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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.

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Glenn
Glenn Garriock — 1540 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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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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Arthur Foliard

London based Frenchman Arthur Foliard has launched his new portfolio with recent work. His CV is quite impressive, with experience at Pentagram, Landor and Moving Brands, picking up honours along the way such as a Gold D&AD, Gold Cannes Lion and ADC, even more impressive is that Arthur is just 25. One to keep an eye on for sure.



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The International Flag of Planet Earth

Currently studying at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm, Swedish student Oskar Pernefeldt has immersed himself in vexillography (the practice of designing flags). Deciding to skip mere countries, Oskar instead took a giant leap (ahem) and created a flag design for planet earth.

You can find Oskar’s full explanation and design rational over on Flag of Planet Earth. Which includes some lovely images created in collaboration with Johnér Bildbyrå and Bsmart




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MovingBrands – Tiko

Moving Brands have launched the new brand for Tiko, one of the world’s largest smart grid systems. The communications are playful and human to attract an audience new to connected devices, while a distinct illustrative style, icon system and fluid graphic textures create a comprehensive visual identity which allows a range of expression.

Find out more about the project over on Moving Brand’s project case study.





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