Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on January 3, 2011. FIDM was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Evan Lampropoulos who passed away on March 25, 2011. His positive demeanor, contagious smile and enthusiasm for design was apparent to anyone whose life he touched, and he will truly be missed.
Evan Lampropoulos was already absorbed in the action sports industry as a professional snowboarder and working for Quiksilver in Salt Lake City, Utah prior to attending FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. After discovering his passion for graphic design while creating apparel graphics for his own line called KADIA, he decided to switch his focus and pursue a degree in Graphic Design/Branding at FIDM. Evan presented his final graphic design portfolio in December and shared the following interview with FIDMDigitalArts.com:
(FIDMDigitalArts.com) Tell me a little bit about your professional background before attending FIDM.
(Evan) Prior to attending FIDM, I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was working with Quiksilver in the action sports industry, while snowboarding professionally for Red Bull. As far as design goes, I was using my design and creative talents in the wrong areas of life, and not for the sole purpose to enrich people visually. I traveled a lot on the Warped Tour [music festival] with my clothing line KADIA before realizing that my interests were not in the actual clothing but the promotion and marketing of the garments. So here I sat with all this industry exposure, and I needed that extra thing to add to the resume to make sure I was in a position to succeed.
What made you decide to attend FIDM?
Well this is funny, I will be the first person to admit, I had no idea about FIDM, until the MTV show, The Hills
. Yes, I know, a bit odd, lame, whatever you want to call it. I had called the school and set up four different meetings with the academic adviser and kept standing her up. I just couldn’t commit to the idea. To top that, I had just endured the tragic loss of a close family member– my brother. For me art was a way out, and a way to express myself. I was in Las Vegas at the ASR (Action Sports Retailer)
trade show and as I sat in Mandalay Bay with my boss at the time, Susie. She convinced me right there that I needed to go to school and pursue my passion. So even to this day, besides The Hills
, it was Susie that told me to go.
How did it feel to present your final graphic design portfolio?
After I presented my portfolio, I was more focused on the revisions to it than I was the presentation. I believe you must constantly evolve in design and revise everything. The second you think you’ve arrived, you couldn’t be farther from arrival at that point. The portfolio is such an important piece that your work goes in, it is like your baby.
Overall, what skills did FIDM’s Graphic Design program teach you that will help you in the industry?
The most important lesson that I learned from the program didn’t come in the form of graphics or a Photoshop trick, it came in the form of teachers’ opinions and lessons. The main one was from Jim Wojtowicz, telling me that I need to fail as often as possible. It’s the only way you will learn. Skill-wise I learned how to utilize my computer to my advantage and properly use programs. But it was the little things that teachers would tell me that had the greatest impact.
How did you find your inspiration for your graphic design portfolio?
I find most my inspiration for ALL my work from [the bands] Angels & Airwaves, Blink 182, and snowboarding. I can pull bits and pieces out of each of those things and use them to get me going. I find music to be the number one element [behind] design, it’s the unsung hero. Depending on what you listen to, it can really effect the way you design and look at something.
What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?
I plan on revising my portfolio, again, and again and sending revisions to [portfolio instructor] Kevin [Reagan]
all day. On a serious note, I plan on making a change in the action sports industry, I have worked my entire life in this industry and want to represent it well. [I would like to put] myself in a position to have a positive change on the views and exposure of it to the public, so to answer your question, I plan on opening my own creative firm.
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