Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2017: The Skinny Showcase

As part of Graphic Design Festival Scotland's inspiring symposium of workshops, talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, live projects, competitions and music between 20-26 October they will be hosting an International Poster Exhibition

Feature by The Skinny | 05 Oct 2017

Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) celebrates creativity, innovation, collaboration and challenges ways of thinking through a symposium of workshops, talks, discussions, exhibitions, competitions and music. The festival focuses on active participation, with more than 20 international guests running hands-on workshops across branding, illustration, photography, animation, type design, web design, web development, sign painting, public artwork and visual presentation.

The International Poster Exhibition will showcase contemporary posters from around the world between 21 October to 25 November. The exhibition celebrates the art of poster design and features work from designers from around the world. Posters offer a universal platform for communication and have been utilised for centuries to provoke, promote, celebrate, and stimulate.

Posters 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 and highlight events and occasions. However, outwith their functional existence, they provide a canvas for millions of designers around the world.

Guided tours and 'Make a Statement' poster-making workshops will be available and free to attend throughout November and details for these will be available online at

The posters exhibited are a curated shortlist of entries to GDFS 2017 International Poster Competition which took place between June and August 2017 and received 6095 entries from more than 80 countries.

The competition winners will be judged by Glasgow-based designers, Warriors Studio, Jamie McIntyre who recently left his post as senior art director of the famed It’s Nice That, Jaemin Lee the director of South Korea-based Studio Fnt and last year’s competition winner, Netherlands-based final-year design student, Koos Breen.

The winners will be announced at the exhibition opening on 20 October.