Graphic Design Festival Scotland: The Skinny Showcase

Celebrating its fifth birthday, we look at the programme for this year's Graphic Design Festival Scotland, featuring not one but two poster competitions

Feature by The Skinny | 09 Oct 2018

Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) returns to Glasgow this month for a bumper fifth birthday edition. GDFS combines workshops, live projects, discussions and conferences with a pair of poster exhibitions celebrating work at both ends of the design spectrum. Young & Powerful is an exhibition of work by young designers as part of the 2018 Year of Young People programme. Designers responded to one of seven statements – Equality, Be Healthy, Get Active, Care for the Environment, Education, Young Power and Improve Scotland – with the best posters celebrated in an exhibition at The Lighthouse from 22 October to 25 November.

The festival's annual International Poster Exhibition also returns to The Lighthouse (19 Oct-25 Nov), acting as a showcase of some of the best in contemporary poster design from around the world. Nearly 7000 posters from designers based in 102 countries were entered into this year's International Poster Competition; the winning posters will be announced at the opening of the exhibition. Away from the exhibitions, the GDFS programme features one-day workshops on 22 October from Scottish designers including Studio Something, Whitespace and Ciaran Glöbel, and a Q&A with Ray Gun designer David Carson and Dutch creative luminary Erik Kessels (20 Oct). 

Graphic Design Festival Scotland takes place 19 Oct to 25 Nov at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Library and Art School, Glasgow; full programme details at