James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson are the founders of Graphic Design Festival Scotland and graphic design practice Warriors Studio. Wilson and Gilchrist founded GDFS in 2014 – the same year they graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. It has since become the largest annual design event in Glasgow, attracting 150,000 participants, attendees and visitors over the past four years.
GDFS has a focus on participation and collaboration: students and graduates are invited to work on creative briefs under guidance from established Scottish studios and participants can take part in one and two-day workshops with designers, illustrators, printers and zine-makers from around the world. The programme also includes exhibitions, talks and competitions.
At Warriors Studio, Gilchrist and Wilson work on identities, campaigns and events with a diverse range of clients – from local to global.