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 — 1498 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1175 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 — 68 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 — 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 — 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 Design Festival Scotland (GDFS)

Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) is an all new programme of workshops, competitions, talks, exhibitions, urban murals and live stream discussions, taking place between 22nd-26th of October with exhibitions running before, after and throughout.

Created and organised by Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist of Glasgow based Warriors Studio, the events are participation-based and aim to inspire young designers through active engagement. Our goal is to promote networking, creativity, learning, collaboration, friendly competition and importantly, to have fun.

The workshops will be centred around creative processes; conceptual thinking, visual communication and professional practice. We want to offer opportunities to develop creative problem solving skills and challenge ways of thinking through design-based projects and conceptual arts. There is an impressive list of workshop leaders and competition mentors on board including the likes of Anthony Burrill, Hort, Kesselskramer, Design Büro Frankfurt, 44 Flavours, Freytag Anderson, OK-RM, Recoat, Risotto Studio, Graphical HouseTouch, MadeBrave and O-Street.

If that wasn’t enough they are also running the GDFS International Poster Competition to encourage people to showcase and celebrate a broad selection of poster design from across the world, with a selection of entrants being exhibited during the festival at ‘In Public Gallery’ – Glasgow, Scotland. For submission details visit here.

Full a full list of programme events, poster competition information and how you can get involved visit the GDFS site or follow announcements and updates @GDFScotland



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Hi-Response Competition – Closed

[EDIT] This competition is now closed.

So, you still haven’t got around to that long overdue portfolio refresh? Good. You’ll be glad you waited as we’ve got 3 free licenses for the pretty freaking amazing Hi-Response, a truly modular WordPress theme.

Created by Emil Olsson, Hi-Response is optimised for portfolio and blog sites in the need of a flexible template. The theme allows control over pretty much everything from layout, colors, typography and interaction making it easy to stand out (without the need to code!).

Some of the FFF team already use Hi-Response and love it, so we think you will too.

If you fancy your chances of winning a Hi-Response license simply Follow @FormFiftyFive & and tweet using this link.

The competition closes on Monday June 2014 at 23:59 GMT. We’ll choose the winners at random from Twitter providing the tweet contains the hashtag #HiResponseFFFComp and that you’re following @FormFiftyFive. We’ll announce the winners shortly after closing date. Winners will be contacted via Twitter and mentioned in this post.

Best of luck.



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PageLayers competiton—closed

We’ve got 7 free copies of the awesome layered PSD website screen gabbing app PageLayers to give away to you, our readers.

If you’ve never come across PageLayers, give it an URL and it’ll parses through the HTML code and output a layered version of the site in a full editable PSD format. If you’re on a newer version of Photoshop (CS5+) it’ll even give you text as editable layers and vector objects. Very helpful indeed.

We’ve been using PageLayers for a while and we absolutely love it, having saved us countless hours of tediously rebuilding websites for visuals and redesigns.

If you fancy your chances and winning a copy of of PageLayers then here’s how to enter.

Follow @formfiftyfive (if you don’t already) and tweet us the following phrase (make sure the hashtag #PageLayersFFFComp is included).

We’re giving away 7 copies of @PageLayers because we love it so much. Follow @FormFiftyFive & RT for your chance to win. #PageLayersFFFComp (Clicking the link to tweet).

Best of luck.

This competition is now closed.

And the winners are… @Lilesey @JakeHob @Lee_Fairhurst @jpryordesign @mattwicke @marcus_mccabe @njacksondesign.

Thank you to everyone who entered. It’s great to see so many other people love PageLayers as much as we do. Commiseration to those who didn’t win this time.

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Context – Free for a year!

We are giving away an entire years access to LiveSurface’s new Context app including it’s entire library of surfaces!

We want to see exactly what’s possible with the app, and who would be better to push it to its creative extremes than our readers?

Download Context, sign up to their free trial which gives you 5 surfaces to play with and show us how you’d use the app.

The most creative submission wins a year’s membership for free. We’ll also give away 10 monthly passes, which will allow you the same privileges for 1 month.

Submit your best idea via twitter using the hashtag #FFFContext and we’ll select the winner on Monday 18th November.

Good luck!

For more about the app read our previous post on the release.



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Competition — 15/115

To celebrate the launch of 15/115 – the second book from Graphic Designer Mark Bloom, better know as Mash Creative, we are giving away a signed copy and an exclusive print!

The book features 115 projects spanning Mark’s 15 year career to date and is divided into three chapters: Posters, Logos & Case studies. It’s beautifully printed on a tactile mix of GFSmith papers. With a white foiled cover, thread sewn spine for lay-flat spreads and fluorescent orange ink to help break up the sections, showing a great care for detail. No decent designers bookshelf should be missing a copy!

And as a special treat we also throwing in a signed Grid Effiency poster Mark designed for Dixon Baxi’s Join The Dot series. There are only 10 of these fluorescent green A2 poster in existence and they have never been made available to buy.

To enter the competition…

Simply tell us what you think is the most significant branding design project of the past 15 years. Tweet your answer and tag it #FFFifteen, leave a comment on our Facebook page or comment below before 9th August 2013.

Good luck!

– Available to buy at This is our shop for £22.50.



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Almost time…

It’s been in the pipeline for over a year, but finally the new FFF site is almost ready for launch. We’ve partnered with our friends at the excellent AÃRK Collective to run a competition to celebrate.

The competition is simple:

AÃRK = timekeeper & style, so guess the day the newly styled FFF site will go live.

We’ll pick a winner from the correct guesses, who’ll get to choose a sweet new timepiece from AÃRK’s Classic range. To narrow it down, we’ll be launching sometime in the next month.

To play just tweet the date of your guess, making sure you include the hashtag: #FFFlaunch.

For example “??/03/13 #FFFlaunch”. Easy.

For more information on AÃRK Collective and their stunning watches, find them on Facebook.



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And the winners are…

Last month we helped launch the Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge with a simple aim: What students from three of the world’s most prestigious design schools (Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Parsons, USA and Central Saint Martins, UK) could accomplish when given a Nokia Lumia 820 shell as a blank canvas for their bright ideas.

The response was great! Hundreds of stunning designs were submitted of which fifteen were shortlisted. Over the last two weeks, the public voted for their top three and we can now reveal the three wining designs.

Third place goes to Density of Our Identity by William Doherty, who is currently studying under the Erasmus exchange program at Lahti University of Applied sciences in Finland.

Second goes to Aist? Jakimavi?i?t? at Lahti for her stunning design, Shaped.

But alas, there can be only one winner, and that honour goes to Marisa Glick at Parsons. With an incredible 12.55% of votes! Her reward? A prestigious paid internship with Nokia in London. Aiste, William and Marisa will also each win a Nokia Lumia 820 with their cover design on it, as well as a trip to Social Media Week in NYC.

Each of their designs will also be created on fifty limited edition Nokia Lumia 820 shells!



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Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge — Kick off!

Nokia are giving three of the world’s top universities the great opportunity to design artwork for the multi-coloured shells of their latest handset in the Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge.

Between now and the 3rd of February, students from the Institute of Design & Fine Arts at Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Parsons, The New School for Design (New York) and Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design (London) UK will go head to head to win some great prizes!

A jury (including myself representing FFF) will shortlist fifteen designs to go forward to a public vote on Nokia’s Facebook page, where you can vote for your favourite.

The designer with the most votes will get the chance to kickstart their career with a paid design internship at Nokia in London. They’ll also win a Lumia 820 with their own cover design, and a trip to Social Media Week in NYC. Plus, their design will be showcased and produced as a limited edition of 50!

Can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with :)



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‘SHE’ Competition Winner!

And the winner of our ‘SHE’ best image-caption competition is…

“In the year 2375, a traditionally dressed Prince Harry MXII represents Earths best hope in the first inter-planetary bean polo championship.” — Matthew Burvill

Congratulations Matt, you win a copy of Brosmind’s new, exclusive two-part comic SHE, packed full of bonkers drawings and a crazy narrative.



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Control film poster competition

On May 13th, the miniclick photography talks are joining forces with Hungry Eye Magazine to screen Anton Corbijn’s Control at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton as part of the cities’ Festival Fringe. The screening will also include a discussion on the aesthetics of the time with Stephen Mallinder, formally of Cabaret Voltaire, highly acclaimed post-punk act and Factory records stablemates of Joy Division.

To commemorate the screening, four local designers were asked to produce posters for the event. Graphic designers Mark Ferguson of Very Own Studio and Chris Harrison of Harrison & Co, and illustrators Billy Mather and Ryan Gillett all rose to the challenge and produced four beautiful and one-off pieces. The posters, printed on heavyweight 350gsm recycled paper, are produced as a limited edition run of 30 each and available to purchase as sets.

We have a set of 4 posters to give away to one lucky winner. All you have to do is answer the following question. From where did Peter Saville appropriate the image used on the front of Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures? Send an email with your answer to mail@clickclickjim.com. The competition closes on May 12th and we will announce the winner in the comments section below.



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This London Film Competition

This London is an online documentary film competition that seeks to discover and celebrate the most talented and innovative storytellers with a unique perspective on London. Through the power of these stories The Smalls, Boat Magazine and Guardian Travel hope to illuminate and bring meaning to the current mood and movements in this great city.

Click here to find out about the prizes, judges, rules and deadline.



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Munro House Commission

Munro House in Leeds, England, are commissioning a rather exciting new public art project. They’re looking for applicants to create something on the exterior of this 1930s warehouse turned creative hub – the building gets great public exposure (being on all of the main transport links) so whatever goes on there will be seen by a lot of people.

“We want you to create something that grabs passersby, car drivers and train passengers by the short and curlies, generates some chat, enlivens the surroundings and makes the residents proud.  We want to put Munro House on the map and we believe the talent is out there to do it.”

There’s an initial budget of £10k and the deadline for responses is 3rd March, so get your skates on if you fancy entering. There are no restrictions (geographical or otherwise) on who can enter. I’m on the judging panel representing FFF and am pretty darn excited to see what people put forward.

Interested applicants are invited to come and check out the venue on Weds 15th Feb to discover more about the venue and its residents.

More details and RSVP info can be seen on the Culture Vulture website.



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Pete Rossi — update

Well travelled Italian Scots designer Pete Rossi has spent some time this year working at the fantastic Studio Astrid Stavro in Majorca, where he had a chance to work on some great publishing projects. The Spanish Advertising Annual 2011 ‘Club de Creativos’ is well worth a look; it features exquisite pencil drawn illustrations on uncoated paper stock in the annual’s ‘Ideas’ section, contrasted beautifully with full colour reproductions on coated paper for the ‘Execution’ section. Pete has also recently returned from a visit stateside, where he was bestowed with the honour of Young Gun 2011 by the Art Directors Club of New York. A truly impressive achievement, doing Scottish design proud — congratulations Pete.



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Mike Mills – Beginners

To celebrate the release of director/designer Mike Mills’ new film Beginners, in cinemas July 22nd, we’re are offering two lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets each to an exclusive preview screening of the film plus Q&A with Mike Mills on Monday 11th July.

From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Golden Globe Award nominee Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds) only months after his father Hal Fields (Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer) has passed away.

Director Mike Mills is also an established graphic designer/illustrator who has worked with some of the world’s largest brands on their advertising campaigns, as well creating album covers and music videos for music artists such as Moby, Beastie Boys, Beck Sonic Youth and Yoko Ono.

To be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening + Q&A, simply tell us what Arthur (the dog) is thinking in this still from the film. The two wittiest answers will win!

Answer by email to submissions[at]formfiftyfive.com, making the subject BEGINNERS.

Terms and Conditions • Competition open to UK residents only • No cash alternative is available • Screening + Q&A will be taking place in London on 11th July, winners must be available to attend on that day

A Universal Picture © 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved



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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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