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 — 1495 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1174 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 — 66 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 — 69 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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Graphic designer – Glasgow, UK

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Editions of 100 Updates

Design store Editions of 100 has updated with a sharp new site and some lovely new prints. The aim behind the project is to provide invited artists with an outlet for showing non-commercial work.

The operator at the controls of the outfit is the industrious FFF contributor Daniel Freytag (of Freytag Anderson) and as he puts it:

It’s basically a place to have a play around with ideas and make them available to the general public

‘Less is More’ (shown above) is an exclusive print by none other than build, which has been co-published with the inimitable Process Journal. The design was created for the cover of Edition 9 in response to the edition’s title. Comprising of a technical Set Square and traditional T-square, facing opposite ways, the illustration is a conceptual interpretation of the universal symbols of ‘less and more’.

Snake + Mask are by the Italian design duo Think Work Observe. Founded in 2011 by Piero Di Biase and Alberto Moreu, they were invited by Editions of 100 to contribute and the result is a pair of beautiful geometric designs:

As a little bonus there are also some iPhone5 homescreens for folk to download for free. At the moment they can be downloaded via a ‘Pay with a tweet’ link on the homepage (text inside the red dot). All in all it’s looking better than ever and there are several new prints in the works so it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.

Don’t be fooled by the ping pong shot though,  Dan is much better off behind the camera on that front!

Credit to Shaun Woods for the excellent site build.

www.editionsof100.com twitter.com/editionsof100 Facebook.com/editionsof100



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Modern Practice & Modern Theory

In their own words, Modern Practice is a design consultancy with a focus on brand identity. And focused they certainly are. They’ve just launched a new site showcasing their impeccable work in all it’s glory. Projects are beautifully presented and not only in a visual sense—you really get a feel of the whole journey from brief to reality.

They have also launched their parter site Modern Theory with a collaborative project featuring work from some very esteemed contemporaries. Titled ‘Visual Grammer’, they invited ten studios to participate in the exhibition held at MAD Brussels. Each studio in turn had to nominate another studio or designer to take part, adding up to a total of twenty contributors. Participants were asked to research and communicate an aspect of the fundamental components of visual grammar. Based on their research, they had to create a poster that would visually convey their findings.

The Posters are available to buy here—and with exceptional work from MuirMcneil, HORT, BASE, Coast, Astrid Stavro, Studio Thomson and many more, it’s one to avoid if you aren’t in the mood to part with a few hard-earned notes.

  



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Fabian Oefner

Some stunning imagery from photographer Fabian Oefner’s latest project, Black Hole. At first glance you’d think there’s some fancy 3D rendering going on but the truth is that this project is more drill-bits than mega-bits. As Fabian puts it: “The setup is simple: various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures.”



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Takahiro Iwasaki

If you’re a creative-type at all you’ve probably messed around with a macro lens at some point. But Artist Takahiro Iwasaki lives in a macro World. He makes impossibly small, super-intricate works from carved electrical tape, thread and other materials. Many of the pieces shown here were part of the Constellations show at Cornerhouse in Manchester back in 2011. According to designboom, Iwasaki now has a new collection of much larger works at the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at GOMA in Queensland, well-worth checking out but I love the playfulness of his previous adventures in miniature…









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The new AisleOne

Antonio Carusone has just launched a new version of the brilliant AisleOne. He’s added some nifty new features like keyboard navigation, grid or list view and quite bravely gone for a 1202px-wide format. That will no-doubt ruffle a few geeky feathers, but good work sir!





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Lorem Ipsum

Yesterday morning the postie delivered a strange brown envelope in the post. Thinking ‘what on earth is this’ I opened it to find a pink that in the sunshine was so bright and shocking there should probably be a warning on the envelope. Titled ‘Lorem Ipsum’, it is an ‘incredibly sporadic collection of cross-disciplinary design writing from Scotland’.

The people/person behind it seem to be after the news studio who have a sort of temporary cargo site online at the moment but certainly one to watch. The layouts and typography are well crafted, dynamic and fresh but thankfully it’s not all just style. The articles and content really are equally impressive and engaging.

Some of the highlights in this issue: Centrefold illustration by Susan Roan. Andrew Neely of LongLunch writes about talking designers. Dr Paul Rodgers examines the digital grey-areas between design, art and architecture, and After the News provides a taster of the discussion at a debate on the role of awards in the design industry.

Apparently this copy is a ‘limited edition 2 of 3′. Which is either a mistake or I am very honored indeed! I’m sure there must be more than 3 copies as it’s certainly litho printed. On the after the news site they say you can get your hands on it by just sending through a stamped addressed A4 envelope… and for our Scottish and UK readers in particular, I’d highly recommend it.

Altogether it’s all looking very promising and I’ll certainly be looking out for the next issue. Though I’ll be donning my shades just in case. Many thanks to the mysterious sender!



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Some GSA 09 Highlights

Just a few personal favourites from a quick look around the visual communication work at the GSA degree show 09. By no means an all-encompassing review, definitely missed more great work by people who didn’t have cards left, so do send us your work if you’re feeling left out!

First up some lovely three dimensional typographic pieces by Alida Rosie Sayer, who also had some great animation work on show.

And on the animation theme I was blown away by the incredible detail, lovely ideas and high production standards in the work of Joseph Mann. This wheel model was from a brilliant stop-motion music video which can be seen on his site, along with other great work like ‘The Chimney Sweep’.

And finally this is a spread from ‘The Documents’, some nice print work and typography by Sam Baldwin



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Think the title might’ve been misinterpreted. For “shit” read “stuff” or “things” maybe?

Phil Howard on Shit showreels say

This is really good, very funny, especially the ‘to fast to appreciate it…’ bit! I would slightly agree with Jim though. These are all just a collection of treatments/styles and they do work within various contexts. It’s probably a bit …

Chris on Shit showreels say

So watch constitutes ‘not Shit’ exactly? You can’t craft a statement as confident and entertaining as this without so much as a hint of a retort, surely? The fact is that some of these tricks actually do work in certain …

Jim on Shit showreels say

Stunning design and simply lines. Great stuff.

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love the illustrations

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Leo on LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

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