Gemma Burgess’ Favourite Things
Vancouver-based mom and creative director of New Issue Design, Gemma Burgess has designed for magazines and newspapers including UK Cosmo Girl, Cosmopolitan Bride, Marie Claire, Company and Glamour. Originally from London, England, Gemma was the editorial art director of The Georgia Straight until she launched New Issue Design, specializing in magazine and brochure design, in May.
Favourite Thing For Your Kids
Dino Adventure Rig from Sprig. Eco friendly toys are great for the environment and they look great, so I try to buy them whenever possible. Luckily, this also happens to be my son’s favourite toy.
Favourite Thing For You
My iMac. I love my huge 27″ flat screen that enables me to see a full size magazine spread on the screen while I am designing.
Favourite Thing For Work
The myPANTONE app for my iPhone. It is perfect for helping clients choose colours and emailing them palate ideas and also gives me the RGB and HTML breakdowns too. Pure genius.
Favourite Place in Vancouver
Maple Grove Outdoor Pool. I love taking my son Phoenix to the pool during the summer as it is a great way to have fun with him after a busy day. It is also great for me too as I feel rejuvenated when I come back.
Favourite Birthday Gift Idea
Anything from Holt Renfrew. The ultimate in luxury, I could spend days browsing through the store and getting creative inspiration from all the luxury goods, displays and product packaging.
Favourite Kids Book
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. Such a cute story about 10 rubber ducks going missing at sea and turning up in different places, and my son loves the squeaky surprise at the end of the story.
Quattro on Fourth. With Italian heritage, I love coming here with my husband for a romantic night out. Nights out for us are a rarity as we don’t have family here, so when we get to go it is very special and the food is so yummy.
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