Graphic Design Festival Scotland Showcase

Feature | 04 Oct 2016

As part of Graphic Design Festival Scotland's programme of workshops, talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, live projects, competitions and music which runs 17-23 Oct they will be hosting an International Poster Exhibition. The exhibition will showcase 200 contemporary posters from around the world in The Lighthouse from 22 Oct-25 Nov.

The exhibition celebrates the art of poster design and features work from more than 170 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.

The posters exhibited are a curated shortlist of entries to GDFS 2016 International Poster Competition which took place between June and August 2016. The competition received 3443 entries from more than 70 countries. The competition was judged, and exhibition curated, by Unfun, Lamm & Kirch, Warriors Studio and Étienne Hervy.

About Graphic Design Festival Scotland

Graphic Design Festival Scotland is a forward-thinking programme of workshops, talks, exhibitions, panel discussions, live projects, urban murals and music. It returns for 2016 to take over the entire National Centre for Design and Architecture, The Lighthouse, across five floors for one month. The programme includes 15 workshops led by incredible designers from across the UK, Europe and the USA, two conferences, two panel discussions, three exhibitions, an International Poster Competition, a Live Project with 12 of the top studios in Scotland, an evening of short films in collaboration with Pretend Lovers, a party with 12th Isle, plenty to drink and a soundtrack of music across seven days.

The festival offers opportunities for designers to collaborate, work on projects with leading names, be inspired at conferences, engage in panel discussions, showcase their work, enter competitions to win up to £500, discover new designers at exhibitions, socialise with a global design community and party through an entire week.

This year is set to be the largest programme to date and the largest design event in Scotland (breaking last year's record of 12,000 participants, attendees and visitors). Brand new events for 2016 include:

New Worlds: conference and panel discussion with four speakers united through their progressive work and forward thinking approach: Emblemmatic (NYC & Amsterdam), The Future Laboratory (London), Wikihouse (Paris) and one more tba.
Shorts: a short film festival in collaboration with Pretend Lovers, showcasing a curated selection of short films from around the globe.
Design Displacement Group exhibition: which explores the four grand themes of this opera; love, jealousy, ambition and revenge through an immersive audio-visual presentation.
PUTPUT exhibition: featuring a selection of PUTPUT’s installations and sculptures which are “neatly placed at the intersection where art, design and concept meet.”


Running workshops: Wieden+Kennedy, Koto, Alan Kitching, Grilli Type, Urban Outfitters, PUTPUT, Mirko Borsche, Nous Vous, Design Displacement Group, O Street, Ciaran Glöbel, Good Press, CodeBase, MAKlab and STV Creative

Speaking at New Worlds conference: Emblemmatic, The Future Laboratory, Wikihouse

Judging the Poster Competition: Unfun, Lamm & Kirch, Warriors Studio and Étienne Hervy.

Mentoring at the Live Project: D8, Freytag Anderson, Graphical House, Jamhot, Kerr Vernon, Stand, MadeBrave, O Street, STV Creative, Recoat, Tangent, Front Page.

Judging the Live Project:  It’s Nice That, Étapes, Hato Press and Koto.

2016 partners: Year of Innovation Architecture and Design, Infinite Eye, J Thomson, GF Smith, The Lighthouse, Mohawk and The Skinny.

GDFS events 17-23 Oct, exhibition 22 Oct-25 Nov; The Lighthouse, Mitchell Ln, Glasgow