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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 — 1538 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1184 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 — 79 posts
http://twitter.com/lexnels
Designer/coder – Leeds/London/Melbourne

Guy
Guy Moorhouse — 45 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 — 25 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 18 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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Sabbath

Sabbath is a Multi-Disciplinary Brand Consultancy based in Monterrey, Mexico. Formed by a partnership between Daniela Guerrero, Jorge Zamonsett and Daniel Martínez, they specialise in clean and functional identity systems.



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The Five to Nine

Microsoft Lumia are launching a daily national ‘good news paper’ called The Five to Nine that features a mix of curated and public content as chosen by some of the industry’s biggest names:

Monday 22 June: ‘Culture’, curated by Protein Journal

Tuesday 23 June: ‘Music’, curated by Boiler Room

Wednesday 24 June: ‘Fashion’, curated by Schon! Magazine

Thursday 25 June: ‘Design’, curated by Grafik

Friday 26 June: ‘Sport’, curated by The Green Soccer Journal

While most newspapers lead with stories on crime, disasters and scandal, The Five to Nine newspaper will focus on positive, uplifting content. With five daily issues to be published and distributed this week aims encourage people to get out of the office and do what’s creatively and personally important to them.

Make sure you pick up a copy if you see them!



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Axis Animation – Gab Talk

Glasgow-based Axis Animation is one of Scotland’s leading CGI animation studios, working with bluechip video game publishers such as Electronic Arts, Sony Entertainment and Bethesda.

The artistic direction of Axis’s work is what really stands out, their trailer for Dead Island 2 was a real stand out for us last year with its high-energy, comedic tone.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Axis, Founder Richard Scott will be giving a Gab talk, Wednesday 24 June, 8:15am at Citizen M, Glasgow.




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Saffron for Tuenti

The telecom market is a sea of constant change, with takeovers and new providers popping up every year promising new great things, whilst inevitably concentrating too much on their offering, without making what matters solid and reliable.

Innovating how telco’s work for consumers seems to have proved challenging for many of the big corporates but many smaller start-up’s have been giving it a good crack – a fine example being Spanish born, Tuenti.

Branding a telco network is a brief many dream of taking on, but so many fail with. Creating a design system that feels unique, yet can carry the brand for years to come is a mammoth task for a studio of any size. Yet branding consultancy Saffron have managed to take on the forward thinking business system of Tuenti and translate that into a fresh identity and aesthetic to match.

Start-ups are forever changing and evolving and this feels like a really solid piece of work for the company to grow alongside with – a top example of great branding work.

More images after the jump.

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FS Silas

Blair at Believe in® has been in touch to let us know about their latest campaign for boutique type foundry Fontsmith. FS Silas has been created in both Sans Serif and Slab Serif forms, and each version is available in 5 weights with accompanying italics.

Fontsmith’s design director Phil Garnham:

“We stuck with the angular theme of the sans by drawing angled slab serifs, as opposed to the square serifs that slab fonts usually have. That created an inner dynamism in words and sentences on the page, and a very distinctive, crafted character, like a Victorian soul in a contemporary body.”

The central campaign idea was inspired by classic espionage, providing plenty of inspiration and intrigue for the materials to work with. Believe in’s creative director Blair Thomson was drawn to classic type specimens from the 50s and 60s, but wanted to inject depth and intrigue, to match the typeface’s personality.

At the heart of the campaign sits a beautiful printed type specimen. Using different paper stocks and page sizes printed only in black ink with white foil on the covers, it references dossiers and secret files as well as the classic type specimens. Content was drawn from numerous sources, providing a glimpse into a clandestine world, using codes, ciphers, intercepted radio transmissions, stories and secret service terminology.

Blair Thomson:

“To succeed, the type specimen needed to strike a delicate balance, as we wanted it to feel honest without revealing its secrets. The document is utilitarian, with content that demonstrates the typeface’s capabilities. But we also wanted to entertain and reward readers for their time. And we didn’t want it to feel like a parody.”

To accompany the specimen, Believe in worked with creative collective The Space Between, who made a series of short and intriguing films using only the typeface itself, each one revealed in sequence on social media in advance of the launch date.

As a special introductory offer, customers who buy either of the FS Silas families (Sans or Slab) will be offered the chance to purchase its sibling for half price.




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Studio Playlist 02 – Anagrama

Ever wondered what sort of music your favourite studios listen to while working? Yes? Us too! So we thought we’d start a monthly(ish) feature series ingeniously called “Studio Playlists” which does just that — giving us a quick eves-dropping of various studios’ working-music.

The second studio on our list is Anagrama, with a 55-track eclectic playlist. Listen to it on our sidebar while browsing our posts, or listen to it via Spotify!



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Shotopop

Its been 6 busy years since we last featured ‘visual zealots’ Shotopop, and in that time their London studio has doubled in size and done more great work than most of us could hope to do in a lifetime. You might recognise them from their stunning cover illustrations for the Ride Journal. I had the immense pleasure of sharing a stage with Casper recently and I can confirm that he is a very rad guy, and Shotopop are producing some really beautiful things with heaps of passion and skill. I love this animation of their site header.



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Pawel Nolbert

Came across some incredible new illustration and design work by Pawel Nolbert for a variety of fantastic clients including the likes of Squarespace, Nike, Google, Sony and Adobe. Particularly love the Nike Aire Max Sunset Pack sneaker cubes series, beautiful detail and textures.

   





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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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Looks nice. Reminds me of the Church of London’s one-off ‘Good Times’ newspaper project.

Matt on The Five to Nine

Good. But not as good as the first.

Michael Thomason on Axis Animation – Gab Talk

Its eerly similar to the simbol on the artifact in quartermass and the pit

André Cascais on The International Flag of Planet Earth

Link is down?

whywoody on Studio Playlist 02 – Anagrama

Good thing they went with a black woman, it would suck if people got offended.

flim on The International Flag of Planet Earth

Very nice work. Simple type with great photography – whats not to like?

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