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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 — 1464 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 — 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 — 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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From crayons to concept

Finally a decent graduate showcase website! Crayons to Concept exhibits the work of Senior Seattle Pacific University Visual Communication graduates.

The SPU program aims to create both producers and leaders in the field of design with curriculum covering typography, visual methods, concept development, brand systems, information design, new media and exhibition design – as well as historical, and theoretical applications associated to the profession of visual communications enabling their students to take on appropriate professional roles in the design industry.

Would be interesting to hear if the students feel that they have accomplished this after their years of study.




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New Blood 2012

First off, apologies for the slight delay in the post – the show finished yesterday – but we think old news is still better than no news!

A few of the FFF team headed along to check out this years New Blood and, as expected, there was some excellent work on show from the class of 12.

In no particular order, we’ve put together a short selection of the work and designers who particularly made an impression.

Rick Jones (University of Huddersfield) This work really stood out, with a meticulous attention to detail running through every project. Rick also cut a selection of his own typefaces, which were used to great effect. My particular favourite was the inline, rounded Neben Pro.

Jordan O’Brien (Stockport College) Jordan has a beautiful hand painted style, which helped to light-heartedly personify a series of mundane everyday objects.

Brendan Bennett (Glasgow School of Art) I was really drawn into Brendan’s Digital Planets piece which “considers the idea of a digital ecosystem that will operate in a posthumous universe.”. Really intriguing idea, beautifully realised.

Sebastian Koseda (Middlesex University) Middlesex had a very strong batch of graduates this year, with Sebastian among the best. A mixture of well considered design and strong concepts (such 20th Sonic advertising), created a really accomplished body of work.

Naomi Wilkinson (University of West of England) Bristol-based Naomi’s work is “heavily influenced by Vintage children’s book’s, Mid century graphics and eccentric pursuits.” Beautiful.

Peter Smart (The Arts University College at Bournemouth) Peter enjoyed the enviable position of having created one of the most high profile pieces of work on display. His 50 Problems in 50 Days Online Experience set about the ambitious task of solving 50 problems in 50 days using design. It was a journey which saw Peter interview a series of top agencies worldwide, before winning a Best of New Blood award.

Melissa Preston (Edinburgh Napier University) Melissa’s back to basics typographic poster really stood out, while being an appropriate medium for her Something of Value project – a campaign to promote traditional values as a foundation to solve contemporary cultural problems.

Overall there was a huge amount of talent on show, and while there isn’t the time to fit all of it in todays post, look out for other talented graduates making an appearance on our Twitter over the next few days.

Congratulations and goodluck, Class of 2012!



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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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Advice To Sink In Slowly

The brilliant ATSIS project has released a new collaboration, this time with Welsh outfitters – Howies. You can purchase ‘Do What You Love’ by Andy J Miller as either a print or tee. It follows their collaboration with Tiny Showcase website to sell the poster designed by Always With Honor. If you’re a first year student in the UK and you’ve not yet requested a free poster – sign up sharpish!






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Jamie Wieck: 50 things

Jamie Wieck has compiled a list of 50 things graphic design students should know, based on his own experiences and those of his friends & colleagues. There’s some really useful advice in this article, some of quite obvious but all of it insightful.

I’ve picked out 3 of my favourites to get you started…

2. There is always someone better. Regardless of how good you are, there will always be someone better. It’s surprisingly easy to waste time worrying about this. #the50

15. Do as many internships as you can stand. Internships are a financial burden, but they are vital. They let you scope out the industry and find the roles that suit you best. #the50

44. If you’re going to fail, fail well. Being ambitious means you have to take on things you think you can’t do. Failures are unfortunate, but they are sometimes necessary. #the50







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Graham H … you may not like the inflatable words but D&AD certainly does… boom!

Ramon on Interbrand – Darling Harbour

Very nice work. Been a long time admirer of Iain’s work… I just didn’t know it was him that did it!

petemandotnet on Iain McIntosh

So, when talking about originality, why do people still use those popular artist quotes about art/idea theft? Just as unoriginal, just as idiotic. No wonder some of them defend such behaviour when all they do is ‘copy/paste’ themselves, think of …

TUB on Peter Tarka

What you are failing to understand about the current design society where young designers are being pressured to be noticed by their skills in software and “finish” not so much on their conceptual outcome.

But you need to understand as you …

Luke on Peter Tarka

“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. :)

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