Graphic Design Festival Scotland is an international organisation promoting creativity, innovation, collaboration and challenging ways of thinking through a programme of workshops, talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, competitions, music and urban murals.

The festival promotes the best of international graphic design and visual communication and aims to inspire and educate through active engagement. Networking and socialising play a key role in the festival and we aim to build relationships and networks across the world.


  • Encourage creative thinking
  • Provide an opportunity for people to learn, develop skills and grow
  • Promote Scotland as a hub for creativity and design
  • Bring international creatives from across the world to Scotland
  • Create links between students & industry
  • Provide a platform for up-and-coming creatives
  • Empower graphic and visual designers
  • Build and strengthen a creative community
  • Bring graphic design into the public domain




The festival is run by James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson of Glasgow-based design practice, Warriors Studio and was founded in 2014.

Sponsors, partners, collaborators, friends and family are all part of the GDFS team and work each year to create a festival which is personal, accessible, forward-thinking and unforgettable.

We believe that continued collaboration, education and strong friendships are key to success and are always looking to make new connections and partnerships around the globe.

If you’d like to work together or would like to be involved, please get in touch.

We look forward to meeting you at GDFS 2015!