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An Overnight Success

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Thailand restaurant uses wide-format graphics for an interior and exterior makeover.

Sornkrit Thongalarm knew his Bangkok, Thailand-based restaurant needed to change, and needed to do so quickly. Although its food was decidedly upscale, the restaurant – Im Mee Pee Mun by Jakkajan – was failing to gain mass appeal. Part of its problem: It lacked color and life with its bare cement exterior and dark, wood interior.

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Going the Distance for Healing

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Children's artwork used on mile markers for California marathon.

The 25,000 runners in the 2010 International City Bank Long Beach Marathon in Long Beach, California, were able to take in not only Mother Nature’s sights and sounds, but also be inspired along the 26.2-mile course by artwork from local children, thanks to Iconography Studios.

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Setting the Pace

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Five-day bicycle race utlizes street graphics.

The 77th annual UCI Road World Championships for cycling, held in Geelong and Melbourne Australia, called for street graphics that could endure five days of bicycle and vehicle traffic, along with unpredictable weather conditions. Asphalt Art Australia’s solution was to utilize a Durst 600 Rho Pictor UV-curable flatbed to output onto its own proprietary slip-resistant, aluminum-based foil designed specifically for asphalt, concrete, and textured surfaces. Asphalt Art also executed the install of the 6 x 20-foot graphics, which were recycled as aluminum waste following the race.

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Floor Graphics Go Blotto

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Life-like floor graphics promote sober driving in Maryland bars.

In conjunction with the Maryland Impaired Driving Coalition’s initiative, “DUI is for Losers,” Integrated Design Inc. (integrateddesignscorp.com) and Idle Time Advertising (idletimeadvertising.com) developed life-size floor graphics depicting intoxicated potential DUI offenders in bar bathrooms throughout the state.

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Sign China to be Held in Conjunction with LED China

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March 2011 event projected to draw 1400 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees.

Sign China will be held March 1-4, 2011 at the China Import and Export Fair in in Guangzhou at the Pazhou Complex, Area B.

The 2011 edition of Sign China will be held in conjunction with LED China, and is now positioned to provide one-stop shopping across the supply chain, show officials report – “from indoor and outdoor wide-format printers, to engravers, exhibition and display equipment, and LED display and components and LED lighting. The show has established itself as a must-attend trade event in Asia.”

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Times Square: Even More Real

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Bert Monroy’s hyper-realistic artwork goes large.

Digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy took four years to complete his “work in progress,” Times Square. Monroy drew the original artwork by hand, utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator, and required more than 3000 individual digital files and 750,000 Photoshop layers to create the likenesses of his family, friends, luminaries from the imaging industry, as well as intensely detailed scenes and landmarks in and around New York’s Times Square. The flattened digital file weighed in at 6.52 gigabytes.

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Express-Jet Line of Inkjet Printers from Lawson

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Express-Jet Graphic and Express-Jet/ASI.

Lawson Screen & Digital Products has introduced its Express-Jet line of inkjet printers.

The Express-Jet Graphic is a 5-color (CMYK+W) wide-format flatbed inkjet printer that features a moving table and scanning head and supports a maximum print size of 58 x 72 in. Top speed is 410 sq ft/hr and maximum resolution is 1200 dpi. It utilizes pigmented aqueous inks.

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Two New Color-Management Tools from Konica Minolta Sensing Americas

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Colibri color-matching software and FD-5/FD-7 spectrodensitometers.

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas has introduced two new color-management tools: Colibri color-matching software and a new series of spectrodensitometers.

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Visual Magnetics’ PolyPeel Magnetic Receptive Film

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Available in 54-inch widths and compatible with UV-curable, HP Latex, solvent, and more.

Visual Magnetics, developer of the Visual Magnetics Graphic System, has introduced its new PolyPeel magnetic-receptive film.

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3M Debuts New Media Offerings

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Including Wall Decorating Film IJ86E for interior wall graphics using UV.

3M has introduced an array of new media updates, including:
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.

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