Graphic Design Festival Scotland is back for a second year with a brand new programme of workshops, talks, exhibitions, competitions, murals and music taking place in the Lighthouse, Glasgow between Monday 19 – Sunday 25 October. The festival is run by James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson of Glasgow-based design practice, Warriors Studio.
The festival encompasses more than traditional graphic design with filmmaking, animation, advertising, coding and web design, print making and illustration offering something for creatives at all levels. Expect workshops from It’s Nice That (London), HelloMe (Berlin), Colophon (NY & London), Workhorse Press (Edinburgh), CodeBase (Edinburgh), The Rodina (The Hague) and Kate Moross/Studio Moross (London) to name a few.
The Live 2-Day project gives young designers the opportunity to work on a Live project, set by Danielle Pender of Riposte magazine, while receiving one-to-one advice and direction from 11 of Scotland’s top creative agencies before having your work reviewed by creative titans; It’s Nice That, Creative Review, Creative Scotland and Danielle herself.
Alongside the workshops and projects GDFS are teaming up with It’s Nice That to offer a night of music from a selection of record labels and promoters; ranging from up-and-coming artists through to well established international labels combined with a realtime visual performance on the Saturday night. Karl Toomey and Jamie McIntyre from It’s Nice That/INT Works, along with VJ and animator, Charlie Doran will be remixing and manipulating a body of visual work, live.
For those looking for an earlier night, the International Poster Exhibition, featuring the 100 top posters from GDFS International Poster Competition opens with music and drinks on Friday night. The competition this year received 3432 submissions from 83 countries and will be judged by Tony Brook (Spin), Adrian Shaugnessy, Erich Brechbuhl and Warriors Studio. The top 100 posters will be exhibited throughout GDFS at The Lighthouse until 7 November.
A conference and panel discussion with all studios running 2-Day workshops will be facilitated by Rob Alderson before an evening of drinks and music to end the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
Alongside the core programme at The Lighthouse, don’t miss Off Grid – a showcase of new work by multi-disciplinary artists/designers/makers/communicators on display at Southblock from 20 October – 17 November.
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