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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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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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Saving Harry

With winter around the corner and hedgehog numbers in rapid decline in the UK, animator Kris Hoffman has created a stunning, mixed-media film for Wildlife Aid to help support the species. Rather than confronting viewers with disturbing imagery, the charming short showcases the plight of Harry, an impossibly cute urban hedgehog.

Prop designer Joe James crafted the paper hedgehog puppet, while illustrator Sandra Dieckmann drew Harry’s world, injecting magic through intricate detail and beautiful texture. Hoffman’s job was to map Dieckmann’s drawings onto the card-based environments, marrying the flat, 2D designs with James’ 3D puppet to create a cohesive visual language.

“The aim was simply to make it as pretty and charming as we possibly could to get people’s attention,” Hoffman explains. “How could you not want to look at Harry, when he is so dashing?”

“I care about the message of the film and Wildife Aid’s work very much,” she adds. “It’s great to see that the animation has the potential to get others to care too and help the charity.”

The rest of Hoffman’s work is equally impressive – head over to her portfolio site to see more stunning animation and print projects.



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From Form for Willem de Kooning

Remember art school? Beer, lectures, procrastination, inspiration, late nights in the studio, pure creative freedom…

Dutch film and design trio From Form nailed the highs and lows of student life in a recent short for Rotterdam-based art academy Willem de Kooning. Briefed to create an online commercial that would motivate new students, From Form’s Jurjen Versteeg, Ashley Govers and Wouter Keijzer took a “lean and mean” approach with a punchy narrative and fresh, colourful set design. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just fancy a quick trip back to your uni days, it’s worth a look.

“We’re following the creative process of a design student – from excitedly starting a project to postponing it a few days later, insecurities, working late, failing and starting over,” explains Versteeg. “The guiding voiceover in the film doubles as a role of a mentor and the students creative consciousness.”

The art academy hosts a variety of different courses, so the film needed to be as broad as possible. By focusing on the bare essentials of each course and cutting out any additional clutter, FromForm were able to highlight the complete spectrum of courses – from graphic design to fashion, digital programming, illustration and more – without diluting the overall message of motivation.

To capture the table-top shot running throughout the piece, the studio built a DIY rigging system hanging from the ceiling. The trio then shot the piece in two days on a Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern (“So we could get the full raw potential of the camera”).

Their favourite part of the project? “We’re really happy how the final edit turned out,” says Versteeg. “But it’s always fun to smash a laptop when you get the chance!”



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Estudio Yeyé

Mexico-based design firm Estudio Yeyé is steadily making a mark on its local cafes, bars and bakeries in the country’s northern city of Chihuahua, transforming the interiors with fresh branding and clean, inviting graphics.

The studio works across multiple fields and formats, but the team’s recurrent use of illustration throughout its portfolio is particularly striking, conjuring a colourful cacophony of cubist graphics, intricate pen-and-ink illustration, stark vector images and even cave painting-style markings.

Of particular note is Estudio Yeyé’s detailed print and linework for local canteen El Aguafuerte (look out for the drunken ‘rural Mexican’ in a bottle), not to mention its Picasso-parodying branding for Faenas – a restaurant specialising in regional cuisine –  and stunning industrial identity for local bakery/cafe La Central.

Of the latter, Estudio Yeyé creative director Orlando Portillo says the challenge was to reinterpret the manufacturing aesthetic of downtown Chihuahua, where La Central is based.

“We wanted to develop a look and feel based on the graphic look of the Chihuahuan industry in the 50s, where everything was handmade,” he explains. “For us, La Central is a little ‘factory’ of coffee and bread.”

You can check out the rest of Estudio Yeyé’s well-crafted work here.



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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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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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