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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 Garriock — 1463 posts
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Lois Daly — 45 posts
Lois Daly – Graphic Designer, Glasgow

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Guy Moorhouse — 45 posts
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Barry van Dijck — 124 posts
Designer & Illustrator – Breda, The Netherlands

Gui Seiz — 135 posts
Graphic Designer – London, UK

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Chris Jackson — 68 posts
Graphic Designer – Leeds, UK

Tom Vining
Tom Vining — 12 posts
Graphic Designer – London, UK

Tommy Borgen
Tommy Borgen — 15 posts
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Clinton Duncan — 24 posts
Creative director – Sydney, Australia

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Gabriela Salinas — 14 posts
Graphic designer – Monterrey, México.

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Felicia Aurora Eriksson — 4 posts
Graphic Designer – Melbourne, Australia

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Graphic designer & Illustrator – Glasgow, UK @Jack_FFF

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Dalton Maag Launches Two New Fonts

Dalton Maag have launched two new library fonts today: Soleto and Prometo. Soleto is primarily for text use and Prometo for display use. Though separate products, they have been designed to work in perfect harmony with each other.

The design process began in early 2012, with the first sketches for Prometo developed in Dalton Maag’s Brazil office. The font that was envisaged was a squarish and geometric design. Originally planned to be a display typeface and comprising 14 weights, Prometo is suited to wayfinding and use at large sizes.

During the development of Prometo it was decided to also take the design in a direction that was more appropriate for text use, resulting in Soleto. Soleto is the softer and less angular sister of Prometo. It takes much of Prometo’s original structure into its makeup, but is more traditional in shape and has a refined elegance to it that works well for large areas of text. The family is also comprised of 14 weights and is manually hinted for good on-screen appearance.

Fabio Haag of Dalton Maag said:

“These are two very contemporary font families, each optimised for their respective usage. Many designers contact us asking for advice on what they should look for when choosing a display font to match a text font and vice versa. With the advice we give in mind we have created two font families that designers can combine with confidence.”

For more information, or to purchase the fonts, visit Dalton Maag.


Guide to Kissing

Durham-based Glad have been in touch to showcase their Guide to Kissing, a valentines collaboration between themselves Glasgow Press and GFSmith.

In letterpress printing, the term ‘kissing’ is used to refer to the lightest possible impression on paper so that the type or blocks do not press into the paper leaving a clean printed image. Historically, this was the printer’s art; to press the letterforms firmly enough for optimal ink transfer without leaving an impression.

In recent years, however, the art of letterpress printing has enjoyed a renaissance. Part of this revolution is the popularity of the previously shunned deep impression, or as Glasgow Press appropriately term it, the ‘Glasgow Kiss’.

The piece features a ‘Kiss’ card and a ‘Glasgow Kiss’ card – the former being printing without an impression, the latter being printed with greater force and leaving a deep impression.

Letterpress printed onto 540gsm Fuscia Pink Colorplan and sealed with a kiss.


The making of John Lewis chistmas advert

John Lewis have a long tradition of producing heartwarming Christmas commercials and this year was no different, with the story of a Christmas loving hare and his big, sleepy bear friend (who normally hibernates through the holidays) at the centre of this seasons story.

You’ve no doubt already seen the £1 million production, however the painstaking planning and meticulous attention to detail involved in such a project could be easily overlooked. That’s why we love the release of this little ‘making of’ gem by Blinkink, showing the hard work of creators Yves Geleyn & Elliot Dear, who used a combination of traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, stop-frame and 3D model sets to create the final commercial.


Steer – Manchester

Leading UK computer school, Steer, is bringing its highly acclaimed coding course to Manchester’s innovative TechHub, located on Dale Street, in a bid to help local graphic designers and novice web developers crack HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

The five day course, starting on Monday 28 October, 2013, has been formulated with graphic designers in mind and aims to demystify the web development process, teaching those looking to ‘up-skill’ how to create their own tailored websites.

With Manchester now boasting a vibrant tech scene, this will be the first time Steer, currently rated as one of the best places to learn how to code in the UK, has hosted a course outside of London.

Requests for digital work are on the increase and being able to code is now an essential skill for any independent designer or agency looking to take complete ownership over a project.

Steer CEO and Co-founder, Amelia Humfress, commented:

“Great technology education is essential to those looking to boost their offering to potential clients. If you are unable to provide a full digital service, you run the risk of losing out on business, so learning how to code is an excellent way for savvy designers to grow their revenue.

“The course is also relevant to those who often work with developers, especially project managers for in-house or agency advertising and marketing teams. A wider understanding of coding and web development can aid client communication, which in turn, can help with budgets and issues such as the over-running of projects.

“We decided to bring our first ever course outside of London to Manchester because of the amount of potential in the area, especially in graphic design. As well as being incredibly welcoming to start-ups, the city also has a special connection to our company, as it is home to my Co-founder, Rik Lomas, who is originally from Ashtonunder-Lyne.

“Teaching more people to code will help support the continuing growth of Manchester’s business community.”

TechHub Manchester’s Co-founder, Doug Ward, believes there has never been a better time to learn to code, adding: “If you’re thinking about increasing your business offering, now is the time to future-proof your skills.

“Manchester will one day become a top five European start-up destination and we’re really happy that Steer has brought this exciting course to the North West.”

The course will run from 28 October to 1 November 2013 and will cost £1,500 (including VAT).


Steer – Javascript and Data Visualisation

Regular visitors may remember our review of Steer’s Front End Developer course, where complete coding novice’s were taught the fundamentals during an intensive one week course. If you missed it first time round, check it out here. Otherwise, just know the course was very good.

The quality of the course is the reason we’re again happy to tell you about two new courses the Steer team are running this month:

Javascript & jQuery

The new Learn Javascript & jQuery course, which will run on Thursday 22th and Friday 23rd August, is the first intermediate level course that Steer have run. Rik Lomas, CTO and Cofounder, said “we get lots of designers on our Front End Web Development course we wanted to offer one for people who already know HTML and CSS. For designers, Javascript is a really important skill to have because most websites are using it nowadays and when you know how something works, you become better at designing for it.” Javascript is a programming language used in billions of web pages to make them interactive and functional. Explaining why designers should learn Javascript, Amelia Humfress, CEO and Cofounder, said, “when you know Javascript, you can create better user experiences.” jQuery is a popular Javascript library that simplifies Javascript and makes it easier to learn.

Learn Data Visualisation

The second course that Steer will run this month is Learn Data Visualisation, a course that will combine data, design and code in a way that’s playful, fun and engaging. Students will learn how to present data in a way that’s interesting and beautiful, using real-time data and Javascript. The course is completely practical so by the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of visualisations to take home with them. This course is suitable for designers, developers and complete beginners to code and will run on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August.

If you’re interested in either of these courses, book through the links in the titles above for a 10% reduction in the course fee.



Recently – while considering a long overdue round of portfolio tinkering – I spent hours in search of the best, responsive, grid-based WordPress themes. There are literally thousands, and although some were very good, most felt like a compromise in flexibility or aesthetics.

That’s why I was particularly excited to see Emil Olsson’s new responsive modular WordPress theme Hi-Response.

Emil himself describes it as “premium shit really” and on first inspection, we’re inclined to agree. Find out more about Hi-Response and why Emil hopes this represents “fresh take on WordPress publishing” here.

Twitter: @hiresponse & @emilolsson


Freytag Anderson

Our friends Daniel Freytag and Greig Anderson have launched their new studio site, FreytagAnderson. Based in Glasgow, Scotland the studio produce beautifully considered branding work for a range of domestic and international clients. The site alone is lovely, well worth checking out.

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Very nice work. Been a long time admirer of Iain’s work… I just didn’t know it was him that did it!

petemandotnet on Iain McIntosh

So, when talking about originality, why do people still use those popular artist quotes about art/idea theft? Just as unoriginal, just as idiotic. No wonder some of them defend such behaviour when all they do is ‘copy/paste’ themselves, think of …

TUB on Peter Tarka

What you are failing to understand about the current design society where young designers are being pressured to be noticed by their skills in software and “finish” not so much on their conceptual outcome.

But you need to understand as you …

Luke on Peter Tarka

“undeniable skill”? Everyone can download a free 3d model, buy or download a ready 3d light/vray/render studio and hit “render”. That’s not a skill imo. :)

sak on Peter Tarka

The event of BCN x MCR was an absolute joy. The exhibition – excellent and the talks engaging, varied and insightful. I particular liked the talk by due to the way she described the process of type design. Overall the …

Rob Walker on BCNMCR Reviewed

I’m just loving the scale and the work put into this design. Cant of been easy to do this on a wall. Sorry to sound so simple but it looks great I don’t think the passing public are going to …

Simon on Papercut: update