March 31st, 2020
The online documentation is now live featuring some of the results from the second round of inspirational workshops Personal Projects and the Power of Three that FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek ran in February 2020. Projects were created by year 2–3 graphic design students at ECV Bordeaux. Additional footage may still be added to our documentation page.
March 14th, 2020
The Planet Earth glitch reaches London and while still healthy we pro-actively self-isolate. Stay safe and take care!
March 12th, 2020
February 23rd, 2020
Tomi goes France once again — T — at Bordeaux Airport. The FL@33 design residency 2020 at ECV Bordeaux (École de Communication Visuelle / School of Visual Communication) kicks off tomorrow with two 5-day year 2 and 3 graphic design workshops and an evening lecture about life, work and everything in between, followed by a raffle / tombola with FL@33 / Stereohype goodies for students.
___ The inspirational FL@33 workshop Personal Projects and the Power of Three was fine-tuned and adjusted for younger students. A documentation will as always be posted as soon as possible.
February 22nd, 2020
Just in time before heading to another 5-day FL@33 design residency with workshops and lecture at ECV Bordeaux, we finally finished the online documentation of the ECV Lille masterclass workshop FL@33’s Tomi Vollauschek ran earlier this month.
February 1st, 2020
Time flies when you are having fun. The FL@33 design residency 2020 at ECV Lille (École de Communication Visuelle / School of Visual Communication) came to an end today with a great exhibition and student presentations of this week's inspirational FL@33 masterclass workshop Personal Projects and the Power of Three. We will as always post a documentation at flat33.com as soon as possible. A big MERCI BEAUCOUP and BRAVO to all the participating students.
Next step: ECV Bordeaux later this month...
January 2nd, 2020
Wishing you a healthy, happy and altogether satisfying and creative 2020! Oh—and peace on Earth we should say, considering this random fireworks picture we took with a strange new night mode setting...
December 29th, 2019
RIP Vaughan Oliver (1957–2019)
'Such devastating news today. Vaughan Oliver has died. He was a larger than life person, my design hero, an immense inspiration for me and a whole generation of graphic designers. Vaughan was a gentle, humble and generous man I had the pleasure to meet a few times over the years. We even hugged once.
___ I had the honour to feature his beautiful work in some of my design studio’s books and he collaborated with my graphic art label by contributing button badge designs and a commissioned poster.
___ Vaughan’s work is one of the reason’s why I fell in love with many of my now favourite bands, why I became a graphic designer and why I eventually moved to the UK where I subsequently met my wife and mother of my children. My thoughts are with his family now.
___ My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. I very briefly met his son Callum, his wife Lee a few times and I saw a video recording of the birth of his son Beckett during a Vaughan Oliver lecture many moons ago in the 90s. I am deeply shocked about Vaughan’s passing. He left us far too early. One of a kind. One of the very greats. He didn’t want to accept his first royalties for his Down To Ten Men poster and asked me to buy something nice for my newborn daughter at the time. What a lovely Mensch. I am truly heart-broken. Shine on! #rip 🖤'
Picture credits | The photo was taken at Vaughan’s Where is My Mind / Pixies exhibition in London in 2016, shortly before one of Vaughan’s inspirational lectures. From left to right: FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek (with our FL@33 copy of Vaughan’s Stereohype posters on Tomi's back that Vaughan kindly signed that evening), Charles Thompson aka Black Francis aka Frank Black, Vaughan and Callum Oliver.
December 24th, 2019
*** Happy holidays! ***
December 14th, 2019
Yay! Stereohype will come out of its virtual online shell again this Christmas to meet real people in real life. This promises to be socially awkward – yet fun! Please come and visit us again this year! We will have a scrumptious double-length Stereohype / FL@33 stand at the House of Illustration Winter Fair 2019 that takes place on Saturday, 14 December, 11am–5pm.
___ It's indoors again this year – inside the entrance area of the Granary Building, The Crossing, Central Saint Martins next to House of Illustration, King's Cross, London, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH.
___ We will post a documentation here afterwards. See our two stands from 2018 here and here. We offer smiles and direct eye contact for all. Follow the squirrel and the silver helium balloons (and ask for a free copy of our book Stereohype 2004–2014). The documentation will be posted here.
December 11th, 2019
The FL@33 end of year round-up: 2019 Newsletter (#8) is out now featuring new work, out-of-studio-action and new product releases.
December 10th, 2019
We are very happy to announce that FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek has been appointed for a 5th year running to be visiting lecturer as part of a 2020 design residencies at ECV Lille in January and ECV Bordeaux in February – for the first time in both French cities within one year.
___ Tomi will run a 5-day master class workshop in Lille and workshops for graphic design students from year 2 and 3 in Bordeaux where he will also give an evening lecture. See details in our Exhibitions etc section and documentations of previous workshops and design residencies here.
December 9th, 2019
Looking back at 2019 this Fleabag chair picture from September created a bit of a highlight a few months ago – so we finally decided to post it here at flat33.com, too.
___ FL@33's Agathe Jacquillat took this photo minutes before Phoebe Waller-Bridge appeared on stage to perform her award-winning one-woman play Fleabag in London's West End. We posted it on Instagram that night and received an email within hours from her personal assistant to let us know that Phoebe Waller-Bridge found the theatrical atmosphere Agathe captured 'AMAZING'.
___ And we were still over the moon from just seeing the brilliant play... Prints are now available on demand.
December 4th, 2019
Our contributions to Stereohype's FL@33-curated B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) Button Badge Series 19 that added 44 designs to the now 1539-strong collection. The designs were also applied to the more recently introduced Button Badge Motif Print edition that now features over 400 designs with commissioned artworks from talents we invite from around the world. FL@33 also contributes to these releases every year.
___ This time FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek created four minimal creations for vinyl lovers – a celebration of the good old 7" single record and various 45rpm Adaptors – the title of this set.
December 2nd, 2019
For a third year running FL@33 contributed a typographic interpretation to a calendar and design compendium by Italian paper company Fedrigoni. The project page is now live. See our Fedrigoni 366 (2020) contribution project page here, the documentation of recent launch event here previous FL@33 designs for Fedrigoni here.
November 30th, 2019
AIGA Eye on Design article about FL@33's sister-company Stereohype celebrates its 15th birthday, by Emily Gosling.
November 29th, 2019
Digital Arts article These are the best badges of 2019 written by Neil Bennett about FL@33's sister-company Stereohype and its 15th anniversary, how we run and judge our design competition – and a few words about the winners of this year's 15th annual Button Badge Design Competition (2019).
November 28th, 2019
NooooooooOOOOOO – All the Likes we collected via our AddThis website plugin were unfortunately deleted when we added a secure SSL certificate to flat33.com this month. While we are now able to show off our hopefully at least somewhat reassuring 'closed padlock' symbol in our browser window – our share counts do seem to be lost for good. Thanks for sharing some FL@33 love – so we get our Likes back!
___ Picture credit: Our Mind-blown custom emoji for the FL@33-designed book The Story of Emoji.
November 9th, 2019
FL@33's annual design initiative B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) Button Badge Series just went into its 19th round and was released by FL@33's graphic art label Stereohype. Button badges, 15th anniversary gift boxes and many of them were also released as Fine Art Prints for the now 409-strong Button Badge Motif Print edition. This year FL@33 invited Babette Wagenvoort, Ciarán Meister, David Petzold, Émilie Chabridon, John Dowling, Lea Wülferth, Matt Jones, Nicola Hockley, Stewy and Struktur Design.
___ B.I.O. Series 19 features 44 badges including FL@33's vinyl-centric 45rpm Adaptors artworks. Now available at stereohype.com as part of their growing and already 1539-strong button badge collection by 500+ hand-picked talents from around the world. Do also check out the other annual FL@33 initiative – Stereohype's 15th annual Button Badge Design Competition – winners have just been released, too.
November 8th, 2019
We posted a documentation of yesterday's private view launch exibition of Fedrigoni 366 – calendar 2020 and design compendium– that also includes this year's FL@33 contribution. The event was a private view that took place in London's Protein Gallery.You can see the 2018–2020 FL@33 designs Fedrigoni here.
October 18th, 2019
On 7 November 2019 the launch exibition will take place of calendar 2020 and design compendium Fedrigoni 366 – that also includes this year's FL@33 contribution. It's a private view event but we will post pictures here soon after the exhibition at London's Protein Gallery. The design contributions are all still top secret but you can see previous FL@33 designs here.
September 19th, 2019
The FL@33-designed Soul Boy logo has been screen-printed on carefully sourced organic cotton T-shirts for new London-based sportswear brand.
September 6th, 2019
Our call for entries campaign 2019 for Stereohype is in full swing. Many origami squirrels later and we find ourselves very close to the deadline to submit designs to the 15th annual Stereohype Button Badge Design Competition. The deadline to submit is Monday night 9 September 2019.
____ Expecting hundreds of submissions from around the world again the 23-strong judging panel is looking forward to seeing this year's submissions. The Jury includes FL@33 and other badge-loving writers, previous winners and hand-picked artists and designers.
September 5th, 2019
The first batch of one inch button badges for London-based Soul Boy. T-shirts are currently being screen-printed and we will post more pictures featuring the FL@33-designed type treatment for this new sports merchandise brand.
August 26th, 2019
Bye bye nature and fresh air. We are back in London again after time abroad to work but also relax, breathe fresh air and recharge.
___ We are now officially back in the studio and open for business. Graphic Design: FL@33, Graphic Art products: Stereohype