Hi! I'm Gia – a freelance graphic designer and hand lettering artist, born in Barbados and based in Atlanta.
Having earned my BFA in Graphic Design in 1999, I think it's safe to say that I'm a veteran in the design business. My experience ranges from corporate design and branding to art direction, photo styling and stationery design. I have worked for agencies large and small, I've been an entrepreneur, I've been a freelancer. My current focus is artwork licensing for product based companies.
As an island girl living in an urban world, my work has evolved to uniquely merge these opposing cultural aesthetics which results in modern design enlivened with lush florals, foliage and a keen eye for color.
Scroll down to to see recent features and interviews and to learn a bit more about my design background.
If you'd like to hire me, collaborate, ask a question or just say hi, feel free to send me an email!
FEATURES + ARTICLES
Womaze: Womazing Artist Feature
Skillshare: Trendy Summer Colors To Make Your Artwork Pop
Skillshare: How The Pros Use Procreate: 10 Tricks To Know
Procreate: Artist Feature
Goodtype: Follow Friday Feature
Goodtype: Featured by guest curator Martina Flor
The Lettering Guy: Gia Graham: Designer, Creative Stylist and Collector
Drunk On Lettering with Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog: Episode 152
Passion Behind The Art Show with Darold J. Pinnock: Episode 111
Proof To Product Podcast with Katie Hunt: Episode 35
MY DESIGN CAREER: A GUIDED PATH
1999: BFA with honors in Graphic Design,
Georgia State University.
1999-2002: Moved to Chicago. Held positions as a Junior Designer in a small design firm, and as a Studio Designer within a national architecture firm.
2002-2005: Moved back to Atlanta. Worked as a Design Director with a small firm, creating branding and collateral materials for Fortune 500 companies. First opportunity to conceptualize, style and art direct photo shoots for clients.
2005-2007: Left the corporate design world to co-found Paper Dolls Design®, a custom invitation design business. Worked with high-end clients throughout Atlanta.
2007-2014: Shifted from custom invitations to an affordable online wedding collection under the name Betsywhite Stationery®. Worked with brides around the world, from Atlanta to Australia.
2014-2016: As the industry of online wedding stationery began to shift drastically, Betsywhite Stationery® pivoted from wedding products to everyday paper goods. Launched a line of wholesale greeting cards and gift products at the National Stationery Show which went on
to be sold in 250+ stores nationwide and internationally.
2016-2018: Left the wholesale business to become
a stay-at-home mom when my second son was born prematurely at just 2lbs 2oz. Happy to say he is now
a healthy, rambunctious toddler!
2019 and onward: Currently working as a freelance designer, specifically focused on artwork licensing to
the stationery, gift, textile and homeware industries.