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 — 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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Sam Mallett

Graphic Designer — Cardiff, UK

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Mice, Ants, and the Lazy Dog

FontFont teamed up with award-winning Berlin based film production company Stark Films to launch their new and improved Web FontFonts — now including OpenType layout features that have been stuck in desktop publishing software for years.

1,600+ of their fonts are now supported by all browsers (apart from Safari), setting free the magic of ligatures, stylistic alternates, figure sets, fractions, small caps  swashes.

Focusing the film around the renowned typographic phrase ‘The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog’ the Stark Film team created a series of scenes using different FontFont typefaces to recreate the attributes of OpenType. From magnets, ants, a mice maze, to laser cut letters, the film takes you on a typographic journey through the aspects of next-level web typography.

“Putting across the features of OpenType to those outside of the industry, and many within it, can often be complicated and confusing, so we wanted to work with a team who were not connected to the world of typography and who could bring these features to life in an imaginative and ingenious manner.” Head of the FontFont Marketing Team, Ivo Gabrowitsch

Check their swish microsite to see the features in action. Don’t forget, no Safari…



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Grilli Type

Super-slick Swiss type foundry Grilli Type (purveyors of fine fonts such as GT Walsheim and GT Haptik) are already looking forward to autumn — along with new weights and extended character sets they’re also releasing two new typefaces: GT Cinetype and GT Eesti. Roll on crispy leaves and fresh .ttf files…

A little from Noël & Thierry on their new releases: GT Cinetype is based on an engineer’s type design for a movie subtitles typeface from the 35mm era. The brute force design is void of any curves — because really, who needs curves anyway? GT Eesti is a revival of Estonia’s most popular typeface from the Soviet era. It oozes with tons of personality. Just look how happy those kids are about the typeface!



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Castan by Carter Wong Design

Howies are now the proud owners of the bespoke brand typeface, Castan (Chestnut in Welsh) thanks to the team at Carter Wong Design. The two have been collaborating for years and this latest project further shows a real understanding and appreciation between the two companies.

Watch the making of video and then go see the work in action.

Here’s a little more info from Howies:

The geeky amongst you may have noticed our new custom typeface, designed by Phil Carter and the other good people at Carter Wong Design. We challenged them to design a bespoke headline font for us. One with a unique hand, which would help us tell our story. A typeface that would give us a point of difference and a level of ownership greater than Helvetica could ever offer.

Aware that nothing good ever comes easy, Phil and his team invested over 162 work hours in designing and refining a typeface for us, cleverly made from the wood of a wind-fallen local chestnut tree and christened ‘Castan’ (Welsh for Chestnut).

Complete with woodgrain and cracks, they have given us is a distinctive hand-chiselled typeface, which captures beautifully our slightly wonky character and soul. And by using nature itself to lovingly craft the letterforms, Phil has allowed our unpolished personality to show through in the grain.

It’s an enduring classic that will stand the test of time. Just like that old chestnut tree.




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New from Fontsmith

Fontsmith’s Phil Garnham has sent over some photos of their type specimens for three new releases, FS Maja, FS Matthew and FS Hackney. Designed by regular collaborators Thompson Brand Partners, each specimen is printed by Doncaster based Kingsbury Press onto Fedrigoni’s Splendorgel Extra White (140gsm if you’re curious). Requests can be made in writing to info@fontsmith.com.

FS Maja FS Maja is a bright and cheeky face. Bubbly, punchy, and entertaining. Distinctively warm with soft rounded shapes. FS Maja is a display and text font that’s young, fresh and beautifully random!

FS Matthew FS Matthew is a multi-talented type. A clear, stylish and structured sans-serif. Generous counters and a slightly condensed aspect come together to make it very legible and space-saving in text or title sizes. A structured system for solid corporate identities, signage systems, logotypes, screens, websites and billboard ads. An all round multi-talented font with a feel-good factor — radiant, efficient and sound.

FS Hackney FS Hackney is an assertive type. Square curves and a linear down-to-earth nature create a soft and gentle sans serif typeface. Inspired by the thought “it doesn’t have to be like this” Hackney is meticulously honed to perform in exacting conditions. Refined, assured and very versatile.



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FS Emeric

It’s launch day at Fontsmith! Phil Garnham’s FS Emeric superfamily is now ready to try and buy after over two years work. But there’s more going on to welcome this new family into the world.

“Emeric is a kinetic type. An optimistic typeface which marries precision with expression, geometry with movement and functionality with humanity — a classic working sans serif with a distinct and individual character, open to whatever shape the future may take.”

We’re already used to beautiful specimens from the foundry — ‘10 Years in Type‘ by Thompson Brand Partners delved in two Fontsmith’s history — and this time round Believe in® have designed a fantastic booklet and poster, along with a microsite created by Taylor / Thomas.

The celebrations don’t stop there — Phil also asked eleven of his heroes to create a poster, each using a different weight of the typeface. Contributors include Build, Studio Dumbar, Pentagram, Non-Format, Manual and Bibliothèque, all screen-printed on Colorplan by Dan Mather in a limited run of 50. You can see the whole set here. Lucky customers buying two or more weights of FS Emeric will receive one randomly selected poster (while stocks last).

Here’s some background information from the team:

FS Emeric — a landmark new typeface launched by Fontsmith

The original brief that Phil set himself carried a bold ambition — a sans serif typeface that was capable of adding a fresh new voice to the classic modernist fonts. Read more



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Alec Doherty

I came across Alec’s work in the alcohol aisle last night — his artwork for London’s Partizan Brewing really stood out among all the other wired and wonderful bottles on display. Luckily his name was proudly printed on the label, so it didn’t take me long to track down his work. I’m a huge fan of his colour choices and fun quirky style.

Here’s hoping the beers are as tasty as the branding. Cheers!



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Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently living in space as a Flight Engineer, and luckily for us, he’s sharing some amazing photos via Twitter. I’m a sucker for aerial photography, but these are next level, literally. The shapes and colours of our dear planet from up there are just beautiful. Getting a glimpse inside ISS is a nice bonus too.

Big thanks to Mr. Hadfield for this rare treat.





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The Printorium

I’m not personally a Harry Potter fan, but I found this little video by MinaLima fascinating. What a great project to be involved in (if you like that kind of thing, of course).

The Printorium brand was designed by London’s Structure — you can read more about it here, and here’s a brief intro by Miraphora (Mina) and Eduardo (Lima) taken from their site:

The Printorium are graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, brought together in 2001 by the artistic needs of the early Harry Potter movies.

Establishing the visual graphic style of Harry Potter from the outset, we’ve helped inspire joy and wonder with the creation of hundreds of unique graphic prop designs for each of the eight films. These include The Marauders’ Map, The Daily Prophet and a multitude of items for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

Building on our wealth of experience in the industry, The Printorium explores the rich visual appeal of a collection of iconic films from an artistic perspective. Our offering encompasses collectable fine art prints from unique and original designs, all produced for the first time ever in our London studio.



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Nick Dawe

Closing Time: A Nation of Shopkeepers by Nick Dawe is a great photo essay on the demise of the independent shop in Britain. A few of my favourite quotes and photos below. Click over to More Intelligent Life for the full show.

“I worry terribly about missing shops: they disappear so fast. So I am dependent on recommendations. Everyone knows an old hardware shop or shoe shop, but it’s the more obscure sort I worry about most: drapers, taxidermists, that kind of thing. A sense of loss is partly what drives me.”

“Do I think we’re a nation of shopkeepers, in Napoleon’s phrase? No, not any more. But we once were. Tesco and the internet have turned us into a nation of shoppers, which is a different thing altogether. ”



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César Pesquera

César Pesquera’s latest piece, a beautifully shot surreal 4-minute short showcases the fine selection from Brooklyn’s vintage design shop, Antoinette. An Army Of Crystallized Thoughts is a nice take on the lookbook with great music by Portabot (also known as, believe it or not, César Pesquera).

Production credits and more info on Vimeo and Antoinette’s blog.

P.S. While you’re here, check out this cheeky Renault ad directed by César.




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Bariol

Spanish studio, atipo’s new typeface has popped up quite a few times on a couple of my preferred social networking sites this morning, partly due to the fact that a simple mention will get you a free copy of it’s regular weight — a lovely idea, as I’m sure just like me, most designers like the chance to play with a new font before handing over any cash.

As you can see from the specimen spreads below, the four sisters (Thin, Light, Regular and Bold) are a good looking bunch.

Download the specimen, watch the video and get your hands on the goods at bariol.com.



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Beautiful work.

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Brilliant!!

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Ordered! Looks beautiful!

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Can’t wait to get my hands on this first issue of The Recorder by Luke Tonge. Looks amazing. A real keeper and collectable. Be sure to get a copy before first edition runs out.

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