FormFiftyFive

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 — 1506 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 — 69 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 — 318 posts
http://www.sansgil.com
Designer & Maker – London, UK

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 — 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 — 24 posts
http://www.amandajanejonesblog.com/
Graphic Designer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gabriela
Gabriela Salinas — 15 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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Fisix

The global boutique design studio Mucho updated their portfolio with a new brand & packaging project: Fisix, the sports cosmetics lab.

Fisix was initiated by a group of friends who run marathons together, they had an unmet need for cosmetic products that fit their active lifestyle. Mucho’s efforts started on the naming, the goal was to create a gender-neutral name that reflected a contemporary way of practicing sports. The next phase included a visual system that differentiates each product, the solution was inspired by the representative lines that divide sporting fields.

“By cropping and reinterpreting these lines we created liberating abstract shapes.”

The final result is a fine mix of opposites: the dark and pastel colours on the packaging, the elegant typography on the logo with a very fashionable beauty feel and a geometric sans serif counterpart to balance it and give it an almost clinical look.

This project suits them perfect on their new international approach since their merger with Dowling Duncan. Make sure to follow them on twitter for updates on upcoming projects.



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Emily Evans — Body of work

Emily Evans is an illustrator with a dark side. Specialising in medical illustration and teaching human dissection at Cambridge, she’s started to put her anatomical expertise to more creative use by designing products that are beautifully odd (and just a bit creepy). From her Mexican Day of the Dead wallpaper (gold ink on matt black — don’t mind if I do) to plates which feature blown up slides of human tissue, what makes this stuff interesting is the juxtaposition of art, design and science.

As well as adding layers of meaning to anatomically accurate scale drawings, she also experiments with materials, for example the Resident Evil 6 promo she screen printed in real human blood (that of the Creative Director apparently). It’s weird alright, but it’s also pretty wonderful.

See Anatomy Boutique for Emily’s shop, go here for her personal work and here for her scientific/medical illustrations.




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Fünf Null Acht

508 illustrations, 365 days, 20 copies, 2 friends, 1 calendar

508 is a project by Philipp Möller and Benjamin Franzki who discovered risograph printing in 2012 and started drawing and printing. The duo brought together 508 of their favorite illustrations to complete the calendar. The rest of the pages make perfect gifts for your friends.

Get your’s here!



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And the winners are…

Last month we helped launch the Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge with a simple aim: What students from three of the world’s most prestigious design schools (Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Parsons, USA and Central Saint Martins, UK) could accomplish when given a Nokia Lumia 820 shell as a blank canvas for their bright ideas.

The response was great! Hundreds of stunning designs were submitted of which fifteen were shortlisted. Over the last two weeks, the public voted for their top three and we can now reveal the three wining designs.

Third place goes to Density of Our Identity by William Doherty, who is currently studying under the Erasmus exchange program at Lahti University of Applied sciences in Finland.

Second goes to Aist? Jakimavi?i?t? at Lahti for her stunning design, Shaped.

But alas, there can be only one winner, and that honour goes to Marisa Glick at Parsons. With an incredible 12.55% of votes! Her reward? A prestigious paid internship with Nokia in London. Aiste, William and Marisa will also each win a Nokia Lumia 820 with their cover design on it, as well as a trip to Social Media Week in NYC.

Each of their designs will also be created on fifty limited edition Nokia Lumia 820 shells!



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Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge – Vote now!

And the nominees are…

You can now vote for the best Nokia Lumia 820 shell design and win a Lumia 820 of your own!

A couple of weeks ago, Nokia launched the Lumia 820 Design Challenge. Students from three of the world’s most prestigious design schools, Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Parsons in New York and Saint Martins in London were given the chance to prove their expertise by designing a shell for the Nokia Lumia 820.

The response has been incredible. We have been busy looking through more than 130 entries and finally, after much deliberation, we have come up with this shortlist of fifteen.

We want you to help us pick the winner! To vote all you have to do is head on over to the Nokia Facebook page where you can get a clearer view of the fifteen shortlisted designs and vote for your favourite and have the chance to win one of three Nokia Lumia 820s featuring the winning design.

Voting closes on the 13th of February.

Remember, the winning design student will get an amazing opportunity to kick-start their career with a paid design internship with Nokia in London. The top three designers will also each win a Nokia Lumia 820 with their cover design on it, as well as a trip to Social Media Week in NYC!



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Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge — Kick off!

Nokia are giving three of the world’s top universities the great opportunity to design artwork for the multi-coloured shells of their latest handset in the Nokia Lumia 820 Design Challenge.

Between now and the 3rd of February, students from the Institute of Design & Fine Arts at Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Parsons, The New School for Design (New York) and Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design (London) UK will go head to head to win some great prizes!

A jury (including myself representing FFF) will shortlist fifteen designs to go forward to a public vote on Nokia’s Facebook page, where you can vote for your favourite.

The designer with the most votes will get the chance to kickstart their career with a paid design internship at Nokia in London. They’ll also win a Lumia 820 with their own cover design, and a trip to Social Media Week in NYC. Plus, their design will be showcased and produced as a limited edition of 50!

Can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with :)



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Semaphor Oblique

Semaphor Oblique are the product of a collaboration between Derek Welsh Studio and Graphical House.

The very best in materials and artisanship have combined to make something which will have a long and colourful life, to be both treasured and enjoyed.

These beautifully designed and crafted dominos are available in two variations; Semaphor are made from Birch Ply, reversed in laminate, and finished by hand. They are beautifully boxed and packaged with a cotton drawstring bag. Oblique are hand cut and drilled from Douglas Fir, and faced in laminate. The turned edge case has been hand stitched from bridle finished leather with a suede pigskin lining. Both sets have been beautifully shot by Photographer Gordon Burniston and are now available to purchase via the Graphical Shop so why not treat yourself.



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Kook #3

Kook #3 is out – the third edition of the alternative surf mag is looking better than ever.

Dan Crockett has done a great job in synthesising what it is to have that quintessential ‘surf as a way of life’ stoke.

Once again A-Side studio have pulled out all the stops, and the editorial work, from typography to photography, illustration and layout are all spot on.

If that wasn’t enough, the paper is sourced from UK sustainable forests and is free from advertising. A lovely browse for surfers and non surfers alike.

Get it from here



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Not On Sunday — 24/6

Design duo Michael Willows and Wayne Trevor Townsend AKA Not On Sunday, have launched their first publication – 24/6.

The 24/6 Project is all about giving one day back. They invited 24 designers, artists, typographers, and illustrators from the UK and Ghana to produce a poster based on the figures 24/6.

Featuring works from Ranch Design, typographer and author of Type Matters! Jim Williams, designer Paul Felton of Purpose, illustrator and surface pattern designer Hollie Brown and John Hudson, speaker at TYPO Berlin 2012 sustain, to name a few.

The book and limited edition screen prints are available to buy on their website. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book will go to the Olive Tree Praise Foundation to help spearhead a number of activities geared towards transforming the lives of children affected by various forms of conflicts and crisis including extreme poverty, hunger, illness, persecution or neglect in Africa and particularly Ghana.



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Critical Objects by HelloMe

Critical Objects by HelloMe is a series of items that balance on the border between functional furniture and sculptural form without taking a definate position within either concept. In this self initiated project, graphic design studio HelloMe explores the curious nature of everday objects in three dimensional space.

The Objects will be on show from 22nd of November – 12th December in Berlin at by ( Marsano ) Pop-Up Store 



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Lowdi

One of the best product promo-videos I’ve seen in a while! Amsterdam based Momkai teamed up with French animator CRCR and production house Quad to create this animation for Lowdi, a wireless speaker that turns any phone, tablet or mobile device into a portable sound system.

Pre-ordered!



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Fit for A Frame

Fit for a Frame has a mission – sell gorgeous prints, thoughtfully designed, created by a range of designers and artists, without the hassle and cost of finding a frame to fit it. The brainchild of Birmingham based UI-designer Ryan Dean-Corke the initiative already counts Two Times ElliottLee CrutchleyChris HenleyAshley O’BrienIan CaulkettClaire HartleyJames Braithwaite, Ryan himself and yours truly as contributors. A great idea that is fast living up to its promise, top quality screenprints, metallic inks and quality stocks at affordable prices.




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