Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Glasgow School of Art Communication Design Work in Progress show opens at The Whisky Bond 10 Feb

The Glasgow School of Art's Communication Design Work In Progress Show will open on 10  February at The Whisky Bond. The exhibition will showcase the creative practice and developing portfolios of final year students from the specialisms of Graphics, Illustration and Photography, ahead of their Degree Show later this year.

The opening night is on 10 February from 18:00 to 21:00, at The Whisky Bond, Glasgow with refreshments kindly provided by Spey Valley Brewery and Sipsmith Distillery. 

Work In Progress will run from 10 - 13 February  in the studio spaces on the 6th floor of The Whisky Bond. 

Opening times:
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00. 

For more information please visit the website an-attempt-to-articulate.info or contact anattempt2016@gmail.com

Some of the work which will be showcased  - 

Emma Levy Photography

Emma Levy traveled to Kosovo in November to document the people and landscape of the Šar national park, one of the most ecologically diverse natural environments in the region, if not in Europe. After sustained ethnic conflict throughout its complex history, and most recently as part of the Yugoslav War of the nineties, Kosovo as a landscape has suffered greatly and the ecological management of the region is facing a series of difficulties, the root cause of which is in unresolved ethnic tension and a lack of expertise after the war. While the people of Kosovo clash over the rights to the landscape, the physical ecology continues to degenerate with the threat of pollution, illegal logging and over development.

Supported by GSA’s sustainability society, Emma explores issues of identity, history and reconciliation in an increasingly volatile environment, and how unsustainable practices can contribute to the current political flux. She explores her own role as a photographer – the ethics of photography, its partial viewpoint and its power to influence perception and understanding.

Maurice Andresen Graphics

Maurice’s work is concerned with the characteristics of corporeal and virtual reality, exploring boundaries within both through video games and animation.

Laura Glennie Illustration

4 x A4 Framed sketchbook pages exploring ‘emulation’ and ‘idolisation’ from someone experiencing a journey of Coming of Age. Where research becomes the process Laura investigates everything from avant-garde jazz music to teenagers choice in shoes.

Mari Campistron Illustration

The starting point of this project was the Spanish civil war. Mari collected narratives by researching the posters, books and interviews from the time and ended up focusing upon the fratricidal acts (Abel & Cain; Remus & Romulus,etc).

Mari is interested in the borders created by wars and the continuous movement of goods and persons accross these borders. These observations led her to use a rotating platform that casts the shadows of characters present in the narratives collected on a wall.

Rachele Dunn Graphics

A card game with a typographic twist. “O Snap” uses the subtle differences of the letter O in the different weights of typeface Univers to create a fun way to learn typography.

Tom Joyes Graphics

Uncertainmedia.com is part of a series of online works by Tom Joyes proposing alternative critical ways of consuming digital content in an uncertain society.

By collecting the top Youtube results from a keyword search, this site creates densely layered overviews of culture, presented in a comparative and non-hierarchal form. Traversing the high and low, factual and misleading, sublime and banal, it mirrors the accelerated pace at which we absorb visual content and asks to what extent we manifest truth in what we see online.

Lucy Payne Illustration

Lucy Payne explores the combination of play and art, that is concerned with utility and interaction. Initially designing and making a small set of stairs that were stereotypically geometrical and hard to focus on the polar opposite, for an external competition, she translated them into this larger than life set which can be interacted with.

Tiernan Crilley Graphics

This project was inspired by the writings of Pauline Oliveros’ and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on deep listening and the voice. It is a critical response to the one sided conversation between artist/designer and audience. It aims to build a discursive space in which meaningful relations can grow between people. Tieran believes that we can understand each other through the collective construction of meaning. In order to avoid alienating gestures we must listening to people on their own terms, without judgment. These sculptures are tools to empower the voice and will eventually have an interactive framework where people can add their own sonic content through email to a playlist.

Our Identity
Tiernan Crilley, Megan Watkins, Theo Ford, Jack Greenwell, Josh Nuttall, Tom Joyes

An Attempt to Articulate (AATA) is a research based identity project for our 2016 degree show, born out of the need to discuss the position of our varying practices within the institutional and business models in which Communication Design operates. The notion of constraints and limitations became a recurring theme throughout this project, and resulted in a metaphor within the identity for our Work in Progress Show.

The posters are strictly composed of two typefaces - Times and Helvetica - with just a photocopier used to create an image. It was important the identity appeared honest and accessible, using everyday ubiquitous tools, as we wanted to foreground our research and experiments and highlight our discursive approach.

Over the course of a few months, we have conducted group discussions, workshops, experiments, performances, interviews and pieces of writing. These projects include a manifesto written (and rewritten) by the team, equations and programming languages that define our process, interviews with students and staff within GSA, a series of outsourced £5 logos for our degree show and a 24 hour ‘Design on Demand’ studio performed live via web streaming.

The project is ongoing, and work thus far can be viewed at an-attempt-to-articulate.info
The project was recently featured online on It’s Nice That-

Monday, 8 February 2016

GSA graduates help launch Converge Challenge 2016 at the Digital Design Studio

Michael Tougher and Jordan Smith, two recent Product Design Engineering (PDE) graduates of The Glasgow School of Art, helped launch the Converge Challenge 2016 applications for which open today, 8 February 2016. 

Michael Tougher and Jordan Smith had both participated in the 2015 Converge Challenge which is Scotland’s leading company creation competition and start up development programme for students, graduates and staff from the country’s universities and research institutes. The Glasgow School of Art has had great success in recent years in the programme with Steven Russell being the first GSA alumnus to become a top 10 finalist of the main Converge Challenge competition in 2014 with Guerrila Drums, a fully acoustic 5 piece drum kit. Michael and Jordan joined other past participants in the Converge Challenge for the 2016 launch at the GSA’s Digital Design Studio. Full press release below. 

After graduation last summer Michael Tougher established Spark and Rocket Ltd. He had previously interned at Bayer Material Science and Hasbro, and with 4c Design on the creation of the iconic Queen’s baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Among the many awards he has won is the Design Category in the 2015 national Deutsche Bank Awards in Creative Enterprises.

Jordan Smith is Managing Director and Product Designer at Oddity Innovations which he established last autumn. The company is currently developing its first product pkt:  a reliable and efficient packaging solution for the low volume sender. Smith was runner up in the 2015 Scottish Institute for Enterprise awards and a finalist in the Converge Challenge KickStart category of the 2015 with the prototype of this product.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the PDE programme which is run jointly by The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work in senior design roles across the globe and established award winning companies. Their innovations are making tangible differences to society with many of the products founded on the success of projects developed whilst still undergraduates.

For further information on PDE 25
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Full text of Converge Challenge 2016 press announcement

Converge Challenge 2016 now open for applications

Calling on Scotland’s brightest ideas

Scotland’s leading company creation competition and start up development programme for students, graduates and staff from the country’s universities and research institutes is today (Monday 8 February) launching its 2016 programme – its biggest to date with new partnerships and a new award to attract a wider range of applicants.

In celebration of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Converge Challenge is dedicating a £10,000 cash prize to a new Converge Challenge Design and Creativity Award. The debut of the award is aimed at encouraging ideas in digital media, textiles, architecture and design which could be a product, process or a service.

In addition, Converge Challenge announces new partnerships in 2016 with RBS, Mazars, Badenoch & Clark that will see the total prize fund and training increase to £150,000. RBS will be a key partner, providing support across all areas of Converge Challenge as well as business mentoring. Mazars, one of Europe’s largest accounting firms will provide finance and accounting business support and Badenoch & Clark will support the winners with recruitment solutions.  BQ Live, a leading business publication that celebrates entrepreneurship, will be a media partner in 2016 providing ongoing profile of Converge Challenge.

Converge Challenge is now recognised as the leading opportunity for students, recent graduates and academic staff across the Higher Education sector. During the last four years, Converge Challenge has trained more than 120 entrepreneurs and formed 51 companies that have secured £15 million of funding and are employing 139 staff, making an important contribution to Scotland’s economy.

The Glasgow School of Art has had great success in recent years. In 2014, Steven Russell was the first Glasgow School of Art alumni to become a top 10 finalist of the main Converge Challenge competition with Guerrila Drums, a fully acoustic 5 piece drum kit. In 2015, Jordan Smith was a finalist in the KickStart category for PKT Jordan Smith Designs, packaging solutions and plans to apply for the main Converge Challenge award in 2016.

Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge,  said:

 “This an exciting year for Converge Challenge with our biggest prize fund to date and an ambitious development programme. We are delighted to welcome our new partners on board; they each bring a wealth of experience from their respective sectors that will equip our next generation of entrepreneurs to create companies that will have an impact for Scotland.

“At Converge we work with any industry sector, product or service-based idea and we are thrilled to announce the Design and Creativity award, to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. We are confident the new award will encourage a wide range of applications that will uncover yet more great examples of Scottish innovation among our Higher Education population.”

Successful Converge Challenge applicants participate in entrepreneurial development throughout the competition. Through intensive training, mentoring, pitching experience, business surgeries and ongoing support, participants can ultimately develop a comprehensive business plan for their company, product and/or service. An expert panel of judges made up of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community will then assess the projects and select the winners of the prestigious Converge Challenge awards.

Converge Challenge 2016 winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in September.

Richard Walker, Photon Force Ltd, Converge Challenge Winner 2015 – University of Edinburgh

“Converge Challenge has provided an immense opportunity for Photon Force.  From the application process, which made us understand what was involved in operating a business in our field to developing a business plan that would achieve results. On top of this, access to an extensive suite of training and mentoring. Converge Challenge has helped put us on the path to entrepreneurial success!”

Rebecca Pick, Personal Guardian, Converge Challenge Third Prize 2015 – University of Strathclyde

"Being part of Converge 2015 was a fantastic experience. So much is on offer from meeting fantastic people, developing your business skills and ultimately gaining a package of financial and non-financial support to help grow your business. I cannot thank Converge enough for what it has done for my business Pick Protection."

Michael Tougher, Converge Challenge applicant 2015, The Glasgow School of Art

“I applied to Converge Challenge to turn my new product into a successful business. It challenged me to develop a design into an exciting business proposal, focusing on markets and customers. The training provided was invaluable, improving my business education and understanding.”

Susan Fouquier, Regional Managing Director Business Banking Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland said:

“The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to partner this year’s Converge Challenge. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key drivers of the Scottish economy and it offers an opportunity to bring together the very best of our commercial, Higher Education and research sectors to create further opportunity in Scotland. We look forward to working with this year’s Converge Challengers and wish everyone the greatest success.”

Converge Challenge is now open for applications and closes on Monday 18th April at 5pm GMT. To enter visit www.convergechallenge.com

Converge Challenge will be hosting information events throughout Scotland:
Tuesday 9 February – Elevator, Aberdeen
Wednesday 10 February – Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Thursday 11 February – Royal Bank of Scotland, Glasgow

To register for any of these events, visit the Eventbrite page:


Further enquiries:

Julie Griffin               0141 548 5191 / 07736 298669 / julie@sprengandco.com
Spreng & Co

Twitter: @ConvergeC

Launched in 2010 by Dr Olga Kozlova, Converge Challenge is a high profile pan-Scotland company creation competition and entrepreneurship development programme for staff, students, and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland.

Converge Challenge has three core categories:
-       Converge Challenge
-       KickStart: for early stage ideas
-       Social Enterprise : positive impact on social and environmental issues
Applications can be for a product or service, from any industry sector and at any stage of the development.

Converge Challenge is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and eight research-intensive universities (Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, University of Stirling, University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews, University of Aberdeen and University of Dundee).

Sponsor and partners
-               RBS
-               Mazars
-               Badenoch & Clark
-               Murgitroyd
-               BQ Live  
-               Informatics Ventures
-               Morton Fraser 
-               Mortonward 
-               Fearsome
-               Entrepreneurial Scotland

Glasgow School of Art
-       2015: 4 Glasgow School of Art alumni made it onto the shortlist award categories.
-       2015 KickStart Top 10 finalist: Jordan Smith, PKT Jordan Smith Designs - Reliable and efficient packaging solutions.
-       2015 KickStart applicant: Michael Tougher has recently been accepted onto the Entrepreneurial Spark bootcamp for 2016 and will be applying for the main Converge Challenge competition this year.
-       2014 Converge Challenge Top 10 finalist: Steven Russell, Guerrilla Drums – a fully acoustic 5 piece drum kit. Steven was the first Converge participant from the Glasgow School of Art to make it to the Top 10. 

Converge Challenge 2015
Photon Force – Richard Walker, University of Edinburgh

2nd place
Elasmogen – Caroline Barelle, University of Aberdeen

3rd place
Personal Guardian – Rebecca Pick, University of Strathclyde

KickStart Winner
Xi software – Salman Tahir, University of Edinburgh

Social Enterprise Winner
EuroBiotix – James McIlroy, University of Aberdeen

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner
Hannah Dimsdale, Teadough, University of Edinburgh.

KickStart Digital Entrepreneur Award
MindMate – Susanne Mitschke, University of Glasgow

Friday, 5 February 2016

Electric glen gets off to a brilliant start

Recent textiles graduate GSA alumna Hazel Dunn has brought light and life to one of the west of Scotland’s most beautiful parks as part of an outdoor arts project at Rouken Glen Park, East Renfrewshire. Her patterns, based on a found pattern sample book dating back to 1814, are projected on to a path beside the burn that once fed Thornliebank Printworks, and the result is a stunning moving walkway that combines history and heritage with state of the art digital technology.

One of Scotland’s best loved parks, Rouken Glen, has switched on its spectacular Electric Glen lighting festival.  The must-see event of this winter is setting the Giffnock park alight at night as Electric Glen takes visitors on a journey back to the tropics, and interprets the colours and creativity of the fabrics that were dyed in the park’s burn 200 years ago.

Lifesaving hero and East Renfrewshire Citizen of the Year, 13-year-old Andrew Paton performed the Electric Glen official opening ceremony against the back drop of an illuminated boating lake. Andrew saved his grandad’s life last year after he fell out of his boat into Loch Fyne, and he was guest of honour at the event’s launch.

A total number of 24,000 visitors are expected through the gates of the park throughout the duration of the festival which runs from 4-14 February.  The creative director behind the new event is world-renowned Phil Supple who designed the lighting for the Tower of London installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. He said: “We’re looking forward to bringing light and life to the dark winter months in one of the west of Scotland's most beautiful parks.”

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Jim Fletcher said: “This has been an astonishing evening and Electric Glen is definitely a must-see event. The festival brings together some fantastic artists working together with visuals, sounds and animation to bring the heritage of the park to life.

“Electric Glen 2016 is a feast for all the senses and a fantastic way to see Rouken Glen Park through new eyes. Not only is Electric Glen creating a positive emotional connection between local communities and the place they live, it’s a great way to get people outdoors to socialise during the middle of winter.”

Andrew Paton, said: “It’s great to be asked to Rouken Glen to open this amazing event. I’m really pleased to launch the Electric Glen lighting festival. It all looks fantastic. I’ll be telling my mates they should come along.”

Other creative talents contributing to Electric Glen include Novak who create live 3D visuals for Calvin Harris and Disclosure, and West of Scotland illustrator and printmaker recent art school graduate Hazel Dunn.

Festival-goers can witness the beautifully lit boating pond, atmospheric glen and illuminated landscape that tells the human and natural history of the park. Tickets are available from www.electricglen.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Hazel Dunn’s textiles are available from the GSA Shop (at 164 Renfrew Street or online) as part of Rayha, a collaboration with fellow graduate Alexandra Bland.