Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2018
19 – 25 October 2018
Scotland has been holding the Graphic Design Festival, a hub of the creative design scene, since 2014. The festival aims to promote international graphic and communication design and provide inspiration as well as being a platform for design education.
Visitors can expect a varied programme in Glasgow. The panel called Top Form has invited six of the top design industry leaders, including graphic designers David Carson and Naresh Ramchandani of Pentagram, to talk about their work and their experiences in and with the creative industry. Various workshops, with for example, Erik Kessels on “Failure is Important”, and Caviar, a large entertainment company that provides insights into the art of music videos, will also take place. Another project, Live Project, offers 20 participants the opportunity of realising their own projects together with mentors, after which the three best will be selected, showcased, and receive an award. Divided into twelve blocks, a Business Bootcamp will give attendees the opportunity to have consultations, ask questions, and view the creative industry from new perspectives. After each expert has given a 10-minute insight into their subject area, visitors can decide who they want to interact with.
A particular focus of the festival is its appeal and inclusion of a combination of students and professionals, laypersons and experts, educational content and fun events on design. The organisers value hosting an integrative programme that will appeal to everyone. One of the exhibitions that toured Scotland in the run-up to the festival in order to generate maximum interest in the creative process, is the exhibition “Young and Powerful”, which held a poster competition for 8- to 26-year-olds throughout Scotland. On display are 80 of the 1,535 submitted posters, which were selected in advance by a jury.