Design tackles social issues


Budding young creatives were given a platform to express their views through design, as part of a national ‘Young and Powerful’ poster competition and exhibition.

A group of young people, the Young & Powerful team, worked with organisers from the Graphic Design Festival to run a brand new project as part of Year of Young People 2018.

They hosted 40 creative workshops allowing young people across Scotland to engage with design, use creative skills to tackle real-life problems and express their ideas and opinions on topics that matter.

The workshops and poster topics included equality, activity and health, the environment, education, the power of young people and how to make Scotland a better place.

A jury containing young people, designers, and decision-makers selected 80 posters from the 1535 posters submitted to the competition to be shown in a Young & Powerful Exhibition at the Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2018 in October and November at The Lighthouse Glasgow.

The 80 young people’s designs were on show for more than two months, allowing hundreds of visitors in Scotland to see young people’s talents and get a better understanding of the social issues which matter the most to them.

The exhibition was opened by Fiona Hyslop, Culture Cabinet Secretary for Culture, and each young person was awarded a certificate to celebrate their achievement.

Young & Powerful received funding from the YoYP events fund run by EventScotland, event directorate for VisitScotland.

Victoria Donnelly, Studio Manager for Graphic Design Festival Scotland, the organisers behind Young & Powerful, said:

“Young & Powerful is designed to encourage and empower young people from across Scotland to be creative and have their voices heard. It’s about encouraging diversity and inclusion in the creative sector from the ground up. We’ve worked with young people right across Scotland, in locations as diverse as Polmont Prison through to refugee groups and disability support centres.

The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, yet creative arts subjects are being cut back in many schools across the country – while design is barely represented at all. Young & Powerful is the perfect antidote and has given young people the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and learn new skills, with the exciting prospect of their work forming part of a major exhibition. Victoria Donnelly
Studio Manager for Graphic Design Festival Scotland