Why is community so important to us? Working with organisations and businesses that have a community focus is a natural fit for us, they are woven into our backgrounds and a part of our ongoing lives inside and outside of work.

Gail worked in Art & Design education up to MA level for over 15 years, ranging from teaching 11 - 16 year olds art and graphic design in a secondary school, lecturing at FE & HE level within a Further Education college, to tutoring online global students for The University of Hertfordshire at degree and MA level. Gail is constantly seeking inspiration for her own work and for others through visiting galleries and involvement with learning organisations. She still supports the Hertford Regional College community on industry panels, through live briefs and revalidation panels.

She also spent several years supporting local sports clubs, helping the local swim club to go digital with its first website and system for managing team communications and tracking member performances. She still volunteers at events for the local children’s triathlon club, where her husband coaches.

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Gail and steve group briefing session to a large group
Gas Studio brand workshop

Steve, having had to work harder at school through having mild dyslexia, appreciates how important a learning experience can be, and is always on a mission to find clearer ways to communicate. He threw his all into his learning when he found he had a talent for graphic design. He is married to a jewellery designer, taking him all over the country supporting her at numerous arts and crafts events. His young family help him to see learning and a sense of community from their perspective.

Steve has supported the local run festival, bringing a clearer energetic message to its communications, boosting participation to make it a strong fundraising event. The event supports the local school and wider community.

GAS work covering wall in studio and discussion with 2 clients
Steve Goodwin introducing new charity branding to clients

"I just wanted to say that we loved the work you have put together so far, it really cheered up the other HE PMs - thank you."

Sara Towers, Curriculum Area Manager for Art and Design - Hertford Regional College

feedback given whilst supporting the creative department through COVID 19.

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Gail Hoban discussion eductational brand identity with client
Clients view GAS Studio branding exhibition

Design for communities can be vibrant and exciting and a real opportunity to showcase common goals, it can also be overlooked due to lack of funds or insight. We want to champion the need to use strong design in all communications.

We believe in giving back where we can, as GAS Studio, we have run illustration competitions with art and design students and offered work placements to support transition into employment.