Jordan Brown (HalfDog)

Jordan Brown, commonly known as HalfDog on the forums here, works for HLN (CNN's sister company) and does all of the graphics for the The Joy Behar Show along with other special projects.

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What is currently your favorite project/piece of work and why?

My current favorite pieces of work come from Áron Jancsó. He's only been in design school for 1 year!

Well if it's a project that I created at work, I would have to go with this one:

Lots of fun making that one.

What is your design or development tool of choice?

I used to prefer Illustrator but I'm beginning to like Photoshop better.

What manner of death would you prefer and why?

Well I would like to go out without pain like a gas leak but I am also down for something a bit more heroic, like jumping on a grenade to save fellow buds.

What is your favorite movie and why?

Pulp Fiction. I love the dialog in Tarantino films. The original Predator is a near second because of the scene where Jesse the Body Ventura gets killed and the guys cut down a forest with bullets trying to kill the Predator:


Do you believe a formal education is beneficial for the type of work that you do?

I certainly do. Not only did I get a lot of attention from my great professors, I feel that the additional, non design classes (bowling and vegetable production) helped round me out as a designer. I don't want to be pigeon-holed into only being good at one design theory. Absorbing non designing experiences helps broaden my expectations and abilities.

What is a typical day at work like?

Well, I make graphics for a TV show that help illustrate the topic at hand. It's very stressful and many times I only have 5-10 minutes to pump out difficult graphics that are requested by people in a different state. The communication can be poor at times. I work with a lot of people that enjoy if not love design and they have a good mix of design theories. The commute is the worst part, I sit in my car for on average 2 hours a day. Thank you satellite radio!

Can you beat Chuck Norris?

Is this a trap?

What is the biggest challenge you have encountered so far?

Driving myself to learn new software ie. AfterEffects and Actionscript, oh and waking up for work.

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