July 9th, 2021
The latest FL@33-designed campaign was launched today, to announce the call for entries to the 17th annual Stereohype Button Badge Design Competition (2021).
___ Like every year the over 20-strong judging panel also includes FL@33 and Stereohype co-founders Agathe and Tomi together with badge-loving writers, previous winners and hand-picked artists and designers. FL@33 will also develop the call for entries 2021 campaign further until the deadline and release of this year's winners.
___ We opted for a low-fi xerox copying machine / fanzine look this year, following 16 years of ever-changing attempts to lure interested talents into Stereohype's web. Last year's call for entries for example, saw our outdoor squirrel sculpture in action and the year before we lovingly folded origami mascot squirrels. Over the years we developed fancy glitch themes and created animations, doodles and photographs, colourful but also restrained black and white designs. We really should start to collect them all on a massive project page. Maybe for Stereohype's 20th anniversary in three year's time...
____ Stereohype is the studio's sister-company – graphic art label, online boutique and platform for artists and designers from around the world and this competition always attracts many hundreds of similarly international submissions.
___ The deadline for submissions is at the end of September 9th, 2021. If you would like to know more about the design contest and how to become part of our Stereohype family, please visit stereohype.com for submission and artwork guidelines – and Photoshop templates.
June 17th, 2021
The FL@33 Newsletter (#9) is out now featuring new work, out-of-studio-action, new product releases and a birthday. It's apparently 20 years ago that we graduated from the Royal College of Art and officially launched our multi-disciplinary design studio in July 2001. Wow! We will very quietly raise a glass or two in a couple of weeks to celebrate FL@33's 20th anniversary. Let's party another time when things have settled and we can all kiss and hug and dance together again. Happy birthday FL@33 – 20 is quite something.
June 15th, 2021
A slightly abstract personal monogram for a young Renaissance man and global citizen with a bright future ahead of him. Featuring the initials CJV, the minimal FL@33-designed logo was printed on multi-layered deluxe business cards. We posted a few pictures here.
June 1st, 2021
8min 20sec update: New and remastered prints are out now! Earlier this year we announced a first round of updates across all aspects of the ongoing FL@33 project 8min 20sec that included remastered video patchwork compositions and first previews of an ongoing exhibition in Paris. We now completed our updates and added new and remastered super-high-resolution sequence prints that are now also available at stereohype.com.
May 31st, 2021
8min 20sec update: Not so far from Tate Modern – an exceptional view from a penthouse in London's Southwark Street that was illustrated by Camille Walala. The 8min 20sec footage was recorded in June 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. It would usually be much busier at this location. The sequence print was created in the last few days. We now completed our updates and added new and remastered super-high-resolution sequence prints including Southwark Street sequence – all now available at stereohype.com.
May 28th, 2021
8min 20sec updates: Remastering sequence prints from original digital master tape footage in addition to new full HD creations. New – and larger – super-high-resolution prints will be released in the next few days. Stay tuned!
April 15th, 2021
Just released — FL@33-designed deluxe gift boxes for Button Badge Motif Print sets. This is the latest addition to the luxury gift box range for Stereohype – the studio's sister-company – graphic art label and online boutique. Customers who purchase a set of Stereohype's 8x10" fine art prints will get a free gift box with their order – while stock lasts. Individual print boxes will also be available to purchase separately.
April 1st, 2021
A nice portrait from 2019 – still at our old Clerkenwell FL@33 / Stereohype HQ.
March 31st, 2021
Now available to watch: The video recording of Royal College of Art (RCA) Zoom Webinar .A (point A) Graphic Reflections. The curated live-streamed video conference with selected Royal College of Art Alumni was organised in support of RCA 2020 graduates – and is now also available for all. Introductions by: Richard Doust and Lol Sargent. Host: Michele Jannuzzi. Alumni: Mark Bonner, Michele Jannuzzi, Chrissy Levett, Hazel Macmillan, Morag Myerscough, Amelia Noble, Sophie Thomas and FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek. Watch the interesting panel discussion here.
March 23rd, 2021
Our Press archive section now also includes the revised edition of the logo design bible Logo: The reference guide to symbols and logotypes by Michael Evamy. The new book features nine FL@33-designed logos including more recent designs such as our work for Location 68.
March 22nd, 2021
An update from France! We know it’s spring and we had enough of the cold. These incredible pictures were taken last weekend however and show our Stereohype squirrel sculpture – out in the wild – hibernating a little in beautiful Ardèche. Our sculpture's #SaveTheStereohypeSquirrel story has been documented here at flat33.com. The squirrel's fluorescent neon orange-red polygon nut is spending winter in a shed by the way...
March 17th, 2021
Ooooo – the sun is out – which reminds us that we soon will have to prepare a more comprehensive post and press archive entry here at flat33.com for this beauty.
___ The revised edition of the logo design bible Logo: The reference guide to symbols and logotypes by Michael Evamy is now available from our publisher Laurence King. The new book includes nine FL@33-designed logos.
___ The original book from 2007 (and the mini edition from 2015) already included six of our designs. The revised 2021 edition also features an additional three new logos by us – two so new, that they are still not yet officially launched due to pandemic-related delays.
March 15th, 2021
Last week 12 students from the Graphic Design Master Course (Year 4 / M1) at ECV Lille took part in a 4-day online masterclass workshop FL@33‘s Tomi Vollauschek ran. This was the first ever online variant of our inspirational workshop Personal Projects and the Power of Three – and went rather well. The dedicated documentation page has now been archived here at flat33.com.
___ This evolving workshop covers aspects of design thinking, design process and design philosophy and aims to inspire students to develop their own strong voice through experimentation, embracing happy accidents and personal projects.
March 5th, 2021
Exciting! We are preparing the brief for a 4-day online masterclass workshop FL@33‘s Tomi Vollauschek will run next week with Graphic Design students (Year 4 / M1) at ECV Lille. This will be the first ever online variant of our inspirational workshop Personal Projects and the Power of Three. Adventures ahead – all while stuck at home.
February 18th, 2021
We updated our 8min 20sec project pages with the latest digital 1080p full HD remasters of 8min 20sec video compositions, new video patchworks and also super-high-resolution sequence prints. Shown here: a preview excerpt of 8min 20sec (Cars #1).
___ We also posted a few first impressions of an ongoing Arts Affaires-commissioned FL@33 installation in Paris that was launched in March 2020 (just before the first European lockdowns). This exhibition features the latest 8min 20sec artworks. The usually busy office spaces are more or less abandonded since last year of course. Strange times... The show must go on.
December 10th, 2020
December 9th, 2020
Something’s going on... FL@33 studio fun. The computer screens between us are just ever so slightly too high for eye contact...
December 8th, 2020
For a fourth year running FL@33 contributed a typographic interpretation to a calendar and design compendium by Italian paper company Fedrigoni. It's our fifth contribution in total. The latest project page is now live. See our Fedrigoni 365 (2021) contribution project page here and previous four FL@33 designs for Fedrigoni here.
___ This fourth incarnation of this beautiful design compendium and calendar 2021 features a new design by FL@33’s Tomi Vollauschek, who was briefed to create an experimental visual for the number 29 – with an allocated ‘seed word’: Break – to freely interpret.
___ Playing along the edge of legibility of two merged and intertwined numbers 2 and 9, they almost disappear as they form a joined new form, ‘breaking’ away from their expected appearance.
___ A big THANK YOU to TM and Fedrigoni for getting us involved again. It is our pleasure to be involved in such top quality collaborative projects like this.
December 4th, 2020
Our latest contributions to Stereohype's FL@33-curated B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) Button Badge Series 20 that added 44 designs to the now 1613-strong collection. The designs were also applied to the more recently introduced Button Badge Motif Print edition that now features over 460 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 contributed seven airport-related photographs to reflect the strange times our movement and travel is restricted.
November 25th, 2020
FL@33's annual design initiative B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) Button Badge Series just went into its 20th round and was released by FL@33's graphic art label Stereohype. Button badges, new advent calendars, new sets of four in matchbox-style gift boxes and artist/themed gift boxes of seven were launched. Many of the designs were also released as Fine Art Prints for the now 469-strong Button Badge Motif Print edition.
___ FL@33 invited Anis Tabaraee, Augustin Camus, Daniele De Batté at Artiva Design, Erik Haberfeld, Nicki Frech and Michele Jannuzzi at Jannuzzi Smith, Jens Uwe Meyer aka JUM at USOTA (United States Of The Art), Michael Czerwinski at Tucktite, Paul Farrington, Timothy O'Donnell and TM.
___ B.I.O. Series 20 features 44 badges including FL@33's Air Lines artworks. Now available at stereohype.com as part of their growing and already 1613-strong button badge collection by 600+ hand-picked talents from around the world. Please also check out the other annual FL@33 initiative – Stereohype's 16th annual Button Badge Design Competition – winners have just been released, too.
November 21st, 2020
Out now: FL@33 developed and designed a new product range for Stereohype: themed advent calendars with 24 (+1) button badges. They are now available until Christmas with the following themes: Cats, Dogs, Fun, Yummy, Monsters and Abstract (shown here). Simply peel off the daily stickers and reveal the badge of the day. A few of the selected badge designs are by FL@33 but the majority we handpicked are by some of the over 600 international contributing talents that form Stereohype's already 1613-strong collection.
September 15th, 2020
Getting there... Vitsoe (and Bisley) galore! The installers just left. Re-used and extended Vitsoe 606 System for our new spaces in London’s Barnsbury (Islington, N1). There is more Vitsoe next door. Plenty of space for our 100000000 books, vinyl and knick knacks that any self-respecting graphic designers would hunt and gather over the years... Updates to follow.
September 10th, 2020
The ECV Aix-en-Provence jury panel including FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek congratulate the fresh new graduates. All the best to the new Masters! Remember: the journey only just begins. It was a pleasure to meet you all and to briefly see all your faces on this picture.
August 21st, 2020
It is done. At last. The Stereohype squirrel has been saved. As a strange summer project in the even more bizarre year 2020, we took it upon ourselves to #SaveTheStereohypeSquirrel, rescue the collapsed cardboard polygon sculpture FL@33 originally designed and built as a 10th anniversary 3D mascot squirrel back in 2014, and revive it again in 2020 thanks to skilful (and lucky) first-time fibreglass epoxy resin experiments. We worked for a full month to resurrect the squirrel and transform it into a waterproof, outdoor sculpture with vibrant fluorescent colours to boot. It has now found a new home away from London town in a calm forest in rural France. Save the squirrel, save the world. See the complete documentation here.
July 30th, 2020
Congratulations to all RCA 2020 graduates! We were honoured to be invited to be part of a super-interesting Zoom webinar panel of Royal College of Art alumni to talk about tips and tricks and experiences to share with current students and this year’s RCA Visual Communication graduates. Introductions by: Richard Doust and Lol Sargent. Host: Michele Jannuzzi. Alumni: Mark Bonner, Michele Jannuzzi, Chrissy Levett, Hazel Macmillan, Morag Myerscough, Amelia Noble, Sophie Thomas and FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek. It was recorded and will hopefully soon be available to a wider audience. We’ll keep you posted.