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?
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?
My Spotify wrapped says it’s the news – how fun
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time by Natalia Ilyin
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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