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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 — 1582 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 — 81 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 — 7 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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Felicia Aurora Eriksson

Felicia Aurora Eriksson

Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

http://feliciaaurora.com/


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Feature: Studio Constantine

We chatted with David from Melbourne’s Studio Constantine. He gave us an insight into the process behind their beautiful minimalist work.

Can you tell us a bit about how Studio Constantine came to be?

Sure thing. Being partners in life, Hannah and I (David) always had the intention to work together in a creative practice at some point. After some years working in London (David in an innovation consultancy and Hannah in publishing), working crazy hours, commuting and living for the weekends, we decided to take the plunge and head back to Melbourne to start our own thing.

It was also about working out who we wanted to work with long term. London was great and we worked with the biggest brands and companies in the world, but inevitably we ended up dealing with clients that were only interested in projects so far as it advanced their climb within their own companies. Very few people cared about what they were doing or selling, let alone why.

We have two main criteria for vetting potential clients. 1. Are they as passionate about what they do as we are about what we do? and 2. Do they desire difference? Beyond that, we work for clients in many sectors from multinationals to one person shows – as long as it is engaging.

Very few people cared about what they were doing or selling, let alone why.

Your website reads manualelectric.com. Why Manual Electric, what does it mean?

The idea was that the URL describes our process, or design approach. ‘Manual’ is about making things in the real world. Understanding that the smallest details are what makes the bigger picture. We take time to build relationships with great paper merchants, printers, developers in order to let production opportunities inform our design process. ‘Electric’ is about the idea. Thinking always comes first, and even small executional work is always sweated over to fit into the bigger idea. These two words act as a safety net on every project, to hold ourselves to account. What is the studio dynamic like?

In our time since we founded in 2012, we’ve had ups and downs, but learnt a whole heap too. We’ve always been about building the business slowly and sustainably. This is something we want to be doing for decades, not just a couple of years, so making sure that each job is at a standard we are happy to put out to the world is always front of mind. We work with Hannah and myself as two principals, between us covering the roles of a managing director and creative director. We have a network of collaborators like photographers, illustrators and developers, and bring in freelance designers as we need capacity. We also often have a student with us on placement from a local uni. Tell us a little about your design process

Our process is inherently strategically led – most briefs begin with a lot of questions, before we get anywhere near answers. We spend a lot of time helping our clients articulate what they have to say and who they want to say it to, before getting near how to say it. Research is key.

Our practice is about identity. We work in a multidisciplinary way, from visual identity systems and applications to campaign work, digital, packaging, interiors and environmental graphics, and publishing. At the heart of every project though is our work with clients on how to express what is unique or interesting or inspiring about them. If we get that bit right, the execution is usually really obvious.

We see a sophisticated minimal aesthetic as a common thread through your projects, and typography always plays a big role in your work – do you find this happens naturally or is it something you strive to achieve?

I think it is the result of a desire to take things away, and to rigorously rationalise what is left. We always push to see how little you really need to communicate an idea. It’s also a statement on how very often it is all the high context cues that make a piece of communication (particularly a physical object) memorable or desirable. Materials and processes are really important to all the work we make.

Simple has an appeal, because it is difficult — but we also think it is beautiful.

How do you stay inspired?

By continually challenging ourselves to slow down, make room to think and to remember why we started in the first place. Enjoying time doing simple things. Trying to find the simplest solution. Trying to do it with less. Trying to observe better.

Books to recommend?

Recent favourites: Monocle guide to good business. Rethinking the Modular – USM project50. Statement and counter statement – Notes on Experimental Jetset. Some posters from the NGV. Favourite typographer?

Classic: Josef Müller-Brockmann, Rolf Müller, Helmut Schmid Contemporary: Experimental Jetset, Kasper Florio, Spasky Fischer

By no means the full list!



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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.”

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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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Semi-Permanent Conference

For those of you who missed it. Semi-Permanent came to Melbourne last week bringing with them a plethora of interesting and awesome speakers including:

Jessica Hishce, Nicholas Felton, Seb Lester, Julian Frost, Moffitt&Moffitt, Studio Hunt&Co, Ant Keogh, Glendyn Ivyn, Lilli Waters  Nicole Reed, Magdalena Wosinska, Ben Briand, and Miso – Stanislava Pinchuk

The conference took place over two days at Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, a good venue to facilitate a big audience but unfortunately located in one of the least inspiring areas of the Melbourne CBD. With a set of 7 speakers per day presenting for 45 minutes each the schedule was quite tight and unfortunately left little to no time of Q&A’s at the end of each talk. The speakers came from a range of backgrounds from designers, art directors, illustrators to film makers and photographers. As there was no particular theme set for the conference, the talks were focused on giving deeper insight into the speakers work, methods and journeys.

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Here are some of our highlights from the two days

Moffitt&Moffitt

Kicking off day one was creative twins Andrew&Mark from Moffitt&Moffitt (Sydney) who are also responsible for the rebrand of Semi-Permanent. Starting off with photos of the brothers as kids in their Mickey Mouse outfits, they took us on a journey through the ups and downs of their life and work together.  The twins captivated the audience with cocky silliness and insights into their highly polished work, which ranged from photographing 6 metre flames in someones questionable garage for an album cover  to pushing the boundaries of briefs with clients such as global company GE (see project here). The part that most resonated with us was their “Success of Failure” story. It started out as a story about a fashion magazine with the generic name Girls&Boys targeted at “trendsetters” using big 3D letters “because it was cool” until they realised how, as they put it, “self indulgent and shit” it was. They threw the giant 3D letters off their balcony the same night and started from scratch. Their solution became highly acclaimed music magazine Demo which grew from the idea of capturing a a video clip on paper covering emerging Australian artists. The key thing they took away from this experience was that the best type of self promotion is to promote someone else, and to always start with the question: how can we help?

Demo Issue 01 by Moffitt&Moffitt

The Verses Album Seasons by Moffitt&Moffitt

Julian Frost

Definitely the highlight of day one (if not the whole conference) was Julian Frost: animator, illustrator and director behind the hugely successful Dumb Ways To Die animation for Metro Trains Melbourne. Julian enjoys drawing silly characters and if his illustrations result in a chuckle he is very happy. His black humour and wit comes through in his work, as well as in his presentation, giving the audience a giggle more than a few times throughout his speech. He gave us a crash course in how to make an animation funny and how he uses Tom Hanks’  “what’s fun about that?” line from the film Big to test this. He also took us through the process of creating the Dumb Ways to Die animation from sketching characters through to creating the smartphone game. Frost gives credit to the client for taking “a giant leap of faith” and almost completely staying out of the project for most of the time – their only feedback in the end was to make the deaths of the characters hit by trains more violent.

He also told us that when Dumb Ways to Die took off on YouTube his brain overloaded and he promptly got a cold. Dumb Ways to Die picked up more awards than anyone ever at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this year and has, according to Frost, been viewed for over 273 years on YouTube (I’m sure you’ve seen it by now but here’s the link anyway). Some examples of Frost’s other work are below.

DumbWaysToDie game

Kid on diving board by Julian Frost

Pooploop by Julian Frost

Nicholas Felton

San Franciscan Nicholas Felton (one of the lead designers of the Facebook timeline and creator of Daytum.com) wrapped up day one telling us about the process of creating his hugely popular personal Annual Reports. The man is a genius, and the amount of effort and detail he goes into to create these explicit infographics of his life is mind boggling – almost too much to take in on a Friday afternoon. Felton describes the Annual Reports as stories expressed in numbers, and he says that numbers play a big role in how we communicate today, and should be considered as tool to use along side typography and imagery.

Nicholas Felton

Hunt&Co

Thomas Williams from Hunt&Co (Melbourne) kicks off day two of the conference. Thomas is the man behind internationally loved publication Process Journal and Made. He told us about growing up on a vineyard and failing art class. He revealed some of his early work as a designer and how back then he thought he was pretty awesome… but later realised he wasn’t. As he was challenged with working within the boundaries of normal office hours he eventually decided to start his own studio. The very humble beginnings of Hunt&Co seemed to have been a mixture of playing XBox in his underpants and working really fucking hard as he puts it. Engaging throughout his presentation, Williams was well considered and well structured, and probably involved the most amount of swear words – something he told us he almost regretted having included since another acclaimed speaker had said the night prior that this was un professional. We thought it was absolutely appropriate. He also gave us some well written and spoken words to take with us and share including “Leonardo DiCaprio does not make bad movies. Ever”  and “Don’t do a lot and achieve nothing” and eventually parting with the words…

Thomas Williams

Jessica Hische

Who better to wrap up a conference the Jessica Hische? Seriously. She was everything we thought she would be… and more. Master of improvisation and a seasoned speaker she engaged us with little anecdotes and even cross referenced the presentations of the previous speakers as she went. Amongst other things she spoke about her wedding invite and website and how it had been bagged out on a news site as the most hipster invite anyone’s ever made. She didn’t deny it wasn’t (we think it’s stunning, check it out here.) She also gave insight to the process and research that went into designing the Penguin book series. By the end of her presentation she had won everyone over with her charm and probably made sure everyone was coming to the after party. As a finishing touch to the talk she surprised everyone by showing a polished version of photographer Magdalena Wosinska’s logotype (who spoke previous day) that she had whipped up overnight! This was in no way meant as a slight, she was only offering her professional help and I think Magdalena and Jessica will for sure become great ladybro’s as a result. For anyone who is interested in lettering she also an excellent class up on skillshare!

Lettering Jessica Hische



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Let’s have a threesome!

Threesome is a typographic exhibition marking the third birthday of The Design Kids, an online platform supporting Australian graphic design talent. The Design Kids invited creative geniuses from all round Australia to collaborate with students and recent graduates in what was called a “typographic treasure hunt”.

The exhibition travelled from Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide and ended in Perth. Nearly 300 artworks were submitted. The brief was to collaboratively create a typographic artwork containing three words of the teams choosing. This was then pasted or mounted up in a specified area of the city where the exhibition took place, a map was released to the public and the typographic treasure hunt could begin.

We asked the founder of The Design Kids Frankie Ratford what the highlight of the exhibition were for her.

“Pretty excited to see people take the brief and run with it! The Hungry Workshop created a website where you can find your own type and explore your own city through typography on alphagram.net, Creative Method did a 3D double artwork, Seesaw used fluro printed tape and three real bikes through Melbourne city, End of Work an amazing sculptural piece and Block Branding created giant type on a fence for all to see. There’s many more and I can’t thank the designers enough for the amazing effort, work and making time to work with students and grads. “

The exhibition also included the likes of Studio Hunt&Co, Hofstede, Studio Brave, Motherbird and Southsouthwest to name a few.

You can view and vote for your favourite artwork by liking your favourite pieces here.

Image Credits

OiOiOi” by Studio Alter in collaboration with Chai Jefferey & Ashlee Craven “Cool Story Hansel” by Gemma O’Brien in collaboration with Gabby Lord & Jonathan Key “Blah Blah Blah” by Luke Lucas in collaboration with Josh Collings & Eliza Svikulis “Where to Next” Conway in collaboration with Diana Zyliene & Olivia King

“OiOiOi” by Studio Alter in collaboration with Chai Jefferey & Ashlee Craven

“Blah Blah Blah” by Luke Lucas in collaboration with Josh Collings & Eliza Svikulis

“Cool Story Hansel” by Gemma O’Brien in collaboration with Gabby Lord & Jonathan

“Where to Next” by Conway in collaboration with Diana Zyliene & Olivia King



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Forsman & Bodenfors – new site, new work

Swedish branding and design studio Forsman & Bodenfors has recently launched their new site with loads of great new work. Forsman and Bodenfors started off 2013 by winning Interactive Agency of the Year by Art Directors Club and has been ranked one of the best agencies in the world. Amongst their recent work is this brilliant campaign to aid the homeless people of Gothenburg.

Faktum is a monthly street newspaper in Gothenburg working with the socially vulnerable, together with Forsman & Bodenfors they created this social media campaign which goal was to raise awarness about homelessness in Sweden and to engage people to aid their cause.

“Gothenburg has about 3,400 homeless people. Most of them find a roof over their heads with a friend or at a refuge, but some sleep in the open air.We have chosen ten of the places where they might spend the night – and made it possible for you to book them. Just like any hotel.You can book one for yourself, or as a gift for somebody else. Either way the money goes to our work for homeless and socially vulnerable people.”

Each “room” has it’s own tourist like description:

“Feel the city’s pulse from dawn to dusk at Gullbergsvass. This delightful dwelling is just a stroll from the romantic Dreamer’s Quay: a source of inspiration to musicians and artists alike. And all under the noble eye of the Skansen Lion from his centuries old fortress.”

Head over to the campaign website if you feel like booking in http://en.faktumhotels.com/




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