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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 — 1511 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1178 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 — 76 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 — 320 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 — 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 — 25 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 16 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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Greig Anderson

Creative Director– Glasgow, UK

http://www.freytaganderson.com


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RM Regular

RM Regular is a simple, clean and legible sans-serif type font designed to be used as alternative to Arial, Helvetica or Gotham and is a first foray into type design by London based agency Mash Creative. The Opentype font includes a full charcter and glyph set which supports 47 languages. A limited edition of 2 x 50 A2 type specimen posters have been made available absolutely FREE! for the first 100 people to purchase the font exclusively from HypeForType. The posters have been screen printed in silver and purple ink on 200gsm GF Smith Accent Smooth Glacier White stock – Available in 50 x silver on purple and 50 x purple on silver, each print is hand numbered and signed by Creative Director Mark Bloom from Mash Creative and can be posted worldwide. They will also be selling another limited edition of 50 purple A2 posters through Blanka shortly (Images below). These posters have been printed in white and silver ink on 270gsm GF Smith purple colorplan.




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Scotland Can Make It (SCMI)

Daniel from Graphical House got in touch to tell us about the new Scotland Can Make It initiative which they have designed the identity and website for. Initiated by Creative Scotland and inspired by London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, Scotland Can Make It! aims to celebrate Scottish creativity and stimulate the relationship between the country’s creative and manufacturing sectors. Against the backdrop of these two major sporting events, Scotland Can Make It! will present six new, limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland and leaving a lasting material legacy from Scotland’s dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.

The project has been designed to enable relationships and collaborations between Scotland’s creative practitioners and our manufacturing industries. As the name suggests, all the souvenirs will be produced in Scotland and applicants are asked to suggest a manufacturing company they could work with. The six winning entrants will each work closely with Panel on the research and development of their designs. Each successful commission will receive a £1000 fee and a maximum budget of around £2000 will be allocated to the development and production of each souvenir prototype.

Scotland Can Make It! is not just open to designers and makers: music, textiles, accessories, books, stationery, clothing, prints and homewares are amongst the types of work the organisers would be interested in seeing submissions for, and proposals for inter-disciplinary collaborations involving writers, musicians, visual artists and designers are particularly welcome. Application packs can be downloaded at www.scotlandcanmakeit.com from Monday 6 June 2011, when the project will formally launch. Submissions are invited from established and emerging creative practitioners and will be judged by a panel of creative practitioners and industry experts, including current Turner Prize nominee Martin Boyce, leading design retailer Sheridan Coakley, Rob Young (Editor-at-large, The Wire), Christina Jansen (Curator, The Scottish Gallery), and Creative Scotland’s Leonie Bell (Creative Programmer: London 2012 and Glasgow 2014). All submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 July.

In 2012, an exhibition featuring the souvenir prototypes and a behind-the-scenes look at all the design and manufacturing processes involved to date will tour Scotland.

Submission instructions Download application packs from www.scotlandcanmakeit.com



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KVGD Updates

Glasgow based designer Kerr Vernon of KVGD has updated with some new projects, including a lovely letterpress promotional sample pack for Glasgow Letterpress and a variety of new projects for the SECC. he has also launched a new blog for news, inspiration and ramblings.



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Editions of 100 – Tsunami Appeal

I’m sure you’re shocked by recent events in Japan as we all are here at FormFiftyFive. Daniel Freytag from Berg/Editions of 100 has been trying to think of a way to help and has designed a special limited edition print which will is now available for sale through the Editions of 100 website. 100% of all proceeds from sales will be donated to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. I have bought the first print to get the ball rolling so there is 99 editions of this left which will hopefully help to make some small difference to those whose property, homes and lives have been shattered by this disaster.

The poster is Litho printed and available in B2 size Justin Hobson from Fenner paper has very kindly donated the paper needed for the print.



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Victor Albrow

Had the pleasure of meeting Edinburgh based photographer Victor Albrow this afternoon. He had one of the most stylish and unusual books I’ve ever seen and some fantastic images that I felt I had to share. Of special interest was his People, Hair and Things series of which some of my favourite images you can see here. A thoroughly nice chap, get over and check out the rest of his work.



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Open Projects for iPad – Review

Here at FormFiftyFive we have been very fortunate to have been given a copy of the new Open Projects application for iPad to review and we must say it has been a pleasure. Developed by étapes, a paris based graphic design magazine and publishing house, Open Projects is their first Interactive book release for the ipad.

The concept is simple, discover innovative design projects through a unique interactive experience: Open Projects, an e-book for iPad, outcome of an unprecedented editorial challenge. Throughout 51 projects by non-standard identities, Open Projects is a total immersion in the world of contemporary design. Provided to you in a simple to use grid based interface each individual identity project makes the most of the interactive and touch interface with various images, conference recordings, videos, embedded websites and 3D animations. Each project is showcased in great detail and is supported by a written rationale and background to the brief so you can really get a sense of the project and what the designers were trying to create whilst seeing the work alongside. Within each project you can scroll down through the content of that project and you can then either skip back to the initial grid menu or you can simply swipe left and right through the projects concurrently making for a very easy read. There is also, my favoured option of being able to see each project as a column like thumbnail and quickly view the content before delving down a level into the project. Once in a project you also hav the option of a project scrollbar which shows a small thumbnail and allows for quick access to a different project. Watch the video of the app in action here.

There is a great mix of projects contained, some of which you will be familiar with such as the Stefan Sagmeister Casa da Musica and Mevis & Van Deursen’s Rotterdam 2001 identity, although its nice to see and interact further with some of the content such as a 3D Casa da Musica logo which you can spin and rotate into different guises, as well as a whole host of interesting projects many of which I had never seen or explored before. The projects featured were chosen by Cristina Chiappini and Silvia Sfligiotti, reputed italian graphic designers and teachers, who take part in many publications, exhibitions and events about design. They selected the works presented by Open Projects and made an exhibition and a book in French out of them.

Overall Open Projects is a groundbreaking combination of support and content, the first in a series of high-quality projects from étapes and it will be interesting to see what they have up their sleeve in the future, perhaps specific editions based on specific types of projects would be interesting like Typographic Projects, Branding, Signage, Product, Architecture etc. I have to say that so far I have felt a lot of iPad ‘interactive’ magazines have always felt a little forced into a touch screen environment and although, at first look, they are interesting they soon lost out to their print counterparts in terms of a pickup and put down ability. Open Projects however, feels exactly like it should, it seems to just work the way that you would expect and brings together a wealth of information and media into a package which is as informative and educational as it is pleasing to use. Its one that you would go back to time and time again and use as a reference tool. Open Projects is now available from the App Store for the limited special price of $7.99.

Thanks to Juan David Estupinan and étapes



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Havana Club Inspired Ingenuity

The project is a competition that Havana Club are running based on the theme of ‘Inspired Ingenuity’; a reference to the spirit of the people of Havana, who pride themselves on their ability to create what they need from what they have. The competition is taking place over the first six months of 2011, challenging artists, musicians and other creative talents to takes the everyday and turn it into something special. A winner will be picked each month, and the final winner will win a trip to Cuba. The project is being run through the Havana Club Facebook page To help promote the competition, graphic design studio Intercity commissioned three artists to create a piece of work that takes the everyday and turns it into something special. Title: SNEAKER SPEAKERS Artist: NASH Sneaker customiser Nash responsed to the brief by transforming a pair of all-white Nike Air Force 1’s into a fully functional set of ‘Sneaker Speakers’. Nash was a perfect choice for as we see sneaker customisation as its own form of Inspired Ingenuity. Read an interview with Nash here. Title: INGREDIENTS Artist: CEMAL OKTEN Symbolising Cuba’s love of music, product designer Cemal Okten has used everyday objects to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The fully functional headphones are made from a tin can, a coat hanger, a piece of rope and two corks. Title: PICNIC TABLE Artist: I HAVE POP™ Founded by Jurjen Semeijn, Amsterdam-based I Have Pop™ is known for its innovative ideas and multi-dimensional projects. For this street art installation they appropriated the fences from a local roadworks site and constructed a picnic table in the park. See the video of the I Have Pop™ piece here. The Identity: Intercity also created the Inspired Ingenuity logo, using objects from around the studio including a ring-pull, polystyrene packaging, a fuse, a paperclip and a coat-hanger.


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LUFF Propaganda

Great us of old school 3D style specs here completed by Demian Conrad Design for the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (LUFF). The project was a long process that took severals months but the result is pretty astonishing. The Challenge: create 2 levels of readability, a “mainstream” level and an hidden “underground” level. See and read more about the project here



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TOJO Design Shop

TOJO is a new design shop which has recently opened in the foyer of The Lighthouse, based at Mitchell Lane in Glasgow. TOJO represents a modern collection of products and objects, focused on design. It is an essential resource for Architects, Designers, Corporate and Private Clients, they select and supply modern furniture, lighting and accessories. TOJO is driven by an enthusiasm for design and it’s benefits and is a dealer for the following fantastic brands: Vitra, KnollStudio, MARK, Cherner Chair, Swedese, Blastation, String, Lightyears… and more! Visit the shop for a range of stock instore and also visit there new website and online shop for more information. The TOJO brand was designed by Glasgow based Graphical House.



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Print–A–Porter

New Australian shop Print-A-Porter has travelled the globe in search of some of the most beautiful, quirky and distinctive vintage original and reprinted posters to ever grace your walls. Add a bold splash of colour from the likes of Cuba, Russia, the former Yugoslavia or Israel, with brilliant, affordable graphic artworks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. From one-off originals and hard-to-find collectibles to hand silkscreened limited edition reprints you will find them all there. Im a particular a fan of the 1969 Charlie Chaplin on Wheels and the Cuban film poster Lucia from 1999. Worth checking out if you have a few pennies left after the festive period!




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Design Symposium North

Design Symposium North hits Liverpool in 2010 with an action packed programme featuring some of the most renowned figures in the design industry. This years lectures feature James Bull of Moving Brands and Adrian Shaughnessy of Shaughnessy Works. Both will be talking about their inspirational careers and showing work from past and recent projects. Jonathan Kirk, DBA consultant from, Up to the Light will also be showing how small agencies can punch above their weight. Aspiring creatives and students will be treated to a full day of top tips on how to break into the industry at a series of education-related sessions run by the D&AD and the DBA which will include lectures, portfolio surgeries and workshops. Find out more and signup to get involved here.


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Because Studio Updates

Loz Ives has just launched the all new Because Studio website. Based in Preston, Loz is another of the rising independent studios and has a great range of work and clients. The new site showcases some new work along with a some previous projects all of which have been re-shot for the new site. I particularly like his new self-initiated ‘Favourites’ Posters which have a series of typographic choices which you can customise by scratching off the silver ink to reveal your favourites.



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GmbH Glasgow

Since the demise of Borders earlier this year Glasgow has been without a source for a wide selection of contemporary and independent magazine publishing. Whilst there are outlets providing limited selections of publications, there is no decent place to purchase a wide variety of contemporary reading material in the city. Glasgow, as a city rich in culture and creativity, deserves a provision equal to the flourishing networks for publishing and distribution of many other European cities.

GmbH hope to change this. GmbH will open at The Modern Institute, Osborne St Glasgow, as an outlet for a wide range of magazines, journals and periodicals sourced from across the world. Focusing on bespoke publishing, art, fashion, design, film and music as well as covering lifestyle, culture and affairs. For further information and announcements, please join the mailing list.

www.GmbHshop.com

www.themoderninstitute.com

14-20 Osborne Street Glasgow, G1 5QN

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