The Creative Team at Penhouse

The Penhouse Team

Left to right above: Gillian Reidy, Leonie Rafter, Annette O’Hara, Gemma Corcoran (and Benny the dog, sneaking into the back of the shot)


Gillian Reidy, MIDI

Advanced Dip Visual Communications – 1st class honours 1.1
Creative Director, Senior Designer

Having graduated in 1991 with first class honours in Visual Communication design, Gillian freelanced in Ireland and abroad as an illustrator and designer before setting up Penhouse Design in her native city Dublin, in 1996. A year after she married her (farmer) husband Colm, she moved the business to Laois in 1999, where they converted old farm buildings into new design studios in a rural setting near their home. Gillian is a designer and the creative director at Penhouse Design. She is hugely experienced in branding and design for print, with particular expertise in logos, packaging, brochure design and illustration, more recently moving into web front-end and social media. Gillian received her first design award in 1999 and has continued with her design team to win at least one award or accolade, nationally or internationally for Penhouse each year since then. Gillian and Colm have two children, Amy and Noah.

Leonie Rafter, MIDI

Advanced Dip. Design Communications
Senior Graphic Designer

Leonie studied Visual Communications in Athlone and began designing with Gillian in Penhouse in September 1999 when we first moved to Laois. She has become a major player in the success of Penhouse. Leonie’s relationship with our clients, her attention to detail and expertise in design and production gives her a key role in every project. Some of our favourite logos designed here have been created by Leonie, who is excellent at coming up with quirky concepts and realising brand identities. Leonie has significant input in all areas of design in the studio and has been instrumental in many of the design awards won here at Penhouse. Leonie’s area of particular strength lies in type styling, production and layout of large scale reports. She is also sharp witted and excellent at generating copy lines.

Annette O’Hara, MIDI

BA Visual Communications and Multimedia Design, Psychology Certificate NUI Maynooth, 1.1
Senior Graphic Designer

Annette holds a four-year degree qualification from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology where she graduated in Visual Communications and Multimedia Design. Since then she has worked for many years in the design and print industry with a variety of different design and print companies. Annette’s strengths lie in concept design, branding and typesetting. Annette began working with Penhouse initially to cover a maternity leave position in 2008 and we were delighted when she came to join us full-time in 2012. Since Annette joined us she has created and worked on many award-winning designs here. She has great strengths in illustration and branding with clean design & sharp typography. Her understanding of elegant design is evident when she approaches our packaging projects too. Annette is also highly skilled at front-end web design and programming management.

Gemma Corcoran

BA (Hons) in Accounting
Studio Co-ordinator, Print Management

Gemma joined Penhouse in 2006 after completing her degree in Accounting. Gemma’s role as studio co-ordinator ensures the smooth running of the studio dealing with our customers care, quotations, administration and project management. Gemma liaises with our design team and our pool of selected suppliers ensuring the best process and result for each project we deliver. Her inclusion in our projects is invaluable to all parties involved. Gemma’s role has been particularly important in the development of our overall service delivery. Our clients and in-house design team rely on her expertise and acute judgement in ensuring quality and timely delivery for all our projects, from initial order, liaising with the client, project management, through to production, quality control and timely delivery.


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