Manipulate Festival 2024 Identity
This is a series of posters that I designed for Manipulate Festival 2024, Edinburgh’s international festival of animated film, puppetry and visual theatre, bringing the very best of international and Scottish work to audiences across Edinburgh and beyond, in February each year. This is the second time that I have worked with Manipulate Arts, the organiser of the festival. 

The posters are part of a wider identity that I have designed for Manipulate Festival 2024 that has been adapted across a suite of marketing and promotion items including a programme guide, posters of various sizes, advertisements, digital posters, vinyls, and a ‘takeover’ of The Skinny website. There are three poster designs using three key images from performances from the festival along with a general text only poster.

The starting point for the identity was an animation of the Manipulate Festival logo created by Jamie Macdonald that was commissioned by Manipulate Arts to announce the festival. Taking inspiration from Jamie’s animation, and working with him to create new neon assets in a carefully edited palette of colours, I created a series of cohesive designs that placed Jamie’s glowing neon Manipulate Festival logo over the chosen images on a subtly glowing background along with glowing neon squiggles taken from the general Manipulate Arts identity. Jamie’s website can be found here.

Below is the Manipulate Festival 2024 programme guide which is designed to echo the design of the general poster (above) with the glowing neon Manipulate Festival logo on a subtly glowing background along with glowing neon squiggles taken from the general Manipulate Arts identity. In order to fit a lot of information in a small space, the typography sets up a hierarchy of information for the various events of the festival including use of symbols to indicate wheelchair access etc. The programme guide is 4 pages, A5, printed on an uncoated paper. I also designed a digital events listing (bottom image) that could be downloaded from the Manipulate Arts website.

Below are some of the digital and screen assets that I designed for the festival including digital screen posters, press advertisements and a ‘takeover’ of The Skinny website.

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