William Overbeeke

William Overbeeke

I hail from the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. I am the middle child of three. My heritage is Dutch; my father emigrated from the Netherlands, and I am now a dual citizen.

I have always loved to draw, and knew I wanted to be some kind of artist since a very young age. I also love to read and write, and I hope to be a published writer someday.

I am a proud graduate of Calvin College. Though they now have a graphic design major, they did not when I attended, so I made up my own interdisciplinary major: Studio Art and Information Systems with a Writing minor.

William in York, England

William in York, England

While I was at Calvin, I spent 4 months on a semester abroad in York, England, in the spring of 2010. It was one of the best times of my life, I’ll never forget the experience and all that I learned living in the U.K.

I worked in web design out of college for an insurance company, but I am currently I am working as a book interior graphic designer at Baker Publishing Group. I love books, and I love my job!

My favorite writers:

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • David Mitchell
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Agatha Christie
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Emily Dickinson
  • James Herriot
  • Gary Schmidt

My favorite artists & designers:

  • Paul Rand
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Julie Mehretu
  • Herb Lubalin
  • Massimo Vignelli

My favorite movies:

  • Anything by Pixar Animation Studios
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Dark Knight

Languages I know:

  • American English (native)
  • Dutch (elementary)