FormFiftyFive

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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 — 1504 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1177 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 — 69 posts
http://twitter.com/lexnels
Designer/coder – Leeds/London/Melbourne

Guy
Guy Moorhouse — 45 posts
http://futurefabric.co.uk
Independent designer and technologist — London,…

Gil
Gil Cocker — 318 posts
http://www.sansgil.com
Designer & Maker – London, UK

staynice
Barry van Dijck — 124 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 — 70 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 — 24 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 15 posts
http://gabrielasalinas.com/
Graphic designer – Monterrey, México.

Felicia Aurora Eriksson
Felicia Aurora Eriksson — 4 posts
http://feliciaaurora.com/
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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Yeah Just There

Yeah Just There from Grant Orchard on Vimeo.

A little one minute piece to celebrate onedotzero’s 15th birthday and the release of their specially commissioned Granimator Packs with ustwo. The YeahJustThere App was originally rejected by Apple in Dec 2011, but we carried on with the animation so we could contribute to the celebrations in some way. Luckily the app was re-submitted and accepted at the start of April – so happy days. Hope you enjoy our love letter to onedotzero.

onedotzero.com/ ustwo.co.uk/ studioaka.co.uk/

Made by ____ Visuals _____ Grant Orchard Sound______ NIC GILL ___________ @STUDIO AKA



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7

Thursday the 19th of this month between 6PM and 9PM will see the launch of a seven week Design & Illustration exhibition entitled ‘7’ in Manchester featuring work by some of the most interesting and innovative creatives from around the world in limited editions of seven.

The work is curated by Manchester based Design studio Dr.Me and Artist Aliyah Hussain  in the beautiful Norse inspired surroundings of ‘North Tea Power’ in the cities North Quarter.

The work featuring in the show will be by Anthony Burrill, Doctor Xero, a non-collaboration between Stefan Sagmeister and Dr.Me, Holly Wales, Hort, Hvass & Hannibal, Mario Hugo, James Victore, Leif Podhajsky, MVM, Neasden Control Centre, Nicolas Saunders, Nous Vous, Savwo, Siggi Eggertsson, Steve Hockett and Yokoland.

The work will be a mixture of brand new editions of seven pieces created especially for the show and existing editions of work sent through in editions of seven.

The exhibition is to celebrate the launch of the online store also going by the name 7 (www.ashopcalled7.co.uk) which will be open for seven months where the work will be available to buy from as well as other zines and prints created by the likes of WAFA, Mike Perry, OWT collective, Melvin Galapon, Butt Magazine and many more.

north tea power, 36 tib street, manchester, m4 1la, uk.



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I.P.H. Section 2 — Invoice

With the positive response to the previous article about money I thought I would make a little extra effort to cover off a few more requests as part of the feature. So the second article for the collection is going to be on the not-so-mind-blowing-but-useful topic of invoicing. To start, it’s good to note that there seems to be a lot of confusion about making such a document but the basic invoice involves just a few key bits of information. If you have these basics covered off then there is a good chance you’ll be paid without too much difficulty.

First things first. Get your document titled correctly. It’s an invoice, so it should say so nice and clearly at the top of the page. This is handy for those poor Account Directors swimming through the enormity of paper accumulating on their desk. Next up is the persons address as although we live in a digital age it is still a requirement (and good practice) to associate the invoice to an address.

Then we get to your personal information. These things are your address, the date, your bank details and the amount. Once you start operating on a level dealing with advertising agencies then it may slowly start to expand. The first slightly foreign thing to add is a ‘PO’ number. This is a ‘Purchase Order’ which means you are in their system and they have allotted your job with some money and a reference number. It’s always useful getting this at the beginning of the job so when you have to sit twiddling your thumbs for 60 days (some advertising agencies payment terms & legal obligation) it’s good to be able to date your invoice from the supplied PO number. If you are wondering about VAT then I was always told the basic rule of thumb is that if you aren’t considering buying a second car they you need not worry about it. Below this information you just need to list your bank information. For international payments you may need to stop in to your local branch to get your IBAN/BIC or Swift number. This is basically your account number with some extra numbers and letters so that any money from over seas has required information to find it’s way to your bank account.



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Rob Bailey

The man I never thought would get his website online has finally launched today. There are many a designer who try and learn the craft of minimal graphic illustration but none I would consider even close to this man. Those who know him have seen the monolithic amount of work he has produced which isn’t available to see on the internet. Rob Bailey is certainly someone to be celebrated as some what of a master of this art.



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I.P.H. Section 1 — Money

For the first section on this new article I thought it best not to dwell on all involved in hunting for a location but instead go back a little earlier to organising your cash. I’ve spoken to a few friends who over the last year or so who had decided to go freelance and a very small amount of them had any clue how to account their earnings. I’m not anywhere close to being an accountant but here are a few things I’ve learnt which I wish someone had told me. The first is that you don’t have to get too serious from the off. You are allowed a personal income allowance of £6,475 for 2011 and £7,475 for 2012 which isn’t the smallest amount in the world, being as us designers aren’t the richest of people. (I’m sorry this ia bit UK-centric but I’m sure similar laws apply elsewhere, or at least someone disgruntled will be happy to comment).

Although, this is legal I am a firm believer in doing it right from the beginning. So this is getting an accountant, setting yourself up with a proper trading name, re-conciling your accounts etc. etc. For me this was a terrifying prospect and for the most part, still is. Quite early on a friend told me about a company called ‘Crunch’. Now I wouldn’t really think to post that on FFF although from personal experience it is the best thing I decided to do over the last year. I paid a flat fee of around £100 and was setup as a Limited Company (Being a limited company is recommended for lots of reasons). This means you get a little certificate to say you are now a company Director. If like lots of designers nowadays you dabble in lots of projects it is worthwhile setting up as “Your Name Ltd.” which quite a few companies do even though they trade under a snazzy psueodonym. Their monthly fee is £70. This means you get to process all your invoices online and keep a record of Tax. It may sound a little daunting for the newly independant but it is certainly very handy getting a personal accountant assigned to you to ask any question you may have. As an example, I constantly e-mail mine trying figure out what I can claim for. The last thing you do is ring HMRC and say the magic words “I am a company Director” and they update your information and prepare you for self assessment.

After this. Congratulations, you are now a business.



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BombSquad

Who doesn’t love a good time waster game from time to time? I was perusing the App store looking for something to replace an old Angry Birds addiction when I gave BombSquad a go. Hand made clay levels, Bomberman level of addiction from a Pixar member of staff. Released in October 2011 I reckon this little game just might take off. Available on the App store for 0.69p. By Froemling.




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Andy J. Miller

He’s back. A month later then the website promised, the bearded, Yeehar USA Miller is finally back online.  A new website full of oodles of doodles, and some of that old & gold we still like.  I for one am very pleased at the lack of  wobbly abstract lines and triangles with the replacement of content and narrative.  (worth mentioning that some of the wall is by Andrew Neyer)








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10 Penneth

10 Penneth is a collection of 10 short-essays on Graphic Design written and designed by Craig Oldham of Music. It’s an educational day-glo booklet, namely for students of Graphic Design, and is available from his website —free of charge.



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Noma Bar x Grant Orchard x Toy

This Wednesday, The Book Club (Shoreditch) will be hosting a series of talks including – Noma Bar with an insight into negative space, Grant Orchard (above image) with a look into his and BAFTA award winning Studio AKA‘s work.

There is also live drawing by some of the Toy artists as well as limited edition shirts & glow in the dark screen prints on the night. If non of this grabs you, you can play some drunken table tennis.

The tickets are £5 Buy Tickets



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