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

An evening of talks and discussion with three innovators at the forefront of new technology and thinking within design. Our worlds are changing. Discover 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 with Wikihouse.
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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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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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1-Day Workshop: Good Press Gallery – Analogue Publishing

Good Press (est. 2011) is a self-organised volunteer led initiative dedicated to the production, promotion and sale of independent publishing. Their open and accessible base at 5 St. Margaret’s Place in Glasgow explores new possibilities for publishing and offers a community resource not only for artists, designers and writers, but for the wider public and […]
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1-Day Workshop: O Street – Branding

O Street are graphic designers. They currently have studios in Glasgow and London, and work with clients all over the world. They balance the highest aesthetic standards with a depth of intelligence to bring both beauty and effectiveness to the work they create. Current clients include: Last FM, Spotify, BrewDog and the National Theatre of […]
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1 Day Workshop: Alan Kitching – Letterpress

Alan Kitching was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1940. He had acquired a love of printing, drawing and painting whilst at school and by the mid-1950s when he started looking for work, knew that the heavy industry dominating Darlington wasn’t for him. The local employment office told Kitching about a local jobbing printer, so […]
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1-Day Workshop: Ciaran Glöbel – Sign Painting

Ciaran Glöbel is a self-taught signwriter and commercial artist specialising in hand-rendered typography, working primarily with enamel and acrylic. Since opening his workshop in Glasgow city centre in 2013 he was worked for a variety of independent and corporate clients including DF Concerts, Jameson Whiskey, Network Rail, Academy Music Group, Irn Bru, BBC Scotland and […]
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1-Day Workshop: CodeBase – Web Development

CODEBASE is the largest technology incubator in the UK and one of the fastest growing in Europe. Based in Argyle House, a quarter of a million square foot building in the heart of Edinburgh, CodeBase is entirely built on private equity and our mission is to build and grow the next great tech companies. Join […]
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1-Day Workshop – STV Creative – Creative Advertising

We’re STV’s in house creative agency, we work hard & play hard, we are award winning, we make our clients very happy, and we try everyday to make good things.
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1-Day Workshop: MAKlab – 3D Printing

MAKLab is an innovative Social Enterprise and Charity focused on the introduction, exploration and development of digital prototyping technologies within the education, art, design, craft, manufacturing and construction industries. MAKLab is dedicated to giving people low cost access and experience on the latest digital fabrication tools, allowing them to learn the skills and expertise to […]
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2-Day Workshop: Wieden+Kennedy – Design & Advertising

We are an independent, creatively driven advertising agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between good companies and their customers. We believe that it doesn’t matter where, how or in what medium an idea is expressed, you still have to start with a good one.
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2-Day Workshop: Design Displacement Group

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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Private: 2-Day Workshop: Mirko Borsche – Poster Design

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Kingston in London and a Communication Design degree from Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Augsburg, Mirko Borsche worked as an art director for advertising agency Springer & Jacoby where he was responsible for the campaigns of Levis, MTV, Mercedes Benz, Panasonic, Reemtsma and others. […]
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2-Day Workshop: Grilli Type – Type Design

Grilli Type is an independent Swiss type foundry. We offer original retail and custom typefaces, high quality products with a contemporary aesthetic in the Swiss tradition. This tradition is reflected in the visual but also the technical standard of our fonts and our service.
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2-Day Workshop: Koto – Branding Masterclass

Koto was founded in 2015 by Caroline Matthews, James Greenfield and Jowey Roden. Utilising our collective thirty years of branding experience we lead a team of eleven from our home in London Bridge. Working at the intersection of brand and digital. We envision, design and build brands across platforms both digital and physical. We pride […]
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2-Day Workshop: PUTPUT – Art Direction

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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2-Day Workshop: Nous Vous – Illustration

Nous Vous is Jay Cover, William Edmonds and Nicolas Burrows. Operating since 2007, Nous Vous collaborate on a broad range of projects including illustration & graphic design commissions, exhibitions, curatorial work, publishing and teaching. Creating playful & intelligent visual work appropriate to the context, communicating fluently across a range of processes including drawing, painting, collage, […]
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2-Day Workshop: Urban Outfitters – Visual Merchandising

Urban Outfitters is a global retailer with a boutique approach. Does that sound like a contradiction? How about this: Urban Outfitters is the biggest small retailer in the world. Still confused? That’s because we didn’t start Urban Outfitters to make sense on paper and we certainly never thought we’d be writing something like a brand […]
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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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After Party X 12th Isle

Following the launch night on Friday evening we’ll be taking the party up to The Art School and in collaboration with our friends at 12th Isle will be bringing over Tako of Music From Memory and Red Light Records in Amsterdam, Izabel of Lullabies for Insomniacs and Brian Not Brian of London-based Going Good Records.
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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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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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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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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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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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