I was first introduced to Gemma O’Brien at an AGDA event back in 2010. I was in my second year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTas and finally discovering the world of inspiration outside DeviantArt. I couldn’t yet explain the difference between a font and a typeface; I had no more than a basic grasp of the grid or colour theory; and my concept of graphic design was still stuck in the “college” days of basic letterheads and business cards. Gemma introduced me to something other than the dictionary definition of design (which, incidentally, is “the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.” Not particularly inspiring) with her obvious passion and commitment. She worked at it because she loved it, and that made her good at it.
I left that talk feeling one hundred percent certain I’d chosen the best and most exciting career path I possibly could. If you haven’t seen Gemma’s work, please check out her blog, follow her on Instagram or check out her portfolio on the Loop.