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Success and Sustainability

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Five print providers who have plotted out a green course.

Let’s face it: Sustainability in graphics has not been on the smoothest of flight paths. Generally, “going green” is in vogue as long as the budget can accommodate it. How green a customer goes is typically dependent on the marketing plan’s purse strings and the economy in general: Big surplus in the budget? Think emerald. So-so economy? Think lime green. Nearly depleted budget? Olive drab comes to mind.

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Displays of Strength

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A sourcelist of monitors for graphics work.

If eyes are indeed the windows to the soul, then, monitors are arguably the windows to the essence of a job’s graphic. After all, how well a monitor in your production or prepress area performs can critically impact on your print work.

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Graphics Mark the Spot

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Apple Visual Graphics takes on New York City scaffolding wrap.

Recently, two of the most successful commercial- and residential-property companies in New York City – The Durst Organization and Sidney Fetner Associates – teamed up to form Durst Fetner Residential. Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group was called upon to develop a new marketing strategy to promote the new branding and its many premiere properties. Because the strategy would include wide-format graphics, Hirshorn needed a print provider and needed one fast.

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A Thank-You to Remember

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Inkjet International outputs 60 x 60-foot mesh billboard for Chevy.

In commemorating its 100-year anniversary, Chevrolet embarked on a 12-month celebration by offering deal promotions across the US, being the focus of a feature-length documentary, and creating online hubs for fans to share their favorite Chevrolet memories. Healthcare insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan wanted to join in the celebration and wish the Detroit-based car manufacturer a happy birthday in a big way with an oversized birthday card – a 60 x 60-foot billboard to be exact.

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Bluejay Way

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Renze Displays modernizes Creighton University locker rooms with a superwide wall mural.

When Nebraska’s Creighton University sought to modernize its CenturyLink Center men’s basketball locker rooms, it looked to its long-time print provider Renze Display in Omaha to provide a graphic transformation.

“Creighton University has been a great client of ours for decades,” says Mike Compton, executive vice president for Renze. “We had already branded the interior of the locker room with wallpaper murals, display cases, dimensional logos, etc., and now they wanted the hallway outside of the locker room to match the look.”

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I Love This Bar

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An over-sized guitar goes patriotic with a wrap from Megaprint Inc.

With a name like Megaprint Inc., it’s pretty clear what this print service provider handles: mega-huge prints, in particular, custom wallpaper. So when country music star Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill bought a plot in Rancho Cucamonga, California’s Victoria Gardens Regional Town Center, it took only a Google search to nail down a print provider. Named after Keith’s 2003 number-one single of the same name, I Love This Bar makes its West Coast-debut with its 11th franchise later this year.

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Kicking Off Football Season

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NFL kickoff party gets the graphics treatment from bluemedia.

After winning Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers were set to host the 2011 NFL Kickoff game. For the first time in football history, the annual ringing in of the season would feature a matchup between the last two football champions: the Packers would face the New Orleans Saints, winners of the prior Super Bowl.

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Crowning Lady Liberty

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Turtle Transit fashions a world record-breaking crown.

In launching its new kids’ BK Crown Program and celebrating the redesign of the quick-service restaurant’s kid’s meal box and iconic crown, Burger King set out to create the world’s largest crown – and offer it up to none other than the Statue of Liberty.

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Tickled Pink for a Cause

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Rainier Industries creates building wrap and more for Kroger.

To help support National Breast Cancer Awareness last October, grocery retailer Kroger turned its Cincinnati-based corporate headquarters pink as part of its “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign.

Along with pink lighting, the job called for a dozen four- and nine-foot tall double-sided pole banners, a 36 x 6-foot skyway mural, and two 150 x 30-foot mesh banners that draped the Kroger headquarters building. Print provider Rainier Industries of Tukwila, Washington was chosen to output the graphics.

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Super Bowl Ask Me!

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Backpack banners featured at the Super Bowl.

Attendees at the recent Super Bowl in Indianapolis could get quick answers to their questions by taking them to “Ask Me” volunteers sponsored by the city’s Super Bowl Host Committee. The “Ask Me” folk were especially easy to be found in the crowd thanks to backpack banners generated by Indy’s own Redirections Sign & Design. Redirections worked with display specialist Tex Vision to produce 20 of the 2 x 5-foot banners.

Redirections Sign & Design
www.re-directions.com

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