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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You can also check out our guide to the perfect submission here.

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British typography & branding week

The FutureLondonAcademy are launching their British typography and branding week. The course will run from 27th June – 03rd July 2016 in London and will be packed with workshops and lectures from the some of the most exciting companies in the UK, such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Ged Palmer, David Pearson, Luke Powell & Jody Hudson-Powell, Moving Brands, Mark Bain, Europa and Dalton Maag.

Check the FLA website for full details and costs.



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Leeds Print Festival 2016

Leeds Print Festival is back for its 5th year. With a great new identity from Leeds based design trio Something More. Originally designed as a one off event, the festival has become a key event in the calendar for the Northern creative industry. Kicking off on Friday 1st April there is a week long programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks from the likes of Alan Kitching, Ian Anderson (The Designers Republic) and Danny Leigh (BBC writer and presenter). Tickets and more information can be found here.



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OFFF Barcelona 2016

You guys know we’re big fans of the OFFF festival in Barcelona. So we were pretty excited to find out about their 16th official book called Archetype. Featuring more than 100 designers, artists, filmmakers, coders and creators like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Plenty, Gemma O’Brien, Paula Scher, Sougwen, Signalnoise, Matt Lambert, Conrad Roset, Annie Atkins, Anthony Burill… you get the idea. It’s going to be awesome!

Until we find out more about the book we highly recommend you snap up one of the last tickets available and head to Barcelona from 26th – 28th May.

You’ll get to see the Main Titles by Gavin Strange and Merlin Crossingham from Aardman Animations! Witness a special surprise by Joshua Davis and MIA former drummer and activist Kiran Gandhi. An exclusive inspiring talk by Signalnoise and Wes Anderson’s concept illustrator Carl Sprague.

ANd if you’re feeling flush slpash out on a workshop. Create music with handmade instruments with Lullatone, create your own glowing product with typography workshop by Letters Are My Friends or learn about Art vs Design with The Six and Five studio. Reserve your seats!



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Out The Box #8: Trapped in Suburbia

Trapped in Suburbia from Den Haag conceive and create visual identities, rooms, books, websites, posters, exhibitions, lectures and workshops, teach at universities in Russia, China or England and have accumalated an incredibly varied portfolio.

Next Friday on 4th September Trapped in Suburbia are coming to Hannover in Germany for the 8th Out The Box event. A series of talks that FFF has supported from the beginning.

If you are in the area, make sure you get a ticket!

Details

Friday: 7pm Location: Edelstall, Schwarzer Bär 2, 30449 Hannover Tickets: 10 € Early Birds / 15 € Regular + incl. Aftershowparty



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Alphabetical: UK/Mexico 2015

Alphabetical have just launched their latest project: UK/Mexico 2015. This is a year-long festival of high-profile cultural, academic and trade projects, taking place across both nations and is the biggest ever cross-cultural celebration between Mexico and the UK.According to Bob Young, co-founder of Alphabetical, the biggest challenge was to create a truly bilingual concept that embraced the unification of the two nations. The British Council brief stated the need for a flexible identity that captured the spirit of both cultures and the activities of the festival itself, but fundamentally the design had to overcome the English/Spanish language barrier. They achieved this by creating a bespoke typeface that brings together elements of both nations; a British-inspired sans serif with a Mexican design based on traditional Mayan patterns. The whole identity system hangs off this typeface, giving the overall design a distinctive feel, and delivering a system that is flexible and robust enough to be used globally across all collateral. Effective use of layout, emotive but simple imagery and a bold colour palette pulls it all together, and brings the whole identity to life.



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A look back at Typo Berlin

Last week we we’re invited to Berlin to give you, our readers, an impression of the 20th Typo conference. 57 lectures, 11 workshops, 1650 participants, 42 nations, spread across 3 days. Inspiring people from across the globe present their point of view on topics ranging from typography, design, illustration, programming to robotics. All loosely gathered around this years theme of ‘Character’.

We’ll summ up our highlights in another post next week but for now I’ll leave you with some impressions of the event and this short video on ‘Character’. Thanks to everyone that spoke to us and made our trip to Berlin so memorable!



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15 reasons to visit the OFFF 2015

In preparation for next year’s 15th Anniversary of the OFFFest in Barcelona we are giving you no less than 15 great reasons to book your tickets and a flight to sunny Spain.

1. Watch Signalnoise (James White) opening the Main Titles for the first time in his career for OFFF Barcelona 2015.

2. Get your hands on the OFFF 15th Anniversary limited edition book by Vasava.

3. Take a walk around Barcelona’s gothic quarter.

4. Be the first to hear about exclusive projects announcements by featured speakers like Territory studio, GMUNK and more!

5. Experience Joshua Davis exclusive chillout project and float in The Deepest of Space.

6. Help Michael Cina rebrand OFFF.

7. Watch the sunset from Guell Park.

8. Make Your Own Robot with Jan De Coster.

9. Discover with Renascent the Evolution of Copying in an awesome workshop.

10. Enjoy a drink and one hell of a view from the Silken Diagonal Hotel rooftop.

11. Create circles out of abstract shapes with Rik Oostenbroek.

12. Eat some tapas in Barcelona. We can recommend L’Ostia.

13. Watch featured artist SNASK “special performance that will blow everyone’s mind OFFF”.

14. Explore the OFFF Market Street where loads of great designers and makers sell their wares.

15. Hire a bike and ride off your OFFF closing-party hangover.

There you go. If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will! Get your tickets now.



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LongLunch 58: 4Creative / Born Risky

LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a rare chance to see the elusive, multi-awarded in-house agency 4Creative speak about their work and process. Known for consistently creating some of the most challenging, powerful and creative work across advertising, brand identity and graphic design, this is one not to miss.

Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of posters, this time in collaboration with a new sponsor, Print Club London, hand-pulled by their Head Printer Marco Lawrence. Posters are given away on the night, so first come first served!

Tickets are on sale via Design Museum. Adults £12 / Students £9 / Members £6. 27 October 2014.

See you there!



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Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS)

Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) is an all new programme of workshops, competitions, talks, exhibitions, urban murals and live stream discussions, taking place between 22nd-26th of October with exhibitions running before, after and throughout.

Created and organised by Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist of Glasgow based Warriors Studio, the events are participation-based and aim to inspire young designers through active engagement. Our goal is to promote networking, creativity, learning, collaboration, friendly competition and importantly, to have fun.

The workshops will be centred around creative processes; conceptual thinking, visual communication and professional practice. We want to offer opportunities to develop creative problem solving skills and challenge ways of thinking through design-based projects and conceptual arts. There is an impressive list of workshop leaders and competition mentors on board including the likes of Anthony Burrill, Hort, Kesselskramer, Design Büro Frankfurt, 44 Flavours, Freytag Anderson, OK-RM, Recoat, Risotto Studio, Graphical HouseTouch, MadeBrave and O-Street.

If that wasn’t enough they are also running the GDFS International Poster Competition to encourage people to showcase and celebrate a broad selection of poster design from across the world, with a selection of entrants being exhibited during the festival at ‘In Public Gallery’ – Glasgow, Scotland. For submission details visit here.

Full a full list of programme events, poster competition information and how you can get involved visit the GDFS site or follow announcements and updates @GDFScotland



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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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Topman 214: The Art of Noise with Trevor Jackson

With festival season now upon us, Topman have decided to join in and create their very own inside their newly revamped Oxford Street store. From this Wednesday there’s music from the likes of Boiler Room, TOY, Telegram, Ghost Poet and more then on top of all that there’s a series of workshop’s, talk’s and Q&A’s covering the music and design industry.

Where’s the relevance to FFF then? Well with no doubt the main pulling point of the whole festival will be a Q&A discussion from 1pm on Wednesday with myself, graphic designer Sir Trevor Jackson the brilliant video scholar Max Hattler and Will Brown from In The Woods Festival in discussion with Alex Rayner (The Face, Dazed and NME) chatting all things design within the music industry.

For more information on the rest of the festival’s elements and more on this Q&A in particular head over to their landing page here.




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Pick Me Up 2014 – Opens today

Back for it’s 5th year, Pick Me Up 2014 kicks off today at Somerset House in London hosting the graphic art in all its forms. Taking place across Somerset House’s cacophony of rooms, spaces and caves each containing curated artists, collectives and talks it’s set to be bigger and better than before with more late nights and disciplines represented over the 10 day festival.

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Elsewhere

KK Outlet, are hosting an exhibition of new work by one of our favourite artists Von. Elsewhere, is a collection of delicately beautiful drawings based on photographs shot by British filmmaker Dan Sully.

“Elsewhere is a reaction to an increasingly busy, saturated and invasive world where technology creeps further into our daily routine where we are actively encouraged to “share” day to day events no matter how minor or major, “Selfies” are recognised by Oxford English Dictionary and reaching for your phone when you have a spare minute to kill has become an automatic reaction. All these things make witnessing the moments where people have completely slipped into their own thoughts all the more rare, fragile and beautiful.”

Four different exhibition posters were designed for the show by Hort, David Pearson, Non-Format and Darren Firth (pictured). Prints and originals will be available to buy throughout the exhibition.

Launch Party: Thursday 1 May Exhibition Runs: 2-31 May



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The Poool

The Poool is a dynamic project brought to you by OFFF that changes every year; offering exclusive elements, interviews and features by the most talented beings out there.

The magazine this year will be taken on a personal level, a piece that the Poool Team hope to offer to people as something that they want to keep forever. Packed with interviews with Casey Neistat, Patrick Clair and Oliver Jeffers and features by Studio Blup, Bartholot, Conrad Roset and many more. The magazine’s cover will be designed exclusively by Si Scott and will come with a poster designed by Noelia Lozano.

The mag will be exclusively available to all attendees of the OFFF Barcelona on May 15th – 17th.



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