HELLO.

HELLO.

My name is Gemma, I am a logo design and brand identity specialist and I’m passionate about working with small and independent businesses (and seeing them succeed).

I’m Gemma.

I am a logo design and brand identity specialist and I’m passionate about working with small and independent businesses (and seeing them succeed).

That's me

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gemma thirsk

That's me

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NEWS - GRAB A FREEBIE

Hey lovely lady. Are you starting a business or ready to rebrand? Does branding make you feel a little uncomfortable or down right scare the pants off you? 


Starting in September 2019, I will be offering FREE 1 hour sessions with me to guide you through your very own branding workbook. 100% free. No obligation. No pressuring sales pitch. 


Just you and me, for one hour, working on your brand. 

Free brand workbook sessions, The Expert Guide to Branding a Small Business

What I Do

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​In a nut shell, I help small businesses with big personalities to communicate their passion and individuality – I can help you stand out in a sea of large corporate identities! I work closely with small business owners to create agency standard logo design and brand identities at an affordable price.

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Check out my 5 star reviews on Trust Pilot


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GEM Design Studio totally exceeded my expectations, I didn't realise so much help and extra information would be given to me. A very professional and easy service to use and the experience was so enjoyable and a terrific end product. I would thoroughly recommend Gemma to any small business out there looking for a thoroughly efficient and effective service. I will definitely be using GEM Design Studio again. Thanks Gemma.


Claire Eames

/ Pilates with Claire

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Gemma designed some large business posters and business cards for my pop up shop. We had very little time but she worked quickly and efficiently and met the deadline, she went above and beyond and delivered them personally for me. A great communicator with a “can do” attitude. As an independent business owner her help was invaluable. Would definitely recommend and would use again.


Rachel Stott

/ Thora and The Prince

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Gemma gives us a to do list each month with information she needs from us and then she does the rest, giving us fantastic social media presence and making us stand out from the rest. Gemma is extremely professional and her work is always to a very high standard and makes sure that she really understands us and our business so that the output reflects our personality. We would highly recommend GEM Design Studio.


Claire Barnard

/ CGA Accountancy York

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I am extremely pleased with the final product that Gemma has produced. She was fast, personable and really worked with me to perfect the final concept. She knows her stuff and has lots of talent and a creative eye. I would recommend her to anyone! Thank you.


Shaka Lish

​/ Skies and Flora

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Gemma was such a pleasure to work with. From start to finish she constantly worked around the clock to make changes and adjustments to create a modern, minimalist brand. I could not be happier and would recommend her to everyone!!


ELLE PIPE

/ Pretty Little Melts

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I've recently moved into my first studio space in Ancoats / New Islington, Manchester (yay!). I offer 3 main logo design and brand identity packages and 3 monthly design packages. I help you to create exceptional logo design and branding that shout about who you are, what you do and most importantly, why you do it. 

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WHY SMALL AND INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES?

I come from a family of small business owners and over the years I have learned about the hard work and dedication it takes to run your own business, eventually opening GEM Design Studio in 2018. As business owners we put our EVERYTHING into our businesses and I believe that stand-out design should not be another painful thing on your to-do list or for that matter, a luxury. I pride myself on creating logo design and branding that is stress free, agency standard and last but most definitely not least, affordable. 


"I choose to work with independent business owners as I believe, when it comes to their businesses, they are the most passionate and hard-working people in existence."


There is nothing more rewarding than creating a brand that really communicates the people and the passion behind a business to its customers and then to watch those businesses succeed. I love to see the emotion that brands can drive and want to give small businesses the best chance at success.

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

I’m proud to be a cheerleader of all fellow women in business – check out my group The Ladies Who Trade for more info.


We are a group of ladies service swapping, networking and empowering one another through the rollercoaster that is self-employment.

I’m proud to be a cheerleader of all fellow women in business – check out my group The Ladies Who Trade for more info.


We are a group of ladies service swapping, networking and empowering one another through the rollercoaster that is self-employment.

The Ladies Who Trade

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During our business journeys, we have all found ourselves in a situation where we have game-changing ideas to grow our business but sometimes, when we're just starting up or for many other reasons, the budget just isn't there. Instead of giving up or limiting ourselves, this group gives you the opportunity to use the value in your skills and services and grow your network by service swapping.


Gemma Thirsk (ME!)

/ Founder, The Ladies Who Trade