04 Sep Employee Spotlight Steve Brown
Posted at 14:25h in Business, Design, Theming, Zoo Exhibit Design
At Kingdom Productions, we design, create and install world-class themed environments, themed dimensional signage and exhibits from concept to completion. We’ve dedicated ourselves to the compassionate investment through the outlay of resources to care for the poor, the widow, the orphans and Christian ministries local or foreign. Our company culture is fueled by the energy of our employees. We pride ourselves on having a workplace that is fun, engaging, and inspiring. Today our Employee Spotlight features, Steve Brown who has worked as a Senior Thematic Designer at Kingdom Productions for 9 years. Read more about Steve and what he does for Kingdom Productions!
I enjoy the design process for thematic projects, it is more fun to have creative freedom. -Steve Brown
What is your day-to-day like at Kingdom Productions?
The design department meets during the week to discuss what needs to be done for current and upcoming projects. I create mostly concept work while diving into shop drawings breaking items down for the shop. We get insight from them to help construct drawings and ideas for projects.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the design process for thematic projects, it is more fun to have creative freedom. When I first started working for Hank 9 years ago we executed the projects from start to finish. I love to get my hands dirty every chance I get.
What drew you to Kingdom Productions originally? How has Kingdom Productions changed since you joined?
Hank and I went to church together. I first noticed his van that had corkboard graphics with photos of themed churches. My current job at the time was having problems financially, so I started to consider a new position elsewhere. Later, our minister introduced us to each other. I started to work for Hank every Friday, while working my other job. Right before the company closed its doors for good, I became Hank’s first full-time employee at Kingdom Productions. The company has grown substantially since I joined, purely in numbers. There were only 3 of us when the company really started to take off and now there are close to 20 employees. Our first major theming job, “Outpost” at the Cincinnati Zoo was the turning point for the company and made us who we are today.
What did you want to do growing up?
When I was younger I always liked to draw and create things. In my Junior year of High School, my brother’s friend was in industrial design at UC and brought his portfolio over. Right then I knew what I wanted to do. When I graduated from High School, I also went to UC for industrial design.
What do you find challenging about your job?
Keeping up with technology and design trends, it is constantly changing. Transitioning from hand-drawn sketches to 3D modeling and digital art.
What has been your favorite project at Kingdom Productions?
One of our earlier projects, the “Golden Kettle”, a highly thematic and an extreme makeover of the building. It was a group effort and we had the creative freedom to play with the current western theme.