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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 — 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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The Recorder: Issue 1

I recently caught up with fellow FFF’er Luke Tonge to find out about Issue 1 of new typography magazine The Recorder which he designed and art-directed this Summer. The mag itself is 120 pages of typographic goodness, with a stunning gold foil masthead that continues onto the back cover, multiple throw-out pages, spot colours and a very pleasing sewn binding. Contained within: Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press, Design educator Harry Leeson, Illustrator David Doran, Pentagram’s Abbott Miller, The Herb Lubalin Study Center, Design legend Alan Kitching, Ghostsigns expert Sam Roberts, Design writer Angela Riechers, Ingo Italic and Bärbel Bold, Illustrator Neasden Control Centre, New York designer Jessica Svendsen and Type designer Gunnar Vilhjálmsson. Buy it online here, and read on to check out the interview and see how you can get a free copy courtesy of FFF…

Tell me a bit about the magazine & how you got involved?

Sure. Basically it’s a new revival of a very old magazine and its an absolute dream project. Type company Monotype first published ‘The Monotype Recorder‘ way back in 1902 and continued to do so sporadically for the next 90 or so years. It has incredible heritage with amongst others the amazing Beatrice Warde a former editor (appointed in 1927) and Eric Gill involved. As Monotype has been enjoying a public renaissance over the past couple of decades and moved into wider areas of type they put out a brief to reinvent the mag for a modern audience – not as a sales tool – but as a celebration of typography. I pitched in spring and over the past few months have been working very closely with Emma Tucker who is The Recorders editor (& unflappable mastermind), to put together the first (re)issue. It’s been quite a year for Monotype, they’ve added both Mark Boulton Design and Erik Spiekermann’s FontShop to their ranks, which cemented in my mind i’d made the right decision as they’re clearly a company as passionate about excellent typography now as in the days of Warde and Gill.

You’re no stranger to collaborating over distance, was this the case again with The Recorder as Monotype’s UK base is in London? How did it come together alongside your day-job?

It’s worked really smoothly for a number of reasons (and that isn’t always the case for distance projects as involved as a magazine relaunch) the biggest reason is how Monotype have been as a ‘client’ – they afforded me a huge amount of freedom to shape the magazine visually as I saw fit – and trusted me to find the balance of honouring their past while hopefully bringing the Recorder bang up to date. That ownership extended to spec’ing paper, determining the size and format, print finishing etc. Much credit has to go to Emma, she was a dream partner and we’ve developed a very complementary working relationship. As ever working at distance allows for a back and forth dialogue with big enough gaps to really digest and progress a design and our schedule allowed for that. The second big reason it worked as well as it did was because of the fine folk at LIFE Agency where I spend my days – they know i’m a magaholic AND a huge type nerd – so they understood this was a rare opportunity and a passion project I just couldn’t pass by, so they all generously supported me in going for it.

Our paths first met while you were out in Detroit working on that issue of Boat Mag, and I had just finished Issue 1 of Kinfolk, what is it about the magazine community that draws you back to it? Didn’t you fancy a break after Boat Mag?

I’ve always loved magazines and print, so for me they’ve always been the purest of canvas for design work – I love many aspects of digital but when it comes to consuming and owning a collection of stories or articles I just can’t get past the physicality and tactility of ink on paper. There’s so many words that come to mind when I think about printed magazines – craft, pace, artefact, feel, smell, substance, keepsake, etc – and they just don’t when I think about their digital counterparts. Boat was a great season for me and really opened my eyes to the indie magazine community – Jeremy Leslie aka Magculture, Steve at Stack, Dan at Magpile, Matt, Kuchar & Betty at Port, yourself at Kinfolk, Rosa at Cereal, Alec at Intern, Holly & Simon at Eye etc. There’s obviously loads more besides doing great work, but its a really open, unpretentious and enthusiastic microcosm to be a part of. Working in magazines is also a great opportunity to commission talented friends! I’m so stoked that in this relaunch issue we have brilliant illustrations by Neasden Control Centre and David Doran alongside great articles and photography, plus we were delighted to partner with the brilliant Mohawk Paper (shout out to Chris Harold for his help)

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F-Bombs for Feminism

T-shirt company FCKH8′s F-Bombs for Feminism ad has been generating buzz and controversy in equal measure this week.

On one hand they’re accused of being an exploitative, opportunistic start up which aims to build their brand by capitalising on legitimate equality issues, such as feminism, LGBT rights and racism. While others argue that regardless of FCK8′s motives, the fact remains the issues they raise are valid and the means are justified in highlighting the ongoing struggle for equality.

So, a provocatively effective fight against inequality or cynical exploitation to sell t-shirts? Check out the video and decide for yourselves.



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Studio Series #1 – Well Made Studio

Welcome to the first in a new series of features in which we delve deeper into the business side of running a design studio.

Over the course of the series we’ll be hearing from a range of our favourite studios, some with years of history to others with six months. Why were they formed in the first place and how have they saved the ship from almost sinking. How do they gain their clients, and what happens when they lose them?

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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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Interview: Kate Moross

Kicking off our series of interviews from this years OFFF in Barcelona is none other than London’s Kate Moross. The ‘jack of all trades’ with the ever-changing hair color and one hell of a list of clients was incredibly fun to talk to. We covered everything from work, happiness, her dislike for ‘inspiration’, writing her first book, pizza and her plans for her first action movie. After our interview we all had an even greater admiration for her work ethic and output. Make sure you set aside 15min to check out the video.

FYI: You still have a little time to reserve your early-bird ticket to next years OFFFest in Barcelona. We’ll see you there!



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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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LongLunch 58: 4Creative / Born Risky

LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a rare chance to see the elusive, multi-awarded in-house agency 4Creative speak about their work and process. Known for consistently creating some of the most challenging, powerful and creative work across advertising, brand identity and graphic design, this is one not to miss.

Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of posters, this time in collaboration with a new sponsor, Print Club London, hand-pulled by their Head Printer Marco Lawrence. Posters are given away on the night, so first come first served!

Tickets are on sale via Design Museum. Adults £12 / Students £9 / Members £6. 27 October 2014.

See you there!



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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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