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Graphic Design Festival Scotland, 20-26 October, 2017

GDFS, 20-26 Oct, 2017


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Failing Hard, Visual Merchandising, Custom Typography, Illustration, Photography, Art Direction, Branding and a Battle Between the Digital and Archaic.


Designers from across the world came together for 2 days of productivity and experimentation in our 2-day workshops. Here’s the lowdown:

James Greenfield and Jowey Roden of London-based Koto led their team through a recent rebrand for a major client, giving insight into Koto’s creative process and the thinking behind their work. Find out more about the workshop here.

Urban Outfitter’s Simon, Charlotte and Denni provided a visual merchandising experience which focused on UO’s in-store magazine SHEET and included a behind the scenes tour of the workshop in Urban Outfitters Glasgow. Find out more about the workshop here.

Believe it or not, failing hard is encouraged at Wieden+Kennedy and with a series of impossible challenges, Freddy, Kelly and Simon of W+K London showed how important it can be. Find out more about the workshop here.

Stephan Friedli and Ulrik Martin Larsen of PUTPUT unleashed the beauty of everyday objects by helping their group alter their ways of thinking and the help of re-contextualisation. Find out more about the workshop here.

With the help and expertise of Grilli Type’s Thierry, Reto and Noël, their workshop team were equipped with the skills to design, create and customise their own typography. Find out more about the workshop here.

Through a series of exercises and challenges in groups, Design Displacement Group wage war between archaic and digital processes. Find out more about the workshop here.

Nous Vous placed intuition and having fun at the core of their workshop, which produced a collaborative self-published book and a body of illustrative work. Find out more about the workshop here.

SHORTS Film Fest


We launched SHORTS at GDFS 16 in collaboration with Pretend Lovers to provide a platform to showcase design-related short films within a wider programme of shorts by artists, designers and film makers from around the world. The films shown were a curated selection of open-call submissions, received between 16.06.16 and 10.09.16. We placed no restrictions around theme or subject and all […]

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You can now pick up your Graphic Design Festival Scotland tote bag in our online shop. The front design includes GDFS logo with online details and the back includes all of the inspiring people involved in GDFS 16. Thank you to Cotton Barons for their expertise and support in producing the tote bags this year. […]

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