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 — 1565 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1190 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 — 80 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 — 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 — 26 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 20 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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Luke Tonge

Luke Tonge

Graphic Designer – Birmingham, UK

https://twitter.com/luketonge


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Sam Pierpoint

Sam is an independent illustrator and paper artist currently living in the rural countryside just outside of Bristol, surrounded by scenery and wildlife. With six years industry experience and a background in graphic design Sam has turned her observational powers and attention to detail into creating dreamy and magical handcrafted artwork.

Her work is used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different purposes ranging from advertising campaigns, magazine covers, installations, music and window displays. She has produced work for a large range of clients, including DLKW Lowe, Nokia, Kiehl’s, El Jimador, Paperchase, Camp Bestival, Unipart, Jetstar and Birmingham Royal Ballet.



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Ellie Foreman-Peck

Ellie F-P is a London based illustrator specialising in witty and expressive hand drawn and collaged imagery. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked for a wide range of clients including: Random House, GQ, The Telegraph, Gramophone Magazine, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Independent, Eureka, Harvard Business Review and CBBC, and most recently, The Idler.

Follow on twitter to keep up to date with her most recent work.



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The Counter Press

Our friends over at The Counter Press have just released issue 2 of their beautiful ‘little letterpress newspaper’ Extra Condensed No.2.

Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a particularly numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via a wander through the peculiar world of letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1.Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in our collection.

Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200 (although this still involved over 2250 hand pulled prints). Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.

Available to buy in their shop. Making of film shot by Martin Power. Lovely!




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the House of Hugo Hoppmann

We last featured Hugo Hoppmann back in 2009, when he was a 21 year old student. Now working in NYC some 7 years later he has some great projects under his belt in print and digital, ranging from identities and websites to books and maga­zines. Hugo’s portfolio includes a large spectrum of colla­borative and commis­sioned work of different scales and his site is pretty smart too. You can also follow Hugo on twitter.




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magCulture The Shop!

After five years online, friends of FFF magCulture are opening a bricks and mortar real life shop in London. 

The Shop will stock over 500 different titles from around the world in a 400sqm space devoted to magazines. Regular magCulture Journal readers will know exactly the type of magazines to expect – a strong mix of contemporary indies alongside the best from the big publishers.

Situated at the base of one of London’s first sixties tower blocks, the original sloping ceiling and terrazo floor have been restored and bespoke furniture designed and built by South London Makers.

The main feature will be a bespoke 6m x 2m shelf furnished with the 606 Universal Shelving Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 and made by Vitsoe.

‘Other cities have great magazine shops with generous stocks and knowledgeable staff,’ says magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie, ‘I felt it was time London had that too. We have some good shops already, but they tend to also be bookshops or gift shops.’ The magCulture Shop will stock only magazines, aside from a few natural extensions such as books about editorial design.

The magCulture Shop 270 St John Street Clerkenwell EC1V 4PE

Find it on Google Maps

Hours Wednesday–Friday 11am–7pm Saturday 12–4pm



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Tom Price: Update

Friend of FFF and talented freelance documentary photographer, writer and filmmaker Tom Price is due an update. He’s worked in the UK and overseas on a wide range of issues: from peace building in South Sudan, to social enterprises and socially-minded celebrities in the UK, to survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to victims of domestic violence in Brazil. Currently residing in Kolkata, India for a year, he’s available for commissions – mainly documentary projects for INGOs and editorial. He’s an absolute diamond of a guy, so if you have a project in mind don’t hesitate to contact him.



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The Five Things Book

The Five Things Book is a design-led, typographic book; revealing over 100 people’s five favourite things; along with the stories behind why they love each thing.

Gadgets, clothing, cars, art, people, places – in our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by amazing things. These things provoke memories, create deep feelings of nostalgia and we become attached to them. What if you had to choose only five things, as your favourite things. What would they be? And, why those particular things? 

Over the last year the Five Things project has been posing those exact questions to people from all over the world. Each person would supply a list of their five favourite things, along with the reason they chose that particular thing. The replies have been mesmerising; often poignant, emotive and at times, funny. These answers provide an insight into the lives of people from varying cultures, places and backgrounds.

The Five Things Book is inspired by the website Five Things, which was created and curated by Northern Irish designer Paul McNally.



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Sekford Watches

Its been fascinating to see the new English luxury watch brand Sekford take shape this year via the medium of Instagram, ahead of their recent launch. The three founders (Kuchar Swara CEO / Creative Director, Cédric Bellon Director / Watch Designer & Pierre Foulonneau Director / Industrial Designer) all hail from different design disciplines, which may go some way to explaining its particular aesthetic – that combines classic craftsmanship with Modernist principles.

The company originated when its founders were unable to find the sort of watch they themselves wanted to wear; a luxury, midcentury-style dress watch for everyday use, with a price equivalent to a great pair of shoes, bag or jacket. Its first, Swiss-made watch, the Sekford Type 1A, owes its clean, midcentury look to industrial designer Pierre Foulonneau’s dedication to functionality: ‘I think we have achieved a maximum dial size for a relatively small case,’ he says. The curved glass was watch designer Cédric Bellon’s infuence.

‘The domed dial is expensive to produce but it gives a thinner look and reflects the light nicely.’ Meanwhile, creative director Kuchar Swara engaged Commercial Type to create the dial font and markers: ‘They created a special cut of Edward Johnston’s Underground typeface, Sekford Underground Tiny, to allow more space for the markers. These were inspired by 19th century British pocket-watch dial typography, generally painted using single-hair brushes.’

The Sekford logo is an English Gothic Revival wood engraving cut by specialist engraver Mark Wilkinson in Lincolnshire, and appears on the back of all Sekford wristwatches. This short film was made by Thomas De Monaco. Lovely watches, great site – time to get saving!



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Monotype Website

Type foundry Monotype has launched a much-improved new website developed by consultancy iA, working with Monotype’s in-house team. Michael Evamy worked on copy for the new website while SEA worked on image art-direction.

Monotype creative director James Fooks-Bale says the aim of the new site was to bring in an entirely new architecture – “to move away from how we see ourselves to how our users see us” – while also “putting a more human face on to what we do”. Imagery is used sparingly, to let the type do the talking – “We’ve got thousands of typefaces and we wanted to surface them.”

We caught up with Digital Design Director Mark Boulton and he shared some thoughts about the intent, process and success of the project:

“Like most organisations, Monotype had original structured the website to naturally reflect how the business was structured. The challenge with this, of course, is that it didn’t map to how our customers think of us. For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.

For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.

The simple navigation – with hard rules about what can go up there and what can’t – means we have to think harder about how we drive users around by content rather than simply putting a link in a header and hoping. Coupled with a now consistent nomenclature, the site now relies on a model of stackable content objects (stacked by priority) to help people get around.

The challenges behind the scenes were quite considerable. The project was designed by iA in Zurich, together with the team at Monotype. But then the integration into a new content management system (Umbraco) was done in-house by a distributed team in Noida, just outside of Delhi; Bad Homberg in Germany; London and  Cardiff in the UK; and finally Chicago, Boston and Nashville in the US. Managing any project with so many moving parts, with so many distributed people, can be challenging. But we had good people, an agile development process, and strong vision.

For the digital design team this site is just the start. It’s the first ‘instance’ of our digital design language, which is a project we’ve been working for quite a while, in an effort to unify our brand across all digital touch-points.”



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Review: Logo Modernism

For the past 7 years, author and ‘logo detective’ Jens Müller has been compiling modernist logos created between 1940 and 1980. This ‘golden era’ of modernist aesthetic in art, architecture and product design also produced some of the most iconic and beautiful brand marks. A collection of approximately 6,000 such logos that now fill the pages of Logo Modernism, a new book out from Taschen.

Ranging from media outfits to retail giants, airlines to art galleries, the sweeping survey is organized into three design-orientated chapters: Geometric, Effect, and Typographic. Each chapter is then sub-divided into form and style led sections such as alphabet, overlay, dots and squares. Alongside the comprehensive catalog, the book features an introduction from Jens Müller on the history of logos, and an essay by R. Roger Remington on modernism and graphic design.

Eight designer profiles and eight instructive case studies are also included, with a detailed look at the life and work of such luminaries as Paul Rand, Yusaku Kamekura, and Anton Stankowski, and at such significant projects as Fiat, The Daiei Inc., and the Mexico Olympic Games of 1968.

This book is not only full-to-bursting with hugely important logos, it is physically huge! Probably the biggest book i’ve ever reviewed. It’s 432 pages, and almost A3 in size! I’ve no idea how much it weighs, but you certainly get a lot of book for your money. If you have an interest in social, cultural or corporate history, this is an unrivalled resource and deserves a place on your shelves (if it will fit).

Worth mentioning too that the book is multilingual (English, French, and German). It’s currently available through publisher TASCHEN or Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.



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The Modern Magazine 2015

The third annual ModMag conference organised by Jeremy Leslie aka MagCulture takes place this year on Thursday 29th October. We can expect another celebration of creative editorial design as well as forward-looking advice and opinion on the future of the industry. The line-up of speakers is broad and quality – covering most areas of contemporary magazine-making: mainstream, independent, zine, digital, audio, free and branded. It adds up to an unmissable day of forward-looking, innovative publishing. We’ve attended both of the previous events and have been impressed by the quality of speakers and the intimacy this scale of event affords. If magazines are your thing, its one not to miss.

We spoke with a few of the speakers ahead of the big day to whet your appetites…

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Yellow: The Collected Book

Yellow is a celebration of illustration and the people who’ve made it their own, created by the rad team behind OFF LIFE, who wanted to show that illustration isn’t just a medium of pretty pictures; that it can be as powerful as any photograph or piece of writing.

They rounded up 52 of the world’s most exciting artists, allocated them each a week of the year and asked them to illustrate one news story that broke within their seven days.

The result is an entire illustrated year from 52 unique perspectives. And with the year nearly up, every piece has been collected into a beautiful hardback book that showcases what illustration can bring to the biggest issues of our time.

Artists include: Jean Jullien, Hattie Stewart, Supermundane, Malika Favre, Stanley Chow, Pete Fowler, Charlotte Mei, Martin Rowson, and (literally) dozens more of the most exciting artists working today.

Order your copy now!



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Unit Editions: Lance Wyman Monograph

There’s some really great design books being published these days from publishers of all shapes and sizes. And then there are Unit Editions books. When Lance Wyman: The Monograph landed with a thud on my desk a few weeks ago I knew I was in for a treat, I’d been looking forward to it all year, but even my high expectations were quickly surpassed. As a huge fan of mid-century modern identity design, particularly that from U.S. designers, this book already stood a good chance of ticking all my boxes, and it delivers on all fronts – its full of beautiful work you’ve probably never seen before – its presentation is generous and does its subject matter justice – and of course it’s brilliantly written and designed as an object (design by Spin).

Adrian & Tony share editorial credit so I spoke to them both to find out a bit more…

FFF: Why Wyman? TB: I have been a Lance fan for a long time. In fact I had a hand in a relatively early appearance of his in the UK. I was asked by the D&AD on behalf of the, then, President Tony Davidson, to suggest an graphic designer for a series of D&AD President’s lectures and I put Lance’s name forward. He was his normal self-effacing self, he’s such a smart, switched on guy and there is never a smile far away.

I think the thing that excited me personally about doing the book was the opportunity to shine a light on his lesser known work. Eyes always light up when the Mexico Olympics are mentioned, and quite right too but he is so much more than that, his career has been overwhelming in many ways, and he is still actively designing, still making great work and is, in every way, a true great. The thinking behind our approach to making the book was to focus on and draw out the formal beauty of his work, the warmth and wit are readily available to any viewer, but it can sometimes be missed how elegant and powerful his work is.

FFF: Do you think this monograph goes some way to putting Lance in his rightful place (in peoples minds) as a designer of huge merit, talent and importance? 

AS: I really hope so, because he is a somewhat neglected and overlooked figure – especially by the design world elites. I have a theory that this is because he is the great ‘public’ designer of our age. What I mean by this is that everything he does is – to use his phrase – ‘out in the street’. So no exquisite identities for cool art galleries, or work for highbrow clients. Instead, he has nearly always worked for public institutions – Mexico Olympics, Mexico City Metro, Minnesota Zoo, etc. – where his work is seen (and used) by millions. To maintain the highest standards of design, and still manage to create work for a mass audience is really, really difficult. But that’s exactly what Lance Wyman does. I hope our book opens people’s eyes to his genius. We can all learn a lot from him.

FFF: How long did the process take of putting together this book?

AS: Over a year of hard work from start to finish. Tony and I spent a week with him in New York last summer and photographed his entire archive and interviewed him at length. Then it was back to London and many hundreds of hours editing, designing, retouching, and finally putting the book together and getting it printed and distributed.

FFF: Did you allow the work to dictate the format/shape/size of the book? (The squat format beautifully frames so much of the work). 

AS: The square format came from Lance himself. He rather shyly ’suggested’ it. He didn’t interfere in the design or editorial process – he trusted Tony and me to do a good job. Initially Tony was hesitant about the square format, but if you notice, it’s not exactly square, so it was a happy compromise.

FFF: If it sells out can you imagine offering a reprint in a smaller format like with Lubalin?

AS: No plans at this stage. Initial response has been fantastic – but it’s early days. The deluxe edition sold out almost immediately, and the ‘normal’ edition is trucking along nicely. We’ll investigate the possibilities of a second edition when we get close to selling out.

FFF: Who’s next on your hitlist of figures of historical importance (as opposed to modern/current practitioners) and when will you be making another announcement as to whats coming up next year?

AS: We have a very long wish list. Some of them will happen. Others will fall by the wayside. We have already announced books on Universal Everything and Morag Myerscough. But there are some corkers in the pipeline. Including one that we will be announcing next week. Stand by . . .

Go treat yourself, or put it on your Christmas list!

Edition of 2000 Hardback, black cover and white foil Two paper stocks CMYK + Pantone 464pp 280mm x 250mm



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There isn’t going to be an EPL sponsor after this season i think, part of the rebrand.

James on EPL – New Identity

I think it looks really cool!

Agree with Peteman, think the shirt badge looks a bit ‘weekend charity match’.

Think it’ll definitely appeal to the youth!

Dave Mullen Jnr on EPL – New Identity

Peteman – Isn’t this a season (or the future?) without an outside sponsor, but rather a host of sponsors? We won’t be seeing a return of a ‘Barclay’s Premier League’ for a long time I do believe.

Ben on EPL – New Identity

Loving the new EPL marque and the other elements shown above. Not too sure about the shirt badge. I’m also wondering how the league sponsors will be incorporated into it?

peteman on EPL – New Identity

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