FormFiftyFive

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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 — 1578 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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Unit Editions: The Archive Series

Regular readers will know of our collective appreciation here at FFF for a good design book. Unit Editions are always high on our list for their stunning publications on contemporary design and visual culture, beautifully realised with awesome attention to detail. Recently they announced ‘The Archive Series’ – a bibliographic celebration of graphic design archives & collections. Naturally we jumped at the chance to talk with the team involved about the first edition in this new series, Graphic Stamps.

The content of this first publication is sourced from the collections of Iain Follett (@mintneverhinged), co-founder and design director of studio Six and Blair Thomson (@graphilately), founder and creative director of agency Believe in. Alongside the historical overview of stamp design there’s a broad and considerable showcase of lesser-known designers and their incredible miniature works. As we’ve come to expect it not only looks good, it feels it too – it’s the perfect handy size and features my personal favourite editorial luxury, lay-flat binding. We caught up with Adrian Shaughnessy (co-founder of Unit Editions) along with Iain and Blair to have our questions answered…

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Tim Smith

We have all (well most of us) been there, the thankless task of trying to design your own logo. So many possibilities. So many options. Where do you start…

Designer & Illustrator Tim Smith found himself at the same crossroads and couldn’t decide on what logo to use on his new website. So, what he did instead, was approach his favourite designers, artists and illustrators out there to do a version of his logo! Each week he’ll be featuring a different logo by a different guest artist.

So far he managed to involve: – Mr Bingo – Pete Fowler – Olly Gibbs – Jean Jullien – Annie Rickard Straus – Alex Griendling – Stanley Chow

With more to come.

Keep an eye on mypoorbrain.com for future updates.




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Multiplicity Glasgow

Our pal Dave Sedgwick has been in touch to let us know about the launch of Multiplicity, a one night only *free* event held at The Drygate Brewery in Glasgow, put on by  and sponsored by . The line-up is brilliant! Speaking at the event will be Astrid Stravo of Atlas, Adrian Carroll of D8 and Tony Dunworth of Graphical House. No wonder its already sold out… but if you didn’t get tickets in time, keep your eyes peeled in case more are released.

Dave is responsible for the event branding, along with Luigi Carnovale aka DesignLSC, while  and  are responsible for the site.

Creativity is as much about the possibilities as it is about the outcome. The possibilities are endless, and this potential demonstrates why strategic creative thinking in graphic design is more relevant than ever. Our guest speakers are international renowned practitioners in the design of iconic visual identities and packaging for consumer brands. We will hear of how they strive to deliver not only world-class strategic design, but also world-class project management for clients the world over. We examine their work and learn of their unique collaborative working process, during which strategy and design become clearer, simpler and richer in meaning. This event is for those who creatively push the boundaries, and equally for those who are focused on learning about creativity, and what it is that inspires the compelling work they see before them.

Multiplicity An international evening of words and works. Hosted by Foilco. Sponsored by Fedrigoni. The Drygate Brewery, Glasgow. 28 April 2016. 6 – 9.30pm.



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Nerdo — Beer by Charles Bukowski

Lorenzo at Nerdo got in touch about their latest animation entitled ‘BEER’. An interpretation of the poetry of Charles Bukowski.

“The composition is a manifesto of the author’s way of life, this is why we decided to go inside the author’s mind, and it is not a safe journey. A brain solo without filter, a tale of ordinary madness, showing how much loneliness and decadence can be hidden inside a genius mind.”

I love it!






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Metazine

METAZINE is the brainchild of Nottingham based mag-man Matthew Gill, responsible for the Raw Print evenings. As the title suggests METAZINE is a magazine about the making of magazines. Issue 1 is an archive of the Raw Print talks as they happened from October 2014 through to May 2015 and the subsequent follow-on interviews conducted during the summer of 2015. It’s a beautiful and tactile risograph-printed publication, published last week and lovingly put together by Matt and the Raw Print team. It’s already pretty hard to track down, Ideas On Paper is probably your best bet.

Here’s Matt explaining a bit more about the genesis of the publication..

It all began in 2010 when I established RAW PRINT as a platform to host zine fairs and as part of my research as a lecturer in Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University. Then in 2014 I collaborated with Alex Smith from Ideas on Paper in Nottingham to host the RAW PRINT Public Lectures. Our aim is to celebrate the exciting and dynamic nature of independent publishing in the 21st century. As a result we have witnessed a series of amazing talks by independent publishers who have given us some rare insights into their world. We are interested in what the realities are of working in independent publishing, what are the challenges now and what lies ahead in the future?

The featured speakers are: Sanj Sahota, The Quarterly Eli Ankutze, Joshua’s Magazine Miranda West, Do Books Rachel & Jody, Another Escape Lindsay & Clare, Ballad Of Timba Smits, Little White Lies Alec Dudson, Intern Steve Watson, Stack Emma & Luke, The Recorder Simon Lyle, Hot Rum Cow Mike White, Boneshaker Jeremy Leslie, magCulture

Check out a flick-through video here by Steve of Stack Magazines.



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Radim Malinic’s ‘Book of Ideas’

Radim Malinic [Brand Nu™] is a award winning freelance art director and graphic designer based in London. He takes a multidisciplinary approach working across art/creative direction, digital illustration, typography and music video direction to form a practice based around ‘positivity, message and meaning’.

He’s just released the Book of Ideas – a product of what he’s learned both when starting out in the industry and in the ten years since he decided to go it alone and embrace freelance life. It’s a journal of creative direction and graphic design; a collection of thoughts, musings and observations and acts as both portfolio and opinion piece, quite successfully. Compact in size and high in quality production values you can grab your own copy here.

256 pages / Paperback / Full colour litho print / 148 x 210mm Printed and bound in the UK




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La Revolución

Javier Arizu got in touch about a project he just completed with Anna Berbiela, Guillem Casasús, Carlos Bermúdez for La Revolución, a Mexican take away in Sant Cugat, Spain.

A solid visual identity playing with the concept of Mexican Revolution by this team of ex-Mucho staff.

— Full credits

Design and Art Direction: Anna Berbiela, Guillem Casasús, Carlos Bermúdez & Javier Arizu

Illustrations: Anna Berbiela

Photography: Roc Canals

Stationary photography: Jan Luengo

Video animation: Gerard Mallandrich




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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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Define Magazine

Define Magazine launched in October of 2015. It’s an quarterly publication – each issue focuses on one word defined by a unique group of artists through various mediums. Issue 002 launches today and it’s all about shape. More than 30 artists added their voices and perspectives to the issue – a typographer, collage artist, crochet artist, photographers, painters, florist, hair stylist – just to name a few. To add your voice to the discussion, just use the hashtag #DefineShape when sharing.

Define Magazine was created by Kinfolk co-creator and founding designer, Amanda Jane Jones. Issue 001 and 002 are available for purchase here.



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