Gemma O’Brien is a craft fanatic Australian artist based in Sydney specializing in hand-lettering, illustration and typography. Some of her clients are Woolworths, QANTAS, Heinz, The New York Times, Volcom, Angus & Julia Stone, Monster Children, Smirnoff, Kirin, Canon, SBS, ABC’s play school and Taronga zoo. Gemma’s work has been published in books and magazines including Grafik, Graphic Design Referenced, Just My Type, Hand to Type, Form Magazine, Frankie and Slanted Magazine. Gemma has worked in art direction for motion graphics at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete.
In addition to commercial work, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows and she hosts hand-lettering workshops across Australia. She has presented at design conferences including TYPO Berlin, TYPO San Francisco, Semi Permanent, agIdeas International Design Forum, and Typism. In her spare time she travels and illustrates puke-puns on airsick bags for The Spew Bag Challenge. Gemma is represented by The Jacky Winter Group and is a Volcom Womens Ambassador for creative and art based projects.
Gemma caught the eye of the design world when she launched her blog ‘For the Love of Type’, which showed her passion, skills and interests. Gemma became a huge hit when she posted an experimental video in which she artfully covered her body with hand lettering; it gained wide attention and earned her an invitation to speak at the 2009 Typo Berlin design conference, which then opened other doors and started her career.