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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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We Need Nothing to Collide

Russ Chimes, the London based producer, remixer and DJ is back where he belongs with his new EP Sula. Continuing a trend, Chimes has teamed up with superior video wizard Mark Wheeler to create the immense new video for Chimes’ latest release entitled ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’.

The video is the culmination of a series of visual sounds experiments that overlap each other to create realtime visuals taken directly from Chimes’ latest tune. The experiments can all be used for live performance, as well as choreographed animation. Experiments 1 & 2 shown after the jump were created using live MIDI notes, BPM and CC values to create visuals with a tightness to the music that wouldn’t be possible with only audio data.

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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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Design Manchester 14

John Owens, Creative Director at Instruct Studio, has been in touch to let us know about Design Manchester 14, which builds on the promising start of last year’s inaugural event.

There’s over 18 events across the city including headline talks from Build, Tony Brook, Andy Nicholson (Gravity the Film) and installations from fashion designer Helen Storey MBE, not to mention something fun from Adidas.

This year’s Design Manchester takes the theme of ‘The Science of Imagination’ and, according to host Malcolm Garrett, ‘taps into Manchester’s prolific legacy in innovation and technology’.

The festival takes place next month, for more info check out this piece on Design Week.



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There is a light

The ever inspiring Glasgow designer Kerr Vernon has created a beautiful A2 print inspired by the Morrissey / Marr composition ‘There is a light that never goes out’. It’s a superb visual—aptly and luxuriously screen-printed in gold ink and which will surely look even more stunning in real life.

It’s a Limited edition print run of 50 so don’t hang about if you’ve got the place to hang it up!

www.kerrvernon.co.uk/2014/08/there-is-a-light-that-never-goes-out/



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The Modern Magazine 2014

Following the success of last year’s event, The Modern Magazine day returns on 19th September (as part of the London Design Festival) as a one-day conference, staged by magCulture and co-hosted by Jeremy Leslie and Liv Siddall. The 2014 edition focuses on the future of publishing, with guest speakers from across the world gathering to discuss their take on what happens next as the publishing industry continues to work out its future.

We’ll hear from Adam Moss, editor of iconic US magazine New York about balancing print and digital, from David Moretti, design director of Wired Italia about designing for print and iPad, and from Jeremy Langmead about content marketing. The people behind some fo the best independent magazines will be discussing their role in the wider context of magazine publishing.”

I caught up with TMM organiser and all round magazine guru and good-guy Jeremy Leslie to find out more…

The Modern Magazine conference is back (just as we hoped it would be!) What was it that made you want to put on another conference of this sort? The original event was intended as a one-off to celebrate publication of my book of the same name. And it would have remained a one-off if we hadn’t had such a positive reaction to the day. Every review, the speakers and the audience responded so well that it was on my mind from the next day that we needed to consider an annual event. And you wrote exactly that in your review. There are plenty of design-orientated conferences and talks in London, and there are many business-orientated publishing events. I believe there’s space for an event that covers editorial design in detail and across both mainstream and independent sectors. So having succeeded with it last year we’re seeing if we can make it annual. So far it appears to be a ‘yes’!

How is it different from last years?  We learned a lot from last year’s first event in terms of planning, set-up, costs and content. That knowledge gives the team a sound starting point for this year.But the focus is different – last year was all about the book and I felt it needed me as the frontman on that basis. This year we’ll follow a similar format for the day but look more at the imminent future of magazines and editorial design. We’ve invited Liv Sidall from It’s Nice That to co-host, she shares my love of magazines, so I can be more directly involved in the day. For example I’ll be live interviewing Adam Moss, the inspirational editor of New York magazine about how he’s reshaping this iconic magazine for the future.The other big change is the location. We’ve moved to the London College of Communication to make it a little more intimate. Last year’s venue was spectacular but almost daunting! And LCC was where I studied (back when it was still called LCP) so there’s a satisfying element of return to that choice too.

What can attendees expect from the day, and who should come? We try to create a balance between design and editorial, with both creative inspiration and solid discussion of issues facing the industry included. People already attending include working designers and editors form the UK and Europe, junior editorial staff and students. Editorial design in its broadest sense is increasingly relevant to all graphic designers as content becomes more central to our practice. There’s also a strong entrepreneurial element to independent publishing that is relevant to graphic design in the wider sense. Come and be inspired!

Obviously you can’t pick a favourite speaker (that would just be rude) but is there anything specific you’re particularly looking forward to this year? Everyone’s been invited on merit so I can’t highlight single speakers. It’s more about the overall combination of participants; we set up the day as a live magazine, with different lengths and styles of presentation to avoid repetition. I’m just finalising the running order and am relishing the potential scheduling juxtapositions. One in particular is amusing me – it sums up the scope of what editorial design is. But I’m not letting on!

Speakers include:

Adam Moss, editor, New York magazine. Kai Brach, founder, Offscreen. Veronica Ditting, art director, The Gentlewoman. Peter Houston, blogger and man behind the Magazine Diaries. Jeremy Langmead, Head of content, Christies. Simon Lyle, editor of Hot Rum Cow and new magazine Poppy.

Danny Miller, founder of Little White Lies, revealing his new magazine. David Moretti, design director of Wired Italia. Rob Orchard, founder, Delayed Gratification. Danielle Pender, editor, Riposte. Elana Schlenker, founder, Gratuitous Type. Pekka Toivenen, ‘art dictator’, FAT. Steve Watson, Stack Magazines.

London College of Communication, Friday 19th September 2014.

Tickets cost £140 (£75 students), including lunch and refreshments throughout the day and drinks at the close, and are available from shop.magCulture.com. See you there! 





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Royal Copenhagen – Blue & Black Tribute

Two months ago Royal Copenhagen started to make a tribute to the colours black and blue by collaborating with four artists including a musician, a dancer, a photographer and a writer. The fruits of the collaboration were two films, which the 339 year old renowned porcelain company are delighted with.

Credits: Agency: Liquidminds Creative director: Olga Bastian Producer: Rune Hørslev Projectmanager: Mia Skovgaard Sørensen Photographer: Kim Wendt 2. Photographer: David Bauer Stylist: Emilie Dresler Makeup: Mette M Dancers: Patricia Seron Pawlik, Edhem Jesenkovic, Sofia Karlsson Words artist: Claus Ankersen Visual effects: Sacha Wechselmann



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Grilli Type

Super-slick Swiss type foundry Grilli Type (purveyors of fine fonts such as GT Walsheim and GT Haptik) are already looking forward to autumn — along with new weights and extended character sets they’re also releasing two new typefaces: GT Cinetype and GT Eesti. Roll on crispy leaves and fresh .ttf files…

A little from Noël & Thierry on their new releases: GT Cinetype is based on an engineer’s type design for a movie subtitles typeface from the 35mm era. The brute force design is void of any curves — because really, who needs curves anyway? GT Eesti is a revival of Estonia’s most popular typeface from the Soviet era. It oozes with tons of personality. Just look how happy those kids are about the typeface!





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