The International Style of Muriel Spark


We can finally reveal what we’ve been working on for the last few months - the design of the new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, ‘The International Style of Spark’. This has been such an amazing project to web involved in and we couldn’t be happier with the final result  - a vibrant, pop-art inspired portrait of an unforgettable Scottish writer, adventurer and style-icon.


Family Light Festival


We’ve been developing the design and branding for a new magical outdoor light event, taking place between 25 October and 19 November in Dean Castle Country Park- a wonderful experience with installations, illuminations and lighting of the plants, paths and selected buildings.

Boost your business


This autumn we won a competitive procurement process for National Library of Scotland where we were appointed to design three of their upcoming campaigns. The creative for ‘Boost your business’ was developed to raise awareness of the library’s unique business support and research service. It had to appeal to professionals from organisations of all sizes and across various sectors.

Graphic designer / web developer



We are currently looking for a talented graphic designer with minimum two years of industry experience to join our team.
Activities include graphic design for print and screen, development and maintenance of websites, creative visual concepts/solutions for brands and marketing campaigns. This includes online, print, indoor and outdoor marketing collateral and advertising.
This is a great opportunity for a confident, motivated individual who has the ability to respond creatively and enthusiastically to a multitude of subjects and challenges.
The position will allow some freedom to shape your own role and be part of a thriving agency in the creative hub of Leith. You’ll be expected to work independently as well as part of the team, and take ownership of your work, dealing directly with clients on their enquiries and accompanying tasks. You must be fully skilled in taking design projects from start to finish, implementing the creative through every step of the production process.

Required Skills:
* Good knowledge of design principles, current web design trends and technologies.
* Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat)
* Minimum 2 years experience using WordPress CMS
* Experience with the following is essential: HTML5, CSS3, PHP, jQuery, MySQL
* Experience in wire-framing, designing and developing responsive websites
* Understanding of device and browser compatibility issues
* Working knowledge of search engine optimization best practices
* Excellent attention to detail
* The ability to self-manage projects and work to tight deadlines
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Extras:
* Experience of After Effects and Premiere Pro
* Understanding of eCommerce and UX/UI
* Some knowledge and experience of working in the cultural and/or sport event industries

Please email CV and portfolio to

A Royal Appointment!


We were thrilled to see our work on display during the Queen’s recent visit to officially open the new Queensferry Crossing.

A “breathtaking sight” was how her majesty described it. She was, of course, referring to the newly completed road bridge rather than our beautifully designed on-site branding but even still everyone at Hillside is completely buzzed to have been involved. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described it as something people would “marvel” at in 100 years’ time and, while our bunting certainly does catch the eye, we’re sure she was also referring to the bridge; a 6 year, 1.35 billion pound project.

Working with regular collaborators Unique Events, we were on hand to design all the on-site branding seen at the official opening ceremony. If you’re looking to give your event the royal treatment then get in touch!

Photos kindly provided by Lloyd Smith.

QueensCrossing_16 credit Unique Events - Lloyd Smith



Social Investment Scotland


We’re very excited to present our most recent project: a brand new website for SIS - a social enterprise providing capital to charities, community groups and other third sector organisations. We have been  their go-to agency for much of their communication since 2014, and we were delighted when they asked us to design, develop and build their website. In the process we also gave their logo a bit of a facelift, and created a suite of illustrations to support the written content.

Home of the Brave


This weekend has been another great success for the UCI MTB World Cup in Fort William, the biggest and best mountain biking event in the UK. We worked closely with the festival to invent a fresh new look, and with Brits ruling the roost in both the men and women’s categories last year we chose a slightly patriotic approach for this year’s identity; portraying Danny Hart and Rachel Atherton in a cinematic poster style…for the action movie ‘Home of the Brave’. (which is not hard to imagine once you’ve seen these two do their own stunts).

Shiny Town


At the start of the year we were asked to develop the look and feel for a brand new entertainment venue at the Brighton Fringe under the theme ‘Where extraordinary circus and performance meet an ordinary town’. We came up with a circus inspired logo and a bright red and yellow design theme for their posters, adverts and online content.


Bringin’ the Bard to the streets


As regular followers of this blog will know: branding kick-ass events is a staple of the Hillside diet. In order to kick 2017 off with a bang we’ve been working with regular collaborators Unique Events on a brand new festival celebrating the life and work of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Taking it’s name from Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose” the festival will be bringin’ the Bard to Edinburgh’s Rose Street with a series of Burns-themed live music, spoken word and stand-up comedy events.

Hillside have been on hand to deliver an identity aimed at introducing Burns’ catalogue of work to a new generation as well as those already familiar with Scotland’s national poet. In addition to providing the look and feel of the event, we’ve also been on hand with web design & development, illustration, print design and on-site branding for the event itself - some examples of which you can see below:

Red, Red Rose Street runs from 21-27 January. For more info visit

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Happy 2017!


Another successful year for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and we’re delighted with what we accomplished with the design this year. A large number 17 became an entry door through to the New Year; a festive and colourful design theme to represent our hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Once again we were responsible for delivering all the marketing material for print and screen as well as on-site signage and branding.

We're currently working on a new website. However, you can take a peek at our temporary folio here.