In 2007, The Lighthouse organised the Six Cities Design Festival. This “celebrated Scotland’s designers and the importance of design in our everyday lives“. As an off-shoot from that, they have produced a guidebook, “Where We Are: Design Guide to Scotland’s Six Cities“.
A while back I was contacted by The Lighthouse via Flickr, asking my permission to use a few of my photos in the book. I received a couple of copies of Where We Are through the post the other day, including all the photos I’d said they could use.
The book itself is quite nice, paperback journal size. It’s divided up into two parts. The first part goes through each Scottish city, following the same format:
- a short essay about design in that city, by various authors
- a categorised list of cool places in the city, e.g. nice cafes, shops, architecture, local design landmarks etc
- street map of the city
The lists of places is pretty much on the mark, all good places that I’ve heard of or like the sound of.
The second part of the book is a profile of 15 different designers working in Scotland. These consist of a single page feature, an ink illustration of the designer(s), and a few pages of pictures of their work. Designers featured include graphic designers Graven Images, textile designers Timorous Beasties, illustrator Nigel Peake and computer games developer Realtime Worlds.
The book uses photos from Flickr throughout, which is a nice idea. I assume this kept their costs down. It also means it is full of interesting photos of a variety of styles and standards. I don’t think the three photos of mine they selected were necessarily great photos even by my own standards, and I’m sure they could have found better photos of some of the locations. Maybe the difference was I use a Creative Commons licence on all my photos.
The book is launched September 3, and should be in shops soon after (although it’s not listed on Amazon yet). From their press release:
Where We Are features the people and places that are creating Scotland’s new design landscape. Introductions to fifteen of our best designers reflect the increasing success of designers who choose to live their lives and build their design businesses in Scotland. These are accompanied by contributions from design-conscious locals, who know their cities inside out, telling you the unique places to visit, sleep, eat and shop.
The guidebook focuses on design and architecture alongside the strengths and successes of the Six Cities Design Festival 2007. Created as a practical legacy document, the book promotes the work of the best of Scotland’s designers through a series of insightful essays and photography. It includes opinion pieces on current design issues, profiles of the most original and inventive Scottish designers, full city listings of where to go and what to do alongside detailed maps.
Designed by Marque Creative the book is a beautiful example of what Scottish graphic design companies can produce. Specially commissioned illustrations are included alongside a series of photographs that have been specially sourced and selected from Flickr. These create visual portraits of the cities illustrating the listings which have all been compiled from recommendations received from architecture and design aware citizens creating diverse and personalised selections.