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GDFS 19—25.10.18 5th Birthday!



The Lighthouse

A design festival wouldn’t be possible without an amazing venue! The Lighthouse proudly provide the space for GDFS and support our International Poster Exhibition.

The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.



Mohawk has been taking care of our paper needs since 2015. They proudly support the production of our International Poster Exhibition Catalogue and this year will be providing the prize money for the Poster Competition.

Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and speciality substrates for commercial and digital printing. Signature brands including Mohawk Superfine, Strathmore, Inxwell, and proprietary i-Tone for digital presses are sold in over 60 countries around the world. Mohawk papers are chosen for commercial printing, photo specialities and high-end direct mail. Products and samples are available through leading paper distributors and at

Swiss Typefaces

This year, we welcome Swiss Typefaces as a partner and supporter of GDFS.

Swiss Typefaces is a type design agency known for their innovative views, creative approach and the high quality of their typefaces.

They grew up surrounded by a Swiss typographic heritage but quickly turned towards other references closer to their attitude and lifestyle.

Mountain skylines and Lake Léman’s crystal face drive them to find beauty and strength. Fashion week’s scene and effortless luxury influence them to take style to another level. Spray paint on the walls and trains, that’s the adrenalin and youth of the city that fires up their creativity.

They distribute their fonts via their own online shop only and gained international success using their unique design skills and particular aesthetic to create exclusive typefaces and logotypes for the most recognized brands and global business companies.

Infinite Eye

Infinite Eye is a website design and development agency based in Glasgow. They have been taking care of the technical development of the GDFS website for 4 years now and nothing phases them!

Whether you’re looking for a brand spanking new content managed website, a bespoke web app, or the reworking of a website that’s creaking at its digital seams, the Infinite Eye team will work closely with you to understand exactly what you want to achieve. Once they’ve got under the skin of your brief, they’ll come up with a plan to develop an online presence tailored for the perfect business fit.


J Thomson Colour Printers

J Thomson Colour Printers is a Glasgow-based printer with over 60 years experience.

Each year we redevelop the identity for the festival and along with that comes an entire set of freshly designed collateral to be printed. J Thomson Colour Printers take care of all of our ever-changing print requirements, and have done since 2015.


Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping develop great ideas and bring them to life.


Warriors Studio

Warriors Studio is an award-winning graphic design and creative agency, working with clients around the world.

They work with global brands through to local start-ups developing brands, directing campaigns, running workshops and leading independent concept projects.

Warriors Studio are the creative directors and producers of Graphic Design Festival Scotland. They curate the programme each year and ensure the brand remains fresh and is continually developing through collaborations with different designers each year.

Warriors designed the website, all promotional material and direct all campaigns across print and digital.

The Skinny

The Skinny offers informed, entertaining coverage of all things cultural, constantly seeking out new developments before the crowds catch on.

All The Skinny platforms are trusted sources of independent cultural journalism, provided by a passionate community of writers, photographers, illustrators and artists.

The Skinny’s vision is to encourage all our readers, in print and digitally, to participate in the scenes around them – our audience always wants to discover.

Starting from a group of ten volunteers with a passion to promote their local scenes The Skinny has grown to take in six key cities, providing coverage relevant for worldwide audiences, while retaining our independent and open-minded nature.

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

This year, we are proudly working with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland to support the attendance and participation of polish graphic design studio, Noviki.


Year of Young People / Event Scotland

YOUNG & POWERFUL, a key part of the GDFS programme this year is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate.

EventScotland is working with the events and festivals sector to develop an exciting portfolio of Year of Young People 2018 public facing events which provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through a wide range of activity.

High Tide

High Tide is a film & video production company, based in Edinburgh. Some of their collaborations include work with Edinburgh Beer Factory, Hidden Door Arts Festival, Rettie & Co & Boom Saloon.

‘We steer video projects from the very beginning by scripting and planning, all the way through to filming, editing and colour grading. We also offer these services independently of one another.’

High Tide will be producing the 2019 GDFS film and festival highlights.

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms offers support to men in Scotland, of any age, who are down or in crisis and empower them to ask for help when they need it, without feeling a failure if they do.

‘Brothers in Arms is about and on behalf of men. We will use men’s peers, their voices and interests to reach them.

We want to work with men so that they can feel respect and be comfortable with the message and mission we want to get across, that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help because they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such feels like a weakness and a loss of masculinity.

We want men to believe that they can ask for and find help when they need it so that male suicide can be prevented.

We’re a campaign for all men.
All of us, at one time or another and regardless of gender, can hit a crisis, so we all could do with support when things get tough.’

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