FormFiftyFive

Design inspiration from around the world.

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 — 1576 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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Gemma O’Brien

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals.

She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Heineken, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Angus and Julia Stone and The New York Times. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

 



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Studio MH

After 8 years working under the alias Destill, designer and illustrator Mike Harrison has launched a personal rebrand, now working under the name Studio MH.

Having previously been known primarily as an illustrator, Mike’s skill-set had evolved and a change was required to reflect that. As a result a stronger brand identity was developed, presenting a fresh face to his body of work, which now includes some excellent design projects.

We think the upgrade looks great and beautifully utilises the excellent Semplice Labs.



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OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Whether or not you’re a fan of their music, the creativity and originality behind OK Go’s music videos is undeniable.

Created in collaboration with front man Damian Kulash’s sister Trish Sie, the new video “Upside Down & Inside Out” is an acrobatic display, which makes the most of zero gravity choreography, made possible as the entire thing is shot in a nose-diving S7 Airlines plane! That’s right, no wires, no green screen… no gravity.

To find out more about what goes into making a video such as this, head over to OK Go’s site.




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EPL – New Identity

The English Premiere League is the richest, highest profile domestic league in the world. It is beamed into almost 700m homes worldwide and viewed by almost 5bn people – safe to say it’s a pretty big deal.

To create a new identity for a brand with this sort of visibility you need a safe pair of hands, think the David De Gea of design. Design Studio and Robin Brand Consultants got the call and we think they’ve done a great job. The new identity is fresh, bold and ultra confident, while the crown-headed lion anchors it in tradition. The simplicity of the lion marque also allows the new identity to scale down well, which had been an issue with the original.

That’s enough from us though, find out more about the new identity over at Design Studio.



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Sam Pierpoint

Sam is an independent illustrator and paper artist currently living in the rural countryside just outside of Bristol, surrounded by scenery and wildlife. With six years industry experience and a background in graphic design Sam has turned her observational powers and attention to detail into creating dreamy and magical handcrafted artwork.

Her work is used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different purposes ranging from advertising campaigns, magazine covers, installations, music and window displays. She has produced work for a large range of clients, including DLKW Lowe, Nokia, Kiehl’s, El Jimador, Paperchase, Camp Bestival, Unipart, Jetstar and Birmingham Royal Ballet.



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Ellie Foreman-Peck

Ellie F-P is a London based illustrator specialising in witty and expressive hand drawn and collaged imagery. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked for a wide range of clients including: Random House, GQ, The Telegraph, Gramophone Magazine, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Independent, Eureka, Harvard Business Review and CBBC, and most recently, The Idler.

Follow on twitter to keep up to date with her most recent work.



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The Counter Press

Our friends over at The Counter Press have just released issue 2 of their beautiful ‘little letterpress newspaper’ Extra Condensed No.2.

Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a particularly numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via a wander through the peculiar world of letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1.Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in our collection.

Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200 (although this still involved over 2250 hand pulled prints). Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.

Available to buy in their shop. Making of film shot by Martin Power. Lovely!




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the House of Hugo Hoppmann

We last featured Hugo Hoppmann back in 2009, when he was a 21 year old student. Now working in NYC some 7 years later he has some great projects under his belt in print and digital, ranging from identities and websites to books and maga­zines. Hugo’s portfolio includes a large spectrum of colla­borative and commis­sioned work of different scales and his site is pretty smart too. You can also follow Hugo on twitter.



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Manual: Fort Point Beer Company

Manuals‘ packaging and identity design for San Francisco’s fastest growing craft brewery, Fort Point, has been slowly spreading across the internet with it’s references to traditional styles with a modern colour palette.

The Fort Point brewery is located in a former U.S. Army motor pool, near the Golden Gate Bridge and the Fort Point National Historic Site. Both provided inspiration for a modular, illustrative brand identity and the illustration incorporate elements of city’s landmarks and Bay Area culture to create a unique and authentic sense of place.



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Win 2 tickets to Typo Berlin 2016

We’re giving away 2 single tickets (currently worth €549 per ticket) for this years TYPO conference in Berlin!

This years’theme is “Beyond Design”. Graphic designer, art director and multiple TYPO Alumni Johannes Erler, noted recently that we have a broad consensus on how things should look and feel these days. Everything looks good. Design is omnipresent. He goes on to say that this tends to make people lazy. Rather than creating something new, they copy to maintain this consensus, conveniently saving trouble. Digital tools and templates make this easier than ever before, which saves time and costs.

Erler provocatively asks: “If just anyone can design, what do we still need designers for?”

The 2 best answers to this question will be selected by Monday 25th January @ 09:00 CET and will win a ticket each.

You can submit your answer via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below.

Best of luck!

PS. For those of you who have never been to Typo, here’s an impression from last year…



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The worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be as well. In this TED talk about vexillology (the study of flags) Roman reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

1. Keep it simple

2. Use meaningful symbolism

3. Use 2-3 colours

4. No lettering or seals

5. Be distinctive (or be related)

If you like this talk, you’ll love Roman’s podcast 99% Invisible. Check it out!



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Colour & Lines – James O’Connell

Beware, reading on may cause you to feel very lazy.

Still here? Ok, you were warned! Around this time last year designer and illustrator James O’connell posted the first work in his Colour and Lines series. Initially starting out as an exploration of different illustrative styles, Colour and Lines was borne from a reductive process, where James stripped back detail in order to find the minimal state of recognition. Once that sweet spot was found, he got to work applying the style to varied themes.

When I say varied, that’s really an understatement, rarely if ever have I seen an illustrator generate so much work, in a single style, in such a short timescale. In less than a year, James has produced hundreds of illustrations covering all aspected of pop culture, from iconic movies and retro video games, to fashion and travel. The simplicity of the work obviously holds plenty of appeal, with one project amassing almost 4,000 ‘appreciations’ on Behance.

It’s been a mammoth undertaking, but one which has paid off for James with commissions by Wired and AnyForty so far.

To find more of James work or pick up a print, visit Colour and Lines.



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