E018 Gemma O’Brien, Artist & Designer with Vince Frost

May 27th 2019

E018 features Vince Frost in conversation with Australian artist, designer, muralist, calligrapher and illustrator Gemma O’Brien.

Over the past 10 years, Gemma has taken her passion for typography and built a flourishing career around drawing letters. Her bold type, expressive calligraphy and detailed illustration can be seen in advertising campaigns, editorial publications and large-scale murals in galleries and interiors around the world.

A number of her projects have received the Award of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club. In 2015 she was recognised as an ADC Young Gun and in 2016, named one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists: 15 under 30. She has collaborated with numerous global brands and publications including Apple, Tiffany&Co, Google, Adidas, Adobe, and The New York Times. Beyond her commercial work, Gemma O'Brien is a regular speaker at international conferences and also hosts hand-lettering workshops at design schools, agencies and events.  

In this episode, Gemma recounts her decision to quit studying Law and instead study Design, to today where she is a globally sought-after muralist and creative. She explains the value of listening to your gut and seeing the opportunity in being flexible, where she hasn’t so much designed her life as much as it has designed her.

Join Vince for the latest Design Your Life episode with Gemma O’Brien.