I feel like my practice sits between design and art. Art provides me with deeper conceptual inspiration in a way that design sometimes cannot. —Almost Real Interview
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specializing in lettering, typography and illustration. Her work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. In addition to advertising commissions, gallery shows and speaking engagements, she hosts hand-lettering workshops around the world. A number of her projects have been recognized by the New York Type Directors Club with Awards of Typographic Excellence.
After dropping out of Law School Gemma moved to Sydney and studied a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts. The young designer made a name for herself when she released the video Write Here, Write Now (a university project) which became a YouTube sensation. She's blossomed into a type goddess since then.
Recently Gemma was chosen as one of the winners of this years ADC Young Guns award. She has created work for clients including Woolworths, QANTAS, Heinz, The New York Times, Volcom, Angus & Julia Stone, Monster Children, Smirnoff and Kirin. Gemma has also worked in art direction for motion graphics at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete. In her spare time Gemma travels and draws puke puns on barf bags .