FormFiftyFive

Design inspiration from around the world.

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 — 1525 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 — 6 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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The Roster

Are you a freelancer in London? Or are you an agency looking for a freelancer in London? If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of these questions then have a look at this.

The Roster is a private network connecting top agencies directly to the best freelancers in London.

Founded by designers, The Roster allows agencies to search and review freelancers based on the type of project they’re working on and contact them directly without paying a commission on bookings. Freelancers have their own profile page and can decide which type of searches they show up in, based on the types of projects they are interested in working on.

The network is primarily based on recommendations and began as a group of freelancers who would often work together and refer one another, but they do also consider direct applicants.

They’re still quite new, but they’ve been getting some good feedback and they already have a nice mix of agencies using the site; from some of the most awarded independent studios to the biggest global branding agencies.

There is more info for both agencies here and freelancers here. Take a look.



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In Pieces

In Pieces is a interactive exhibition of 30 of the world’s most unique but unfortunately endangered species.

To communicate the fragmented survival of these species, designer Bryan James illustrated all 30 species from 30 morphing shards. Each animal is represented by one numbered ‘piece’, the set uniting together to form each other to highlight their common struggle and explaining in detail what threatens their existence.

Bryan has made some nifty use of CSS using the clip-path polygon property, relying on no WebGL or other external tech. The circular species navigation is also a very nice touch.

Go and check it out!



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Steven Bonner

How time files. It’s been almost three years since we last featured the stunning work of illustrator and typographer Steven Bonner. In that time the Scottish designer left his native Stirling and headed to San Francisco, working for renowned agencies Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Stranger and Stranger.

After a year spent across the pond working with clients such as the NBA, Ebay and creating the ‘Talk, Read, Sing’ campaign for Bay Area Council, Steven has been tempted back to Scotland by D8, where – starting today – he’s taken up the role of Design Director for the Glasgow agency.

We’re sure Steven will be a big success at D8 and look forward to seeing the work he produces during this next stage of his career.



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Studio Playlist 01 — Moving Brands

Ever wondered what sort of music your favourite studios listen to while working? Yes? Us too! So we thought we’d start a new monthly(ish) feature series ingeniously called “Studio Playlists” which does just that — giving us a quick eves-dropping of various studios’ working-music.

First up on the juke-box are Moving Brands, with 55 tracks compiled by studio DJ and beat-box king James Falconer.

Listen to the playlist via Spotify ?

That’s my morning’s music sorted! Thanks MB x





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WIN 1 of 5 signed copies of ‘Logo’

Laurence King have reissued of compact version of Michael Evamy’s ‘Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes‘. The smaller logo collection (7¾ x 6″) still packs 352 pages filled with 1300 symbols & logotypes from around the globe.

“The next time you are tempted to design a logo, take a look at this book. Chances are, it has already been done. By raising the bar, this wonderful resource will make better designers of all of us.” – Michael Bierut

Together with Laurence King with are giving away 5 copies of this complete guide to the history, development and style of identity design, signed by the author Michael Evamy. All you have to do is take a photo of your favourite logo, tell us why you love it and tag it on Twitter or Instagram with #FFFLogo. Easy!

We’ll select the winners by next Monday 9th March. So get snapping and good luck!



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Scenery

Anyone else sick of spending countless hours comping your designs “in situ” for client presentations and portfolio purposes? Thought so. We chatted to Unsigned Integer* about Scenery, a Mac app that showcases your designs with premium mockup templates, no Photoshop required!

Scenery was developed because of a personal need,

“We always wanted a fast mockup tool with quality photography in our lives, but none of the existing ones did the job for us. So we made our own.”

Read more



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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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Thanks very much for the shout out guys. Massively appreciated.

Jamie on Jamie Clarke

I’m a creative freelance UX UI digital designer always looking for new opportunities, see my work http://www.richard-hill.org.uk

Richard Hill on Freelance Digital Designer

Loved the concept but the execution let it down. Those issues, in my opinion, are with navigating the UI and the content being in uppercase and the graphs were unreadable.

Graham on In Pieces

Very nice!

Jamie Smith on Steven Bonner

oh.. Spotify :/

Joe on Studio Playlist 01 — Moving Brands

This is such a good playlist. Great series idea, thanks!

Becky on Studio Playlist 01 — Moving Brands

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