Archive for August, 2009
We just finished another job for our friends at A3. This one is kind of unique so I am breaking with my tradition of taking forever to get a post up and rushing this one to the presses.
The job was a quick turn, about two days, and consisted of several direct prints on bioboard and some custom sintra brackets to mount them on top of retail merchandising displays. Bioboard is a really cool, new, green substrate that we like, and want to get the word out about. It’s basically a replacement for foamcore, but much much stronger. You can drive a car over three 1″ sheets of the stuff stacked on top of each other! It is made of something like 63% post consumer paper and is 100% recyclable. You can print on both sides.
The only knock on the product, I personally kind of like it, is the edge. It looks pretty raw, but at the same time screams green. Most of the people we have showed it to really like it becuase it is a conversation starter and allows them to wax fantastic on how environmentally conscious they are.
The brackets were router cut out of sintra, assembled and velcroed to the back of the sign. The velcro allows the brackets to be repositioned so that they can sit higher or lower on the display.
It was a tight turn, but we got it done and the client was pleased. If you think you may be interested in doing something with the bioboard, give us a call. As always, we will hook you up.
I spent about sixty minutes last night rooting my T-Mobile G1 and it (so far) has been an unqualified success. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I’ll explain.
The G1 is the first mobile phone to use the Google Android OS (operating system). The good news is that Android is open source and developers are free to to write whatever kind of apps they want for it. The bad news is that T-Mobile takes the OS and adds a bunch of junk to it and then releases updates for it in their own sweet time. Very similar to what Dell does with Windows. When you buy a computer from Dell, you get a Windows OS but it is a Dell modified version. That way you get all those annoying programs on your desktop when you start it up for the first time.
Rooting is the process of replacing the version of Android on a phone with a different version . There are all sorts of available versions from a number of different people with names like JesusFreke, The Dude’s Cupcake and Haykuro Builds. Some are highly volatile and not good for everyday phone use. Others are quite stable and provide an expanded group of features not available with the stock OS.
It’s a bit risky and if anything goes wrong you can’t go crying to T-mobile, you have to turn to the online community for help. But I am now liberated from the control of T-Mobile, setting up my phone the way I want and there is something to be said for that. It really isn’t any harder than upgrading the OS on a computer. If you are so inclined, I suggest you give it a try.
Interestingly enough, my wife wouldn’t let me near her phone. Chicken.
Woefully behind on posting. I will try to make it up this week. I know I need to get on some sort of regular schedule but the nature of our work makes it oh so difficult.
We recently completed a really cool direct applied vinyl and dimensional lettering project. The project for Bagby, a purveyor of “innovative ideas for lighting” was designed by our friends at A3 Design. The firm is top notch and Alan and Amanda are a pleasure to work with. We enjoyed partnering with them on this project and look forward to doing so again.
The design they came up with used solid colors of direct applied vinyl and painted sintra letters to add some interesting graphical elements to the interior and exterior of the new office/design center. The overall effect is similar to custom paint but at a fraction of the price. It’s durable, low maintenance and can be removed/changed/updated/added to down the road. The use of dark vinyl on light walls and viceversa really makes the graphics pop.
We really like the overall look of the finished project and would love to do some more. If this catches your eye, let us know and we will hook you up.