Category Archives: Creative Industries

Animation industry merges techniques and technology

Getting creative photo
By Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive – Creative Industries, Interface

Caroline Parkinson

Last week I was involved in a panel (or two!) in the second year of the MOVE Summit – a dedicated conference led by the animation industry in Scotland. The summit comprised two days – one day dedicated to our Emerging Talent and two to the professional freelance and commercial companies in Scotland. I was invited to speak to the Emerging Talent audience of 110 students studying a range of subjects in the animation and digital media field, about the potential route to developing their innovation ideas with academic support post-graduation. I was joined by Brian McNicoll, University of Dundee Entrepreneurship, who is also the founder of Dynamo Games; David Smith of Cultural Enterprise Office; Ross McKenzie of Creative Scotland, who led the Animation Sector Review, and two studio leaders – Mally Graveson, Heehaw, and Jill Wallace, Axis Animation, about the realities of starting a business or gaining employment. Continue reading

Creative solutions for urban challenges

Aarhus University

By Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive – Creative Industries

Scotland is a member of the network, Districts of Creativity and through the leadership of the Scottish Government CAN DO department a delegation of creative leaders in Scotland attend their annual forum hosted in one of the 13 member nations. With a delegation of 20 representing Scotland I had the privilege of going to Aarhus in Denmark to hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers in creativity and design, hosted at the University of Aarhus (pictured) and Musikhuset (concert hall) next door. Continue reading

Creative purpose

Scottish hills
Alice Ojeda By Alice Ojeda, leading innovation missions at Standard Life

This blog is one in a series by Alice Ojeda on innovation and creative thinking in business

My theme this month, purpose, deviates from innovation in one sense, but from another perspective is the bedrock of anything we endeavour to do in our lives and any challenge we meet. After all, if we’re to pass all the thousand obstacles to solving a problem that matters, we need a deep sense of why it matters in the first place to ourselves. Continue reading

Rarebird takes flight after print collaboration


By Paulette Brough, Founder, Rarebird

This week to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we caught up with Paulette Brough, founder of Stornoway-based Harris Tweed accessory maker Rarebird, to hear more about her collaboration with Glasgow School of Art and the benefits it has brought to her business.

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Go back to the future with innovation


By Devon McHugh, Relationships & Partnerships Development Manager, Museums Galleries Scotland

Museums are some of Scotland’s most important and popular visitor attractions: a recent survey found that for nearly half of all visitors to Glasgow, seeing a museum was a primary driver for their trip. Offering a better experience for our visitors, and encouraging these visits to grow, is central to the development work of every museum.
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Build a business from your kitchen table

Sooz Chirino

Sooz Chirino, Founder of Sansooz, will be sharing her journey of collaboration with academics at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards in February.

What inspired you to set up your own business?

I would often hear on the news of a pedestrian or cyclist being knocked down and killed. I realised that darkness and poor visibility were often amongst the contributing factors. Adults and children (as young as five) are fashion conscious and tend not to wear anything to make them visible at night to drivers. This led to the light bulb moment – if I could make reflective clothing items fashionable and stylish then people would be more likely to wear them. So now with SanSooz products; you can Be Safe; Be Seen; & Be Stylish. Continue reading