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 — 1483 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 — 67 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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Simon Davidson

The salt flats of Bonneville have been used for speed testing for over a century. Sir Malcolm Campbell notably piloted Blue Bird to a land speed record 301mph there in 1935.

Simon Davidson traveled from Sydney to Utah to make his project Salt and Smoke, capturing the motor sport event held annually on the lake floor. His images show the wide expanses of space in an almost nostalgic way. They remind me of Laurent Nivalle’s photographs from the 2010 Le Mans Classic, which are also worth a look.




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FUEL — new website

FUEL are possibly best known for their self-published books and magazines which cover a range of topics, from Russian criminals’ tattoos to the design of Sainsbury’s own brand products in the 60′s and 70′s.

They recently launched a new website, which celebrates the work they have created during the last 20 years.



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Conor & David

Conor & David AKA Conor Nolan and David Wall are designers working on print, interactive and identity projects in Dublin, Ireland. Since we featured them last, in 2008, they have worked on a wide range of interesting projects for clients both large and small. They have also redesigned their website, which I think is rather good!



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Filthy Media

Filthy Media is a Brighton based studio that specialise in graphic design for music and fashion.

They have recently refreshed their branding and relaunched their website. As part of this process Filthy created a self promotional poster shoot further with your flamethrower of love which uses a bespoke font Filthy Black Italic and references their name and the generic Viagra spam emails that may have found their way into your inbox at some point.



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Alex Trochut — new website

We’ve featured Alex Trochut‘s work several times here on FormFiftyFive. Alex was even kind enough to grant us an exclusive interview back in 2009 – you can see that here.

Alex recently launched a redesigned website featuring a body of new projects together with his established work. Alex’s compositions, which mix design, illustration and typography are linked together by the “more is more” style he is well known for. Although his work is obviously maximalist, Alex is able to bring a delicacy and level of detail to his work that sets his creations apart.

The image above is from a new collaborative project with ceramicist Apparatu. Between them they have created a range of “skate fails” that re-interpret the classic skateboard as deconstructed ceramics. For the serious fans there’s a shop too – where prints can be purchased (€120–€200).



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Threadless — Book Review

Ten years ago two students posted a thread on a forum asking for people to submit t-shirt designs, the best of which would be printed and sold. This was the beginning of Threadless, and a decade of online community based t-shirt design.

Today, Threadless is an international business that has a following of over a million members who design, critique, vote for and buy their products. The Threadless business model – now known as crowd-sourcing – is taught in business schools and the community has often acted as a springboard, launching the careers of several designers.

Threadless: ten years of t-shirts from the world’s most inspiring online design community celebrates the past decade of the company’s life. It relives the steps taken from the early days when the two founders invested $500 each to get their hobby off the ground, through to the Threadless of today, which has recently penned deals with the likes of Dell Inc., Havaianas and Disney – for whom they will be sourcing designs to be applied to laptop cases, flip-flops and t-shirts to promote the release of the film Tron.

The Threadless business model is based on being able to engage and involve the design community. This approach is reflected in the cover design of the book, which brings together the story of Threadless in a “colossal collaboration” of weird and wonderful characters submitted by previous Threadless t-shirt designers.

The book has been designed by A-Side Studio and takes the reader through a chronological journey of the company’s history, showcasing 300 t-shirt designs. Founder Jake Nickell’s account of Threadless’ growth sits alongside interviews with contributors successful in getting their designs onto fabric. There are image montages showing some of the most successful t-shirts being worn, and short insights into the story behind each design. This is interspersed with mini essays, both on Threadless and other topics, from guest authors including Seth Godin and John Maeda.

Working through the 224 pages, it is interesting to see the successful styles and trends  evolve as the book progresses. Early Threadless designs use largely one or two colour vector graphics applied to a standard area on the chest of the shirt. Later we see more complex designs that lean towards a hand crafted aesthetic. To a degree, this reflects the past decade of design in general, but it also shows how Threadless has refined its printing and production techniques over the years. As Threadless has grown, so the company’s core market has changed; once strictly a designers’ playground, it now appeals to a wider creative audience.

All in all this is an enjoyable book. It might not be one of the design classics that you return to time and time again, but it is much more than just a catalogue of t-shirt design (although if you’re interested in trends of t-shirt design over the last decade it provides a useful reference). It’s a story of the conceptual development of a creative business, an insight into designers’ personalities, and a demonstration of the success of interactive techniques to involve customers in decision making, creating a community of users and designers. It contains a good mix of image and text and is accessible and visually appealing. The tone at times is rather self congratulating, but perhaps this can be excused given the success of Threadless over the last ten years. As the sleeve text says, Threadless “is a t-shirt store, but that isn’t really the point”. This celebration of a “global t-shirt phenomenon” will appeal to anyone interested in what happens when you combine popular design, a community approach and a constantly evolving repertoire of products.

You can buy the book here for only £8.00.

Words by: Mark Ferguson. Photographs by: Malcolm Menzies. Location: Fabrics Galore – London.

UPDATE: Like always, because Malcolm has done such a good job of shooting this lovely book we’ve put up the hi-quality original shots of the Threadless book online on our FFF Flickr Pool.



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2br

Working with several large international corporate clients including Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young, London based independent design consultancy 2br offer their own brand of ‘clear thinking, plain speaking’ design. With an evident emphasis on the craft and production of their output, the work they create is tactile, dignified and elegant.

The Deutsche Bank logo was originally designed by Anton Stankowski in the early 1970’s and is still in use today. As part of their work with the bank, 2br has created an identity manual to ensure that those standards, set almost 40 years ago, remain intact today. It would seem that with 2br the iconic brand is in safe hands.






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FormFiftyFive – Now in 3D

The third dimension, you’ve seen it in the cinema, it’s making its way into TV, and – in what could be a world first – it is now part of your favourite design blog.

At FormFiftyFive we love innovation and have been working with 3DTV specialists 3D-Rabbit for the past 4 months to develop the worlds first 3D website. We will be issuing our readers with special anaglyphic stereogram glasses which will allow you to see all your favourite design inspiration in luscious 3D quality.

We will be testing this new development over the next few weeks and will be launching the full 3D site and issuing our glasses at the end of April.

As an initial test, we’ve added 3D toggle at the top of the page – please let us know what you think.

Watch this space.

(RSS readers – come visit the site for a change to experience the extra dimension)



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Human Studio

Human, the Sheffield based creative agency set up by Nick Bax – a former director at tDR – have recently updated their website, showcasing work created for the likes of MTV, The University of Sheffield and the Miami Winter Music Conference.




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Daily Drop Cap

We’ve posted the work of typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische before. In September she started a side project: the Daily Drop Cap. “Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment.” These beautiful and ornate letters are available for public use (conditions apply).



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