If you ordered Honors apparel last semester, you’re wearing the work of talented graphic design student Lucas Gillis.
“I chose graphic design because I have always had a desire to create, ever since I was a kid,” said Lucas, who is a freshman in Honors. “The ability to make art is not only fun for me, but also a way to put my thoughts and ideas on whatever media I want to use.”
Even though this is his first year at Ferris, Lucas has had many opportunities to show off his graphic design skills over the last few years.
Most recently, he was the graphic design intern for Gymnastics on The Grand (GOTG), an annual gymnastics meet held in Grand Rapids.
“The meet brings in over 3,000 gymnasts every year along with their families,” Lucas said. “As an intern for GOTG, I designed everything from sponsor banners, t-shirts, lanyards, electronic signs, and much more. This was a very large job—I designed most of the meet’s materials from July to the beginning of December. It was a fantastic experience.”
Lucas has continued his graphic design gigs here at Ferris, where he is an intern for Ferris’ Assistant Athletic Director, Robert Bentley.
“As an intern for Mr. Bentley, I’ve created numerous images in Adobe Photoshop to be posted on various social media,” Lucas said.
Lucas began his graphic design career as a t-shirt designer at her high school in Zeeland, MI. He designed apparel for Zeeland’s Women’s Water Polo Team his junior and senior year. This past summer, he was also a marketing/graphic design intern with the marketing staff at the City Hall in Zeeland.
“The staff, Kerri VanDorp and Abigail Deroo, gave me the opportunity to create a large portion of advertisements for one of the annual summer events that the city puts on every year—Dogarama,” explained Lucas. “Dogarama is essentially a dog show/festival with fun vendors and contests owners can put their dogs into. I was able to design the advertisements, banners, fliers, and registration forms for this event.”
Here at Ferris, Lucas is a member of D-SAGA (Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance) and has volunteered with D-SAGA at events such as their Fall Pride Week. Aside from volunteering, he loves to hang out with his friends.
Lucas isn’t exactly sure what he wants to do in the future with graphic design, but his dream job would be to design merchandise and apparel for recording artists and bands.
“If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m very passionate about graphic design,” Lucas said. “Creating something that can be used to provoke, inform, or inspire someone is so amazing to me and it’s the reason I do it.”