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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 — 1463 posts
http://www.garriock.com
Graphic designer – Uetze, Germany

Jack
Jack Daly — 1133 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 — 64 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 — 316 posts
http://www.sansgil.com
London based designer and maker who…

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 — 68 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 — 14 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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25 for 25

London-based design studio Two Times Elliott (featured earlier this week) also run a Riso printing service.

Ever so often they host a night called 25 for 25. We had a chance to ask James at Two Times Elliott a few questions about the event…

Hi James, can you could tell us a little more about 25 for 25?

It’s a night where people come down with their designs and get to print 25 copies of their artwork for £25, so basically a pound a print. Its about raising awareness of the technique, aswell as being a platform to market our service as a risograph printer.

Its a great social evening too, where people exchange their prints as well as making some valuable new contacts. A fun evening all round.

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LongLunch StudioMakgill

LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a talk with the brilliant StudioMakgill. Taking place on Tuesday 16 April 2013 the talk will presented by founder and creative director Hamish Makgill talking about his work.

Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of screenprinted posters (hand screened by long-term collaborator and talented designer Dan Mather and paper provided by GF Smith) which are then given away on the night, first come first serve. So remember to get there early and bring a poster tube. There’ll also be a Q&A at the end of the talk with prizes up for grabs for questions so get thinking now.

Tickets are on sale via The Design Museum website £17 adults / £12 NUS / £8.50 Museum Members. Doors open at 7.30pm / 8.00pm start.

It’s also a great opportunity to announce and congratulate FormFiftyFive’s Emma Laura Jones and Sean Rees who have taken on the reigns of LongLunch and have help made this talk possible. In addition FFF’s Ryan R Thompson is helping to host LongLunch’s programme of Scottish talks with the next one scheduled for April 25 2013 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow with Ken Garland which should be amazing! Unfortunately the Ken Garland talk has now completely sold out.

We wish them all the best of luck and keep your eyes peeled for other talks coming in the coming months.



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POINT Design Conference London

London’s latest design conference POINT, taking place in 2-3 May 2013, aims to explore the power and value of great design within communities and the power it has to change the rules.

Boasting an impressive list of speakers for it’s inaugural year including Erik Spiekermann, Morag Myerscough, Jonathan Barnbrook and film interviews from Milton Glaser and the late Alan Fletcher and will be chaired by inspiring practitioners including Patrick Baglee, Henrietta Thompson and Patrick Burgoyne. With a list of names offering such a wealth of experience we expect POINT will deliver on their aim.

POINT has also set itself the ambitious goal of being the sibling to Frieze and TED in an effort to increased awareness and credibility of design in the wider community. With that in mind the theme of the first POINT conference will be “Authenticity” presented over 25 lectures, screenings and performances and supported by curated online resource open to all at the POINT website.

POINT will be taking place over 2 days at RIBA in London’s West End and tickets are on sale through the POINT website.



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Out The Box: Andreas Uebele

Together with Edelstall we launched Out The Box last year, an experimental event format where we invite inspiring designers to talk about random object we place in a box before them. The speaker has no way of preparing themselves for the talk which means they have to think fast. In the past Eike König (HORT), Deutsche & Japaner and Mario Lombardo have all come to Hannover to have a shot. Each speaker reacted differently to the format, it amplified their personality & humor and lead to strange stories and hilarious discussions!

The 4th instalment sees Andreas Uebele of büro uebele take the stage. An agency active in all areas of visual communications, with the focus on visual identity, signage and wayfinding systems, corporate communications and exhibitions.

For more information und past und future events check out the Out The Box Page.



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Catch-Up Conference

Curated by Leeds based designers Jay Cover (of Nous Vous) and Tom Pratt & Ollie Shaw (of Catalogue), the Catch-up Conference aims to provide a platform to discuss and learn more about illustration, design, art direction & self-publishing.

To do this they have invited Rob Lowe (Supermundane) and Alexander Lis to Leeds to showcase and talk about their work.

Both events will be situated in contemporary artist run space ‘Mexico’, a charming, clean, open, loft space based in Leeds city centre.

Saturday March 23rd; Rob Lowe (Supermundane) His experience includes six years as creative director of the highly popular & alternative children’s magazine ‘Anorak’, Art director for London Lifestyle magazine ‘Good For Nothing’ and currently Art directing for award winning food quarterly ‘Fire & Knives’. His experience image-making, designing, self-publishing & illustrating working with the likes of Penguin Books, V&A Museum, Wallpaper, Nokia, Orange & Apple, makes him a super insightful, interesting chap.

Saturday April 6th; Alexander Lis Alexs’ work is routed in Graphic Design, not only producing design work commercially but researching it and investigating it’s place within society as useful creative activity. He curates events, self-publishes objects, journals and commissions artwork from other artists. His forward thinking and innovative approach has seen him in the finals of the German Design Awards and he initiated the highly successful ‘After School Club’ a large scale design festival in Frankfurt.

Access to daytime events inc Talk & Roundtable (CUC goodies) are £5 for each day. Bargain!



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Cheltenham Design Festival 2013

The Cheltenham Design Festival, back for it’s second year from 11-14 April 2013, celebrates how original thought can change the world. The event brings creative thinkers together from many fields to debate and explore the future of design at a time when creativity matters more than ever. The festival provides a unique opportunity for the general public, professionals and students to engage with some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking creatives who influence our everyday lives in areas such as education, the environment, urban design, technology and business.

This years theme is Who cares about the future of design? and once again takes place at Cheltenham’s prestigious Parabola Arts Centre over a packed four days. Speakers include Alice Rawsthorn (Design Critic, International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times), Sir John Sorrell (Chairman, London Design Festival), David Hillman (award-winning), Fred Deakin (half of band Lemon Jelly, co-founder of design agency Airside), Adrian Shaughnessy (graphic designer, writer & tutor), Nat Hunter (Co-Director of Design, RSA), Bruce Duckworth (co-founder Turner Duckworth) and Neville Brody (Research Studios Creative Director and D&AD President) + many more…

“Creativity is undoubtedly part of our future. I want to try and encourage more people to consider some form of creative future.” – John Hegarty, founding partner, Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty and President, Cheltenham Design Festival.

With one of the best pricing structures of any design event (NUS day passes are only £10!) and the ability to purchase individual event tickets – not to mention free workshops – the CDF promises to be another success.



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Atelier 2013/14

How much does this make you want to sign up for the next Annual Course at Barcelona’s Atelier?

A 9 month course in which you will live through “an intense and different educational experience, filled with professional challenges. Realizing exciting real projects, and learning from the best national and international professionals.”

Sign me up!



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OFFSET 2013

Dublin’s OFFSET Festival is back again this April, with a pretty tempting lineup of 24 speakers from disciplines across design, animation, illustration, advertising and photography. Some of the most notable names include Bob Gill, Oliviero Toscani, Ben Bos, Louise Fili, Vaughan Oliver, Natasha Jen, Craig & Karl, and Sarah Illenberger. Over the course of three days they will speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give insight into their practices and personal perspectives in the form of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates live on stage.

It all takes place at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre between 5—7th April, and if you’re quick you can get an early-bird ticket for €165 until March 8th.

You can also get a taste of what’s to come by heading over to the website where you can find lots of videos from previous OFFSET events.

Craig & Karl

Sarah Illenberger

Louise Fili

Natasha Jen




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BCN:MCR

Manchester based freelance designer Dave Sedgwick has been in touch to let us know about BCN:MCR – ‘A unique exhibition, uniting five of the best Barcelona based design agencies at 2022NQ, Manchester’ – a culture exchange project he’s curating.

‘BCN:MCR’ premieres at 2022NQ on Thursday 21 February 2013. The exhibition unites, for the first time, five of the most innovative and cutting-edge, Barcelona based design agencies of the moment; Hey Studio, Lamosca, Lo Siento, Mayúscula and Mucho; and will provide a rare opportunity for designers, creatives and culture enthusiasts everywhere, to experience the work of award-winning, pioneering and original design from Barcelona.

In addition to the works which will be on display at 2022NQ, each agency has also been issued with their own individual letter of the exhibition title, ‘BCN:MCR’, and will submit their own unique, creative response to this. Sedgwick will be completing the 6th letter with his own contribution and the finished collaboration will culminate in an exclusive piece of design, that is a reflexive element of the exhibition and a unique reminder of the relationship between the two cities. This will be on display at the newly opened TAKK coffee shop, 6 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester.

An exclusive talk will also be held at 2022NQ on Friday 22nd February featuring Borja Martinez, of Lo Siento and Pablo Juncadella, of Mucho, Rocio Martinavarro from Mayúscula and Veronica Fuerta from Hey Studio. They will each be providing an insight into their way of working and the graphic design scene in Barcelona, plus there will be an opportunity for a Q & A session. Limited edition tickets go on sale soon. Purchasing information and further details will also be announced shortly via @bcnmcr.

‘BCN:MCR’ has also been generously supported by, Team Impression, GF Smith Papers, Estrella Damm, Institute Cervantes and Takk. 

‘BCN:MCR’ launches on 21 February 2013, from 6:00pm at 2022NQ, 20 – 22 Dale Street, M1 1EZ. All welcome.




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The Democratic Lecture

Craig Oldham knows a thing or two about lecturing. Wanting to avoid falling into the well trodden path of design lectures he came up with the idea of The Democratic Lecture. Craig’s initiative is based around a website through which students he is soon going to lecture can vote for their favourite five topics out of a list of a possible 40. The audience get a bespoke lecture based on their collective interests and Craig gets to reconfigure and deliver his lecture accordingly. Win/win!

A book that collates all 40 Democratic Lecture topics is also available (alongside the above poster) which is the easiest way to benefit from this fantastic project (as access to the voting site is cunningly restricted for lecture-attendees only). For those who know Craig’s previous work (including the excellent 10-penneth) rest assured this is full of his trademark wit and honesty.

— 40pp on 1200mic Beermat board. — 36pp 120gsm Bright White Colourplan section. — Cloth-bound with Fluro-died glue. — Screen printed black and fluro throughout. — Foreword written by Craig’s mum

Fantastic to see the typeface Jean Luc by Atelier Carvalho-Bernau put to good use too.



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Typo London — Sara De Bondt

Sara De Bondt kicked off the two-day Typo London conference with an understated and thoughtful presentation. As the event was loosely based around the theme of ‘Social’, the first project she talked through was Radical Nature— as a vehicle for discussing the social responsibility of the designer.

The exhibition was around working with nature and creating in an environmentally sensitive way, so the pitch naturally ended up being a manifesto on how to make the event itself as sustainable as possible. This echoes her common-sense and refreshing approach to the pitch, which she sees an opportunity to learn. The point being that even if you don’t win the job, you have still gained a raft of knowledge. To present a manifesto as a pitch concept (rather than a slick creative presentation) reflects Sara’s attitude to her work— not throw away or superficial but meaningful and considered. Of course they won the job, and followed the concept through diligently— forfeiting glue for staples and nails, making furniture from old wooden palettes and riso printing the gallery guides in house on demand, hence minimising waste.

Sara round up with her latest endeavour, Occasional Papers, a not-for-profit publishers set up with husband Antony Hudek. The concept is twofold— primarily publishing affordable content heavy (as oppose to image heavy) design books, driven by what she sees as a lack of contemporary writing on, and ready access to graphic design history. The secondary purpose of Occasional Papers is to bolster the sociability of the design community by holding a launch event for each book published, therefore encouraging social interaction within the industry.

Sara delivered a poignant and thought-provoking start to the conference, the main take away for me being the importance of questioning everything, and having the courage to execute the appropriate solution— even if it’s unexpected or high risk. And of course, never ever compromise on your convictions— if you believe in something, make it happen.

Images Sara De Bondt studio, Occassional Papers & Gerhard Kassner



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Typo London

We were lucky to attend Typo12 London, watching some of the big names in our industry present to an audience of designers and students on the loose theme of ‘Social’. Among the 30+ speakers packed into two days, were A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL), book designer Irma Boom, illustrator/designer/film-maker Kate Moross, Henrik Kubel of A2/SW/HK and my personal design hero Vaughan Oliver. Overall it was insightful, humbling, though-provoking and humorous. We will be posting more detailed write-ups on some of these great talks in the coming days, for those who didn’t make it to the conference. But in the mean time, there were some common conceptual themes that emerged across the board, including:

Being obsessed by what you do The usefulness of knowing what’s gone before, and access to this knowledge Social & cultural roles/responsibilities of the designer Having the courage of your convictions Serendipity, the importance of collaboration and building relationships, and having a strong support network Being able to let your work go The impact of the social and cultural climate in which you grow up The studio as a safe place in which to play and the value of embracing failure Connecting with content.

Plus some aesthetic trends, some of which you may have already noted:

DIY Data as image The rise of Riso.

Look out for further posts on Typo12 very soon. 




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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.

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“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. :)

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