About Us

The Company

GD Squared is a branding and marketing firm that focuses on helping clients with their event marketing, corporate branding or nonprofit campaigns. Our goal is to develop creative web and print materials that help our clients engage in a dialogue with their audiences. We do this by first ensuring that our clients have the right message (strategy) and then delivering it in a way that people notice (design).

The Team

  • Garrett Bowhall

    Partner | Account Manager

    Garrett co-founded GD Squared in 2007 with the goal of minimizing the “big agency” layers of communication between the client and the design team. This has consistently lead to a more direct workflow and a more effective end product for clients. Today, he continues to streamline the communication process while overseeing client accounts and developing new business relationships. Garrett earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. When not at work, you will likely find him on the tennis court or chasing after his three children.

  • David Altholz

    Partner | Creative Director

    David co-founded GD Squared as a way to further develop his expert ability to apply his design thinking to client problems. He oversees the creative process from brainstorming to concept development while managing the application of those ideas to everything from traditional print media to interactive web work. David’s inspired design work has been honored by STEP magazine, Print Magazine, the International ARC Awards, and the AMA BrandSmart Awards. David graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 with a BFA in Graphic Design. After hours, you can usually find him practicing his golf swing and trying to teach it to his three boys.

  • Don Emery

    Senior Designer

    Don earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978 and has dedicated himself to the craft ever since. He works on developing over-arching corporate branding campaigns and then masterfully applies them to both print and web applications. Don’s work has been been featured in a number of award shows, including: Communication Arts, AIGA, and Graphis. In those few moments when he is not thinking up the next great design idea, you may convince him to show you his extensive, private comic book art collection.