We were delighted to welcome a host of budding creative ladies through the Whitespace doors for The Big Book Crit 2019! 60 women currently in advertising, design, illustration and motion graphics courses around Scotland joined us and an esteemed panel of industry guests to have their work critiqued and get advice on presenting to employers. 

The Whitespacers were joined on the night by some brilliant industry figures who warmly and wisely shared their experiences, knowledge and advice with our attendees:

  • Beth Wilson – Co-founder of Warrior Studio
  • Tessa Simpson – Designer, O Street Design
  • Ruth Yee – Head of Art at The Union
  • Ian Fletcher – Creative Director at Signal
  • Sam Muir – Copywriter at The Leith.
  • Sheryl Thompson – Creative Director at Union Direct

Kicking off with an intro from Whitespacers, Frances Irvine welcomed everyone and introduced them to Whitespace Women and what we’re all about. Managing Partner Iain Valentine talked about his path to where he is now. And because there’s no show without punch, resident Creative Copywriter Lisa Goldie spoke about her experience getting into the industry and why she wanted to help other women do the same. 

Then we dove straight in, giving everyone ten minutes to present three pieces of work to their chosen 'critter'. The excited buzz around the room proved exactly why we do these things; to break down the intimidating process of presenting your work and turn it into a positive feedback session that’s not to be scared of. 

Once the final bell had rung to mark the end of the section, we reconvened for a panel session with our guests, who inspired, fired up and amused the room with tales of their colourful experiences.

A massive thank you to all who came along, and our fantastic critters who gave up their time to be there. 

And to the creative industry, there’s a load of talent coming your way – and they’re not afraid to show you what they've got.