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 — 1190 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 — 20 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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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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Pecker

*** NSFW(ish) ***

Introducing Pecker, the book, the bible of bang sticks, the one stop cock shop, is the world’s biggest collection of knobs, dongs, penis pencillings and schlong scribbles.

Pecker is the brainchild of designer and visual artist Jon Bland and copywriter Louie Zeegen, we caught up with them ahead of their upcoming launch at KK Outlet this Thursday to chat bollocks:

Pecker. How did the book come about? We lived together for a few months when Jon moved to London at the beginning of this year. After helping each other on various other projects, we decided to spend the time under the same roof producing something together. A penis book was the obvious choice.

What was your thinking behind Pecker? Is it all a clever social commentary on the domination of males in the creative industries? Or cause willies are funny? The beautiful thing about drawing a penis is that anyone can produce a belter. It’s as simple as that really, but yeah sure, the social commentary thing works too.

The book launch is Thursday 22nd at KK Outlet, can you reveal a bit about it? We’re taking over KK with shit loads of dicks and beer. It’ll be more like a mini exhibition than just a normal book launch. It’s a must for any penis enthusiast.

Who’s Peckers can we expect to see on show? There are some big names that we’re super chuffed to have inside our book, such as Ian Wright, Marion Deuchars, Jean Jullien and Mike Perry, but also people who aren’t illustrators at all, just massive cock lovers. There’s a healthy mix of superstars, professionals and total novices. Cock lover no. 1 Mr Bingo has written us a lovely foreword too.

Who’s Peckers have been most impressive so far? We’re big fans of George Heaven’s – he drew in it about 10 minutes at the Kiosk Independent Book Fair in Peckham that we had a stall at. Quick, hilarious and disgusting – the perfect pecker. We’ve had other great ones from Stella Murphy, Li-En Yeung and Leon Karssen. After seeing thousands, we are hard to shock now, so generally the more bizarre the better.

How long does it stay up for? Just over a week, but the book will pleasure you forever. Mum’s Christmas present sorted right? www.pecker.world

Anything else to add? We continue to receive dick every day but it’s fine – our inbox is massive. We hope it never stops: mailsack@pecker.world — Thanks Louie and Jon



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Sekford Watches

Its been fascinating to see the new English luxury watch brand Sekford take shape this year via the medium of Instagram, ahead of their recent launch. The three founders (Kuchar Swara CEO / Creative Director, Cédric Bellon Director / Watch Designer & Pierre Foulonneau Director / Industrial Designer) all hail from different design disciplines, which may go some way to explaining its particular aesthetic – that combines classic craftsmanship with Modernist principles.

The company originated when its founders were unable to find the sort of watch they themselves wanted to wear; a luxury, midcentury-style dress watch for everyday use, with a price equivalent to a great pair of shoes, bag or jacket. Its first, Swiss-made watch, the Sekford Type 1A, owes its clean, midcentury look to industrial designer Pierre Foulonneau’s dedication to functionality: ‘I think we have achieved a maximum dial size for a relatively small case,’ he says. The curved glass was watch designer Cédric Bellon’s infuence.

‘The domed dial is expensive to produce but it gives a thinner look and reflects the light nicely.’ Meanwhile, creative director Kuchar Swara engaged Commercial Type to create the dial font and markers: ‘They created a special cut of Edward Johnston’s Underground typeface, Sekford Underground Tiny, to allow more space for the markers. These were inspired by 19th century British pocket-watch dial typography, generally painted using single-hair brushes.’

The Sekford logo is an English Gothic Revival wood engraving cut by specialist engraver Mark Wilkinson in Lincolnshire, and appears on the back of all Sekford wristwatches. This short film was made by Thomas De Monaco. Lovely watches, great site – time to get saving!





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Monotype Website

Type foundry Monotype has launched a much-improved new website developed by consultancy iA, working with Monotype’s in-house team. Michael Evamy worked on copy for the new website while SEA worked on image art-direction.

Monotype creative director James Fooks-Bale says the aim of the new site was to bring in an entirely new architecture – “to move away from how we see ourselves to how our users see us” – while also “putting a more human face on to what we do”. Imagery is used sparingly, to let the type do the talking – “We’ve got thousands of typefaces and we wanted to surface them.”

We caught up with Digital Design Director Mark Boulton and he shared some thoughts about the intent, process and success of the project:

“Like most organisations, Monotype had original structured the website to naturally reflect how the business was structured. The challenge with this, of course, is that it didn’t map to how our customers think of us. For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.

For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.

The simple navigation – with hard rules about what can go up there and what can’t – means we have to think harder about how we drive users around by content rather than simply putting a link in a header and hoping. Coupled with a now consistent nomenclature, the site now relies on a model of stackable content objects (stacked by priority) to help people get around.

The challenges behind the scenes were quite considerable. The project was designed by iA in Zurich, together with the team at Monotype. But then the integration into a new content management system (Umbraco) was done in-house by a distributed team in Noida, just outside of Delhi; Bad Homberg in Germany; London and  Cardiff in the UK; and finally Chicago, Boston and Nashville in the US. Managing any project with so many moving parts, with so many distributed people, can be challenging. But we had good people, an agile development process, and strong vision.

For the digital design team this site is just the start. It’s the first ‘instance’ of our digital design language, which is a project we’ve been working for quite a while, in an effort to unify our brand across all digital touch-points.”




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Sonos Studio

Interior design and architecture is a topic that we want to cover more often on FFF. So in search of my first article I came across this interesting branded space by wireless home audio experts Sonos last week. Sonos Studio is a collection of ‘acoustically tunable spaces’ where anyone can go to hear music as it should sound.

After the success of their L.A. Studio, which opened in 2012, London is now the next stop. Just off Redchurch Street, the Sonos Studio building was originally a printworks, most recently an industrial catering kitchen. While preserving the architectural integrity of the building, Sonos acoustically pimped out the entire space with a foot of mineral wool and a triple-skinned wall. Around the entrance there is a ‘sound-lock’ to ensure that the listening experience inside the building isn’t interrupted by noise from outside as people arrive and leave.

Retail designers Brinkworth, who were tasked with designing the interior and preserving the building’s industrial heritage, transformed the prominent corner site on Club Row into a ‘home’ for Sonos. The original windows are preserved, but screened inside by a line of mobile, vertical ‘louvres’ to improve the room’s acoustics.

The Sonos Studio interior also makes visual references to sound history throughout, with various design touches referencing everything from the shade of blue used at Abbey Road to the bathroom tiling at Stax Records. Even the timber floor was rescued from the former BBC World Service studios at Bush House on the Strand and given a new life.

Sonos Studio London will be open daily six days a week Tuesday – Sunday 10am-6.30pm. All live shows, screenings, listening parties, performance events and interviews and articles related to these events are available at studio.sonos.com

If you’re in London go and check it out!

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There isn’t going to be an EPL sponsor after this season i think, part of the rebrand.

James on EPL – New Identity

I think it looks really cool!

Agree with Peteman, think the shirt badge looks a bit ‘weekend charity match’.

Think it’ll definitely appeal to the youth!

Dave Mullen Jnr on EPL – New Identity

Peteman – Isn’t this a season (or the future?) without an outside sponsor, but rather a host of sponsors? We won’t be seeing a return of a ‘Barclay’s Premier League’ for a long time I do believe.

Ben on EPL – New Identity

Loving the new EPL marque and the other elements shown above. Not too sure about the shirt badge. I’m also wondering how the league sponsors will be incorporated into it?

peteman on EPL – New Identity

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