The Dynamic Duo Talks Design and Illustration

The Gee unit talks about design 24-7. This dynamic duo says that it defines part of who they are. “Everything we do represents our personality and creativity,” said Carrie Gee.

Carrie likes doughnuts, cats and type, and Martin Gee likes Star Wars, robots and Legos. The couple met at an SND conference in 2005, and now they both work as senior art directors at TIME. They shared their love of illustration and design in their talk, Art Hed TK.

Courtesy of Martin Gee
Courtesy of Martin Gee

For Martin, design was a secondary thing. He started illustrating as a child and went on to major in illustration in college. “I think every boy wanted to be a comic book artist,” Martin said. Since then he’s done Star Wars and comic book illustrations. He’s even tried his hand in making Lego robots, one of which was displayed in the Lego store at Rockefeller Center. “I’m a big nerd,” said Martin.

“It’s just really fun when you are doing what you love doing and it ends up in your work,” said Carrie.

Courtesy of Carrie Gee
Courtesy of Carrie Gee

Carrie’s design tends to be very clean, and her illustrations are organic. She also loves calligraphy, and she used hand-lettering in Adweek’s Hot List. She’s also experimented with hand-painted, tissue-paper collages, one of which she used in a cover for Edible Vineyard magazine.

Martin and Carrie have grown from one-person art departments to working as members of a bigger team at TIME. Martin said there is strength in collaboration, quoting Milton Glaser, “In community, you can make something larger than yourself.”

The couple advises aspiring designers and illustrators to find their niche and what makes them happy. You can reach out to them with questions and comments at #SNDGEES.