30 year milestone for Gino at STUDIO 1
I’m thrilled to be celebrating 30 years at STUDIO 1. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of the successful business that has been built and nurtured over the years, and of the production team that supports me today.
What better time than in the year of my 30th anniversary, to recognise the contribution of our incredible clients and suppliers in making STUDIO 1 what it is today. I started STUDIO 1 after graduation, with six months commercial experience and an enjoyable few years at business school. I had no clients, no office, an unreliable dial-up internet and an Apple computer that functioned like a gastropod, that really was challenging days, but I made it happen. On the flip side, I had built up a good education, commercial and business expertise and true passion for my work, the foundation that paved the way for future success.
My journey in art, design and illustration started at a very young age, in the 70s, well before the digital revolution. Every free moment was taken up by making things, drawing, doodling and painting. This obsession led me to realise my passion early on and saw me excel at my art and design studies at school, as a freelancer, during college and through Art School.
The 80s digital revolution with the internet, computer technology, mobile devices, social networking, big data, and computing clouds, completely revolutionised the work practices for design on a global scale. When reflecting on these developments over the years and the way business functions today in contrast to 30 years ago, it's truly astonishing that anyone got business done back then, but they did, .... it was just different!
Fast forward 30 years and I now have many great clients that I can call friends. I enjoy technology to die for, efficiency at my fingertips and the successful clients that I’ve supported over the last 30 years are still with me today. We support each other and work together as a close and informed team to develop and grow. We’ve been sustainable and resilient through the good and not so good times in the oil & gas industry, subsea sector and globally. Together, we’ve developed and grown organically over the years, it simply can’t get any more natural, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
If I were to name one thing that has remained consistent over the years, it would need to be the commitment and passion for my work. It’s no coincidence that my father was a drilling tool design engineer with 45 years service in the oil & gas industry. My uncle was the head of a well known art university and abstract art exhibitor in his own right, with the same long standing commitment and passion to his work. As I reflect on my own 30 year as a designer, I would like to think that I’ve been handed down some quality DNA.