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 — 1548 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1185 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 — 79 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 — 18 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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Emma Jones

Graphic Designer – London, UK

http://www.emmalaurajones.com


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Alphabetical: UK/Mexico 2015

Alphabetical have just launched their latest project: UK/Mexico 2015. This is a year-long festival of high-profile cultural, academic and trade projects, taking place across both nations and is the biggest ever cross-cultural celebration between Mexico and the UK.According to Bob Young, co-founder of Alphabetical, the biggest challenge was to create a truly bilingual concept that embraced the unification of the two nations. The British Council brief stated the need for a flexible identity that captured the spirit of both cultures and the activities of the festival itself, but fundamentally the design had to overcome the English/Spanish language barrier. They achieved this by creating a bespoke typeface that brings together elements of both nations; a British-inspired sans serif with a Mexican design based on traditional Mayan patterns. The whole identity system hangs off this typeface, giving the overall design a distinctive feel, and delivering a system that is flexible and robust enough to be used globally across all collateral. Effective use of layout, emotive but simple imagery and a bold colour palette pulls it all together, and brings the whole identity to life.





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Perrott’s — Proper Printing

Print from Greg Niemand on Vimeo.

Our transient economy and lifestyles lend anything genuinely old an air of fascination, and none more so than whacking great machinery worked by hand. Having a trade seems an almost whimsical notion these days, but there’s no doubt that as creatives and designers we are seduced by the honest, tactile nature of things made by an expert hand. Catherine Perrott got in touch to share this video made about about her Dad Steve, a fourth generation traditional printer. Worth a watch for an endearing peek into a shrinking craft.

The BBC are also currently running a series featuring  family businesses that have been passed down through multiple generations — an interesting example of tenacity, diplomacy and taking great pride in your everyday work.





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Shoot Advisory

Shoot Advisory is a new service thought up by professional photographer & designer Nahim Afzal, as an alternative to pricey studio shoots for creative agencies. In a nutshell, they come into your studio and not only recommend the right equipment for your needs and budget, but also spend two days teaching the team how to use it. Covering lighting and technical issues as well as art direction, this could pay for itself quite quickly taking into consideration staff portraits, environment shots and of course, keeping the portfolio up to date. Plus, much more fun than spending 3 days on Photoshop jiggery pokery! Check them out here.




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Interview — Purpose

We were blown away when we saw FFF’s Sean Rees and Purpose colleague Nathan Webb present their work for speech therapy course the McGuire Programme at London’s Point conference. From Sean’s very personal story of recovering from a stutter, to the creative and business challenges of working with a global not-for-profit organisation, we met up with them to find out why the project meant so much, and how they pulled it off.

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Philographics

Philographics is a project that uses graphic design to elucidate philosophical concepts. A series of 95 cards, each one explaining a philosophy ‘ism’, using simple colors and shapes, it’ll also be made into hard back book. The project is currently on Kickstarter where it’s done very well and has just a couple of days to go.

According to designer Genis Carreras, Philographics aims to explain complex ideas in the simplest way possible. “I started the project 2 years ago with the intention to merge the world of philosophy and graphic design… In the beginning it was a set 24 posters, explaining philosophical theories like Dualism, Free Will, Existentialism or Idealism using only shapes and colour. But so many important ‘isms’ were left out that I decided to add more designs to the collection.”

Check out the Kickstarter page here and get behind the project, or see many of the designs on Genis’ website here.




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Oak

Oxford and Brighton based Oak have a nice range of work on their new site, including branding/identity, editorial and lots of lovely art direction.



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Offset 2013 — Review

We hopped over to Dublin last weekend for Offset 2013; three days of talks and debates from a line-up of inspiring creatives. Even at first glance Offset feels a bit different from other design festivals. Its bold identity smacks you in the face challenging you to get stuck in, enthusiastically flouting the usually restrained style used for design events.

Based on this design aesthetic one could be forgiven for expecting a slightly chaotic event, but Offset is one of the best-organised events of its kind we’ve been to. On top of the seamless organisation and euphoric lack of queuing, it was fun, laid back and friendly. But above all, it felt tangibly creative. It’s easy to indulge in a bit of middle class navel gazing at these events, but this one didn’t allow any of that. It had a young, interesting buzz. It felt exciting. And the venue of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, sitting on the Grand Canal Dock, is an architectural feast that looks different from every angle. Gorgeous inside and out, the venue itself added to the inspirational atmosphere.

There were two things about Offset that really stood out for me and enhanced my enjoyment of the overall event. The first was that the second room — rather than being used for the less well known speakers, was a discussion room. This created a great breathing space from the main stage, and added pace to the day.

The second thing was the variety of styles, disciplines and personalities of the speakers butting up against each other, creating great juxtapositions. As the content and style of each presentation was quite different, it brought fresh perspectives on familiar themes.

There weren’t as many big names on the bill as in previous years, but there were some serious heavyweights, including Bob Gill, Ben Boss, Vaughan Oliver, Oliviero Toscani and Louise Fili. Our highlights from this year are as follows:

Ireland’s Laureate for children’s literature Niamh Sharkey talked passionately about the fight to get to a place worth going, gave fascinating insight into character development from a simple hand drawn line through to a 3D TV character and inspired the importance of respecting, and working for, your audience. Read more



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Pick me up

Pick me up is back at Somerset House next week, for an 11-day feast of graphic art, design and illustration. The festival of contemporary graphic arts features loads of great artists, illustrators and designers, across a broad range of styles, processes and materials. As well as the chance to peruse and purchase original and limited edition prints, there’s a schedule bursting with cool ways to get involved too, such as live printing, talks and workshops.

Studio Aardman will be hosting a Shaun the Sheep model-making workshop, Alan Kitching a letterpress workshop, and Print Club London will be taking up residency in the studio, inviting a jaw dropping list of collaborators to create original pieces and co-create on a handmade wallpaper design. Bob Gill, Genevieve Gauckler, Pure Evil, James Joyce, Margot Bowman, Serge Seidlitz, Fred Butler,  Rose Stallard, Maggie Li & Hattie Stewart will be joining them, so keep you eyes peeled to see them live at work or even better, get stuck in.

Pick Me Up runs at Somerset House from 18 – 28 April 2013. It’s Open daily 10.00-18.00 with late nights on Thursdays and entry is £8 (concessions £6) or a festival pass sets you back £15, if you’re planning on seeing lots of talks. For full info see here or for the event listings click here or list of contributors here



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