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Gillian L.

Ex-pat Brit and Penn Alum Graphic Designer and Creative ready to help

Ex-pat Brit and Penn Alum Graphic Designer and Creative ready to help

$50/hour

  • 232 hours tutoring

About Gillian


Bio

I trained as an elementary school music teacher in England and taught in both public and private schools before moving to the US. Finding I couldn't teach in the US with British qualifications, I ran several Girl Scout Troops, and then moved into teaching music within a choral music program. As part of my job I had to promote concerts, and found that I loved graphic design, and wanted to learn more.

After raising my children I was able to go grad school in 2004, and alongside courses in...

I trained as an elementary school music teacher in England and taught in both public and private schools before moving to the US. Finding I couldn't teach in the US with British qualifications, I ran several Girl Scout Troops, and then moved into teaching music within a choral music program. As part of my job I had to promote concerts, and found that I loved graphic design, and wanted to learn more.

After raising my children I was able to go grad school in 2004, and alongside courses in visual communications, took extra courses in graphic and web design, and since graduating from Penn have been running my own freelance graphic design business. In addition to creating print materials for non-profit groups and creating over 100 websites, I have moved into collaborative web design projects, working directly with my clients. I found this to be very helpful, as in talking as I work, I have gained a great deal of insight into the ways people think about the design process and have learned ways of explaining how to do things and make things work without using overly technical vocabulary.

Added to all this is the British accent and dry sense of humour, so learning is accompanied by a sense of fun.


Education

Goldsmiths College University of London
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University of Pennsylvania
Masters

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Subjects

Art

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I initially learned InDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and have been using it daily ever since. I have taken a few Udemy courses to deepen my knowledge, but feel sure that after 15 years of use and having worked from CS2 up to the current Creative Cloud version, my understanding is pretty comprehensive.
Graphic Design

Graphic Design

When I returned to graduate school in 2004, I opted to take extra classes in Graphic Design. In the process I took classes in design theory, color theory, font design, typography, and the use of Adobe software including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This training, along with 10 years of daily practice gives me a strong practical as well as theoretical knowledge of the aspects of graphic design.

Computer

Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

I initially learned InDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and have been using it daily ever since. I have taken a few Udemy courses to deepen my knowledge, but feel sure that after 15 years of use and having worked from CS2 up to the current Creative Cloud version, my understanding is pretty comprehensive.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

When I returned to graduate school in 2004, I opted to take extra classes in Graphic Design. In the process I took classes in design theory, color theory, font design, typography, and the use of Adobe software including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This training, along with 10 years of daily practice gives me a strong practical as well as theoretical knowledge of the aspects of graphic design.
Web Design

Web Design

At Penn I took a class in Dreamweaver web design, and learned the theory of good webdesign. When I tried to create sites for clients, Dreamweaver proved to be too complicated for easy changes to be made to the site. As a more workable alternative, I learned WordPress and have since built over 100 sites, and have helped many clients maintain and update their own sites.

Corporate Training

Web Design

Web Design

At Penn I took a class in Dreamweaver web design, and learned the theory of good webdesign. When I tried to create sites for clients, Dreamweaver proved to be too complicated for easy changes to be made to the site. As a more workable alternative, I learned WordPress and have since built over 100 sites, and have helped many clients maintain and update their own sites.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (85 ratings)
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Reviews


Kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable!

Gillian was incredible! Very kind and super knowledgable about Adobe InDesign. We worked on a specific project together. She gave me the tools to finish the project and the understanding to problem solve in the future. I would highly recommend Gillian!

Henry, 1 lesson with Gillian

She knows her stuff, and she's patient, kind and good humored!

I've completed some challenging projects lately but the Italian flag on this one was really stumping me. Gillian was way beyond my expectations. We worked hard and had some laughs. She's definitely got that British sense of humor. She's bloody brilliant! I was in a pickle and she got me out of it. In a very short amount of time she solved my issues and I learnt a lot. I will call her again when I'm stymied.

Kimberly, 1 lesson with Gillian

Creative, knowledgeable, positive.

As a novice with InDesign, yet needing to turn in a book proposal the next day, exclusively created in InDesign, I was in pickle. Gillian dove right in with me, able to teach me the program, while simultaneously creating the proposal. Gillian gave me some good design tips as well.

Carin, 1 lesson with Gillian

Great sense of humor and so easy to work with.

When we ran into some snags with glitches with the InDesign system, Gillian was quick to find answers as to how to fix the glitches. Gillian makes learning fun and she is so patient.

Doris, 2 lessons with Gillian

Very patient and knowledgable.

Gillian was a huge help in getting my website more personalized and helping with some of the more detailed parts of wordpress that I am still learning. She is extremely pleasant to talk with and very knowledgable of wordpress and what content I need on my site.

Michelle, 2 lessons with Gillian

Helpful and knowledgeable!

Gillian helped me so much with a project that felt impossible at the start. She gave clear directions, had a kind demeanor, and had so much helpful knowledge to help me accomplish what I needed to. Thanks!

MAKENZIE, 3 lessons with Gillian

Knowledgeable and Patient Teacher

She not only helped teach me the mechanics of Wordpress but shared her wisdom on the graphic design of my website. Immediately upon ending my first session just now, I have signed on for another lesson with her.

Susan, 4 lessons with Gillian

Great first session!

Gillian is warm, confident, and knowledgeable. She really put my worries about building a website at ease. We're just at the very beginning right now so I'm looking forward to more sessions together!

Tal, 31 lessons with Gillian

Knowledge, patient, and good humored tutor!

Gillian is wonderful. We encountered road block after road block on my website. She was patient and knowledgeable and walked me through each step. She's lovely to work with. Great communication skills; she's incredible patient; and an excellent teacher. Highly recommend.

Jennifer, 7 lessons with Gillian
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$50/hour

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Contact Gillian

Response time: 12 minutes