From its inception in 1969, Graphic Systems in Minneapolis has served the fine-art market—photographers and artists—and has done occasional catalog work. In the 1980s, the company switched its focus to retail and point-of-purchase and expanded its printing options—literally—to include wide-format.
The foundation of Innomark Communications was a 75-year-old printing services company. In 1990, the company owners set about creating an integrated merchandising organization, and, to that end, launched other divisions and acquired other companies. In 1995, the group added Concept Imaging Group, a high-end prepress company just down the street from the main operation in Miamisburg, Ohio.
Step into the lobby of the Ernst & Young 3D Theater in Chicago’s Field Museum and you’re immediately greeted by a set of 3D lenticular posters created by Big3D.
Harlan goes beyond digital print work, and that expertise was called upon for the Chi-nnati’s project (click here for more on the project). From faux concrete to creative bathroom signage, Harlan had the place covered inside and out. In the end, it made the elements all the more cohesive.
At this year’s SGIA Expo in New Orleans, I ran into the owner of small print shop who was espousing the virtues of his new printer (manufacturer and model withheld just because I’m feeling ornery this morning). It wasn’t until after we had finished our chat and had gone our separate ways that I noted that the shop owner had referred to his new prize possession not as “it,” but as “she” throughout the conversation.