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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.

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F37 Bolton

Rick Banks, the British designer behind best-selling font F37 Bella, has released a new sans-serif font family: F37 Bolton.

It is Banks’ fifth font and available exclusively sold through HypeForType, joining fonts created by designers including Alex Trochut, Non-Format, Craig Ward & Jon Burgerman.

F37 Bolton is a modern Swiss style sans-serif with a nod to German designer Günter Gerhard Lange. It features distinctive flat horizontal ascenders and descenders and is available in eight weights, priced at £35/weight, or £100 for the full set.

“As a designer, I’ve always loved Günter Gerhard Lange’s work. The German’s output has been a massive inspiration. He released Schoolbook in 1982 after redrawing Akzidenz-Grotesk. He took a classic, Swiss-style sans-serif and inserted quirky characters. The capital ‘I’ for example looks more like a ‘J’. In the same way, I wanted to create a modern, Swiss-style sans-serif but with a quirky twist. I think the flat, horiztonal ascenders on the ‘a’ ‘f’ ’g’ ‘l’ ‘Q’ ‘l’ ‘q’ and ‘y’ achieve this, along with the alternatives.”

Named after the UK town in which Banks grew up, it first came about while the designer was working on a bespoke, corporate typeface with branding agency Wolff Olins. An early experimental route featuring flat, horizontal terminals, ascenders and descenders was disregarded, but Banks believed it had potential, and set about making it less radical and more user friendly.


I Belong To Jesus

I Belong to Jesus is a limited edition book, bound with a limited edition t-shirt and band, and documents the ‘undershirt’ celebrations of players from the global game. In 2014, FIFA, world football’s governing body, announced that players would no longer be permitted to display or reveal any messages of any kind, on any part of their kit under any circumstances—even if their intention was good. Curated together by Rick Banks and Craig Oldham, this project was instigated in response to that ruling, celebrating a fascinating and often overlooked aspect of the beautiful game. The book is published by the Unified Theory of Everything and Face37.

We caught up with both Craig (CO) and Rick (RB) to pick their brains about all things books, celebrations and football..

FFF:  This book is such a great idea! Such a simple single-minded theme – how on earth did it come about? Over a pint in the pub? How did you go from concept to execution?

CO: It was exactly that: a pint in the pub. We got together for a beer and started talking about the FIFA ruling and then how that’d be a great book, because so many instantly came to mind. It really went from there… sharing links, articles, Google-image links etc. to the point where we had to start drawing a line under it and start whittling.

RB: It wasn’t just one pint! Joking aside, I think the best ideas are always when you are away from the desk. That could be in a pub, gym or even shower. With technology nowadays, working together was so easy. Things like WeTransfer and Dropbox made it a breeze, especially as we were in two different cities.

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Women in Print

From political reformists to palaeobotanists, the work of women has helped to shape Manchester into the great city it is today. Last year the public voted for Emmeline Pankhurst to become the first woman to have her own statue in Manchester for more than 100 years, thanks to the Womanchester Statue Project. This is a big step in the right direction, towards publicly acknowledging the impact Women have had on our local and national history. Unfortunately there are plenty more women whose stories have been pushed to the back of the shelf or who have been left out of the history books altogether.

Women in Print is an exhibition that aims to spotlight the role women have played in Manchester’s past and present. The collection is sixteen works by sixteen local designers, print-makers and illustrators. Each piece is be a celebration of the life and achievements of an iconic female figure from Manchester or who’s made a significant contribution to the city.

The exhibition will run from 18th July – 30th August at Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats. A limited run of prints are available to buy on our online shop

Proceeds raised from the sale of prints will go to Manchester Women Aid  a charity with a mission to improve the lives of women in Manchester. We are also proud to have supported local initiative The Monthly Gift MCR, where on the opening night exhibiton go-ers were encourage to donate sanitary care products such as tampons and pads which were then passed on to local charities who distributed them to homeless women in the city.


Progress Packaging

Everyones favourite specialist packaging northerners, Progress Packaging, have recently undergone a rebrand, directed by the talented folk at Leeds Design Project:

“Having worked with Progress for over a decade to establish their reputation as a leading packaging supplier to lifestyle and luxury brands, we were again appointed to help promote their services to a wider consumer base in support of continued business growth. Our strategy was to create a new visual identity and position the business as ‘Packaging Partners’ – defining their appeal to buyers, production managers, marketeers and agencies alike. A key aspect of the identity is the ‘progress arrow’, a visual device used to express and articulate the ongoing story of the brand. To publicise the change to key clients, a tote bag was produced to promote their ‘Handled With Care’ method regarding all aspects of production.”

Teasers for the rebrand were put out across all the social media forums over the last few weeks, using tag lines such as ‘The Story Continues’ against close up images of materials and processes, which focused on the main three aspects of the company – Packaging > Production > Partners.

This week they released their new identity in full, showcasing a limited edition tote bag made to mark the occasion. You can follow their progress (!) on their blog, site and twitter.


Remain Positive

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months you’ll be aware that this Thursday the UK will vote in a referendum to decide whether to remain in the EU, or leave. Today the site RemainPositive.Eu has gone live full of illustrative posters intended to be shared online.

From the Facebook page:

If you too are sick of the negative campaigning from both sides of the debate, and you want to celebrate the positive reasons for remaining in Europe, the following campaign may be of interest: It’s not affiliated with any political party, and is simply designed to breathe some fresh air into the increasingly bitter debate. If you like it, please share it! ?#?RemainPositive?

Artwork is intentionally uncredited, but you might spot some styles you are familiar with! You can find the campaign on all the usual places – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


Google Fonts

The new Google Fonts makes it easier than ever to browse open source fonts and learn more about the people behind them. Using the Material Design framework, Google created a design that scales across different screen sizes and devices, and updated the entire of the site, from the overall interactivity all the way down to the logo design. Nicely done!


Peter & Paul: Huddersfield University

This new campaign for Huddersfield University’s open days by Peter & Paul caught my last week. We asked Lee Davis (creative director at Peter & Paul) to tell us a bit more about the project.

“Our first port of call was to look at all those bits of work you see for Universities which have a photo of a student on campus and the words Tomorrow, Future, Potential or Professionals in them, and ask ‘can we try and say something different?’

The idea arrived that, for all this talk of the future, it’s now which defines what you do next and the experiences you get whilst at University start the journey. So rather than focusing on tomorrow all the time we wanted to celebrate today (especially given the campaign was geared towards getting bums on seats at the Open Days). Hence the campaign idea that ‘Everything Starts Now’.

We put a number of ideas to client as to how we could articulate that (I think there were about 8 or 9 in all… one of which involved staging a massive race… that didn’t happen). The winning concept was one where we take existing students, ask them to make an exhaustive list of everything they’ve done since being at Huddersfield from joining table top gaming clubs to designing costumes to traveling and used that as the basis of a brief for our illustrators.

Brosmind, Jamie Cullen and Matt Johnstone were chosen because we really like them and they have quite differing styles.

We made it our mission to let the illustrators do their thing. The client totally bought into that and were amazing about it: ‘Include some Huddersfield centric stuff and we’ll trust you’ they pretty much said (I’m paraphrasing).

The finished article is popping up all over Yorkshire and Manchester with digital moving advertising, online and print. The first 30 second film has been produced with our good friend Joe Brooks for Marthe with the other two to land in the next month or two.

We art directed photography with Nick Eagle who took about 1500 shots for the films. It’s been emotional.”


Herb Lubalin, Typographer

Unit 25 is a timely publication looking specifically at the typographic output of Herb Lubalin. 25 years after the great designers death his impact is still obvious (and welcome) with many designers claiming him as an influence.

By focussing on the typographic output of Herb Lubalin UE have managed to produce a handy (245mm x 165mm) affordable and flickable publication (208pp) which could act as a great introduction in print to Herbs work, especially if you missed out on the comprehensive Unit 07/14. It comes with new texts, new design, new photography, and lots of previously unpublished material, utilises two paper stocks and features lay flat binding.

On why they wanted to revisit Lubalin when so many other designers of note are not yet covered in print:

Herb Lubalin is, by today’s standards, a typographic master. Everything he did – working in collaboration with some of the giants of lettering and type – had the sparkle of genius. He even had names for what he did: he described it as ‘graphic expressionism’ or ‘conceptual typography’. Using his ability to adapt, merge and create new typographic forms, he was able to enhance and amplify meaning in ways that hadn’t been seen before. Having published two books celebrating the genius of Herb Lubalin as a graphic designer working in many spheres, this new volume concentrates solely on Lubalin’s typography.

Helping out Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook & the Spin design team was consultant editor Alexander Tochilovsky, who many of you will know from his brilliant curation of the Herb Lubalin Study Centre and the equally brilliant ‘Flat File‘ digital publication he edits.

+ why not get involved with the Design Museum’s ‘#FontSunday’ on twitter – this weeks theme is Herb Lubalin!


Book Cover Design from East Asia

Counter-Print have announced the launch of their 10th book! It’s a pocket-sized (115x150mm, 112 pages) book titled, ‘Book Cover Design from East Asia’ and is a compendium of more than 100 book covers from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

It features the work of Wang Zhi-Hong, Nakano Design Office, The Simple Society, UMA/design farm, Hayashi Takuma Design Office and many more.

Get your copy directly from Counter-Print.


Wriggles & Robbins present: Nightlife

London storytelling duo Wriggles & Robbins, known for their short films and creative shwang are back in focus with a new short film that shows off the Nikon D810’s low light capabilities. The concept follows a series of night animals, (otherwise known as “nocturnal” to those in the know) roaming the wilderness into the city streets over an evening.

Using 4 Nikon flashes, a 20 meter track, 84 foam board animal frames and a small total of 7,434 shots, the short, entitled ‘Nightlife’ presents a sequence of looped unedited photographs using a combination of different flashes and exposures. The camera EXIF data from each shot is then shown to represent the exact settings used, nifty.

And for those who love a timelapse, Merry Christmas:

Credits: Directed by: Wriggles & Robins Camera: Simon Lakos Producer: Chanse Fyffe Executive Producer: Tai Thittichai Post Producer: Alannah Currie 2D Animation: The Line Live Action Animation: Matt Cooper Music Producer: Throwing Snow

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