Julie Anne Gilleland

Environmental Graphic Designer


About me

Designer, mother of 3 boys and education changemaker with over 18 years experience in the field of design and education. In 2007 I founded Turtlewings, a non-profit center in Brussels Belgium, welcoming educators, children and families to explore design thinking in relation to educational concepts. The idea was based on my masters thesis that I completed in 2000 at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. My passion lies in working with educational institutions, government initiatives, museums and corporations in the field of creating experiences and environments that inspire creative thinking. I am an expert at executing innovative programming centered on child and or adult learning, the design of learning environments, and inspiring individuals to reach their full potential. I love presenting and training, and have played with a variety of groups from teams of teachers, museum practitioners, business people, artists, parents to children from 2.5 to 18.


  • Environment
  • Powerpoint
  • Illistration
  • Graphic Design Communication

Work history


Freelance Designer

Self Employed

Jan 2016



Think with Things Ltd

Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
  • A Edtech start up. We won the Open Education Challenge in June 2014 and created Think with Things to bring my dream of an app that would bring creative reuse and found objects into education.



Product/strategic Design

Aalto University

Jul 1998 - Nov 2000