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Gillian L.

Lansdowne, PA

$50/hour

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

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/12/14
4.9 average from 20 ratings
Very practical advice. Highly knowledgeable about WordPress.
— Ray, Dallas, TX on 8/5/15

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Goldsmiths College University of London
education
University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Goldsmiths College University of London (education)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

About Gillian

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.
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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Lansdowne, PA 19050
Background Check: Passed

"Very practical advice. Highly knowledgeable about WordPress."

- Ray, Dallas, TX on 8/5/15

"Great tutor!"

- Janice, Swarthmore, PA on 11/9/15
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design
Computer:
Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design,
Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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 10 years of use and having worked from CS2 up to CC 2014, my understanding is pretty comprehensive.

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

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.

Goldsmiths College University of London
education
University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Goldsmiths College University of London (education)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

Very practical advice. Highly knowledgeable about WordPress.

Gillian taught to my objectives. She is very inquisitive and discovery is a great way to learn. She helped me fix my broken website and she helped me learn tools to use myself. She's a great instructor and I will come back to her soon.

— Ray, Dallas, TX on 8/5/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gillian will travel within 30 miles of Lansdowne, PA 19050.