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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.

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Designer/coder – Leeds/London/Melbourne

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Designer & Maker – London, UK

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Graphic Designer – London, UK

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Chris Jackson — 72 posts
Graphic Designer – Leeds, UK

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Tom Vining — 12 posts
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Mike Mills – Beginners

To celebrate the release of director/designer Mike Mills’ new film Beginners, in cinemas July 22nd, we’re are offering two lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets each to an exclusive preview screening of the film plus Q&A with Mike Mills on Monday 11th July.

From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Golden Globe Award nominee Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds) only months after his father Hal Fields (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away.

Director Mike Mills is also an established graphic designer/illustrator who has worked with some of the world’s largest brands on their advertising campaigns, as well creating album covers and music videos for music artists such as Moby, Beastie Boys, Beck Sonic Youth and Yoko Ono.

To be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening + Q&A, simply tell us what Arthur (the dog) is thinking in this still from the film. The two wittiest answers will win!

Answer by email to submissions[at], making the subject BEGINNERS.

Terms and Conditions • Competition open to UK residents only • No cash alternative is available • Screening + Q&A will be taking place in London on 11th July, winners must be available to attend on that day

A Universal Picture © 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved


Scotland Can Make It (SCMI)

Daniel from Graphical House got in touch to tell us about the new Scotland Can Make It initiative which they have designed the identity and website for. Initiated by Creative Scotland and inspired by London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, Scotland Can Make It! aims to celebrate Scottish creativity and stimulate the relationship between the country’s creative and manufacturing sectors. Against the backdrop of these two major sporting events, Scotland Can Make It! will present six new, limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland and leaving a lasting material legacy from Scotland’s dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.

The project has been designed to enable relationships and collaborations between Scotland’s creative practitioners and our manufacturing industries. As the name suggests, all the souvenirs will be produced in Scotland and applicants are asked to suggest a manufacturing company they could work with. The six winning entrants will each work closely with Panel on the research and development of their designs. Each successful commission will receive a £1000 fee and a maximum budget of around £2000 will be allocated to the development and production of each souvenir prototype.

Scotland Can Make It! is not just open to designers and makers: music, textiles, accessories, books, stationery, clothing, prints and homewares are amongst the types of work the organisers would be interested in seeing submissions for, and proposals for inter-disciplinary collaborations involving writers, musicians, visual artists and designers are particularly welcome. Application packs can be downloaded at from Monday 6 June 2011, when the project will formally launch. Submissions are invited from established and emerging creative practitioners and will be judged by a panel of creative practitioners and industry experts, including current Turner Prize nominee Martin Boyce, leading design retailer Sheridan Coakley, Rob Young (Editor-at-large, The Wire), Christina Jansen (Curator, The Scottish Gallery), and Creative Scotland’s Leonie Bell (Creative Programmer: London 2012 and Glasgow 2014). All submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 July.

In 2012, an exhibition featuring the souvenir prototypes and a behind-the-scenes look at all the design and manufacturing processes involved to date will tour Scotland.

Submission instructions Download application packs from


Havana Club Inspired Ingenuity

The project is a competition that Havana Club are running based on the theme of ‘Inspired Ingenuity’; a reference to the spirit of the people of Havana, who pride themselves on their ability to create what they need from what they have. The competition is taking place over the first six months of 2011, challenging artists, musicians and other creative talents to takes the everyday and turn it into something special. A winner will be picked each month, and the final winner will win a trip to Cuba. The project is being run through the Havana Club Facebook page To help promote the competition, graphic design studio Intercity commissioned three artists to create a piece of work that takes the everyday and turns it into something special. Title: SNEAKER SPEAKERS Artist: NASH Sneaker customiser Nash responsed to the brief by transforming a pair of all-white Nike Air Force 1’s into a fully functional set of ‘Sneaker Speakers’. Nash was a perfect choice for as we see sneaker customisation as its own form of Inspired Ingenuity. Read an interview with Nash here. Title: INGREDIENTS Artist: CEMAL OKTEN Symbolising Cuba’s love of music, product designer Cemal Okten has used everyday objects to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The fully functional headphones are made from a tin can, a coat hanger, a piece of rope and two corks. Title: PICNIC TABLE Artist: I HAVE POP™ Founded by Jurjen Semeijn, Amsterdam-based I Have Pop™ is known for its innovative ideas and multi-dimensional projects. For this street art installation they appropriated the fences from a local roadworks site and constructed a picnic table in the park. See the video of the I Have Pop™ piece here. The Identity: Intercity also created the Inspired Ingenuity logo, using objects from around the studio including a ring-pull, polystyrene packaging, a fuse, a paperclip and a coat-hanger.


Cut & Paste Competition

Cut&Paste today announced an extension to the US submission deadline for its 2010 brilliantly named Global Digital Design Tournament. The new deadline is September 17, providing one more week for designers to enter to compete. Designers around the world are invited to enter online. The 2010 Call for Competitors is open for entries in 2D, 3D, and Motion Design. US test rounds for New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles will begin the weekend of September 18-19.


Anti Design Festival

Those talented chaps at Research Studios have been in touch to remind anybody who is wishing to contribute to their Anti Design Festival, that confirmation of participation is required by next Monday, July 19.

To contribute, and for more information, get in touch with Andy direct—

This is a call for submissions for the Anti Design Festival, which will run from 18-26 September on and around Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, London. The ADF is an alternative art and design festival initiated by Neville Brody that promotes work that challenges contemporary stereotypes. This is work that is seen as uncommercial, dangerous, and anti-establishment. For artists, designers, and other creatives this is an opportunity to exhibit work alongside contributors including Jonathan Barnbrook, Stuart Semple, and Stefan Sagmeister.

While we are keeping exhibition details under wraps, we are interested in soliciting creative work that pushes the boundaries of conventional art and design. This is the chance to show previous work that has failed with clients or instructors, or to produce completely new work without the imposition of market restrictions. Because this festival is completely non-profit in orientation, we cannot pay for contributions. However, this is an opportunity for your work to engage a wide audience in a context that will challenge and provoke the public to rethink the role of art and design in contemporary culture.

Submissions can take any form you want, but the bulk of the work should be cheaply made and reproducible so that visitors can take it and use it however they want. You can send us actual printed pieces, but you would have to pay for shipping (email us first to confirm shipping details). Most probably, you would send us PDFs of work that are up to A3 in size (black and white or color) that we can reproduce for you, or digital files to be shown on computers. Here are some suggested formats: Objects/ephemera already produced; PDFs of graphics to be photocopied onto A4 Sheets; Posters; Images or motion graphics to be displayed out of monitors; Sound to be played into headphones

Below is a list of creative prompts we’ve culled to inspire you. Feel free to use them as you’d wish.

If you are interested in contributing, please confirm your participation to by Monday, 19 July. The final due date for all submissions is Friday, 13 August. For more information, please visit

‘I preferred a more mechanical method’

‘The alternative English garden wall’

‘Fasten the secret nails through the tongues’

‘Peculiar personal sufferings and distresses’

‘The scene I witnessed was a repetition’

‘I don’t think it’s possible for me to get home now without a guide’

‘They were dressed half for battle and half for tennis’

‘Rules are good. Break them’

‘Little tots being nasty to each other’

‘Content, form devoid of function, and commerce’

‘Abandoned the commune, hitchhiked back’

‘You did not arrest me’

‘Put away perversity from your mouth’

‘The Earth will give birth to her dead’

‘People say “Now, now, what’s wrong?”‘

‘The leading maker of LSD’

‘Like a seductive fairy tale’

‘Incisions sutured under moderate tension’


D&AD Student Awards

The D&AD Student Awards took place yesterday in Spitalfields Market. Some nice work on show, but the stand out piece was by Jessica Reynolds and Serena Wise. Their work for the IKEA open brief had a simple but brilliant idea, deservedly landing them the honour of Student of the Year. See more work here.


Malibu By U

Nathan from design agency Intercity got in touch to tell us about a new project called Malibu By U, a special limited edition bottle by Malibu. The white bottle has been turned into a blank canvas so anyone can design their very own label. The project will be supported with a digital gallery –  where people can either upload a photograph of their creation or create their designs directly onto the bottle using a range of tools. The best three entries will win a trip to locations such as Rio, Vegas or Barbados.

Providing inspiration to the public will three selected artists – Jimi Crayon, Pinky Tesfay and MNKY. The artists will be creating their own version of Malibu By U in various locations around London as a series of live art events taking place on Tuesday 18th May from 10am. Malibu’s Facebook page will be providing regular updates on all the artists involved and where their work can be seen. The project was launched at Colette in Paris last year, with 100 limited edition bottles each by artists Delta, James Jarvis and So-Me (bottom). Intercity’s very own bottle design can be seen top where they created a typographic stencil by cutting away the white plastic that’s on the bottle – and then had it lit from behind to illuminate the text.


Open Call for Art/Roc/Doc Film Titles

The nice folks over at Central Station have asked us to spread the word about a film project being produced by some of its members, Art/Roc/Doc. The film documents Glasgow band Isosceles’ trip down to London in October 2009 to play a headlining show at the PLUS event, while also exploring the various goings on at the Frieze Art Fair.

So where do you guys come in? Simple… they need designers to contribute titles for the film. If you think this might be your bag, more details can be found in the Art/Roc/Doc project page on the Central Station site. The deadline for applications is midnight on 17 January, so if you fancy a shot you’ll need to get cracking! Good luck.


Very Reindeer Hunt!

Rich from Very has just let me know about their Christmas competition – hidden within their newly updated site are Mr.T’s lost reindeer! If you find one, email them its name and tag number and you could be one of the 9 winners …So far I’ve only found 1! While on the site check out their projects, and their shop full of fun stuff.

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