Get to Know Banner: The Graphics Department

 

A glimpse into the lives and personalities of....

Aaron Asbury, Mike Fernandez and Jessica Forsythe

We asked our Motion Graphics and Visual Design team a series of random questions. These are their responses.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT LED YOU TO BANNER COLLECTIVE?

AA: I moved to Chicago in the Summer of 2014 to pursue better work/life balance than I had while living in Los Angeles. While considering freelance and full-time positions, Banner stuck out as a great option due to the awesome people and the chance for me to work with sports.

MF: I had a friend who worked here before I did, and after looking up the company, I knew I had to get in on it.

JF: I worked with Banner while working at my former company. We hired Banner to shoot, edit and add graphics to a video for a tequila brand. After being on set with the crew I went home thinking, "That was the most fun, confident, and excited I have ever felt at work." I knew they had something special and I wanted to be a part of it. I started teaching myself Premier and After Effects and then I bugged Dave and Pat enough until they hired me.

Y'ALL ARE A BUNCH OF TRANSPLANTS. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT CHICAGO?

AA: I love how easy it is to get around town and all of the great restaurants that are in close proximity to wherever you happen to be that day.

MF: Hard to choose! I love to bike, and I bike everywhere, and there aren't many places in the country where I could do that.

 

Google Ethos skyline

JF: The inspiration and energy. It's everywhere. I feel it in my bones when I walk down the street and every single time I see the skyline I get butterflies.


BUILD YOUR PERFECT PIZZA.

AA: I generally go with pepperoni, but my favorite pizza combination is at Piece Pizza: Thin crispy crust, sliced meatballs, with spinach and roasted red pepper. Top it off with Parmesan and red pepper.

JF: Extra red sauce, Pequod's sausage, giardiniera. It has to be from Pequod's.

MF: Cheese, sauce, broccoli, and garlic.

WE SAID THESE WOULD BE RANDOM QUESTIONS: WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR BOAT, SHOULD YOU OWN ONE?

MF: The "Ice Cream Barge".

AA: "Voodoo Lady", because of the Ween song.

JF: "Kedzie", after my big fluffy pup love.

WHO REIGNS SUPREME IN A GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT PING-PONG TOURNAMENT?

AA: Duh, it's me. Jessica only beat me in the last Ping-Pong tournament because we played to 11 instead of 21.

JF: It's ME. Obviously. I proved that last Christmas party tournament. Aaron is going to say he is, but he's lying to himself and all of you. I am not a humble winner.

MF: Jessica

BANNER HEARTS ITS COFFEE. LIKE, A LOT.  BUT IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO SLEEP AT ALL, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR EXTRA TIME?

Banner coffee mug

MF: I would build elaborate sculptures out of old Bicycle parts.

JF: I would paint many oil paintings while watching movies, and I would take breaks to lift all the weights and get all the gains.

AA: I would spend a lot more time reading, watching baseball games from decades past, and studying chess theory.


WHAT FICTIONAL PLACE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO?

MF: Some sort of alien planet where the aliens are dogs, but they can talk.

JF: "O-M-G," Hogwarts. I would do ANYTHING for Harry Potter to be real and to get to go to Hogwarts and study all the magical things, especially apparation, disapparation and transfiguration.

AA: The post-apocalyptic city of New Vegas from the Fallout video game series.

YOUR DEPARTMENT IS THE RESIDENT DJ FOR THE OFFICE. WHO’S YOUR GO-TO BAND/ARTIST WHEN YOU CAN’T DECIDE WHAT TO LISTEN TO?

JF: That depends how mindful I am feeling towards my co-workers. If it were only myself in the office, I would play Tool and Nine Inch Nails very loudly.

AA: Trampled By Turtles.

MF: Montel Jordan.

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

JF: I go back and forth between a cat and a frog. A cat because I love cuddling and being cozy; and a frog because I like to sit in my desk with my knees bent in weird positions.

AA: My spirit animal is probably a bear. Bears are good at facing adversity, enjoy their quiet time and rest, and they are cute bad-{expletive word removed}.

MF: Dolphin.  I'm friendly.

Banner Graphics Department inside

PLEASE NAME YOUR TOP 3 MOST MEMORABLE BANNER MOMENTS.

AA: The Blackhawks Championship Parade, party bus to Medieval Times, and the Hawaiian Shirt party where I might have made everybody too strong of drinks.

JF: The Milwaukee trip (I've never laughed so hard for 2 days straight), when Aaron, Mike and I poke fun at each other (which is every day), Medieval Times (!), and when I came in second place in the Banner Christmas Ping-Pong tournament.

MF: When Ryan crashed the drone, when we all watched the WWE Royal Rumble and every time a train passes by the office window. [Editor's note: the crash was a minor mishap and does not reflect Banner's drone flying capabilities.]

*BONUS QUESTION* FOR THE TWO OF YOU THAT GOT MARRIED THIS YEAR, WHAT WAS THE ONE REQUIREMENT YOU HAD TO HAVE AT EACH OF YOUR WEDDINGS?

MF: Had to have good coffee and donuts.  And "This is how we do it" by Montel Jordan.

JF: This is funny because it was not possible for my to keep the perspective of prioritizing one requirement. I am particular and a delightful control freak so I had many requirements. However, I would say that us writing our own vows was very important to me.

AA: I will tell you mine anyway. I want pizza at my hypothetical wedding. BYOB.