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 — 1576 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 — 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 — 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 — 6 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

Creative Director and founder of Transmission, Stuart Tolley, got in touch to let us know about his excellent new title MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design.

As the first comprehensive look at the rebirth of simplicity in graphic design, it showcases the minimalist work of around 160 international designers across a range of formats and media. From editorial design and album artwork to packaging design and branding, the book features some of the best work by renowned studios and designers including Made Thought, Bunch, Stockholm Design Lab, Wang Zhi-Hong and Warp Records.

The considered design of the publication also echoes its minimalist subject matter and is divided in to three sections (Reduction, Production, Geometry) — each of these including an exclusive interview with Cereal Magazine, BVD and Erased Tapes Records.

MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design is published by Thames & Hudson and is available now.




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Alphabet Logo

Our pals at Counterprint have done it again. Their latest book Alphabet Logo is a compendium of logos designed, you guessed it, from letters of the alphabet. Containing over 500 logos from some of the world, this latest release showcases the work of leading design companies like; Bond Creative, Bruce Mau Design, Hype Type Studio, Pentagram, Stockholm Design Lab, Wolff Olins and even a couple of FFF contributors!

Make sure you add a copy to your bookshelf.



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SPIN 360º

Spin: 360º is a portrait of one of London’s leading design studios. It’s a lovingly designed and beautifully produced 520pp monograph that looks in detail at every aspect of Spin’s work in identity, print, moving image, retail, digital and environmental graphics, as well as the studio’s self-directed activities in publishing, curating and collecting.

On the release of this latest Unit Editions title we caught up with Tony Brook, unique in his position as subject of much of this title (along with SPIN co-founder Patricia Finegan) and creative force behind its design and production.

A book like this is clearly a mammoth undertaking – can you just explain a bit about how you came to the decision to make this book now?

We started to discuss a possible Spin book for our 20th birthday (2012) but then the call came from the Alliance Graphique Internationale and organising AGI London came along and, unsurprisingly, it was put on the back burner. Adrian and I had been talking about the possibility of making contemporary monographs for a good while, books on practising designers seem to be something conventional publishers aren’t interested in. We both like the idea of creating a fuller 3-Dimensional portrait that allows for greater insights than the work alone. There are so many other stories and perspectives that inform the work that are really interesting and well worth expanding on. When we started think about potential candidates again (after the AGI Congress was put to bed) we realised that we would need a guinea pig to work with and, after much discussion, we agreed that a Spin monograph was a good choice. It would offer us the opportunity to explore this idea fully and try out some things.

Did it all go roughly according to plan?

The course of true love never runs completely smoothly! We pretty much designed it twice, the first attempt was smaller and more compact, but one of my great bugbears with other designers books is not being able to see the work at a reasonable size. I realised that I had made a similar mistake! Not a good moment.

Honesty is something that has been mentioned in regards to this project – your willingness to be transparent – So honestly, knowing what you know now, would you do it all again? would you approach it differently? any lingering frustrations?

The devil on my left shoulder is shouting in my ear ‘are you crazy’ as I write this but I would. I can’t deny it has been a lot of pain, but I can’t help feeling if it isn’t hurting we are doing something wrong. We ended up shooting 99% of the work specifically for the book, why did we do that? because we felt we had to. The writing took forever, the interviews were a huge task. Would we do anything differently? Not really, it’s been a buzz doing it, sounds perverse but although there’s a huge sense of relief I miss it! The biggest frustration was dealing with the vast amount of work that the studio has created over the course of 20 odd years was quite a job. The mis-labelling of files has to be seen to be believed (and I’m as guilty as anyone), for example. the Haunch of Venison files were also named HOV, HofV, HV, Haunch or simply 01.JPG, 02.TIFF etc. multiply that by the million. My left eye starts to twitch nervously when I think about it. The main frustration was finding low res files but not being able to find hi-res versions. This drove me to distraction.

Like most big jobs I imagine this was a team effort – how many people touched the job, and who did what?

Everyone in the studio worked on the book at one stage or another, it was a real team effort that pushed all of us to the limit! We are still talking which is good. Claudia Klat and I were the main creative driving force behind the book, but Linne Jenkin and Rachel Dalton sweated blood over it and really added so much to the book. Callin Mackintosh and Jack Grafton helped out when they could but were mainly occupied with paying work! Sam Stevenson looked after the production of the book, and the printing is exceptional, Adrian and Isabel Andrews did sterling work on the editorial side of things and Anna Souter helped hugely keeping everyone informed on social media, an increasingly important aspect of what we do, and with proof reading.

I loved what you said about your intention to make more as a snapshot of a living breathing studio than a tombstone – and inevitably SPIN will continue to produce great work in the coming years – so can you imagine ever wanting to do a volume 2?

I’d really like to think so, perhaps in another 5 or 10 years…

You feature 80 projects from your 20 years, so that hit-rate of 4 book-worthy pieces per year is enviable – what was the criteria for deciding what should make the cut?

This was very, very tough. A lot of good work didn’t make it for no reason other than the book was full!

You said SPIN 360 is template for what a contemporary monograph could be, with yourselves as the first subject. Obviously you’ve created some stunning monographs to date, so do you think this revised ‘template’ is successful and will be used for future UE monographs?

The thinking behind SPIN 360 is already feeding it way into the forthcoming books, my hope is that the people who buy the book will enjoy this approach.

Our hope is we breathe new life into the contemporary monograph as a format.

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The first 1000 copies of Spin: 360° come with a limited edition pack of six silk-screened A5 cards (Colorplan Ebony 350gsm) in a matching envelope, and a set of six button badges all designed by Spin. Some technical specs… Hardback with dust jacket. Cover foil blocked (front, spine and back). Printed CMYK + two Pantone colours (2028U and 2334U). Stock: 120gsm Munken Lynx. 203mm x 258mm. 520 pages. Price: £85 (RRP).

Order here  




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WIN 1 of 5 signed copies of ‘Logo’

Laurence King have reissued of compact version of Michael Evamy’s ‘Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes‘. The smaller logo collection (7¾ x 6″) still packs 352 pages filled with 1300 symbols & logotypes from around the globe.

“The next time you are tempted to design a logo, take a look at this book. Chances are, it has already been done. By raising the bar, this wonderful resource will make better designers of all of us.” – Michael Bierut

Together with Laurence King with are giving away 5 copies of this complete guide to the history, development and style of identity design, signed by the author Michael Evamy. All you have to do is take a photo of your favourite logo, tell us why you love it and tag it on Twitter or Instagram with #FFFLogo. Easy!

We’ll select the winners by next Monday 9th March. So get snapping and good luck!



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The 100/100 Beer Project

“There’s something about a beer label: a simple canvas attached to a uniquely appealing product.”

With that thought in mind SB Studio have brought together 100 high-profile designers and illustrators (such as Build, Pentagram, Spin, Manual, Hyperkit, StudioThomson, Jean Jullien, Paul Davis, Hey & Lance Wyman) to decorate the humble beverage, starting with a name for each beginning with SB.

As Nick Asbury explains: “…the game starts: on one level, a purely playful exercise in creative expression; on another level, a distillation of the purpose of design and branding — to give life and personality to the products around us.”

The project in aid of a great cause – the ArtFund, supporting museums and galleries by helping them to buy and display great works of work for everyone to enjoy.

Get yourself a copy



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Brosmind: Why How What

Just in time to mark the relaunch of the new Brosmind Website, the Mingarro brother sent us a copy of their new book Why How What. The 304 page monograph showcases the brothers work from their younger years all the way through to their latest projects for big brands. The ‘How’ section was the most interesting to me, as it exaiplns in great detail how the brothers work together from idea to artwork.

The A4 book is written and designed with as much fun as is characteristic of the duo. Within the double-sided slipcase you will also find a comic, some stickers and page markers that you can add to your favourite sections.

You can buy a copy direct from the Brosmind Website.

Rating: 5/5



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Counter-Print: Human Logo

Counter-Print books have released their latest book ‘Human Logo‘. Making the series a trilogy of logo showcase books alongside ‘Monogram Logo’ and ‘Animal Logo’

The latest volume contains over 300 logos in sections such as bodies, hands, hearts, eyes and faces. As usual some of the world’s leading design companies such as; Wolff Olins, Pushpin Group, Hey, Chermayeff & Geismar, Berger & Föhr and many more have contributed their work.

Just in time for Christmas Counter-Print are offering the opportunity to buy all three of our logo books for a special price of £21 (including delivery to the UK).

Get them bought!



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Hello I am Erik

We probably don’t have to tell you that Erik Spiekermann is one of the best-known graphic designers in the world. He not only represents German typeface and corporate design like no other, but his work and the companies he has founded have had an huge influence on contemporary graphic design and probably most of our readers as designers. The visual biography Hello, I am Erik is the first comprehensive exploration of Erik’s career, his body of work, and his mindset.

The book includes an impressive list of contributions by Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Mirko Borsche, Wally Olins, Stefan Sagmeister, Christian Schwartz, Erik van Blokland, and many others.

“The ability to reduce complex ideas to unforgettably simple forms is a remarkable gift. Erik can do it with typefaces, or images, or words and – seemingly – in any language. That is the mark of a great designer, and that is what Erik Spiekermann is.”

Michael Beirut

The book is available directly from Gestalten Books and comes highly recommended by the FFF team!



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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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Counter-Print: Monogram Logo

After last years success of Counter-Print’s Animal Logo book, we were please to receive a press release of their the launch of their latest book ‘Monogram Logo’.

The new book comes in a bigger format with even more examples and an extra 36 pages of excellent monograms and ciphers from around the world.

Designed by Leterme Dowling the collection contains 452 logos from some great studios such as: Bruce Mau Design, Louise Fili, FITCH, BankerWessel, Stefan Kanchev and many, many more.

Monogram Logo is available to purchase from the Counter-Print Shop.




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You Are The Friction

Over Christmas I had the chance to read through You Are The Friction, a collection of short fiction & illustration. This is designer Jez Burrows and illustrator Lizzy Stewart’s fourth publication under the moniker of Sing Statistics.

In their words it’s “a small, bright red record of what happens when you introduce twelve writers to twelve illustrators, light a match, and run in the opposite direction.” The final outcome are 12 short stories inspired by illustrations, twelve illustrations inspired by short stories, all collected in a rather good-looking paperback.

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