GDFS is an international programme of workshops, talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, competitions, urban murals and music taking place between the 17th and 23rd of October 2016 in Glasgow.

2016 Programme

New Worlds

Talks Conference Our worlds are changing. We invite you to hear from 3 innovators at the forefront of contemporary culture, new technology and new thinking. Find out how The Future Laboratory harness market trends for global brands, meet the bot that might take your job with Emblemmatic and look to the homes of the future […]
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Live Project

Work on a creative design-led brief over 2 days with mentorship from some of the top creative practices in Scotland, with the opportunity to present to an internationally renowned panel of judges.
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Shorts

An evening of short films from an eclectic mix of artists and film makers from across the world. Join us to celebrate the launch of shorts with music and drinks. In collaboration with Pretend Lovers.
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1–Day Workshops Overview

The workshops are centred around; creative processes, conceptual thinking, visual communication and professional practice. They offer opportunities to develop creative problem solving abilities, expand practical skills, build on current knowledge, challenge ways of thinking and offer the chance to collaborate, learn and grow. All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general […]
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2–Day Workshops Overview

The workshops are centred around; creative processes, conceptual thinking, visual communication and professional development. They offer opportunities to develop creative problem solving abilities, expand practical skills, build on current knowledge, challenge ways of thinking and offer the chance to collaborate, learn and grow. All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general […]
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Launch Night

An evening of music, drinks and celebration for the launch of Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2016, the opening of our International Poster Exhibition, PUTPUT exhibition and Design Displacement Group exhibition. After party with 12th Isle and special guests at The Art School (168 Renfrew St) 11pm-3am.
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PUTPUT Exhibition

PUTPUT was established in 2011 by Stephan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK) as a cross disciplinary practise working primarily within contemporary still life photography, publication, installation and sculpture. Neatly placed at the intersection where art, design and concept meet PUTPUT create distinct visuals through self instigated projects and commissions for clients including SZ […]
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International Poster Exhibition

Posters offer a universal platform for communication and have been utilised for centuries to provoke, promote, celebrate, and stimulate. They act as a simple vehicle for communication and have provided a powerful framework for political agendas, War propaganda and the dissemination of public information, alongside being used as tools to sell commercial goods and services. […]
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Design Displacement Group Exhibition

The Design Displacement Group (DDG) claims an imaginative territory that spans time, place, discipline, culture, gender and nationality. The group consists of sixteen members collaborating in shifting constellations across a range of projects that take form (in real time) through commissioned client projects, self-initiated works and open-form workshops. DDG practices a working method that should […]
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Conference & Panel Discussion

Get inspired! Enjoy talks and discussion with some of the most influential names within the worlds of type design, art direction, illustration, advertising and graphic design.
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Music

Music is an important part of GDFS. Each day a different record label or promoter is invited to curated a series of guest DJ’s to play music in the space, creating an ambient sound track to the festival. Guests range from young, up-and-coming artists through to well established international labels.
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