Timetable ↓

Monday 17.10.16

New Worlds Conference
6.30pm – 9.30pm

Tuesday 18.10.16

Live Project
9am – 6pm
SHORTS: Film Night
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday 19.10.16

Live Project
9am – 5pm
Live Project Presentations
6pm – 9pm

Thursday 20.10.16

1-Day Workshops
10am – 6pm

Friday 21.10.16

2-Day Workshops
10am – 6pm
Launch Night
6.30pm - 10pm
After Party x 12th Isle
10.30pm - 3am

Saturday 22.10.16

2-Day Workshops
10am – 6pm
Drinks & Music
6pm – 9pm

Sunday 23.10.16

Exhibitions 22.10-15.11.16

International Poster Exhibition
22nd October–25th November. Open 10am-5pm
Design Displacement Group
22nd October–25th November. . Open 10am-5pm
PUTPUT
22nd October–25th November. . Open 10am-5pm
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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.

Date/Time

17th October 2016
6.30pm-9.30pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

General Admission: £12
Student: £8

→ Book your place now!

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.

This is an opportunity to create a piece of personal work with industry level creative direction, meet like- minded people, develop your professional practice and enjoy yourself!

The 24 participants who create the strongest responses to the project will be offered work placements with their mentor agency. The top 3 selected by the jury will be featured online, rewarded with a design bundle and awarded GDFS Champions of 2016!

Date/Time

18th October 2016
9am-6pm

19th October 2016
9am-8pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Shortlisted participants will be offered

  • Work-placements with their mentor agency
  • GDFS Best Up and Coming Award
  • Graphics bundle

Tickets

£65 (£32.50/day)

→ Book your place now!

Stand

Tangent

Jamhot

MadeBrave

Graphical House

Kerr Vernon

STV Creative

Front Page

Recoat

Freytag Anderson

D8

O Street

Shorts

A short film festival in collaboration with Pretend Lovers showcasing a curated selection of Short films created by artists and film makers from across the world.

If you are interested in submitting a film(s) please submit via: Film Freeway.

Join us and celebrate the launch of Shorts!

Dates

18th October
6.30pm – 9.00pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

£2

→ Get your ticket now!

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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 public.

Date/Time

20th October 2016
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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 many more.

Workshop Information

The tradition of signpainting is a long and venerable one, but the dawn of the digital age saw these once ubiquitous compositions all but disappear from our environment. Replaced by cheap and easily produced plastic substitutes.

As times and tastes have changed, the techniques and outcomes of hand painted lettering have re-ignited in our cultural lexicon and countless individuals from around the globe have favoured the brush over the keyboard and began to re-explore the more tactile aspects of typography.

 

Our 1-day workshop aims to introduce participants to the basic techniques of rendering a piece of lettering by hand, approaching brushwork and understanding of materials.

Tradition and technology don’t have to be mutually exclusive, so while there is a strong foundation of manual skill and draughtsmanship, the use of familiar design packages can revolutionise the way in which hand rendered lettering can be achieved and so we will explore a more contemporary approach to an antiquated craft.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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 he went with his art teacher and a small portfolio and on the day after his 15th birthday started a six-year apprenticeship as a compositor.

It was there that he first encountered modern design through magazines such as Printing Review and British Printer, and became aware of figures such as Jan Tschichold, who influenced his early experiments. But it was while teaching at Watford College of Technology, where Kitching worked with graphic designer Anthony Froshaug, that he developed and found form for his interest in the art and meaning of typographic work.

 

Workshop Description

AK X Monograms

The project
You will be designing and printing a monogram based on a character/personality from Glasgow. Each of your designs will come together at the end and form a small portfolio of prints.

The design of your monogram will be based upon what you know
and what you find out about your character. You may reflect their
profession, personality or even emulate their appearance.

Specification
The trimmed page size is 000 × 000 mm

Schedule
AM : Briefing and ideas/design
LUNCH : Review / proofing of type
PM : Printing your final design

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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 us and become part of Europe’s fastest growing tech community.

Workshop Information

An introduction to web design and digital development. This workshop will equip you with the skills to build a simple website.

You are required to bring a laptop.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

 

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Cost

£65

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 work with the equipment in a design led environment to take ideas from initial sketches through to prototype or ready for manufacturing stages.

Workshop Information

The workshop will entirely focused on 3D modelling and 3D printing with a morning session introducing the participants to 3D modelling with Fusion 360 and giving them the tools to produce their own 3D modelled typography starting with the timeless character of the ampersand.

As participants complete their 3D models, they will be introduced to the 3D printers and given the opportunity to 3D print the model of their choice.

 

Throughout the afternoon the participants will be led into a new series of exercises encouraging them to move on from their original basic models and creating new 3D editions using a variety of Fusion 360’s tools and techniques. Each participant will be given the opportunity to 3D print one of their 3D models.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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.

Workshop Info

We believe that good creative advertising stems from simple, powerful ideas. If the idea is strong the rest will follow. This workshop is about generating ideas, packaging them up in an engaging bundle and then selling that idea by any means necessary! Sell yourself, sell your idea, sell your soul with STV Creative.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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 Scotland.

Workshop Information

Our workshop will focus on the approach we take with all our branding projects. Although each project has its own unique quirks and opportunities, there is a standard process we apply broadly to each job.

Working through phases we call THINK, DREAM & DO, the one day workshop will take participants through an accelerated branding project. The outcome will be a finished brand, and insight into the approach that has helped O Street for the last 10 years!

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

20th October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

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 public.

 

Date/Time

21st-22nd October 2016
10am – 6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Workshops

Type Design with Grilli Type
Visual Merchandising with Urban Outfitters
Branding Masterclass with Koto
Art Direction with PUTPUT
Illustration with Nous Vous
Design & Advertising with Wieden+Kennedy
Conceptual & Experimental with Design Displacement Group

2-Day Workshop: Wieden+Kennedy Design London

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.

Workshop Information

No one starts a brief aiming to fail, it’s something we instinctively try to avoid. But sometimes projects go wrong. Work gets uncomfortable and things fall apart. Only when this happens can some of our best work come to life.

At Wieden+Kennedy we’re told to embrace failure. It sounds like a cliched command. But it’s not. It’s a permission slip. W+K offices are full of highly motivated people, that don’t need to be told to try harder, but do need to be given permission to fail.

 

When failure is not an option fear drives decision making, risks are avoided, and true creative success, in all its surprising, messy glory, is no longer possible.

Our workshop will showcase a rapid, fear free way of thinking and demonstrate how failing can push your work into untried mediums and unexpected outcomes. Over two days we’ll experiment, fail hard and resolve approx. 30-50 different tasks together. These tasks will be documented and accumulated throughout the 48 hours, resulting in a Book of Failures.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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 be read as collective and post-signature; a mechanism to reflect, refract and speculate upon alternative frameworks for ‘productive’ engagement and exchange.

Workshop Information

The best start to a good working day is a clean desk, fresh coffee and a wireless mouse. In the third edition of the Digital Campfire workshop the Design Displacement Group will introduce you to our post-signature working method. In doing so, we will collectively explore the question: to what extent has productivity become a measure of our everyday life as citizens/designers?

Today, our practises as designers merge social relations, spiritual need and communal activities within our everyday work. We actually don’t know if we are living or working. It is more and more complex to understand what these activities look and feel like.

 

We have observed companies beginning to access and reenact this mixing pot of work and life, with a view to accelerating productivity and increasing the capabilities of their employees. What could this mean for you and your (working/living) life?

For two days we will circle around our Digital Campfire with new and old designer-friends, share and tell stories, exchange and inform – in full productivity mode, of course! The DDG invites you to join a conditional game, oscillating between production processes concerned with the ‘digital’ and the ‘archaic’. You can expect focused work-cycles, goal setting challenges, activity breaks, meditation, stretching, and magic-saucing amongst the mix that will keep the campfire alite.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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.

Workshop Info

A Group of Beautiful Letters

Over the course of two days we will design wordmarks. A lot of wordmarks. Starting from the basics of type design, we will investigate the use of both custom and customized letters, and learn how small changes in type can lead to large changes in perception.

In a fully-fledged typeface, every letter has to work with every other letter in all possible combinations. Speaking of type design, Matthew Carter said that “type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters”.

 

Wordmarks on the other hand allow us a more playful approach because every letter only has to work perfectly inside that one word.

Learn how to create a set of custom letters or customize an existing typeface to create exciting, beautiful, functional wordmarks. Functional copy of Glyphs App (or its free 30 days trial) is required.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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 bio.

Hell, we don’t even have a logo.

Workshop Info

Coming soon!

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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 Magazin, Wallpaper, Der Spiegel, Liberation, L’Express and NEON. Previous exhibitions include Paris Photo, Les Rencontres Arles, The Finnish Museum of Photography, KK Outlet, Copenhagen Photo festival and Contact Photography Festival.

Workshop Information: Double Takes

In this workshop we will work with two different concepts of creation, the first instalment deals with some of the unsung heroes of functional design. We want to share our deep fascination of unnoticed everyday objects with you – objects that we take for granted are interrogated to unleash their full potential and too see not only what they are but more importantly what they may become through combining them with other objects, incorporating them in unusual scenarios and re-contextualising their original intended function.

 

The second part of the workshop dives into by-products of artistic processes working with iconic artworks and design we set out to harness the potential of creating for the art piece – something that adds value, not only to the original artwork but that also establishes itself as an individual work in its own right. We all stand on the shoulders of giants and in this workshop we’ll develop concepts, products and artworks that have a direct and explicit link to it’s origin.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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, digital image-making and three-dimensional installation.

Workshop Information

How warm is your favourite tree?

A two day publication making workshop, in which participants will be encouraged to create a large number of inconsequential works following the simple & silly stimulus and prompts provided. Think about making a picture about ‘how warm your favourite tree is’ — being good at drawing is not essential (nor encouraged). Once these tasks are complete students will edit work produced and design their own spread to be included in a group publication, that we will all construct together.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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 ourselves on working on businesses of all scales, from start ups to the world’s biggest brands.

Workshop Information

Taking the master class attendees through the workshop process of one of our major rebrands. Showing insight to the thinking which lies behind the visual process by practically experiencing it. Allowing the attendees to go away and roll this process and thinking into their own creative practice and engagement of others in visual understanding.

Activity
The workshop will take the form of a typical process the founders and stakeholder team at a large brand would go through as part of the successful rebrand project.

All of the workshops are open to students, professionals and the general public.

Date/Time

21st-22nd October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

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.

Date/Time

21st October 2016
6.30pm-10.30pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Ticket

Free/£2 (with complimentary drinks token)

→ Book your place now!

After Party X 12th Isle

For our third year in the game, we thought we’d up the party standard to the next level.

After the GDFS Launch Night at The Lighthouse, we’ll be heading up to the infamous Vic Bar at The Art School, a student union and cafe during the day, and one of the best party spots in the city by night.

Teaming up with 12th Isle, our long-time friends and frequent collaborators since day one, we’ve brought in three of our favourite selectors, label owners and disc jockeys: Tako Reyenga (Music From Memory / Red Light Radio), Izabel Caligiore (Lullabies for Insomniacs) and Brian Not Brian (Going Good).

Date/Time

21st October 2016
11.00pm-3.00am

Location

The Art School
20 Scott Street
Glasgow
G3 6PE

Tickets

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.

Speakers

Grilli Type
Koto
PUTPUT
Wieden+Kennedy
Design Displacement Group
Nous Vous

Facilitator

Emily Gosling

Date/Time

23rd October 2016
12pm – 7pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Tickets

General Admission: £40
Student/Recent Graduate: £25

→ Book your place now!

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. However out with their functional existence, they provide a canvas for millions of designers around the world.

This exhibition is a showcase and celebration of contemporary poster design from around the world.

Those exhibited will be curated shortlist of 200 entries to Graphic Design Festival Scotland’s 2016 International Poster Competition, which will take place between June and August this year (2016).

2016 Judges

Unfun
Lamm & Kirch
Étienne Hervy
Warriors Studio

Date/Time

Opening: 21st October
/ 6.30pm–10.30pm

Duration: 22nd October–25th November
/ 10am–5pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Cost

£0

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 Magazin, Wallpaper, Der Spiegel, Liberation, L’Express and NEON. Previous exhibitions include Paris Photo, Les Rencontres Arles, The Finnish Museum of Photography, KK Outlet, Copenhagen Photo festival and Contact Photography Festival.

Date/Time

Opening: 21st Oct / 6.30pm–10.30pm
Duration: 22nd Oct–25th Nov / 10am–5pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Cost

£0

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 be read as collective and post-signature; a mechanism to reflect, refract and speculate upon alternative frameworks for ‘productive’ engagement and exchange.

At GDFS, Design Displacement Group will re-appropriate the narrative format of the opera. The four grand themes of this opera (and any other tragedy) being love, jealousy, ambition and revenge – which form the basis of our story exploring the theatrics and performative requirements of a design practice. These narratives will unfold through an immersive audio-visual presentation depicting scenes rich with intrigue, gossip and speculation.

Date/Time

Opening: 21st October
/ 6.30pm–10.30pm

Duration: 22nd October–25th November
/ 10am–5pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Cost

£0

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.

Dates

18th-21st October
10am-6pm

Location

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow
G1 3NU

Cost

n/a

Monday 18th October

Concrete Cabin

Mark Maxwell
DJ Crud

Tuesday 18th October

Handpicked

Mr Tuner
Bessa
Sultan
DJ Uncomfortable

Wednesday 19th October

Subcity Radio

Thursday 20th October

12th Isle

Craig Gallagher (Resono)
Joss Allen ((Deveron Arts))
Stewart Brown
Fergus Clark
Tundoori McGhee
DJ Crud

Sunday 23rd October

Heated Heads

Al White
Mother

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