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Know Your Arekibian : Gemma

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Posted by Jennifer McCormack on May 16, 2019

Know Your Arekibian : Gemma

Next up on our "Know Your Arekibian" journey is Gemma, a UX/UI designer who has a passion for cooking.

What was your journey to Arekibo?

I graduated from CIT in 2010 with a degree in Visual Communications. I put my portfolio up on a design recruitment site and within a week Arekibo gave me a call. I had little experience in design for web at the time so I spent the first few months constantly learning and I've been honing my craft ever since.

One thing most people don’t know about you?

I won first place in Corks Bonny Baby competition in 1986. I still have the trophy.

Project you’re most proud of?

Everymum. It was great to be able to work on a project with such a specific target audience - new mums - and I really get to understand how they would use the website. 

3 things you have learned during your time in Arekibo?

  1. When in doubt - ask the user

  2. Communication is key to a successful project

  3. Never stop learning - it’s so important to keep up with current industry trends 

Favourite thing about your job?

The variety of work. I could be perfecting pixels in a design system one day and running a user testing session the next. It's never boring!

One thing you can’t work without?

An organised space. I get distracted if Im surrounded by clutter. 

Personal motto

Work hard and be nice to people.

Apple or Android? Why?

Android. I was Apple for many many years but recently changed to a Google Pixel and its such a joy to use.

What do you think of our series? Let us know by tweeting us @Arekibo.

Make sure to catch up with Gerard and Rachel.

About the Author

Jennifer McCormack
Jennifer McCormack

Jennie is a Marketing Executive at Arekibo. She has an interest in social media, analytics and learning about new technologies.