Lex Poolos

STW21-LEX-POOLOS

VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS (VCFA)

Lex Poolos is currently the graphic designer for the City of Charlotte and just finished their MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Their work focuses on queer identity, activism design, education, and cultivating accessibility through design. They live in Charlotte NC with their two cats, Simon and Larry.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Born in Albemarle NC and currently living in Charlotte NC

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Just graduated in October from a low-residency program so a bit of both

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Night Owl

FAVORITE MOVIE?

I don’t really have a favorite but I do love a dumb light-hearted Christmas movie – speaking of Christmas movies, Klaus is a keeper and The Happiest Season can burn.

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

I’m working remote in a pandemic, and binged Hulu and Netflix in their entirety.

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Tik Tok

FAVORITE PODCAST?

My Spotify wrapped says it’s the news – how fun

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Kate Moross

FAVORITE BOOK?

Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time by Natalia Ilyin

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

The Trevor Project

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Rock climbing or longboarding

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

There is nothing the pandemic or political climate of 2020 hasn’t touched. So yes? But graphic design always has been a medium of visual communication with a mass communication function — so if anything it’s more apparent than ever how integral our role can be. Especially as someone who works on the communication team in government, I’m in the (Zoom) room where decisions are made on how and what information is given to our residents. As a designer it’s exciting to have a seat at the table.

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