Highlighting outstanding creative work and celebrating the people behind it is what INTL is all about. We promote the creative industries and aim to build a supportive community through inspiring events, international projects and a global awards programme.
Since launching we have:
– Organised 230+ successful events and projects
– Organised 7x physical festivals in Scotland and 8x digital festivals
– Welcomed 250,000+ participants, visitors and contributors
– Received 56,000+ entries from 110+ countries to our International Poster Competition
– Attracted 80,000+ followers across socials
– Facilitated 180+ student/graduate placements
– Reach 3,000,000+ through socials and press each year
– Produce one of the world’s largest creative events
– Working with inspiring designers from around the world
– Fostering relationships with communities across the world
– Gained 9 years of experience curating, project managing, designing and leading
– Growing as a team of friends who love design, art and visual culture
– Encourage creative thinking
– Provide opportunities for people to learn, develop skills and grow
– Build and strengthen a creative community
– Connect people in different creative communities around the world
– Provide a platform for up-and-coming talent
– Create links between education and industry
– Celebrate the best in the creative industries
– Empower creative people
Networking and socialising play a key role in everything we do. Through INTL we aim to build longstanding relationships and a supportive community which spans world-wide.
INTL was launched in 2014 by Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist of Warriors Studio as Graphic Design Festival Scotland.
Frustrated with institutional education and with untameable fires in our belly’s we began by creating something which we hoped would solve some of the issues staring us in the face.
In our graduating year (2014) we decided to connect some of our idols in the industry with local agencies and our peers to create a space for learning and evolution.
Soon to be graduates (us and our peers) worked on live projects set by respected industry platforms along with established names, up-and-coming creatives and students on a combination of theoretical, skill-based, conceptual and practical projects. Working together, collaborating, speaking, eating and sharing in one space over the course of a week. A community was formed.
Combining the physical festival with an International Poster Competition connected the local event with the rest of the world. What began as a festival programme quickly became more than a festival.
A hopeful 5-day festival snowballed to into a monthlong programme of workshops, talks, competitions and exhibitions and this grew year-on-year to become Scotland’s largest design event and an established event internationally.
As everything grew, the name Graphic Design Festival Scotland became redundant in every respect. With 6 years of experience and consistant ambition to improve and evolve we recognised the need for a more suitable name and identity which reflected our scope and vision for the future.
Months of thinking and development was resolved with Graphic Design Festival Scotland’s evolution into INTL.
Alongside INTL, we continue to run Warriors Studio. Discover more about the studio below
Launched in 2014 as Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS), GDFS evolved into INTL in 2020.
After 6 editions of Graphic Design Festival Scotland and many beautiful experiences, it was time for us to look to the future and develop a new, more open, creative organisation.
Under the INTL umbrella, 3 key programmes are available for all creatives from across the world to participate in and benefit from:
International Festival + Assembly
An international creative festival and on-going events series. Get inspired, learn something new, make connections and evolve in the creative industry through a programme of conferences, workshops, socials and exhibitions. Currently this takes place online.
A celebration of poster design through a global competition, exhibition and published book. Receiving over 30,000 posters from 107 countries since 2014, the competition is now open for entry.
International Creative Awards
Recognising leading creatives and outstanding projects through an international awards programme. You can find out more here.
The success and achievements of Graphic Design Festival Scotland and INTL would not be possible without the support of friends, family, volunteers, collaborators, funders and partners.
Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this supportive and inspiring community. The journey has been phenomenal so far.
Buckle up for the next chapter!
Beth Wilson, James Gilchrist
A Day Out
Animal New Delhi
Brian Not Brian
Cause & Effect
City of Glasgow College
Creative Jobs Board
Design Displacement Group
DINES® [STUDIO BLUP]
G F Smith
Going Good Records
Graphic Thought Facility
Greg La Marche
Hungry Sandwich Club
Isla Macer Law
It’s Nice That
Jay Daniel Wright
Ken Kirton – Hato Grafik
Lamm & Kirch
Lullabies for Insomniacs
Neils & Vikki
Noemie Le Coz
People of Print
Please Respect Our Neighbours
Red Light Records
So Weit So Gut
The Future Laboratory
Two Times Elliott
Where are the black designers?