Meet John Ingles, MultiAd’s Senior UI Developer and super talented creative. John has been with us for a little over 27 years, ever since he finished college, and he looks forward to many more! He enjoys expressing his creativity using many different mediums, like drawing on the chalk wall in MultiAd’s conference room or sculpting. Learn more about John, his work at MultiAd and check out some of his excellent creative works in this month’s Employee Spotlight!
1. What’s a typical day at work like for you? What are some of your daily tasks?
2. What are some challenges that you’ve faced at work, and how did you overcome them?
Modifying existing sites to accommodate requirements of evolving data and new clients can be challenging. Changing the same UI features and code is not necessarily a creative process. So, staying focused and motivated can be difficult at times. So, spending lunch and break times drawing on the conference room chalk wall gives me a chance to use the right side of my brain.
I also work on projects outside of my full-time job to push my skills beyond what I’m able to do during the day. Illinois Prep Scores is an app that I developed with a couple friends. It is an app for getting live high school football scores for all of the teams in Illinois, via crowd-sourcing. If you follow high school football in Illinois, check it out here, illinoisprepscores.com.
Drawing on the conference room chalk wall is one of the ways John keeps on task at work.
3. What are some personal and professional goals that you have for this year?
Professionally, I am always trying to keep up with technology changes related to UI design for web and devices. It can be quite challenging as it is constantly evolving.
Well, I have several personal goals. I have recently started to learn to play guitar which has given me a new level of respect for those who I have listened to for years. Create more art… drawing, painting, carving, chalk art! Spend more time with family. Time is moving pretty fast, you’ve got to take some time to look around every once in awhile.
4. Tell us a little about yourself!
Well, born in Peoria and lived there until I was 12 when Mom and Dad packed up me and my sister, Julie, up in the 1974 Ford Galaxie 500 station wagon and moved us to “the country” community of Lake Camelot to get me out of the trouble I was quickly finding myself in. I later learned to drive in that beast of a wagon which was challenging. See interesting fact question below. Thanks to their decision, I spent summers fishing, canoeing, swimming, exploring the surrounding woods, playing baseball and eventually, was a lifeguard and swim instructor.
Baby Groot, created using MagicSculp!
I went to Illini Bluffs where I found a love for wrestling and met coach Pat O’Conner. He was an incredible man and I credit him with teaching me the value of hard work and dedication. I also found that I really liked art class where I was able to create things. I wasn’t the best student in the world as my art teacher Mrs. Burlison could attest to. But, there was a field trip that she took our class on to a little art and printing company that set the direction for the rest of my life to this point. That company, Multi-ad Services, Inc. Thanks Mrs. B.!
When I saw what was being done at this place, I had that, “Ah Ha!”, moment. I said to myself you mean you can get paid for drawing?! I’m in and I want to work here. So, after high school, I went to Illinois Central College for graphic design and immediately after graduating applied at Multi-ad, and only at Multi-Ad. I was positive that this place was the place for me and somehow just knew I would find a way in. I made a nuisance of myself to the keylining director at the time, Lora Volkert and after a few weeks, she hired me as a keyliner.
Over the past 27 years, I have been a keyliner, illustrator, interactive media designer/developer, web designer, application developer and currently UI developer. I met my wife here. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most caring and creative people I know and consider many to be my closest of friends. I hope to be here for many more.
When I have time, I really enjoy creating art with just about any medium, chalks, acrylics, Magic Sculpt, sand, wood, pencil, water color and let’s not forget digital art, especially vector based. I love it all. I have a CNC machine called a CarveWright (www.carvewright.com) which allow me carve material like wood and sheets of pvc using my digital art. It’s a pretty cool little machine. The Barclays sign was carved on the a PVC material using the machine then hand painted. The baby Groot was made with MagicSculp (www.magicsculp.com), a two part epoxy “clay”. You should check this stuff out. Believe me, their website is not reflective of how cool their product is!
Last note, about 4 years ago I became involved with a great bunch of people referred to as The Walldogs. The Walldogs are a group of artists, muralist, and sign painters that gather together once a year, at least here in the Midwest, to paint 10-20 murals in one town over a 5 day period. The artist come from all around the world to work together to promote the art of murals, share their methods with other artists while helping the town boost tourism. I could go on and on about this group, but I will share this link and encourage you to check out a town they have been through or better yet an upcoming event! www.thewalldogs.com
5. What’s your family like? Do you have any children or pets?
We are a pretty creative family. My wife, a self employed graphic designer, and I have been married for 24 years. I pretty sure the house would just implode on us if it wasn’t for her. She pretty much does it all. I can’t say enough, so, I’ll leave it at that.
My daughter is a senior in the Industrial Design program at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is a really talented illustrator. My son is a freshman at Illinois Central College and has a creative imagination that I sure will lead him to a successful artistic career of some sort. It is fun to watch them come into their own. The future looks bright for these two.
Any chance to play a board game with the family is always a great time. Monopoly, Clue, SmashUp and Who Killed Dr. Lucky are some of our favorites.
We have dog, Coco. She’s definitely the princess of the house and missing half of her front teeth, she looks like a jack-o-lantern.
6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation. Just think of all of the places you could visit if you could instantly be there!
Another one of John’s awesome creations!
7. What’s one fun fact about yourself that not a lot of people would know?
Just one! Hmm..
I lied about my height when I get my first driver’s license. I said I was 5 foot tall when I was only 4 foot 11 inches. Yes, when I was 16, I was under 5 foot tall. I eventually grew to almost 6 foot 2 inches by the time I was 22. Though, I’m currently only 6’ 1”… hmm.. getting old is not agreeing with me.
Bonus fact: I won a staring contest against Captain America. Yes, THE Captain America. At least he said he was. See the photo.
Triple-dog-dare bonus: When I was a kid, usually during summer break, I would sneak into the garage to eat dog food when I got hungry because I never wanted to take the chance that my mom would have something that would prevent me from being able to go right back outside to play. No ill effects from it unless you consider driving with my head out the window and tearing the stuffing out of every ill effects.
John having an epic stare-down with Captain America himself!
8. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
An otter… Uhh.. who wouldn’t want to be an otter?
9. Tell us your best joke!
Not my best, but on topic…
What’s red and smells like blue paint? Red paint.
10. Since Halloween is coming up… do you have a favorite Halloween costume that you’ve worn in the past? Do you plan on dressing up this year?
I wish I had a better answer for this one. I love halloween, but seldom have/take the time to dress up. How about favorite halloween/horror movies. Hocus Pocus, Zombieland, Army of Darkness, any Hitchcock movie and, of course, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
11. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
Good ol’ homemade popcorn ball and Reese’s pumpkin shaped Peanut Butter cups are a close second.