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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 — 1509 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 — 319 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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Watchtower of Turkey

I’ve just watched this 5 times in a row! Director Leonardo Dalessandri traveled over than 3500 km in 20 days to film this short film capturing the landscapes, colors and people of Turkey. Perfect on so many levels!



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Frisches Design – The Man Who Grows Objects

Check out The Man Who Grows Objects, which is a lovely little bit of event promotion for German design conference Frisches Design who are basing this years event around the theme “Design and Efficiency”. The three day event takes place in Nuremberg between November 7 – 9, and will feature representatives from the fields of philosophy, architecture, product and industrial design.

The objective is to provide an insight into the design process and give information about when efficiency actually begins: in the production, in the process itself or in the application.

If you’re interested in attending the event, visit Frisches Design event page for full details.



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Made you look

Anthony Peters of Look & Yes got in touch about a documentary they are producing about the UK graphic arts in the digital age. The film features interviews with many FFF regulars including Anthony Burrill, Ian Stevenson, Kate Moross, Adrian Johnson, Pete Fowler and many others.

Made You Look will be a film about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners Look & Yes hope to explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.

The film is due for release in 2015 but requires a bit of help to get there. Check out the trailer and then go an support this great project on Kickstarter!



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New Norwegian Banknote Designs

With a £442 billion ($717 billion) Sovereign Wealth fund accrued over fifty years from their vast offshore oil fields and owning an estimated 1% of the world’s stocks and shares, it’s common knowledge Norway is one of the richest countries in the world.

Now not only do they have lots of money, it’s also potentially going to look great.

Seven agencies have this week submitted their design proposals to The Central Bank of Norway for the country’s new legal tender. Our personal favourite designs are those by Snøhetta and The Metric System, however you can view submissions from all the entrants here.



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Telegramme Paper Co.

On the launch of the Telegramme Paper Co. we caught up with long time friend of FFF Bobby Evans to find out what the heck is going on… (we also scored an exclusive discount for all our readers – simply enter ‘FFF10‘ at the final checkout after choosing payment method to get a 10% discount, valid until 10th October – yee-haa!) _

You’ve had quite a year – for those who haven’t been following you on social media give us a few highlights?

Oofff – it feels like a pretty packed year. Gig posters have continued to allow us to travel around and meeting some incredible people. This year was my 4th trip out to SXSW in Austin Texas with the UKPA gang, showing our wears, eating too much BBQ and hanging out with poster nerds from around the world. Its so inspiring to see the level of work going on over there and always super fun and so great to catch up with friends we only unfortunately get to see once a year.

We also took our posters to Liverpool sound city’s ‘Screenadelica‘ exhibition, ticking off a bucket list dream of producing a poster for our favourite Minneapolis bar band, The Hold Steady along the way. Then, to finish the summer off, we had an amazing weekend at Green Man festival manning the UKPA stall, slinging posters and seeing some great bands.

I always feel so lucky that we get to travel around and meet so many brilliant friends from doing these posters. 8 years ago they were just a way to get in to gigs for free (they still kind of are!)

Outside of posters we’ve worked with some amazing new clients (working with the incredibly talented Timba Smits over at The Church of London a particular highlight). We’ve tested our new products and hung out at craft fairs around the country and even won our first ever award! thanks to YCN for awarding our illustrated poster campaign for Percival Menswear a ‘Professional Award’ – we are legit now!

The rest of the time, when we haven’t been plotting our future empire with Telegramme Paper Co., we’ve just been escaping the city with as many trips as our ‘two for travel‘ railcard can handle (turns out its unlimited).

So Telegramme is rebranding as Telegramme Paper Co. After 8 years this is obviously a big change! With new talent on board (hi Kate) and a new focus on printed goods – was this always the master plan? and how do you see things progressing?

Telegramme started with a strong emphasis on screenprinting and gig posters, so making and selling our own prints and products has always been a part of what we do, but has always played second fiddle to client led design and illustration work. The idea of focusing on this part of the business has been at the back of my mind for a while, it just had to be the right time, and after chatting to Kate about joining and making it real, it felt like the time had arrived. We will continue to take client work, as we still really enjoy it, we just hope to be able to split our time enough to be able to grow our product and print collections more and more going forward.

Kate, an incredibly talented designer & art-director, is now a part of Telegramme proper, how do you see that impacting the aesthetic? Is it already visible in any of your work?

Although we are always pushing and developing our aesthetic it’s safe to say people know our work due to it’s style – I think this will continue to be case – we don’t know any other way! Kate and I have extremely similar influences and interests in terms of style. We both have a huge love for vintage and mid-century design so the work that comes from both of us sits together really well. However I think the possibilities of what Paper Co. can be has already been blown way open with Kate coming on board. We have so many ideas for projects and products that wouldn’t’ve come from a one man band. Kate has had the benefit of seeing Telegramme from the outside – and can put all the benefit of hindsight in to the new work and products.

Many people will recognise you from your gig poster work, is this something you’ll be continuing with? (& your involvement with the UKPA)

There are still quite a few bands we need to tick off our wish list yet… Gig posters were one of the reasons Telegramme was even started. It is always going to be a part of what we do – Despite not actively chasing a huge amount of gig poster work this year, while we have been plotting Paper Co., we’ve ended up designing more posters this year than ever before.

Although  I’ve seen it building over the 8 years I’ve been producing posters, the UK music industry has really got behind silkscreen printed posters in the last 2 years like nothing before. The response at Liverpool Sound City, Green Man festival and a few other smaller festivals from all of the artists, festival organisers and audiences really reenforced the strength of the poster this year – Not to mention the constantly growing roster of artists in the UK. Being part of the UKPA allows me to keep in touch with the scene and enjoy seeing what is getting produced.

What stuff on the horizon are you most excited about?

As always here are a few gigs coming up. Really excited about seeing Greys at the 100 club – Our friend took over booking duties there this year and they have been putting on some great stuff – all promoted by those talented kids at We Three Club with the best looking monthly listings I’ve ever seen.

Thanks!




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The Missing Scarf

Graphic-designer turned animator Eoin Duffy wrote to us about his animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, the Missing Scarf. The short animation was produced by Jamie Hogan in conjunction with Belly Creative, The Irish Film Board, RTE and The Arts Council, along with narration by none other than pop culture icon George Takei!



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The Modern Magazine 2014

Last year we reported on Jeremy ‘magCulture’ Leslie’s Modern Magazine event organised to coincide with the launch of his book of the same name, and hailed it as a huge success. We also told Jeremy we hoped it’d become an annual fixture on the conference scene. Friday 19th saw the second ModernMag event, this time held at the LCC and co-hosted by It’s Nice That’s Liv Siddall, so it seems like our wish might be coming true! We caught up with Jeremy before the event and got some answers about what we could expect – and I then enjoyed a great days discussion about magazines! Here’s our very brief overview of the 12 talks and our key snippets of wisdom from each speaker… See some of you there next year!

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Matt Burns designs Ghanaian cycling history

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was undoubtably a highlight of the summer sporting calendar capturing the imagination of a city in Glasgow and indeed across the entire Commonwealth. Amongst all of the incredible sporting talent and stories on show their was a rather unique story taking place in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Jedidiah Amoako-Ackah (Jeddie) became the first Ghanaian track cyclist to compete in track cycling at any recognised competitive event, let alone the Commonwealth Games.

After a chance meeting at the accreditation classes to be allowed to ride the velodrome, Jeddie approached Glasgow based designer Matt Burns to design and develop a unique skin suit for the games. On the design of the suit Matt said “The stripes on the sides of the suit are unbroken. They begin at the cuff on the arm, extend and wrap around to the shoulder blade, under the armpits to the side and continuing to a finish at the thigh. The front of the suit features a single black star on the right side of the chest. Ghana is often referred to as “the black star of Africa”. It was important that the star was an underlining theme in the overall design. Across the thigh of the skin suit is an impression of a Ghanaian Kente Cloth pattern. It has been designed using a simple pattern created by stars and colour. The back of the suit features custom typography for the team name, ‘Ghana’. The stencil style type has been created by incorporating angled edges to reflect the character of a star.”

Day One of Glasgow 2014 saw Jeddie compete in the Men’s Individual sprint, and a few days later in the Men’s Keirin. The design of the skin suit needed to reflect the brief provided from Jeddie – a sleek, minimalist design that gave him a strong presence on the bike, whilst reflecting Ghana’s heritage.

The suit was produced by United States business Vie13, and the photoshoot was directed and shot by Glasgow based Gordon Burniston.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the first stage of Jeddie’s dream for track cycling in Ghana. The next stop is Rio, where Jeddie wishes to take with him a full Ghanaian track cycling team. He also has the vision to build a velodrome in Ghana to further development of the sport. If you want to keep up with Jed’s story follow him on Twitter @IAmJeddie




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D8 Magazine

D8 are a creative agency based in Glasgow, Scotland. We recently received a copy of the latest issue of D8′s magazine. It’s a thing of beauty so I spoke to Creative Director and Co-founder Adrian Carroll to find out a bit more information…

For those who don’t know, introduce D8 to us, tell us about your recent move etc.. Hello, well we’re a Glasgow based branding/creative agency. We’ve been on the go for just over 15 years and have grown to just over 40 people in that time hence the move to a bigger studio. We started out doing mainly design work that was printed (the internet was just getting started, at the point we were all on dial up modems) now our work includes packaging, digital, experiential, all sorts really.

Give us a bit of background on the Mag, I know this is issue 6 – I remember discovering the PDF’s a couple of years ago on your old site but I wasn’t aware they were printed magazines back then – was that always the case? Yes, they were always printed, we love high quality print and finishing. There’s definitely still a place for it, good print engages the senses in a way that other media can’t.

This issue feels particularly spectacular – one of those magazines that digital would never do justice to. Why do you feel its important to lavish money on a piece like this? Is it a new business driver, or just something lovely to produce because you can? It’s loosely a business development piece in that we send it to clients and people we’d like to work with. It demonstrates what we’ve done and what we can do, if we’re going to do it it has to be done well, that’s a fundamental hence the lavish print finishing.

What was the turnaround for the mag? – and when will there be another one? It takes a while because client work always takes priority, we aim to do 2 a year give or take.

What’s next for D8? – and where can we keep up to date with what you’re up to? We just keep trying to be better each year, I’ve always taken  the view that if we concentrate on the quality of work we produce everything else will take care of itself. We just try to keep our head down, work hard, charge a fair price and be nice to people. That’s about it really! In terms of finding out what we’re up to there’s the website www.weared8.com where you can get our email newsletter. We/I am also on twitter @weared8 @ac_seventhree and I’m on Instagram with the same username.



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Digitized+

FormFiftyFiver Gui Seiz will be taking to the stage at Digitized+, in Athens, this year.

On its fourth edition Digitized aims to, once more, gather the creative community in a series of lectures and workshops, where some of the most important names on a global scale will share knowledge and experiences.

This year the speakers’ panel includes the likes of HelloHikimori, Stinkdigital, Eden Spiekermann, Artificial Rome, HelloEnjoy, Microsoft, and Design Collector.

If you’re in town, come hear about R&D, creativity, innovation, responsive webdesign and some other tags people use in blogs.

The complete schedule of lectures and workshops is now announced and the cost for attending the conference is €60, (however various discounts are available).

More info and tickets here — www.digitized.gr



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The-Art-Form

The-Art-Form is a limited edition publication about art and artists and is the brainchild of UK based designer Andy Townsend. Each issue features six artists who have completed a form about art, answering the 13 questions set them in their own unique way, giving an insight into their work and working practice. Some of the artists have created drawings, paintings and sketches, in response to the questions. Issue 1 features: Ian Davenport, Paul Insect, Dan Baldwin, Peter Liversidge, Rana Begum and Michael Reisch.



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Live the language

EF International language schools celebrates their 50th anniversary with the 8th instalment of the ‘Live the language’ film series.

Instead of following a student in a specific city we travel through time from 1964 until today. London in the 60’s, Paris in the 70’s, Barcelona in the 80’s, California in the 90’s and Sydney in present time. Director Gustav Johansson and D.O.P Evan Prosofsky decided to shoot the film with the techniques that are true to each era. From real film to Hi8 to full HD. The typography by Albin Holmqvist does not only relate to the geographical location but also the time period at hand.



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