That is what I like about us Quincy folk, we have pride in ourselves because we know that we are good people.’
Q & A with Poggled.com Graphic Designer Lucas Stice
1. How hard is it to stay up to speed with the constantly evolving digital word?
‘It is extremely tough staying up to date with a digital world but I have been making it easier on myself by checking on many graphic arts blogs and websites. With sites like smashing magazine, behance, coroflot, dribble, and even pinterest have all become frequent stops in order to stay up to date and Inspired. I love following other graphic artist that I know and I always ask them what they are doing now. What are some of there new projects and so on. Its really great talking with creative people and that really keeps me up to date in the process.’
2. What are some graphic design portfolio websites that you recommend for young professionals or recent college graduates?
‘As I said in question one coroflot.com, behance.com, and a newer one called dribble. They have millions of online portfolios ranging from professional to amateur. Dribble.com is great because they have a whole network of professionals that can comment on your work. Then you can do the revisions and you end up with a really great piece to put in your portfolio.’
3. How often do graphic designers have to re-invent or re-brand themselves?
‘Personally graphic designers should re-invent themselves every 4-6months. Which is easier said then done I know I am due for a new site and new portfolio. This is a fast paced business and if you can’t keep up you will be left behind. As far as re branding goes you have all ready started that but you have to show that you can evolve and roll with the changes.’
4. How often do you design for apps?
‘I have been designing for apps ever since my first internship with solution people in 2009. These are little designs such as an Icon here or a logo there, but these are little pieces of my work that I can say “hey I did that”. This new app that we are launching is a way of advertising a product using social network as the main source of medium. I cannot go into too much detail but I will say that my company has been talking with some major brands to launch the app. So my designs have been seen by some pretty high up people such as Jamba Juice, Sam Adams, Jim Beam, Land Shark, and a few more. Its a start up so its fast paced and exciting!’
5. What is it like living in Wrigleyville? Favorite place for nightlife?
‘Wrigleyville is crazy….That is all I can say I used to love every second of it. The constant partying, the loud noise, the awesome pizza joints, and all of the pretty cubs fans. But once you get to a certain age you just get sick of the same thing over and over. I mean it sometimes it can get way out of hand but I still keep it all together. My favorite spot is the Red-Ivy or Alive-One. They really have a great crowd and a place to dance.’
6. How often do you bump into Quincy folk in the city?
‘Oh my God more than you would think! For example my office at poggled shares space with this company called fooda. They all were saying how they needed someone for sales and the next week that person was Amy Obert. An old Q.N.D. classmate that I have not seen in ages. It was surreal and funny but I have probably 7 or 8 stories of running in to Quincy folk I mean we are just all so awesome that we run into each other at great places in the city. lol’
7. Favorite font? Least favorite font?
‘Favorite font Helvetica medium its like a skinny Helvetica. least favorite papyrus. Just because everyone who does not design uses it on every thing.’
8. Why did you create the Quincy Chicago Connection?
‘I created that group because of question 6. I always am running in to Quincy folk and we all are so welcoming of each other and helpful that I created a group to make or crazy run ins work for us. So if your new to Chicago you still have a group of people that have all ready lived here and could offer help or advice for you. For instance if you need a ride just post something on the Facebook group and someone will message you. It is great because we all have that in common. We are from a small town in a big city and we do not mind letting people know it. That is what I like about us Quincy folk, we have pride in ourselves because we know that we are good people.’
- Lucas graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a bachelors of Fine Arts in Advertising Design.
- Lucas played Quincy Notre Dame Football from ’01 to ’05.
- Interview and feature photo by Kevin Doellman, Ayo Kdoe Productions