It’s that time of year again, folks! Summertime means a fresh crop of SLICE interns here at Lemonly.
We’re pumped to welcome a couple career-ready collegians to the team. More than half of our full-time Lemonheads are former interns, after all (including yours truly).
With that, meet our 2021 SLICE crew, Blake and Nicholas! We grilled them with the usual Q&A.
Blake: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Nicholas: Akron, Iowa
College and major/degree?
B: I’m a senior at Augustana University, where I major in art with a concentration in graphic design.
N: I went to Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, where I majored in both digital media production and graphic design.
What’s your favorite app (mobile apps or appetizers both fair game 😉)?
B: I’m gonna have to steal Nick’s answers and say YouTube and wings, although I’m more of a traditional, bone-in wing kinda guy.
N: YouTube and boneless wings (preferably at the same time!)
What do you like to do in your free time?
B: Outside of just hanging out with my wife or our friends, I enjoy disc golf, board games, and other activities that I’m generally not very good at.
N: In my free time I like to run or work out, then immediately undo what I just accomplished by eating a bunch of food! I also enjoy hanging out with friends, watching movies and YouTube tutorials (because who doesn’t do that in their free time!?)
What’s your favorite genre of music to work to?
B: I can almost always get behind something in the indie realm, so long as it has a little funk to it.
N: Ooooo it definitely depends… If I am just methodically working through some design stuff, I can listen to anything, but if I have a tight deadline, intense movie trailer music is the way to go!
Do you have a favorite design/inspiration Instagram account other designers should follow?
B: Lately I’ve been getting pretty excited about what Tom Bates (another local designer) has been making, but I’ve also been a longtime fan of the Bible Project and how they are able to visually articulate some pretty high-level concepts.
N: Honestly, I follow so many different design accounts on Instagram that I don’t even know who is who anymore! Ben Marriot has always been an inspiration though!
As a kid, what did you say you were going to be when you grew up?
B: When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an insurance auditor. Just kidding. All I’ve ever wanted to do was make cool stuff, and fortunately I get to do a lot of that this summer!
N: AsTrOnAuT! 👨🚀
What’s one thing about yourself that would surprise people?
B: Probably the fact that I have a fake tooth (as well as a slew of lies about how I obtained said tooth).
N: I am really bad at making turns when I drive. For some reason I can never tell myself to slow down in time, so it’s often a jolty mess when I make a turn!
What drew you to Lemonly? 🍋
What’s your favorite part of the office so far?
B: Being part of a friendly environment with passionate people who are incredibly skilled at what they do—but who also don’t take themselves too seriously.
N: So far I’m loving the fact that I get to be amongst awesome artists that are determined to present only their best work! It’s inspiring and pushes me to do the same.
Share a goal you have for the summer.
B: I think my big goal this summer is to learn the art of effective communication—visually, verbally, and relationally. But also to embrace being uncomfortable and growing more confident in my abilities.
N: One of my biggest goals this summer is to become a confident artist even when I’m surrounded by artists that are at a higher level of experience than I am! I also wouldn’t mind having a nice tan by the end of the summer.
If you had to pick one for the rest of your life, would you choose burritos 🌯 or pizza 🍕? Why?
B: As both a former pizza-maker and lifelong burrito advocate, this question puts me in a bit of a dilemma. But if I had to choose one, I’d say burritos—I have a soft spot for soft shells.
N: Burritos, because there are a lot of different types of burritos, one of which could be a pizza burrito…best of both worlds!
Stay tuned for more from this dynamic design duo as the summer continues! We’re psyched for the sweet visuals they’ll make—including their first out-of-this-world infographic already underway. 😉🚀👨🚀🪐