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You can now see all of our past projects under Archive > Projects or right here: All 2014 projects have been archived and all of the projects and events from 2015 will be added in the coming months. Enjoy!

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Thirsty Bunch


Tennent’s made sure that all of our festival visitors and participants were watered and provided a good dose of commotion lotion for all of our exhibitions! Tennent’s kindly provided us with a range of drinks including Heverlee, Black T, Lemon T, Tennent’s Lager, Menabrea and the delicious limited edition T in the Park beers along with […]

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“There are real jobs… and blow jobs….” – The Rodina


Our talks conference and panel discussion this year was expertly facilitated by the top man Rob Alderson. Speaking and participating on the panel were Studio Moross, HelloMe, Colophon, The Rodina and People of Print’s Marcroy Smith. The variety of talks were incredible from HelloMe’s meticulous and detailed insight into his process to The Rodina’s verging […]

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O Street and Pretend Lovers Shed Some Light on an Overlooked Artform


On Tuesday evening at GDFS 2015, we showcased Roadliners, a short documentary film produced and art-directed by O Street and Pretend Lovers. Roadliners documents the unnoticed art of painting lines and type on roads. The film follows Glasgow local Tam and his roadlining crew as they lay down lines and letters by hand. “Born from a shared appreciation for these uncelebrated typographers-of-the-road and the craftsmanship […]

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Paper Porn


For a company to expand over more than 100 years and uphold the highest standards while remaining innovative and curious is no mean feat. Originally founded as a paper merchant in 1885, by George Frederick Smith, G.F Smith has grown to become one of the post progressive, respected and high quality independent paper companies in […]

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Live 2-Day Project Prizes


As part of our 2015 Live 2-Day Project (which you can find more about here) 22 shortlisted participants presented to a panel of internationally renowned judges including It’s Nice That, Creative Review, Danielle Pender of Riposte Magazine and Creative Scotland. But the judges can only choose three winners! Huge congratulations to James Crossley, Alice Wheeler and […]

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Live 2-Day Project Winners


Through our Live 2-Day Project, 120+participants respond to a design-led brief over 2 days with mentorship from 11 leading creative agencies before presenting within their group and to their chosen mentor. The mentors then select the 2 participants who have created the strongest projects within their group to present to a panel of internationally renowned judges, this […]

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Fresh New Website!


To ensure GDFS remains progressive, we collaborate with a different design studio and web developer to build a fresh identity and website each year. Throughout 2015, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Glasgow-based agency, Infinite Eye, who came on board as a partner and sponsor to support the development of our ambitious new website. […]

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GDFS 2015 Launch!


In the evening, more than 800 people arrived at The Lighthouse to witness the results of the International Poster Exhibition in which Warriors Studio invite designers worldwide to submit a poster which would then be judged by top creatives. This year the competition was judged by Tony Brook of Spin (London), Erich Brechbühl of Weltformat […]

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Signarama Edinburgh


We’ve worked with the team at Signarama Edinburgh, for almost 3 years now and we’re proud to have them on board. This is a special thank you and shout out to them for their hard work and continual support. The positive words we hear about Signarama and their team are never ending. While we were on route […]

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Studio Moross, HelloMe, It’s Nice That, Colophon and The Rodina Unleashed in Glasgow!


Podcast #4: Liv Siddall catches up with a selection of 2-Day workshop leaders and participants on day 5 of GDFS 2015: James Crossley – Edinburgh College of Art (participant in Hellome workshop & winner of Live 2-Day Project) Fiona Shiel – Edinburgh College of Art (participant in HelloMe workshop) Linus Kraemer – Studio Moross (workshop […]

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Live 2-Day Project – Reality Bites: Day 2


  Podcast #3: As the Live 2-Day Project heats up, Liv Siddall chats to judges, mentors, participants and winner of the project: Danielle Pender – Riposte (judge who also wrote the brief) Jamie McIntyre – It’s Nice That (judge) Rachel & Lucy – Abertay University (participants) Chris Wilson – MadeBrave (mentor) Catch Sparrow – Edinburgh […]

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Live 2-Day Project – Reality Bites: Day 1


  Podcast #2: Liv Siddall chats to participants and mentors of the Live 2-Day Project. Jennifer A Hayashi (participant) Colin (participant) Amy (participant) Greig Anderson & Daniel Freytag – Freytag Anderson (mentors) Fraser (participant) Tiernan Crilley – On Top (VJ) Moritz – Glasgow School of Art (participant) Wednesday marked the beginning of the live 2-day project […]

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Liv Siddall gives the lowdown at the 1-Day workshops


Podcast #1: An insight into what went on at GDFS’ 1-day workshops, Liv Siddall speaks to: Dominic Kesterton – Workhorse Press (workshop leader) Paul Scharf – GF Smith (sponsor) Victoria Donnelly and Lisa Henderson – GDFS team Vicky Kerr – STV Creative (workshop leader) Amy Whiten – Recoat (workshop leader) Beth Wilson – GDFS co-founder Campbell – participant in the CodeBase workshop […]

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International Poster Competition 2015 Winners


We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who entered and a warm congratulations to all of those who were shortlisted and exhibited within the top 100. The International Poster Competition took place between June–August 2015, receiving 3432 entries from 83 countries, so making the final shortlist is a fantastic achievement. Judges include […]

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How do you define your practice?


Off Grid exhibition private view in South Block, Glasgow. An exhibition of artists, designers, makers and communicators working on the border of multiple disciplines, questioning the definition of each of their specialisms, and share a graphic thread, running through their work.   Those exhibited have a close tie to, or relationship with graphic design practice, […]

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Public Artwork, the Joys of Risograph Printing, Advertising Campaigns and 20 Fresh New Websites


Yesterday was the first day of GDFS 2015, kicking off at 10am with a brief intro from Beth and James who founded the festival. It was a day jam-packed full of workshops spread across The Lighthouse and as far out as the Barrowlands. In the GDFS Hub Workhorse Press got to work teaching their group […]

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An interdisciplinary exhibition of artists and designers who explore letterforms through their work. Organised in collaboration with Recoat. THYPE features work from: ROID MSK Greg La Marche (NYC) Maya Wild Elph Ciaran Glöbel Erin Bradley-Scott Joshua Barr Kat Loudon Pamela Tait Alice Rooney Fist 10th – 25th October 2015 12-6pm Exhibition Opening Friday 9th October 2015 […]

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How can design transform our economy? What impact can design have on innovation?


We are proud to be partnered with Design in Action for GDFS 2015, hosting an evening of exploration and discovery which aimed to un-pick the true value of design. The event was kindly sponsored by Beer 52, a company successfully launched through Design in Action’s Chiasma scheme. DJing on the evening was provided by up-and-coming promoter, Tropical. The […]

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Posters and Programmes!


Keep your eyes out for our posters and programmes! Beautifully printed by our fantastic sponsor J Thomson on their HP Indigo 7600 on Monadnock Astrolite Smooth 120gsm – generously provided by GF Smith and designed by Warriors Studio and D8, we couldn’t be happier with them. They have an excellent tactile quality, almost tough and […]

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2015 – Here we go!


After the success of GDFS 2014, we are delighted to release our 2015 programme, which this year will be hosted predominantly in Glasgow’s national centre for Design and Architecture, The Lighthouse. We are proud to welcome a whole array of new partners, sponsors, workshop leaders, mentors, judges and speakers into the GDFS family. We have […]

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