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Dundee V&A travelling roadshow hits Edinburgh

Dundee V&A travelling roadshow hits Edinburgh

Lunchtime brought a tasty treat for team Glidden as George Street was visited by the Dundee V&A travelling roadshow bus. Very interesting displays of technology on show inside, but sadly it is only in George Street for the day, heading off around town over the next few days before venturing to other towns and cities. Look out for it coming to a street near you . . . Read More

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Just our type

Just our type

On a recent lecturing visit to Edinburgh College of Art, team Glidden spotted this nostalgic printing set in one of the design studios and the memories came flooding back. The aroma, the feel, the craft - you can't beat it. Inky fingers all round . . . Read More

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Are you sitting comfortably?

Team Glidden have just bought one of these bad boys . . . As we all know, poorly designed seating can lead to bad posture and can seriously affect your well-being. We have just bought one of these very ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra office chairs and already there is a frisson of excitement rippling through the studio in anticipation of what may be to come. We'll let you know how it goes, but at... Read More

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Blast from the past!

Blast from the past!

It has been said that you shouldn't say anything in social media that you wouldn't tattoo on your own forehead. Well, we recently found this little gem from 2010, still floating around in digital eternity. Does it stand the test of time? The sentiment certainly does but not sure about the shirt - what do you think!? Read More

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The icing on the cake!

The icing on the cake!

Our client Glacius Travel sent us this photo of how they are rolling out our brand identity system. As lovely as they look, we're not sure they comply fully with our brand identity guidelines, although in this case we might be prepared to make an exception, providing they send us some for a full appraisal!See the Glacius Travel case study here. Read More

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The Kelpies appear on Castle Street in Edinburgh

The Kelpies appear on Castle Street in Edinburgh

Our usual commute to work was pleasantly interrupted on Wednesday morning by the appearance of this magnificent sculpture of what we thought were horses. On further investigation, we learnt that we we had encountered The Kelpies, a series of sculptures by public artist Andy Scott. The 'Kelpie' is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore rumoured to haunt the lochs and rivers of Scotland... Read More


Reflecting on the evolution of the computer mouse

Reflecting on the evolution of the computer mouse

On hearing the news of the recent passing of Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse, we at team Glidden took a look back at the evolution of mouse form and function.  The concept of the computer mouse was first patented in 1970 by Douglas Englebart. It quite simply involved two rolling wheels housed in a wooden box, and a single clickable button. Englebart nicknamed his... Read More

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Glidden feature in PPA Scotland exhibition: 100+ Years of Scottish Magazine Publishing

Glidden feature in PPA Scotland exhibition: 100+ Years of Scottish Magazine Publishing

Last week Team Glidden were invited to attend the Professional Publishers' Association (PPA) of Scotland’s exhibition, celebrating 100+ years of magazine publishing in Scotland, and showcase our work as part of this landmark event. The National Museum of Scotland served as a dramatic back-drop to the event, which began with a drinks reception and opening address by Alan Ramsay, Chairman,... Read More

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World Book Night 2013 releases 500,000 books into the wild!

World Book Night 2013 releases 500,000 books into the wild!

A surprising and heartwarming moment on the number 11 bus in Edinburgh today, when this little gem was spotted sitting on top of the usual Metro detritus. The Post-it note reads "Please pick me up, Take me home. Read me & pass me on, Thanks : ) I'M FREE!"A little research on reaching the Team Glidden studio revealed that it is part of World Book Night 2013, when 20,000 volunteers will hand... Read More

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 announced!

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 announced!

Team Glidden just loves Pantone, the world's colour authority for design professionals . . . . . . we use it with every brand identity project, so we couldn't help but get excited when the Colour of the Year 2013 was announced: step forward, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald. And we certainly wouldn't argue - and I'm sure 2012 colour of the year Tangerine Tango 17-1463, described as a "vivacious,... Read More


Just your type?

Just your type?

  Here at Glidden HQ we are passionate about typography... That's why we're really enjoying this new website TypeCity, which collates lettering, signage and wayfinging examples from around the UK (from shop signs & public notices to urban graffiti). Contributions are welcomed via Twitter & Instagram.Check it out! Read More


Blaze a trail!                          Check out this innovative and potentially life-saving product!

Blaze a trail! Check out this innovative and potentially life-saving product!

Here at team Glidden we are very keen cyclists, with 100% of staff 'getting on their bikes' regularly! So, when we saw this fantastic concept for safer cycling we couldn't help but want to share it with the world. And not only that, we want to support creativity and product development, so have a look . . . The BLAZE Bike Light is a completely new innovation for urban cyclists. It’s a... Read More


Excellent Radio 4 discussion on Art and Design with Ron Arad and Antony Gormley

Excellent Radio 4 discussion on Art and Design with Ron Arad and Antony Gormley

Listen to Radio 4 Start the Week discussion on Art and Design with Ron Arad and Antony Gormley, chaired by Andrew Marr.Antony GormleyRon AradAndrew Marr discusses art and design with sculptor Antony Gormley, former Arts Council chairman Christopher Frayling, design tutor Sarah Teasley and industrial designer Ron Arad. On Start the Week, Andrew Marr explores how Britain trains the artists and... Read More

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Made in Scotland - A Celebration of Innovation

Made in Scotland - A Celebration of Innovation

Team Glidden attended by special invitation the inaugural 'Made in Scotland' event at the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow, on Thursday Nov. 1st, organised by Business Insider and sponsored by Marks & Clerk, Intellectual Property advisors. The event focused around the challenges and opportunities faced by Scottish inventors in developing their inventions from concept to... Read More

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A dirty weekend - Glidden goes screen printing

A dirty weekend - Glidden goes screen printing

Last month team Glidden paid a visit to The Edinburgh Printmakers, to re-connect with the messy end of the graphic design process. For modern commercial graphic designers, the profession has become a largely screen-based activity, with rare opportunities to visit print jobs on-press, a joyous part of the design process. Spending a weekend with the sleeves rolled up was a fantastic opportunity... Read More

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Miniature mysterious marvels

Miniature mysterious marvels

Team Glidden just can't resist a good story combining Edinburgh, mystery, intrigue, romance, the printed word and scalpels! The mystery started in March last year when staff at the Poetry Library in Edinburgh discovered an intricately crafted paper sculpture of a tree sitting on a book left in the library with a cryptic note from the mystery artist.Two more followed in June - A copy of Ian... Read More


Thomas Heatherwick talk, Edinburgh Book Festival

Thomas Heatherwick talk, Edinburgh Book Festival

A most excellent talk on Saturday by Thomas Heatherwick at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Heatherwick was introduced by Book Festival Director Nick Barley, quoting Sir Terrence Conran, who described him as the "Leonardo Da Vinci of our generation, and the designer of the Olympic cauldron" at which point he received a standing ovation and looked genuinely taken aback and needed a few moments to... Read More


Apple-founder Steve Wozniak talk, Edinburgh

Apple-founder Steve Wozniak talk, Edinburgh

Team Glidden attended a talk by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as part of The Turing Festival, celebrating the life of the founding father of technology, Alan Turing.The venue was full and Woz was met with a rousing applause on entry. The talk, chaired rather bizarrely by a stand-up comedienne, veered randomly between topics which included praise for the little credited 'third founding member... Read More

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How did world famous websites look when they were launched?

How did world famous websites look when they were launched?

As the websites we use every day gradually develop and embrace new advances in web technology, it is hard to imagine how these sites looked when they first hit our monitors. To celebrate the launch of our new website (and mark the passing of our old site), we take a peek at the homepages of some of the most famous websites in the world, as they were when launched. Below is a fantastic post from... Read More

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What does your desk say about you?

What does your desk say about you?

As creatives, we try to get away from our desks as often as we can. Ultimately however, we often spend a large proportion of our time infront of our Macs. So what does your desk space say about you? DESK is an on-line project, showcasing the desk space of those who create for a living. Have a roam around, and be inspired! View the project here. Read More

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Design for growth

Design for growth

Design can be a useful and powerful business asset. But how can design be used to stimulate growth in the global economy? We take a look at a recent video, produced by The Design Council, featuring industry leaders, entrepreneurs and design professionals on the vital role design plays in economic growth.----Video by The Design Council  Read More

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The ultimate cycling companion

The ultimate cycling companion

At Glidden we like to promote cycling as an eco-friendly and healthy way to get around. As such, we were delighted to come across this beautiful little book on the essentials of simple bicycle maintenance. Elegantly presented with a distinctly vintage style, The Bike-Owner's Handbook is conveniently sized to fit in your back pocket. Useful tips are delivered via quirky and... Read More


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