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Deep-Dishing Out Style

(October 2009) posted on Mon Oct 12, 2009

Harlan Graphics and FRCH partner on sumptuous graphics for Chi-nnati's restaurant.

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By MaryKate Moran

Most of the photos were taken by a local photographer. FRCH made recommendations on image selection, and the owner purchased the photos directly. “Image selection was based on…combining imagery reflecting the details of the Cincinnati and Chicago cityscapes that would resonate with residents of either place,” says Wizinsky.

The images were printed with an Océ LightJet 430 onto Kodak Metallic Endura black-and-white and color paper. While there are obvious landmarks like the Sears Tower and Wrigley Field, other shots are of locations known mostly to locals, so there’s something in it for Chicago and Cincinnati natives alike. 

Bathroom Branding
No “blah” ADA signage here: Harlan recreated the found-type logo from the hostess stand on polypropylene paper using an 8-color HP Designjet Z6100; a clear, 1/4-inch, non-glare acrylic ADA substrate by Rowmark was added on top. A Beam Dynamic laser was used to die-cut the 1/32-inch letters, and a Vision-2448 Engraving System was used to create the Braille.

Can’t Stand the Heat
Lightbox panels, set above television displays in the bar area, were designed to bring some warmth to the main room. The graphics were designed in Adobe Illustrator, then output using the shop’s Océ LightJet 430 onto backlit Kodak Professional Duratrans display material. Next came an overlay of clear-mount, 1/4-inch, non-glare, clear acrylic. The finished product has a metallic quality.

Tasty Alternatives
As with any project, budget was a concern. Initially, the restaurant’s owner wanted a large mirror engraved with various quotes about pizza, but when the cost of the mirror itself proved prohibitive, the team regrouped and delivered another option.

To solve the problem, Harlan produced this 40 x 60-inch print. Here, it turned to its EFI Vutek PressVu UV 320/400, outputting the graphics onto 13-ounce Fredrix 1008 Solvent Polyflax Canvas; this was then stretched across a wooden frame.

Digital printing enabled FRCH and Harlan to deliver everything the owner asked for instead of scrapping concepts. Sometimes the new ideas required some tweaking, but, “All the visual elements that were conceived were executed,” says Harlan’s Tom Wendt.

Other canvases featured icons that had also been used on the atrium shadowbox and the exterior billboard. These icons were created in Adobe Illustrator as vector art, so scaling them up to large sizes was not an issue.

Chi-nnati’s atrium shadowbox is a good example of how all the restaurant’s graphics and signage—even on an assortment of substrates—tie together.

Harlan ran two Evonik Acrylite acrylic panels through its HP Scitex FB6700 and set these apart with an aluminum frame to create depth. The back panel—an acrylic mirror—was printed with the found type logo and then slightly distorted with a 1/2-inch thick clear panel, which was printed on its backside with the same ingredient icons seen throughout the interior. A MultiCam M Series router was used to cut the panels. The shadowbox measures 42 x 84 x 2 inches. 

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