FormFiftyFive

Design inspiration from around the world.

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 — 1565 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1187 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 — 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 — 26 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 19 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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If there’s a juicy bit of creative gold you’d like to see on FFF, or you’d just like to get in touch, email us on the address below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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magCulture The Shop!

After five years online, friends of FFF magCulture are opening a bricks and mortar real life shop in London. 

The Shop will stock over 500 different titles from around the world in a 400sqm space devoted to magazines. Regular magCulture Journal readers will know exactly the type of magazines to expect – a strong mix of contemporary indies alongside the best from the big publishers.

Situated at the base of one of London’s first sixties tower blocks, the original sloping ceiling and terrazo floor have been restored and bespoke furniture designed and built by South London Makers.

The main feature will be a bespoke 6m x 2m shelf furnished with the 606 Universal Shelving Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 and made by Vitsoe.

‘Other cities have great magazine shops with generous stocks and knowledgeable staff,’ says magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie, ‘I felt it was time London had that too. We have some good shops already, but they tend to also be bookshops or gift shops.’ The magCulture Shop will stock only magazines, aside from a few natural extensions such as books about editorial design.

The magCulture Shop 270 St John Street Clerkenwell EC1V 4PE

Find it on Google Maps

Hours Wednesday–Friday 11am–7pm Saturday 12–4pm




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British Rail Corporate Identity Manual: Kickstarter by Wallace Henning

A high spec reproduction of the iconic British Rail Corporate Identity Manual, now funding on Kickstarter

Leaves on the lines, the wrong kind of snow, and soggy stale sandwiches never really helped British Rail become a brand that was truly loved by the nation. Yet, in 2011 the readers of Creative Review voted British Rail’s ‘double arrow’ as their sixth favourite logo.

This book will celebrate British Rail’s identity in its entirety – not only its distinctive symbol. With full agreement from the Department of Transport – these iconic manuals initially created in 1965 will be published as a new, high production book.

Foreword by Michael C Place creative director and founder of Build. Introduction by Tony Howard, former head of design at British Rail. Essay from James Greenfield, creative director & founder of Koto.

The project has been created by Wallace Henning, a London based graphic designer. Through the research for his MA, investigating an identity for a renationalised transport network in Britain, lead to his passion and collection of British Rail design.

The Kickstarter campaign for the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual runs until 22 December 2015, and is seeking to raise £40,000. Visit the campaign to read more here



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Lust Pro Series: Positype

Lust is a serif typeface designed by Neil Summerour and released through Positype, described as a “typographic guilty pleasure”.

If Lust seems both new and familiar, that’s because it is. The series unapologetically channels Herb Lubalin, but produced with a deliberate, contemporary twist. Intended to be set large, the typeface boasts 3 widths and 5 weights and matching italics for both the Regular and Didone variants (that’s 60 fonts in total).

To celebrate the release of the typeface, photographer Daniela Nomura & Neil Summerour collaborated to create a “visual narrative” for the Lust Pro release, inspired by the human form. You can see the result here.

Lust Pro is currently 50% off for a limited time.



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Ableton; Pushing all our buttons

Ableton, the beloved music making software of which many hours of many people’s lives have been taken away from them are back with the second iteration of their Push controller, Push 2. Without wanting to delve too much into the music side of this device – Ableton, as usual, have made a huge push for a high level of product design – with an equally high level of thought through graphic design on top.

From the controllers interface – possibly, taking hints from the OP-1 from Teenage Engineering – to the crafted typeface, Ableton Sans from Letter’s from Sweden. This box of tricks is a dream, wether you’re into music making or just like looking at shiny new things.

Check more images of the new Push, and the Ableton Sans typeface after the jump…

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Memory Palace

Hamburg based design studio We Think Things have launched a minimalistic yet challenging game of concentration for iOS called Memory Palace. Testing your memory and perception the game requires you to memorize as many icons as possible to gradually upgrade your ‘palace’. The number of icons to remember increases after every successful attempt, raising the difficulty. Level up to unlock new palaces for your start screen.

Give it a shot!




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Tom Price: Update

Friend of FFF and talented freelance documentary photographer, writer and filmmaker Tom Price is due an update. He’s worked in the UK and overseas on a wide range of issues: from peace building in South Sudan, to social enterprises and socially-minded celebrities in the UK, to survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to victims of domestic violence in Brazil. Currently residing in Kolkata, India for a year, he’s available for commissions – mainly documentary projects for INGOs and editorial. He’s an absolute diamond of a guy, so if you have a project in mind don’t hesitate to contact him.



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The Five Things Book

The Five Things Book is a design-led, typographic book; revealing over 100 people’s five favourite things; along with the stories behind why they love each thing.

Gadgets, clothing, cars, art, people, places – in our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by amazing things. These things provoke memories, create deep feelings of nostalgia and we become attached to them. What if you had to choose only five things, as your favourite things. What would they be? And, why those particular things? 

Over the last year the Five Things project has been posing those exact questions to people from all over the world. Each person would supply a list of their five favourite things, along with the reason they chose that particular thing. The replies have been mesmerising; often poignant, emotive and at times, funny. These answers provide an insight into the lives of people from varying cultures, places and backgrounds.

The Five Things Book is inspired by the website Five Things, which was created and curated by Northern Irish designer Paul McNally.




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Studio Playlist 06: Koto

It’s that time of the month where a new studio takes over the FFF jukebox, next up are Koto who grace us with a 55 track insight into the sounds of their studio.

You can listen to it via Spotify here!

Thanks Koto!

— More music? Check out our previous playlists here: Studio Playlist 05: Saffron Studio Playlist 04: Animade Studio Playlist 03: Eight Inc Studio Playlist 02: Anagrama Studio Playlist 01: Moving Brands



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Photography by Anderson – What you see is what you get

Photographer’s websites are notorious for being pretty bad. Rarely does a photographers website do justice to the quality of their work, as well as getting across the personalities of the photographer and the way they work.

What You See Is What You Get is a simple but playful campaign for husband and wife duo Photography by Anderson to raise their profile and demonstrate their most important rule: it’s got to be great. Personal or commissioned, big budget or small.

Don’t fancy playing the guess game? Skip straight to their lovely portfolio here.



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