James Gilchirst & Beth Wilson

James Gilchrist
Beth Wilson

  • Business / Project: Warriors Studio
  • Category: Design
  • College: Edinburgh College of Art

James and Beth recently founded Glasgow-based design practice Warriors Studio; in addition to that, they created and produced Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS), the first event of its kind in the country. GDFS took place between 22 – 26 October 2014, and celebrating immeasurable success. The Festival, which included a launch night was five days of workshops, talks, competitions, and an international poster exhibition, a competition which received almost 3,000 entries; the top 80 being exhibited in Glasgow City Centre. As part of the festival, internships for up to 16 students have been organised with top creative practices across Scotland in order to bridge the gap between education and industry via projects and networks which have been forged between Scotland, the rest of the UK, Europe and further afield.

Winner : 2014


What advice would you offer to potential applicants?

"Make sure your communication is simple, clear and efficient. Be proactive. Don't sit around and wait. Make things happen for yourself. Get partners on board who will publicly support you. Develop a social media presence and avoid gimmicks." - James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist Case Study

What was your winning business/project idea?

The launch of Scotland's first graphic design festival, Graphic Design Festival Scotland, alongside our own independent creative practice, Warriors Studio.

What did winning the Award mean to you and how did it help launch your career?

Winning the Deutschebank award made launching our business and GDFS not only possible but allowed us to do it successfully.

What skills did you develop as a result of DBACE?

  • Confidence
  • Creativity / innovation
  • Presenting your work / ideas
  • Developing business plans / funding applications
  • Articulating your ideas / creative vision
  • Applying creativity / innovation within a professional setting
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Making / technical / design skills
  • Self management
  • Problem solving
  • Self confidence
  • Initiative / risk taking
  • Project management
  • Written communication
  • Networking
  • Cashflow / budgets

What have been your greatest achievements since winning the Award?

In the past year we have set up Glasgow-based graphic design and creative practice, Warriors Studio and founded and successfully launched Scotland’s first graphic design festival, Graphic Design Festival Scotland..

We have worked a range of clients in the creative, cultural, commercial and public sectors. Recent projects include a two-story mural for Urban Outfitters, brand identity for Millemont Institute, France, an interactive app, map and platform for the Vauxhall Art Programme, London, brand development for East Ayrshire Advocacy Services and artwork for record label Tropical. At the moment we’re excited to be working with McVities on a large-scale mural and interactive installation inside the Glasgow factory.

Our work has been featured by STV News, It’s Nice That, Creative Review, Grafik Magazine Computer Arts, The Drum and the American Institute for Graphic Arts.

Alongside client work we have also run workshops, written articles and spoke across the UK and Europe at various cultural events and festivals and are proud to be founding members of an international co-operative at the International Centre of Graphic Design.

GDFS 2015 is back between 19th-25th October with an all new programme of workshops, talks, competitions, exhibitions, urban murals and music, taking place in Glasgow.

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