FormFiftyFive

Design inspiration from around the world.

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

Liam Crean
Liam Crean — 20 posts
http://www.andthensome.co.uk
Designer & Developer – Derby, 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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Nothing but Fragments

Nothing but Fragments, a new project from designer Richard Grainger in collaboration with writer Glen Brown brings a kaleidoscope of flakes and shards into sharp focus revealing to us that the by-products of creativity are at times more prominent than intended, taking a detour of their own.

The text by Glen Brown is a direct result of a dialogue between imagery and words: fragments of memory tumbling across the pages, inviting us into an internal mindscape.

Tonight (Thursday) see’s the launch of the project down at Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch where they’ll be a selection of limited editoon prints on sale, as well as the book and with the accompanyment of music from George Kamm, Andrew Watson and the Good Block DJs.

Check out the project, and more of Grainger’s work over on his site here: www.richardgrainger.co

And for more on tonight’s event, check the Facebook event here.



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Strut and Fibre

In a growing world of budget ‘do-it-yourself-internets’ and ‘get-your-cheap-business-cards-here’ it’s always super good to see a new service that actually looks legit pop-up, welcome to the table Strut and Fibre.

Strut and Fibre is a new online print service, crafted by creative studio Delight aimed at people with a desire for a higher level of quality printing services with options excelling offerings from lower-end competitors.

As well as offering high quality stocks from Burneside paper mill James Cropper, you’ll also be able to work with a wide selection of great fonts supplied from the genius’ at Monotype.

Strut and Fibre have also locked in an incredible host of design ambassadors from studios to illustrators to create an exclusive offering across their range of business cards, postcards and A2 printed materials including: BuildBread CollectiveDelightHey StudioMalika FavreRichard HoggSteven WilsonSupermundaneTwo Times Elliott

The guys behind the service have also set up a launch event that’s taking place at Protein studios on the 8th of September followed by a 3 day exhibition featuring the ambassadors work in the same venue. Tickets for the launch can be grabbed over on Eventbrite here.

For all in the info on the event and their upcoming services hit up: strutandfibre.com

For more work from Delight check out their case studies here.



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Wriggles & Robbins present: Nightlife

London storytelling duo Wriggles & Robbins, known for their short films and creative shwang are back in focus with a new short film that shows off the Nikon D810’s low light capabilities. The concept follows a series of night animals, (otherwise known as “nocturnal” to those in the know) roaming the wilderness into the city streets over an evening.

Using 4 Nikon flashes, a 20 meter track, 84 foam board animal frames and a small total of 7,434 shots, the short, entitled ‘Nightlife’ presents a sequence of looped unedited photographs using a combination of different flashes and exposures. The camera EXIF data from each shot is then shown to represent the exact settings used, nifty.

And for those who love a timelapse, Merry Christmas:

Credits: Directed by: Wriggles & Robins Camera: Simon Lakos Producer: Chanse Fyffe Executive Producer: Tai Thittichai Post Producer: Alannah Currie 2D Animation: The Line Live Action Animation: Matt Cooper Music Producer: Throwing Snow



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Ableton; Pushing all our buttons

Ableton, the beloved music making software of which many hours of many people’s lives have been taken away from them are back with the second iteration of their Push controller, Push 2. Without wanting to delve too much into the music side of this device – Ableton, as usual, have made a huge push for a high level of product design – with an equally high level of thought through graphic design on top.

From the controllers interface – possibly, taking hints from the OP-1 from Teenage Engineering – to the crafted typeface, Ableton Sans from Letter’s from Sweden. This box of tricks is a dream, wether you’re into music making or just like looking at shiny new things.

Check more images of the new Push, and the Ableton Sans typeface after the jump…

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Exploring Product Focused Design with Dom Goodrum at Percolate

Going ‘in-house’ is sometimes seen as heading to the dark side. No more pitching, no more ‘new clients’, no more ‘exciting, one off briefs’ – just one product, one brand and one style.

Is that actually the case?

After spending a year escaping the agency band myself, it’s something I now regard as an incredibly valuable move. As a designer it can teach you to execute with a different thinking cap on whilst gaining more in depth experience into how business and design must co-operate and work together.

In this new series of interviews I wanted to get away from talking to designers within ad agencies and graphic design studios and focus on designers within technology focused comapanies. People making real things, better. From how they got there, to their companies process, to how they value their work whilst constantly innovating.

Oh, and their favourite coffee.

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Saffron for Tuenti

The telecom market is a sea of constant change, with takeovers and new providers popping up every year promising new great things, whilst inevitably concentrating too much on their offering, without making what matters solid and reliable.

Innovating how telco’s work for consumers seems to have proved challenging for many of the big corporates but many smaller start-up’s have been giving it a good crack – a fine example being Spanish born, Tuenti.

Branding a telco network is a brief many dream of taking on, but so many fail with. Creating a design system that feels unique, yet can carry the brand for years to come is a mammoth task for a studio of any size. Yet branding consultancy Saffron have managed to take on the forward thinking business system of Tuenti and translate that into a fresh identity and aesthetic to match.

Start-ups are forever changing and evolving and this feels like a really solid piece of work for the company to grow alongside with – a top example of great branding work.

More images after the jump.

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Studio Series #2 – The Bakery

Roll up, roll up, it’s time for the second of our new Studio Series insights! This week we’re travelling to the capital of Russia, Moscow! for an insight into one of the countries most exciting up and coming studios, The Bakery!

We got on our imaginary EasyJet flight (also known as GMail) to chat to Ivan from the studio about why they do what they do, and what’s going on in Russia these days…

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How did the Bakery come together?

I was about to find a job in Moscow, but was feeling uninspired by the interviews I was going through. I didn’t feel any relation to their creative output and thought they were lagging behind.

Anna (my partner & wife) suggested we’d try to go on our own and establish a practice with different attitude towards work and studio culture. We wanted to do contemporary stuff, try new things, work with materials and print — things that are still not that popular in Russia.

Did you both have a bit of business knowledge before setting thing up?

We thought we did :) From what we’ve experienced at previous jobs we had some basic knowledge of how a studio operates, but when we started we had to sort lots of legal stuff, find a space, set up accounts and all of this was completely new to us. We also had to manage clients ourselves, take care of billing and payments, etc. There are lots of things I’d have done differently if I had the knowledge I have now.

How do you two split the business side against the creative side?

Luckily there are two of us, so Anna manages the business side, while I manage things related to design and we also contribute to each other’s duties. But still there are routine tasks I have to carry out on my own and they take a lot of time, so I try to work from home, either at breakfast or before I go to bed.

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Studio Series #1 – Well Made Studio

Welcome to the first in a new series of features in which we delve deeper into the business side of running a design studio.

Over the course of the series we’ll be hearing from a range of our favourite studios, some with years of history to others with six months. Why were they formed in the first place and how have they saved the ship from almost sinking. How do they gain their clients, and what happens when they lose them?

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Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

Introducing your new favourite cookbook; Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

Jointly created by Joseph Inniss, Peter Stadden and Ralph Miller, The Hip Hop Cookbook features 30 recipes inspired by your all time favourite Hip Hop artists of today and yesteryear.

Each of the recipes is then accompanied by a bespoke piece of artwork, created by a selection of the UK’s best upcoming illustrators.

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We Need Nothing to Collide

Russ Chimes, the London based producer, remixer and DJ is back where he belongs with his new EP Sula. Continuing a trend, Chimes has teamed up with superior video wizard Mark Wheeler to create the immense new video for Chimes’ latest release entitled ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’.

The video is the culmination of a series of visual sounds experiments that overlap each other to create realtime visuals taken directly from Chimes’ latest tune. The experiments can all be used for live performance, as well as choreographed animation. Experiments 1 & 2 shown after the jump were created using live MIDI notes, BPM and CC values to create visuals with a tightness to the music that wouldn’t be possible with only audio data.

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Registration Summer School is now open!

Roll up! Roll up! South London’s Registration Summer School is now open!

Three days of design lead workshops, lectures, performances and social activities from a selection of design professionals including Sebastian Zimmerhackl and Anthony Burrill alongside the brilliant Hato Press Studio.

Set in a disused primary school, in the Borough of Lewisham Registration is out to deliver experiential education methods that seek to give insight and inspire students. I chatted to Ross Bennett, one of the brains behind the programme to find a little bit more about what’s going on;

How did you come around to putting together Registration?

A friend and recent graduate (Callum Copley) approached myself (Ross Bennett) and Andrew Thorpe, designers who live in South London – with an idea for a summer school. Callum had been to a few different programmes over seas, like ‘After School Club’ in Offenbach, Germany.

Eike König From the studio ‘Hort’ and students from the Offenbach University ran the event in together as a joint project. Callum had a great time and found the collaboration between students and practitioners on such a non-hierarchical level really inspiring. Being surrounded by so many talented students in such short period of time (3 days) and being asked to produce work is an amazing experience.

There wasn’t really anything offering the same kind of fun, free educational structure that we thought there should be over here. So we’re making it happen.

Who should be looking to apply?

You should be interested in approaching subjects from all angles, researching and be open to creative briefs. We don’t want to limit it to Art and design students. But it will probably be past, present or future students that look to get involved in a fun project to challenge their notions of practice.

We want to cultivate a group of multi-practice individuals. We’ll try to make the selected group of students as diverse as possible so that they get the most from each other as well as from the guests that will be delivering workshops, and lectures.

Why the subject of Fear?

After a lot of discussion around whether or not there should be a theme and what it should be we thought it would help the practitioners we were inviting to work from a topic.

As Callum was a recent graduate and as myself and Andrew know only too well University is riddled with fear, just about every human being out there has their share of fears. Be they daily and trivial, or a severe disorder. We feel that fear as a topic isn’t that widely discussed within art and design, especially within education and practice.

We want to open up the theme discuss it without being afraid and maybe think about ways that we can suffer less from it and create work out of it. Across the 3 days and with such a breadth of guests we hope that the theme will be approached from many different perspectives.

What’s in the pipeline for future Registrations?

It’s very easy to start thinking too far into future before things have happened but it would be nice to keep ourselves open to the possibilities of a developed and new programme hopefully with the new network of people we form from this first registration.

It would be great to take on residencies in unused schools during their summer breaks. And definitely to keep working on projects that open up alternative education methods and maintain an element of fun and remain social at their core.

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Registration Summer School – Open from the 19th to the 21st of August

Find more on Registration at: www.registrationschool.co.uk



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ed baptist on Studio Feixen

Nice article – its good to hear the experience of other designers who have started up. Myself and partner have just made it through our first year, i can see some parallels so comforting to get a solid view point

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Really nice work. Love the Nike campaign.

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Absolutely stunning work!

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Thanks for sharing this post about the Jan font. I love the typography of how the letters are formed. Also, it makes me happy to hear that numerous versions were created. As a designer, it is irritating when you want …

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