Founded in 2014, Graphic Design Festival Scotland has been pivotal in curating a consensus on the world of graphic design ever since.
In the year of its fifth birthday, the International Poster Competition received 6,973 entries from 102 countries. This exhibition contains the 134 which have been selected for exhibition at Graphic Design Festival Scotland.
A comprehensive snapshot of the past year’s impact on the world of graphic design, the chosen posters are diverse in their strategy and outcome. They vary in concept, style, or medium; they are technically accomplished and contribute to discussions on current affairs. While some are innovative in their approach, others alter your perception or way of thinking.
This panorama of design was hand-picked by a panel of international judges including Shiva Nallaperumal from India, Aurelia Peter from Switzerland, Letterform Archive from the USA and Warriors Studio from the UK. While selecting these posters, each was asked to consider: What is the purpose of the poster? Is a valid point being made or a well-considered stance being taken? Is the poster visually engaging? With interviews and comments from the designers and jury, this exhibition ultimately highlights the many formats and ideas that graphic design can tackle and the problems it can creatively solve. It shows the myriad of ways in which the medium connects people; in an age where “everything has been done” and “nothing is original”, it challenges such notions.
Budding student, established agency or graphic design newbie, this exhibition will have something for you.
Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition book which includes all posters exhibited in a 176 page full-colour, perfect bound book available online here.
(Text by Ruby Boddington)