Featured Graphics: 2019 SMPS Black + White Bash

A little over a month ago the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) hosted their annual Black + White Bash at the Austin Film Society. Over 200 people attended the Old Hollywood themed event and celebrated the winners of the SMPS Member of the Year, Community Service Award, and Leadership Award. Miller IDS not only had the honor of printing all the signage for the event, but several of our employees had the opportunity to plan and attend.

The Black + White Bash is SMPS’ event of the year and highlights the hard work, leadership and community development of their members. This year’s event space, a cinema, provided a few challenges for the planning committee including not being able to hang anything on the wall. Miller and the SMPS committee worked to find a unique way to display sponsors, food, and awards. 

Our sales and marketing associate, Lauren Bastiaans, along with our account manager Ryan Bruce worked with the committee utilized the open floor space to create the Old Hollywood theme here in Austin. To present and show off past winners of each award, Miller printed floor decals in the shape of the classic Hollywood stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 2019 award winner names were covered as guests entered the hall and the names were revealed during the awards portion of the night.

The committee also decided to use gobos (a stencil or template placed inside or in front of a light source and projected) to project the event sponsors onto a wall and Miller printed large customized foamboard signs to cover around the gobo areas to act as a border around the devices. In addition, Miller also printed smaller foamboards to highlight the entertainment, award, walk of fame, photobooth, food and drink, and print sponsors. The piece de resistance (and our favorite), however, was the 8’x24’ hop up that featured the custom designed Hollywood sign-inspired SMPS Austin banner in the VIP area of the bash!

 We are grateful to have worked with SMPS for the last six years as an in-kind print sponsor. Be it luncheons to the Black + White bash, we’ve enjoyed planning, printing, and being able to interact with some of the brightest and forward thinking marketing professionals in Austin and the A/E/C industry.   A special thank you to Rachel Paul Photography for the great pictures throughout the night!

 

February Artist of the Month: Larry Stephenson Sr

              

The inspiration for Stephenson’s painting, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA

Miller IDS is honored to announce our February 2019 Artist of the Month, Larry Stephenson Sr. and his piece, “Firebird.” Founder of Green Builders and CEO of Green Design Builders Inc, Stephenson uses his knowledge of and passion for architecture and design to enhance the viewer’s understanding and absorption of his work. For “Firebird”, Stephenson was inspired by the “exquisite architecture combined with magnificent sculpture” of the Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.  This building so moved Stephenson that he notes it “pulled at [his] soul to unleash the enhancing of the colors and brilliance in which [he] sees.” Stephenson has worked with Miller for 20 years and continues to bring us incredible thought-provoking art.

               Originally from Northwest Texas, Stephenson has studied and painted his way across the US before settling in Austin. He has studied at Oklahoma State University and West Texas A&M University and studied under artists such as Emilio Caballero, world-renowned portraitist David Rindlisbacher, and Darold Dean Smith. Stephenson’s work draws heavily on moving past the technical and into the emotional joy and soulful fulfillment of his unique vision before placing it on a canvas, thereby introducing concepts of the painting from a new perspective. In his work, he places his soul onto the canvas, creating art that only he has seen, but is made visible for all to enjoy. Moreover, his art is “created primarily and solely for its imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content that one’s soul may ponder and enjoy.”

               “Firebird” combines the architectural and urban to understand the interplay between nature and man in Stephenson’s interpretive way. Although the building was not designed by him, Stephenson used this painting as an opportunity to showcase his style to “share a moment, time and place, in history with all those that view [his] work.” Stephenson captures the interaction between metal structure, craftsmanship, and art to show “a painting that would leap from the canvas and pierce [the viewer’s] imagination.” With its distinct contrast between cloudy blue sky, sharp lines, and vibrant colors, Stephenson wishes to bring forth the vibrance of life and give viewers the ability to “take a breath and see the wonders before you.”

Stephenson’s “Villa in the Hills”

Stephenson said this about working with Miller IDS over the past 20 years, “I have been working diligently to establish myself as an artist in the ‘FINE ARTS’. Miller is like family to me, Josh has always taken very good care of me, Dana is a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable and extremely talented in her area of expertise. I just cannot say enough kind words regarding [Miller IDS Customer Service Representative] Larry Williams. He makes each and every visit I have to Miller very enjoyable, in fact I look forward to every visit I have with Miller because of his professionalism, sense of humor, and his unique personality which makes each and every visit a true pleasure.”

The piece is available to view at both of our locations through the end of February. You can contact Larry Stephenson at lessr@earthlink.net.

Featured Graphics: Cypress Real Estate Advisors City Maps

Miller IDS is excited to see Cypress Real Estate Advisors (CREA) show up on our radar again with a unique project at their headquarters here in Austin. CREA is a creator of places, their spaces bring people together in mixed-use developments that transform the urban landscape. CREA places an emphasis on corporate social responsibilities by holding themselves accountable for the impact of their project on the surrounding communities. CREA has developed in 17 major US cities since 1995, including ATX. Recently, their marketing team created several large maps of cities they had developments in that purposefully left the names of the cities off so that people could guess. This project, located in their main conference room, engages with any customer or colleague that enter the room and shows off their growth with an out-of-the-box approach. Want to guess which cities are which?

The cityscapes are directly printed onto a brushed aluminum composite material, which reduces glare, but adds an eye-catching and modern twist to indoor signage. Both Ryan Bruce, Miller IDS Graphics Account Manager, and Micah Frugia, Miller’s Graphic Designer, worked with Kenzie Sheppard and the marketing team at CREA to design and print the perfect city maps.  

The material is incredibly durable and a different style of signage, which provides a bit of pop and luster to your marketing campaign. Miller IDS’ own marketing team was very excited to see CREA’s project come through our doors and has inspired us to update our own signage at our stores.

Kenzie Sheppard, Brand Manager of CREA, who has worked with Miller IDS closely had this to say: “Ryan and Micah were really patient with us while we nailed down the perfect design and scale (I think we went back and forth with seven different versions). They always made the adjustments super quick, and once we gave the final approval Ryan had the maps installed same day! We were all very happy.”

We have also watched CREA’s newest apartment complex, The Guthrie, shoot up close to our downtown location and are excited for its’ opening. To read more about their latest project on the east side, click here to go back to our July 2018 article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2019 Artist of the Month: Adrienne Hodge

Miller IDS is proud to present our first Artist of the Month for 2019, Adrienne Hodge with her piece, “Suspension.” The piece prominently exhibits Hodge’s interest in astronomy, quantum physics, and the forces that drive our universe through the subject matter of space. A graduate from UT Austin in 2010, Hodge has taught in Dripping Springs ISD, Leander ISD, Round Rock ISD and is the co-founder of the Moon Gallery & Studio in East Austin. She also teaches adults art classes at the Dougherty Arts Center. 

A native to Houston, Hodge ended up in Austin in the early 2000s when her passion for the visual arts became apparent after she arrived. While attending ACC, Hodge would wander into Miller Blueprint on 6th Street in between classes at the Rio Grande campus. Since transferring to and graduating from UT Austin, Hodge has broadened her style moving from portraits to focusing on atmospheres. She has continued to frequent Miller IDS, having many of her works scanned by our Fine Arts Specialist, Dana Burton.  

Hodge’s “Suspension” stems from her desire to create ethereal environments that pull the viewer into the work. This piece exhibits her artistic evolution as it observes her foray into intuitive painting through the subject matter of the stars and Hodge’s contemplation of her place among them, while also exhibiting her imagination. Hodge notes, “For years, I explored portrait work with space-themed and often symbolic or surrealistic backdrops. In the last year or so, I began shifting my focus to the backgrounds in my portraits as my primary subject matter.” Although she has sold the original to a private collection during the EAST Austin Studio Tour in November 2018, prints of the piece are still available for purchase through her website. 

 Hodge has worked with Miller Blueprint/IDS for many years and says this about working with our team:

“My materials are extremely unforgiving at times, so pushing the boundaries of paper and ink is something I take great pride in. This is something I have in common with Dana Burton at Miller IDS. I first began bringing my art to Dana for scanning and printing three years ago when I was working on a monochromatic portrait series using solely walnut ink… Walnut ink often has either a sheen or a transparency that makes it difficult to capture on film or in print, but Dana is a master of matching tone and hue… People who purchase my prints often remark on how much they love the detail in the raw edges of my pieces that remain visible in the prints and I love how Dana notices and catches these details rather than cropping them off. Likewise, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with all other staff I’ve encountered at Miller IDS. I get my business cards printed and designed at Miller, and I recommend Dana to all of my artist friends.”

               “Suspension” is available to view in both of our stores now through the end of January. Adrienne Hodge can be contacted through her email (AdrienneHodge@gmail.com) or through her website (www.adriennehodge.com).

 

Fast Times at F1: Signage for Sabre Commercial

Earlier this year, Miller IDS highlighted and celebrated Sabre Commercial’s 10-year anniversary as a leader in the Austin commercial construction industry. Sabre is a company founded on collaborations with the best local industry talent, setting the bar high for quality work, running safe job sites, and maintaining ethical business practices. Sabre focuses on engagement within the communities it serves in San Marcos and Austin, an approach taken this past month at the Circuit of the America’s Formula 1 event. Miller IDS has worked with Sabre throughout its 10 years in business, and today working on everything from construction documents to large-scale job site signage and marketing materials. At Miller, we’ve loved working with Sabre from concept to completion on their Formula 1 tent signage.

For the fourth year in a row, Miller designed and printed signage that incorporated their anniversary while emphasizing the overall theme of F1 racing. The interlocking system of racetrack-related icons was not only visually appealing, but also highlights Sabre and their tent sponsors. Miller printed individualized name badges for each attendee, custom table toppers, and banners that displayed sponsor logos throughout the tent. We also had the pleasure of Sabre inviting Miller IDS’ employees to join the event! Our accounting manager, Kim Hilscher and her husband, as well as our technology sales and service manager, Jeff Stewart, enjoyed the Sabre Commercial tent too!

Kelly Maxwell, Marketing Manager at Sabre Commercial, who worked with both Miller IDS designer Micah Frugia and graphics account manager Ryan Bruce had this to say about working with Miller: “I love working with Miller IDS! Working primarily with their graphics department, I have had the opportunity to interact with them extensively through multiple high-stress marketing events and projects. From the design process through execution, I have always felt confident throughout. The graphics and printing team have made some of the trickier aspects of my event planning my lowest stressor.” 

Thank you, Sabre, for allowing us to design and print for your F1 tent for the fourth year in a row and for your continuous business throughout the year! To read more about Sabre Commercial, click here. Photos courtesy of Kelly Maxwell. 

Featured Graphics: KLRU- ACL Hall of Fame

On October 25th, The Moody Theatre in downtown Austin hosted the 5th annual KLRU Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. This year inductees included musical legends Marcia Ball, Ray Charles, and Los Lobos who joined the ranks of other ACL Hall of Famers BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, and others.  Hosted by Chris Isaak (who also performed), the 2018 ACL HoF continued in tradition by honoring musicians who have made a great impact on the music industy. Additional performances this year included Norah Jones, Ray Charles’ Orchestra Keyboardist and musical director Dr. James Polk, Boz Scaggs, Gary Clark Jr., Austin’s own Ruthie Foster, New Orleans Soul Queen Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson, Lou Ann Barton, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, and many others. Proceeds from the event benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

 

We were excited to provide print sponsorship for ACL HoF for the third year in a row. KLRU worked with both our graphics account manager, Ryan Bruce, and our graphics operations manager, Ozzie Guzman, to provide colorful and exciting signage for both inside and outside of The Moody Theatre.

 

As they walked up the stairs, guests were greeted by custom vinyl window decals and wrapped poles that celebrated past inductees. Additionally, we printed fabric table covers, banners, and retractable banner stands that highlighted this year’s inductees and magnetic high-top table covers, which can be re-used for future events. Miller IDS is a proud supporter of KLRU ACL HoF as well as KLRU NEXT, a young professional’s group with a focus on the arts, public issues and education in the Austin community.

Kiah Wagner, Graphic Designer at KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, said had this to say about working with the Miller IDS Team. “Miller IDS ensured that we had top-quality signage for our event. Ryan and Ozzie have an impressive attention to detail, and their commitment to quality continued even after the event when their quick breakdown helped us all get home on-time.”

 

The ACL Hall of Fame was taped live and will premiere on New Year’s Eve on your local PBS station. To read more about the event, click here. Photos courtesy of KLRU, Ozzie Guzman, and Ryan Bruce. 

 

 

 

Adding Cool Messaging to one of Austin Hottest New Projects

The Beck Group has an exciting project at 2010 East 6th Street in the heart of growing East Austin. They’re currently designing and building the office for developer Aquila Commercial, which will be home to GoDaddy’s Austin office.

Because of the project’s urban location, Beck secured a unique “jobsite office” of leased tenant space just across the street from the construction site. In their words, “we knew we wanted to make this office an awesome home base for our team, so we called on Miller IDS to help us brand the space.”

As Beck wanted the logo to be visible to pedestrian traffic on 6th Street, our Miller IDS team installed a 4′ vinyl Beck logo on the prominent back wall of the office space.

“Miller’s team helped us find an ideal location and did a great installation that is being enjoyed by the team and visitors to the site.”

As East Austin continues its transformation, we’re happy to help you add your mark to Austin’s hottest neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIPP school installation by miller ids

Helping Make Schools Both Beautiful and Safer

Our team at Miller IDS recently completed an important project to help improve a campus experience while keeping students safe. KIPP TX, a non-profit, public charter school, had the twin goal of adding eye-catching graphics to identify campus entrances while also providing a heightened level of security.

As a forward-thinking educational organization, KIPP recognizes that among many factors, safety and security are key to providing an effective educational environment. To assist school leaders with the development of a distinct and visually appealing security solution, we worked with the school and American Constructors to create custom-designed, printed window film that highlights the entrances to two middle and two elementary schools in the KIPP TX – Austin Region. Each design features the individual school logos, which assists in entrance identification and school identity. The perforated window film allows visitors, students and faculty to enjoy the uninterrupted view of the collegiate style campus from inside; Building occupants have the comfort of knowing that visitors cannot see inside and that faculty can see visitors as they approach the building.

Rebecca Woodul, Project Administrator for American Constructors shared these kind words, “Ryan Bruce and the design team from Miller IDS worked diligently with us to develop the graphics design to KIPP’s exacting specifications. I was impressed with the level of service and quality in everything from the design process to the installation and final product.”

We thank both KIPP and American Constructors for connecting us to this purposeful project. To learn more about how KIPP schools empower students to graduate from college, click here.  

 

Featured Graphics: Kissing Tree

We are proud to work with the company that is reshaping active adult community living! 

Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan community built for those 55 and better. Custom-built with a Texas attitude, the unique, San Marcos community is a collection of indoor and outdoor amenities designed with legendary living in mind. The unique collection of amenities include an 18-hole golf course, eight pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, putting greens, a social building, hiking trails and more!

We’ve printed their distinct signage, colorful advertorials and the eye-catching banners that are located throughout the property. The bright designs reflect the celebration of life that Kissing Tree represents.

If you’re the type that likes to define your own lifestyle, you can learn more about Kissing Tree by clicking here. 

And if you’re the type that needs to bring your distinct message to life through branding signage and a wide range of marketing materials contact us today!

Featured Graphics: The Guthrie

Miller IDS loves that our 7th Street is in Austin’s culturally vibrant east side, surrounded by so many great restaurants and shops. We anxiously await trying delicious new eateries, from barbeque to Asian-fusion, while watching stylish new apartments and condominiums go up. Being a trusted, Austin-grown business, Miller IDS loves to watch the Austin community grow and flourish. This is no exception as Cypress Real Estate Advisors (CREA) opens its newest apartment complex, The Guthrie, further east at 7th and Gonzalez later this year.

This new residential space focuses on community and east side living with a convenient locale to downtown Austin. The 322 unit community offers everything from rooftop common space, fitness center, a sparkling pool, along with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Local neighbors include HEB, Hope Farmer’s Market, La Barbecue, Zilker Brewing Company, Sa-Ten, and Launderette as well as the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and our friends at Austin Bouldering Project. Miller IDS is thankful to work with CREA after wrapping their elevator doors at their East 5th apartments, Corazon. We have printed a variety of outdoor signage for the site including full-color mesh and vinyl banners and directional signage on aluminum and coroplast.  We look forward to the opening of the apartment complex later this year and the new residents that continue to make Austin the place we’ve called home for almost 100 years.

 

Kenzie Shepperd, Brand Manager for CREA, was generous to give us a rave testimonial from our work with them: “Everything was done quickly and executed well. I wanted something unique and eye catching, but a quick get in the environment. Ryan and Chase made it happen! Within a matter of days I had the first round of proofs to review. Any edits I had were addressed within the day. Overall smooth process, and everyone is happy with the result. Coincidentally the sign got tagged over the weekend, and I texted Ryan a picture and he responded immediately with solutions. I appreciated the quick response and effort to rectify the situation.” Thank you to Kenzie and CREA! We look forward to working with you in the future!