultiAdaptor are rounding up some of the best designers and illustrators in the industry to create 100 logos for the public and raise money for Comic Relief.

“At Red Logo Associates we change lives. Literally. This February will see the greatest design team ever assembled creating logos for the great (celebrities) and the good (you). Submit a brief, donate to Comic Relief and see your own logo exhibited alongside living breathing icons at The Proud Archivist, London on Red Nose Day 2015.”

The event will be elevated with an additional 30 celebrity logos (published on the website throughout February) to celebrate the 30 year landmark of the iconic fundraiser. The idea is based around a fictional, hyper-egotistical Mad Men inspired agency called Red Logo Associates. ‘Clients’ submit a creative brief and donation online in return for a single logo that represents “their very essence” to help them succeed in life. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, but also surprisingly in-tune with the self-branding obsession in social media today.



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Black and White Bands

In case anyone needed a reminder that letterpress rocks, Glasgow Press and designer Kerr Vernon have been at it again with another lovely collaboration. The pack features six postcards of bands with black or white in their name. The bands have been interpreted through a mix of typography and illustration and the reverse of the cards features a short history of each band with the mono theme threaded through the text. The pack was printed using a mix of foil and letterpress onto the GF Smith colorplan range.  If you’d like one best move fast and give the guys at Glasgow Press a shout.

 

 

 



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The Design Kids Typography Competition

TDK is about bringing industry knowledge, exposure and opportunities to students and graduates in the graphic design industry. They spend 9 months a year on the road, spreading the love, doing talks, running exhibitions and facilitating workshops and design meet-ups.

We spoke to Frankie Ratford from TDK and here’s what she had to say about their upcoming trip:

We’ve previously run design road trips in Australia, but we’re skipping the van idea and going straight to a Kiwi tradition – we will be hitch-hiking between centres in New Zealand during February and March instead! We’re launching an international Instagram typography competition for designers to create our hitchhiking signs! Gemma O’Brien (one of Australia’s biggest international typographers) is locked in for Auckland and we will be opening up our Instagram feed (@thedesignkids) with our next destinations as we go over the next 8 weeks for people to design.

How to get involved

Pick a destination, design some beautiful type of the word, upload it onto your instagram and tag us @thedesignkids #tdkthumbsup. There’s no restrictions except the 600px sq instagram allows, so go nuts – photos in the background, block colour, hand drawn, vector, serif, display, sans-serif – you name it, we love it!

We’ll be picking the best for each city, printing them & using them on the road, and then holding a big exhibition (with the chance for you to sell your work) at the end in Auckland on April 2nd to showcase all the amazing type from around the world, with the spotlight fully on NZ, design and incredible destinations

Next destinations to design

9. Woodville (DEADLINE WED 25th FEB, 6pm NZDT) 10. Greytown (DEADLINE WED 25th FEB, 6pm NZDT) 11. Wellington (DEADLINE WED 25th FEB, 6pm NZDT)



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Celebrating Massimo…

A selection of designers from all over the world have been paying tribute to Massimo Vignelli who died last year at the age of 83.

Vignelli, who was born in Milan in 1931, set up Vignelli Associates with wife Lella in New York and worked on projects famously including the American Airlines identity and signage for the New York City Subway system.

The posters will be showcased at ‘The Timeless/Massimo Vignelli’ an exhibition held in San Sebastian, Spain, and is organised by San Sebastian consultancy Husmee Estudio Graphique. A series of 33 posters in all will be displayed, created by local and international designers including Javier Mariscal, Toko, BVDAstrid Stavro Studio and Mario Eskenazi. UK contributors include the likes of Spin, Mark Studio, Mash Creative and Magpie Studio.



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Barbara Bernát: Hungarian paper money

If Barbara Bernát had her way we’d have money that would be to beatiful to spend! For her MA degree project she created a fictional currency, the Hungarian euro. Each note features european animals and related species of plants illustrated on either side of the banknote.

Based on the original proportions of the existing euro banknote. As the denomination increases, the dimensions of the note and the size of the animals also increase to represent the growth in value.

The blacklight reactive layer is also a brilliant idea!

Check out the whole project and work in progress shots.




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Alldayeveryday

New York-based media company and documentary makers, Alldayeveryday have completed the development of their new office, an East Village turn-of-the-century firehouse from 1939.

Transforming the space into an airy office with an open layout, the abundant natural light amplifies the fresh design elements, which includes art created by Executive Creative Director and Partner, Kai Regan.

The interior, designed by Ben Krone, was kept intentionally simple to maintain the historical feeling of the firehouse loft space with a few modern touches. Each level in the three-story building was designed as its own ecosystem, allowing employees to move between floors to concentrate on specific disciplines, while a rooftop is available to relax and conduct internal meetings in the warmer New York months.

To find out more about the work Alldayeveryday have been producing from their beautiful new space, check out their media projects and feature length documentaries.




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Marta Gawin

Marta Gawin is a Polish multidisciplinary graphic designer with some great experimental visual identity, sign system, poster, information, exhibition and editorial design work. Since her MA in Graphic Design (Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice) in 2011, she has been working as a freelancer for cultural institutions and commercial organisations. 



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Leeds Print Festival 2015

A gentle reminder that the Leeds Print Festival starts this weekend. Now in its fourth year this event really does get better and better. As usual there is loads of fantastic stuff happening like exhibitions, a print fair, print workshops and talks. Tickets details and more info here



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QVED 2015

International Editorial Design Conference QVED 2015 is entering its third year and takes place in Munich from 26-28 February. The annual event brings together designers, publishers, editors and journalists from across the globe, and acts as a platform for sharing and discussing ideas and current work. This year’s line up includes: art director, designer and consultant Roger Black; Ricarda Messner and Michelle Phillips of Flanueur Magazine; award-winning art director, critic, author and editor Steven Heller; founding editor of Anorak Magazine Cathy Olmedillas; creative director of quarterly food journal Lucky Peach Walter Green; Sven Ehmann creative director of Gestalten plus many more.

This year’s conference boasts three carefully curated sessions: photography for magazines, illustration and infographics, each hosted by a special guest speaker. A particular focus will also be drawn on City Magazines with QVED co-curator and publisher of award-winning Paperjam, Mike Koedinger hosting the strand which will explore how city focussed publications shape future urban living. QVED is a platform not only for the makers of magazines, but for designers, journalists, editors and publishers to share and discuss the work they are creating. With an international lineup mirrored by an international audience, the conference brings together the best editorial minds from across the globe. QVED is co-curated and hosted by Boris Kochan, Mike Koedinger, Jeremy Leslie and Horst Moser. The conference takes place at Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. Get your Tickets!



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One to watch: Yukai Du

Chinese illustrator and animator Yukai Du has updated her portfolio with a surreal short offering a sinister take on modern life in the digital age.

Cel animation, After Effects and 3D techniques combine in Way Out to stunning effect, but it’s Du’s dramatic colour palette and fresh use of pattern that command the most attention, bolstering the prophetic narrative and whisking viewers on an accelerating journey through the three-minute short to its tense conclusion.

“I wanted to emphasise the human character and the phone character, but also point out the difference between flesh bodies and electronic bodies,” says Du, who graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in animation in 2014. She started work on Way Out as her final year project and completed the piece at the start of this year.

“The strong orange and the bright green are the most significant colours,” she continues. “The dark colours help to build up the feeling of a mundane city and atmosphere.” 

Since graduating, Du has been busy working as a designer and animator at London-based studio M-I-E. The rest of her personal portfolio is equally impressive – check it out here.






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Nice little project – well executed. I like these little promo pieces, but they do take up space and become forgotten about over time. Got loads from GF Smith!! Would be nice to see something that could be more of …

Peteman on Black and White Bands

What can I say ….nice mock-up and good site. Very inspirational post…

biju on Bienal

That is a beautiful project, I looked through her behance portfolio and it was brilliant stuff, so much detail.

Naeem on Barbara Bernát: Hungarian paper money

Looks good to me – different style and layout than a lot of the similar type sites out there

Jack Carpenter on Design By Day

Not showing too well on my 13 inch macbook but still looks great. Love designers being brave with concepts. Just question the usability with my UX head on

Jack Carpenter on Polkaouistiti Collective

Looks grand. But am I being stupid and missing a link to the book/a shop or must use my fingers to type the words old-stylee?

richpeacock on Wally Olins

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