Supporting GDFS in 2019!
One of our favourite projects of 2017, the Graphic Design Festival Scotland poster generator has been name as a European Design Awards 2018 Bronze Award winner.
The poster generator was an interactive piece to promote the festival, a simple but effective process that asked visitors a series of quick-fire questions (without knowing how their choices impacted on the end result) and then using an algorithm produced a unique poster each time based on the festivals 2017 identity.
The generator was a collaborative piece of work, with Infinite Eye developing the generator website alongside design agencies Warriors Studio and Graphical House.
1200+ posters were created within an hour of the project launch, which was way beyond anyone’s expectations.
You can have a go yourself here at last count over 33000 posters had been generated!
Each year the festival branding is a collaboration between festival organisers Warriors Studio and a local design agency, the 2017 identity was designed by Graphical House and Warriors Studio. For the past 3 years we have handled technical development, hosting and management of the website.
The site is based around WordPress (with some customisation for specific sections) and is managed in-house by the GDFS team.
We developed a backend system integrated with Amazon S3 to handle the international poster competition. Participants can upload up to 3 entries alongside the submission form, and a custom backend allows judges to browse entries and score them. This was a great step forward for managing this important part of the festival.
The competition aims to showcase and celebrate contemporary poster design from around the world and in 2015 had 3432 entries from 83 countries.
The festival cerebrates its 5th birthday this year (2018 for any time travellers)