Born Aberystwyth, Wales, 1979, lives and works in Glasgow.
Emlyn Firth studied Visual Communication at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2000. He has since worked for a number of leading design companies, specialising in art direction and graphic design, and has won numerous industry awards.
Employed as a senior designer by digital design studio ISO until 2012, Firth has more recently set up his own practice A visual agency which focuses on a collaborative way of working. He has been part of various cross-disciplinary projects such as Watershed+ and Scotland Can Make It. He also founded The Press, Glasgow with Edwin Pickstone, an experimental letterpress facility at the SWG3 Studio Warehouse.
Within his own practice Firth is keen to explore situations where design and craft overlap or combine with art and industry and also to explore critical dialogues and issues around contemporary design.
He also continues to teach as a visiting lecturer at GSA and GCU.
Scotland Can Make It. With Anghared McLaren, Textile Designer. New commission from Panel & Creative Scotland to create a ltd edt design for Olympic & Commonwealth Games
Nike 1948 Store, London. Design for a sculpture garden outside a pop-up store in East London, with Benedict Radcliffe.
Watershed+, Calgary. Multi-disciplinary public art project led by Sans Façon, commissioned by UEP for the City of Calgary, Canada.
Young Designer of the Year (Roses Design Awards, UK) 2006
Chairman’s Award (Scottish Design Awards) 2007
Gold Award (Roses Design Awards, UK) 2007
Grand Prix (Roses Design Awards, UK) 2002