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An illustrated talk with Mr. Bingo and Will Hudson at GDFS

GDFS Awkward talk with Mr Bingo Will Hudson of It's Nice That

We loved having Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) take over Glasgow last week with a great series of exhibitions, talks and workshops.

As big fans of Will Hudson and Mr. Bingo, we couldn't miss AWKWARD, their talk on the importance of collaboration. Hudson is the co-founder of It's Nice That and Lecture in ProgressMr. Bingo writes some of our favourite hate mail.

There was beer, matchmaking and bean bags – plus some advice on networking and making connections in the creative industry.

Here's what we learned. Thanks to Hannah Nixon, from our customer support team, for documenting the evening in illustrated form!

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Don't be scared to approach people you admire.

A friendly email can go a long way, says Will Hudson. And you'll be surprised who might want to get involved: Margaret Calvert lent a hand in the early days of It's Nice That and designer Paul Smith helped Hudson get his new project, Lecture in Process, off the ground.

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Get creative with your Kickstarter prizes.

To publish his collection of his hate mail in 2015, Mr. Bingo turned to Kickstarter. Rewards for backers included getting drunk with him on a train or having a dinner date in 5 years' time. Way more exciting than another tote bag – he raised £135,146.

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Networking doesn't have to be scary.

"People are just people," says Hudson. In fact, you're probably already networking with your peers without realising.

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Work with people who can do the stuff you can't.

You don't have to do everything yourself. Hudson realised the writing on It's Nice That needed another set of eyes, and employed a friend to edit the articles. Mr. Bingo called in a producer to come up with the beat for his Kickstarter rap video.

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Give yourself your own job title.

After years as a commercial illustrator, Mr. Bingo decided to stop working for clients and become an artist. Now he sells work in his online shop full time. So take his word for it: If you start calling yourself what you want to be, people will start to believe it.

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Thanks GDFS for a fun night, and an exciting week of events. But its not all over: The International Poster Competition and Flumadiddle exhibitions run until 24 November at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Photo at the top of this post via @hrn.k.

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