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Spaceship Earth

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Banner Creations specializes in Earth Balloons, utilizes Mimaki JV-4 dye-sub printer.

When David Knutson first dreamed up the idea of a portable, inflatable classroom shaped like the Earth, in which children could learn about their world from the inside, out – literally – he spent more than 500 painstaking hours hand-painting the artwork for the 22-foot-tall balloons.

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An Architectural Homage

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Service Point creates a graphic-display tribute to Yale University dean.

It’s no small honor to be recognized by the Yale University School of Architecture. So when the school set out to pay tribute to its former dean – renowned British architect James Stirling – with a special exhibit of his work, an extraordinary group of professionals came together. The curator was from London, there was a local graphic designer, and the Yale Exhibits department and School of Architecture students were involved. Also in the mix: the graphics’ printer and install team from Service Point in nearby Woburn, Massachusetts, led by Mike Hughes.

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Nazdar SourceOne Kicks Off Passport to Performance Tour

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Educational tour will comprise open houses, webinars, and a printer sweepstakes.

Nazdar SourceOne is launching its Passport to Performance educational tour, which has been created to provide print shops with critical information on topics such as buying a wide-format digital printer, financial considerations when making capital purchases, workflow improvements, and more.

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Creating a Colossal Can

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A giant Pepsi Max created by bluemedia.

As a major sponsor of the new Salt River Fields Spring Training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona –home to Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, and the first such facility built on Native American land – soda-giant Pepsi wanted to make a place for itself with a lounge-style party deck. The rightfully named Pepsi Patio would be the largest patio in the park.

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Bird's-Eye View

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Berry and Homer transform glass enclosures into a city view.

A new display at The Philadelphia International Airport, installed directly on two interior glass enclosures, features the work of the city’s own Sarah Zwerling, whose digital photography re-creates the rooflines and treetops of two famous Philadelphia neighborhoods – Hamilton Street and Fairmount Park.

Zwerling’s imagery lines both sides of the concourse, creating a birds’ eye-view of the city’s narrow, residential streets. To bring the photos to life, the airport engaged local print provider Berry and Homer.

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King-Sized (Donkey) Kong

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Car Wraps, Inc. wraps an Airstream for Nintendo.

Just in time for the holiday shopping rush, videogame giant Nintendo was looking to make a splash with consumers. It turned to CarWraps, Inc.  to trick out its 24-foot, space age-shaped Airstream trailer before hitting the road on a nationwide game-demonstration tour. Applying vinyl to a vehicle – even a notoriously difficult to wrap Airstream – was nothing new to the team at CarWraps, but getting the artwork and the images to look crisp and compelling at hundreds of times their original size, put their skills to the test.

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High-Flying Hockey

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AAA Flag and Banner produces superwide graphics for the NHL All Star Game.

Hockey fever was in the air in Raleigh, North Carolina, as the city geared up to host the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game in late January. The NHL pulled out all the stops for the event, peppering inside and outside the Convention Center, its surrounding hotels, and even the airport with larger-than-life depictions of some of its most famous players and teams. With Salt Lake City-based Infinite Scale Design Group spearheading the creative efforts, it wasn’t long before local organizers got caught up in the action.

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A Love/Hate Relationship with Credit Cards

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The cost and benefits of using credit cards for your business.

Most small-business owners have a love/hate relationship with credit cards and credit-card companies. While it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t have a story about how a credit card saved the day, it’s also just as likely to come across a horror story about something bad that happened regarding a business or personal credit-card transaction.

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Making a Statement Sans Graphics

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Situ Studios uses fabric to create a dramatic display.

Don’t tell your customers, but sometimes it’s possible to make a big statement without print being in the mix. Case in point: Situ Studio’s work for the reOrder exhibit that opened in March at the Brooklyn Museum and involved transforming the museum’s 10,000-square-foot Great Hall using 2440 yards of Sunbrella Canvas Natural fabric. The fabric, donated by Glen Raven, was pleated and stretched over metal frames “to create the illusion of growth and change among the columns,” with the fabric structures varying in size and volume.

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Jetta Turned Tank

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Loring Studios produces a tank-like wrap for Armored Ink.

When Greg Nicola, owner of California tattoo studio Armored Ink, came to Loring Studios looking to wrap his shop’s 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, Loring designer Josh Tolbert developed the idea to visually turn the compact car into a heavy-duty tank. Tolbert even ventured to the General Patton Memorial Museum to produce the most authentic and aged “tank look,” capturing high-res images of genuine tanks on a Canon digital SLR, then replicated and manipulated the images for the wrap design using Adobe Design Suite.

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