Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Thomas.
Greg, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Ever since I can remember, art has been an important part of my life. In my childhood years, drawing was all I wanted to do. I would copy everything from logos on packaging to my favorite cartoon characters. When I got a little older, I was obsessed with graffiti and in retrospect, that’s probably where I fell in love with typography. I was so interested in all of the different styles and the way graffiti made you work to figure out what things said.
I continued to pursue art throughout high school and luckily, fell into graphic design in college. After graduating, and completing a handful of internships, I landed a full-time design position at GSD&M, a large advertising agency in Austin. I worked there for close to four years, moving up and gaining a ton of experience working alongside an extremely talented group of designers. I then made my way to a smaller design studio, Foxtrot, for the next couple of years to focus on branding. During my time at both GSD&M and Foxtrot I worked after hours freelancing for clients on top of my full-time job. Doing that for 6 plus years successfully gave me the confidence and the connections to pursue a full-time freelance career, which I’ve been doing for the better part of this year.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
As a graphic designer, my work can take shape in many forms, whether it be a logo, packaging, custom typography/lettering, illustrations, etc. Currently, my primary focus is branding. I’ve worked with small startups looking to carve their space in the market to larger, well established brands that are looking for a refresh or to further their brand expressions. I really enjoy working closely with clients to develop a good relationship where ideas can flow fluidly and honestly.
Since I work with a variety of brands, I try to not be confined to a particular style. Every brand has a uniqueness to them, so I approach each project with fresh eyes and try to keep biases out of the picture. Ultimately, the goal is to find the right creative solutions to positively influence the client’s brand and their business.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
Well, there’s a lot going on in the world today, and there always has been. I don’t think the role of artists has changed, but I think the available outlets to impact change has. Now, more than ever, artists can share their voice on platforms like social media that has given them ways to reach audiences they might not have been able to before. It’s a great time for artist to help influence positive change and use global issues to inspire their work.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can check out my work online. I’m currently making updates to my online portfolio www.greganthonythomas.com, but you can see some of my other work on social media like Instagram @greganthonythomas and dribbble.com/greganthonythomas.
- Website: greganthonythomas.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greganthonythomas/
- Other: https://dribbble.com/greganthonythomas
Clyde May’s work done at GSD&M. Nano work done with Foxtrot.