Faculty Profile: Gretchen Wieshuber
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00–6:30 pm
Fall 2012: GDS 110 Typography I
Spring 2012: GDS 110 Typography I
Spring 2009: GDS 172 Typography II
Spring 2008: GDS 172 Typography II
Fall 2007: GDS 131 History of Graphic Design Online
How I Found What I Was Looking For
In the fall of 1979 I started my freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a computer science major in the College of Engineering. What drew me to computers and programming was the problem-solving process. I took a watercolor painting class as an elective and liked it. When I discovered that I could get a degree in Graphic Design, combining my analytic mind with my creative impulses, I knew with absolute clarity I had found my calling. In 1984 I received my B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design.
Even Better Than a Real Job
My first full-time job was designing books for a small company in Northbrook. (I still love book design.) On that first job, I discovered that I don't do well in a controlled environment, that I am more valuable to myself than anyone else, and that I need to call my own shots whatever the consequences. After moving back to Champaign-Urbana, I began to look for freelance work. Within 2 years I had enough business to warrant the purchase of a state-of-the art Macintosh system, thanks to an SBA-guaranteed loan. I call my business Studio 2D.
Twenty-some years later I am still in business. Many ups and downs, many challenges, and a few doozies of mistakes later, I still love what I do. Several years ago Paul Young approached me with an opportunity to teach at Parkland College. I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge and experience, and seeing new designers blossom. In the process of teaching, I have learned more than I imagined possible.
My career has allowed me to work for an enormous variety of clients, meet incredible people, work at home while raising kids, and have time for my hobbies of rockclimbing, hiking, kayaking, and tango.
Is That All?
One secret to success is always do what you say you are going to do, and a little more. Give your clients more than they expect.
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