Mr Bingo worked as a commercial illustrator for 15 years, with his work appearing on books, ads, TV, magazines & packaging. In 2015 he launched a kickstarter to fund a book of his hugely popular Hate Mail project. This was a turning point in his life and he realised that if the public were willing to fund his silly ideas, maybe he could turn this into a ‘career’ and stop working for clients for ever, which he did.
Dan Woodger is a London based illustrator who creates vibrant character based work for magazines to murals and lots in between. His clients include Google, Microsoft & The New York Times. Hear about Dan’s career highs and lows including the story of how an obscure 2am email eventually lead to Dan becoming the center of a bizarre game of tug of war between Coke & Pepsi.
With over 10 years experience in the industry, Lisa & Laura decided to take the leap and launch their own design studio, ilka. Join them as they talk through their somewhat random journey, from creating yoga pants to designing a brewery.
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well, but in the back of his mind he suspects there must be more so he decides to turn himself into a design project. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.
Reuben Paris is a commercial photographer based in Glasgow. He is kept very busy working for many of Scotland's most highly regarded agencies, for an extremely broad cross section of there clients. His work takes him regularly across the UK and Europe wide. Reuben will talk frankly and openly about his time in the industry over the last 2 decades. Art directors that have worked with Reuben have little to fear (if they are present)
Ashley Storrie is an award winning Comedian, podcaster, radio host, viral video star and actor. Join us for a special intimate talk about what it's like being a young funny female in an industry which seems opposed to young funny females, as Storrie discusses carving her own path through the comedy world and beyond.
Richy Lamb is an award winning graphic designer living and working in Glasgow. His work is creatively driven with a strong focus on typography aimed to engage audiences. Since 2013, he has been one of the organisers of the LongLunch lecture series, bringing some of the biggest names in design to events in Scotland.
Craig Black is a Glasgow based graphic designer, lettering artist and typographer. He is best known for his bespoke and innovative typographic illustrations, visual identities, packaging and installations. His strengths lie in his ability to cross disciplines without the constraints of a fixed personal style. This versatility has offered him the opportunity to work with clients of all business backgrounds as well as exhibiting work from London to Dubai.
London based designer Radim goes by the name Brand Nu™. Focusing on positivity, message and meaning his multidisciplinary approach covers creative, digital illustration, typography and film for clients including Harry Potter, Dolby, Google Labs & Sprite. Malinic is also the author of #1 Amazon Graphic design best seller ‘Book of Ideas’
AKA Middle Boop. Gordon works across art direction, graphic design and illustration - creating things from record sleeves to global Olympic campaigns. His client & agency experience includes Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann, BBC, Computer Arts, Red Bull and Warp Records. D&AD judge Gordon has exhibited work in LA, New York and Berlin.
O Street are graphic designers. They currently have studios in Glasgow and London, and work with clients all over the world. Come and hear them talk about the inspiration behind their recent re-brand, share some short films and explain how they made a Glasgow roadliner cry (…with joy of course!)
Chris Leslie is a BAFTA Scotland (New Talent) award winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and visual artist from Glasgow. Join us for a special screening of Lights Out - his short film that comprises of 4 years of documentation, timelapse recordings and audio interviews with the first and last residents of the Twin Towers in Glasgow prior to their demolition.
Rohan Gunatillake runs Mindfulness Everywhere, a creative studio combining meditation, technology and design - best known for buddhify, the mindfulness app for modern life, which has topped the charts in over forty countries. A recently published author, hear Rohan speak about his creative approach to modern mindfulness.
Bright Signals is a creative content studio. Their their work has generated more than 100 million online video views and been discussed everywhere from Radio 1 to the New Yorker magazine. Company Director David Craik talks about their approach to producing award winning creative work and their approach to doing things differently.
Writer and author David Keenan took us through his unique creative journey - including being signed by Creation Records, for Wire magazine, producing Ricky Gervais on XFM, owning a record store and his success a worldwide published author - with the amazing advice to always burn your bridges.
Poster Project is a self initiated side project from the design team at Front Page, where the team collaborate on posters around a given theme. Andrew and Martin joined us to talk about the background to the project, showcase their design work and an announce their upcoming exhibition.
We were delighted to be joined by paper illustrator, animator and film maker Eleanor Stewart for an exclusive preview screening of her short film The Tearaway - a beautiful stop motion animation that went down a storm with the sold out Gab audience at Citizen M in Glasgow.
GDFS founders, and partners in Warriors Studio, James Gilchrist & Beth Wilson joined us to chat about their experience starting a design festival straight after graduation - including the good, bad and ugly of starting and running an international event from scratch in their home city of Glasgow.
Sarah Drummond is the co-founder of Snook, a collection of designers, researchers and strategists working together as an innovative service design studio. Sarah took us through the Snook approach to design sharing their process, case studies, insights and their journey from starting the studio to expanding to London and beyond.
Axis is a world class animation and VFX studio with clients including AKQA, BBC, Sony and Warner Brothers. Richard Scott joined us - giving a refreshingly open and honest look at how they have grown the studio, their approach to creativity, process, the opportunities of growth and overcoming the challenges that it brings.
Glasgow creative & design studio (and founders of Gab) Jamhot finally stepped up to the challenge of doing a talk. Co-Founder Graeme McGowan spoke about the power and fragility of creative ambition, offering a behind the scenes peek of Jamhot and the ethos of the studio of doing great work for good people and thinking big while staying small.
Established in 1999, D8 is a strategic design & branding studio based in Glasgow - working with clients including BBC, The Glasgow School of Art and Tennent Caledonian Breweries. Creative Director Adrian Carroll, joined us to speak about their journey from start-up to established studio with an insight in to some of their recent work.
Andrew Stevenson & David White joined us from Tangent Graphic. The pair gave an insight into their projects and process including their work as lead design agency on the 2014 Commonwealth Games - the project that fuelled the growth of their studio and other projects including their re-branding of the city of Glasgow.
Steven is a Glasgow based illustrator and typographer. With a wide client base including Nike, Audi, The New York Times, NBA and Wired - Steven talked about his journey from agency owner to freelance illustrator and his experience working on world class design projects as a freelance artist.
For our first ever event we were joined by Donnie Kerrigan from Chunk - an interactive entertainment & product company working with clients such as Channel 4, BBC, Cadbury and Fosters. Donnie gave us a great talk on the subject of happiness that left everyone smiling.