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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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BBC Olympics 2012

The BBC unveiled the title sequence and marketing campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games today. A 60-second trailer was broadcast during half-time in the Euro 2012 final last night. Based on a “Stadium UK” concept, the animation will be seen on television coverage throughout the summer.

Put together by creative agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R with outstanding animation by Passion Pictures and produced by Red Bee Media.

The slightly exaggerated features of the characters are spot on. It’s got great pace and energy and certainly get’s me pretty excited about the olympics. Imagine a game-developer actually making a game to that high a standard for the olympics instead of the usual ‘throw away’ olympic games console title!

What do you think?




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Threaded Magazine Interview

Interview with founders Kyra (right) and Fiona (left) of New Zealand-based magazine Threaded.

What is Threaded Magazine? How did it start and how has it evolved since its inception?

Kyra started Threaded while studying Graphic Design in 2004 after noticing a distinct lack of magazines offering exposure for emerging creative and Fiona was a tutor that took an interest in the project in 2005 coming onboard in Ed.2. Over the years our core objective has shifted from being a platform focused on showcasing student work, to a vehicle that profiles emerging artists/designers alongside industry-based practitioners.

You’re based in New Zealand. Do you try to infuse the magazine with some local culture, or is it more international by design?

Although we are heavily inspired and influenced by international typographers, designers, artists and publications like IdN, Dumbo Feather, Wallpaper*, Eye Magazine, Grafik, King Brown, Monsters Children to name a few. Threaded initially focused on offering insights into NZ practitioners but since going international with Ed.XI, we profile NZ-based studio/ creatives alongside international artists/ designers. But the nature of collaboration within each issue is where the real cross- cultural fusion resides and although we are based in Auckland the magazine is multi faceted by design.

Many of the studios, designers and artists you feature in Threaded design their own layouts, bringing a collaborative aspect to the magazine. Do you give them any creative direction to go off of, or are they encouraged to explore their own individual design?

For Threaded to survive, collaboration is key! We are a very small studio and working with other like-minded practitioners enables us to produce a well-designed publication that showcases great work. We are always trying to improve our collaborative process and sure we supply profile guideline’s and set a thematic for each issue but this is mainly for our editorial approach. Our collaborators get to lead and present themselves as they want to be seen and our challenge is to produce a successful compilation publication.

How do you go about finding artists to collaborate with? Are there any people that you’d like to work with but haven’t had the chance yet?

All of our profiles are commissioned, [by that we mean invited] and every now and then we are declined but we are persistent! We still want Eduardo Reciffe to follow through on his promise and we have only just stopped stalking Kelli Anderson – maybe we should start stalking her again…

Issue eleven was the first issue to be sold internationally. Where do you hope to see Threaded in a couple of years?

As a viable quarterly international publication, offering limited edition hardcopies and significant on-line presence and audience. Did we mention authentic, interesting and worthwhile…

What are five things that the Threaded studio couldn’t survive without?

No1. People. Being surrounded by people that are cleverer than us and our families waiting in the wings… worrying about Kyra’s workaholic-issues and paying our taxes.

No2. Personal Memorabilia Objects and places that tell stories from the past, like Kyra’s dad’s bone carvings and drawings, (he died when she was 8). 

No3. Collections Ceramics, Art, Prints, Magazines, Books, Shoes and Wine… if you only you could collect Artisan bread, basically we admire all things well crafted.

No4. Sideline Projects Kyra did a painting/etching for Christchurch’s earthquake appeal last year, she really is a closet dabbler producing illustrations, soft- toys, lampshades, making wallets and small gifts for friends and family. 

No5. Technology Yes it sounds lame but we are always plugged in, did you know that iPhones are the latest baby pacifier –well its working for Fiona’s one year old daughter. Maybe we need to practice ‘unplugging’ both the kid and ourselves sometimes….

What can you tell us about Threaded Magazine that we don’t already know? Any secrets or gossip you’d like to share?

• We are terrible at selling ads – so we are quitting and developing a partnership model with a few key organizations • We are growing a digital arm – watch this space we expect Threaded to be available from the iTunes store and on Newsstand in the VERY near future… until this is released officially you are able to purchase digital versions of Threaded via Zinio’s Newstand here. • We will never stop printing the limited edition physical issues – and these are the true gems. • We do not pay companies to be profiled, and we do not pay ourselves. We do it ‘for the love of it’ and hope that love survives the test of time and maybe one day can pay our mortgage and rent…

Huge thanks to Kyra and Fiona for taking the time to do this interview. Thank you!

Check out Threaded’s site: http://threaded.co.nz/ Download the latest issue (12) on Zinio.




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Unreal — New website

Ryan at Unreal got in touch to let us know about their smart new look – the rebrand, featuring a new flying pig and strapline ‘Making ideas fly since 1995′ accompanies their refreshed website and new work, spanning design, advertising, print and digital. Tidy stuff guys.





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Degree show report – Leeds Met Graphic Arts & Design

A couple of FFFers popped along to check out Leeds Met’s BA Graphic Art and Design degree show last week.

It’s quite an unusual course in that it’s a lot broader and more arts-based than most graphics courses in the UK. While this meant a lot of the work wasn’t addressing a brief as clearly as you’d see in some degree shows, there was a very strong focus on craftsmanship and finish on show there, especially in typography, illustration and photography.

A small selection of student work is below, the rest of it can be seen at the degree show (that runs until 4pm this friday) or on the course’s portfolio website.

Chris Bentham

Amy Leak

Daisy Hill

Sally Linsdell

William Murray Brown

Grace Healey

Holly Christian

John Barton

Jonathan Ford

Kara Lloyd

Leon-Anthony Smith

Nicholas Edmondson

Chrysso Cosmas

Dane Chadwick



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Pollen

Pollen got in touch via Twitter this week and since we haven’t featured their work before, I think they deserve a shout out. Founded in 2001, Pollen consist of Barny Collis, Rosa van Wyk and Anton Agejkin and are spread across London, Barcelona and Montpellier.







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Atipus

Atipus is a graphic communication studio, created in Barcelona in 1998, working across corporate identity, art direction, packaging design, and web design. A portfolio that is well worth a visit!

They’ve also released a rounded, condensed, monospaced typeface called Blanch which you can download for free.



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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. :)

sak on Peter Tarka

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