An interesting project that Miller IDS touched in our shop is the Soofa Bench, a project for the Office of Sustainability of the City of Austin. The Soofa Bench is a “smart bench,” and the bench has a built-in charging station powered with solar panels for mobile devices. It is BYO-USB cable, otherwise you are good to go, or shall we say good ON the go!
The benches were designed by three graduate students from the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Innovation Lab. Currently the City has installed Soofa Benches in the Seaholm Eco-District, a lovely, grassy community hub tucked away north of Cesar Chavez, south of West 2nd Street and east of the former Seaholm Power Plant, which now houses numerous businesses including Honest Food, Trader Joes and UnderArmor Wired.
Austin is one of the cutting edge cities on the forefront of this device, included with Boulder, Boston and Jersey City. And it makes sense for Austin; as a community that values the outdoors but remains connected to our devices, what a great city to test our abilities to “rethink Austin for a bright green future.”
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
Meet this month’s featured artist, 20yr Austin resident and fine vehicle artist, Shannon “Shan” Fannin. Over the last two years, she’s painted classic cars from the 1930s to high performance supercars like the McClaren P1 and plans to paint motorcycles as well.
Shan’s paintings are a mix of realism, expressionism, and abstraction. Each of her paintings captures the form of the vehicle, and she plays with distorting the reflections in the body.
‘1951 Chevy Pick Up Truck’ is the piece that really says ‘Shannon’. She says, ‘A bit of my personality went into this piece. We share a bit of chaos, cheer, and vibrant vitality. This painting makes me happy. I hope it does the same for others that see it.’
Shan believes that Life has a way of waiting patiently until you are ready for your purpose. Shan always wanted to draw and paint as a child. As a teenager growing up in San Diego, she took advanced art classes and juggled working six days a week to help support her family. Patiently, Life waited 25yrs for her to come back to her art. Her husband suggested going back to art and her supportive instructors at Austin Community College taught her to create what made her happy.
Shan became fascinated by the expansive car culture, stories, people, and history of the vehicles when she and her husband purchased and restored a 1961 Ford Thunderbird. At an artistic level, she marveled at the abstract reflections in classic chrome and the complex tonal values of modern vehicle bodies.
Shan had her first solo exhibition at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2016 where she was commissioned to paint an award winning vintage Lamborghini Miura. In June, her 1961 Mercury Monterey painting took 1st place at Texas State University BIG Show. She flew to England over the summer to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed in order to photograph vehicles for future paintings. Her paintings have been in venues throughout Austin including Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the statewide Art Hop competition, and numerous publications. She is represented by a northern California gallery, and is currently seeking further representation nationally.
Shan is available for commissions and her work can be purchased through her website. You can socially find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
During my career I have sold wide format printers and multifunction systems for Xerox, Océ, Canon, HP and KIP. To meet all of the printing and scanning needs of my customers I often sold them both a monochrome (black & white) toner and a color inkjet solution. All of us wide format sales professionals have. As a result there are now thousands of AEC firms with two wide format devices installed in their offices.
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Nicole is a creator of things. She is currently creating using a thought process and method that slowly developed over the course of 10 years. What started as doodling little swirls in the margins of her Art History notes in college became cohesive pieces of work in 2013. Nicole’s favorite thing about the aesthetic the doodles create is that from a distance you see the big picture, but when you get closer, it becomes an entirely different experience. Experiencing her work in person is essential. What you see is her deep love of color, the way her lines and colors interact, and also how the paper absorbs the ink …all working together to create a bright, glowing effect that is almost hypnotizing. Nicole says that her work is rooted in her “personal journey to make sense of this ridiculous life. I lose myself in the lines and my thoughts as my hand flows freely, organically across the paper. In those moments, everything seems to make more sense.”
Nicole sells work on her website and on etsy.com; you can find Nicole on tumblr, and Instagram as well as enjoy her feature on YouTube.
Nicole has been working with Miller for art reproductions since 2014. We appreciate the trust she has placed in our hands for reproducing her artwork in the precise colors, quality and detail that Nicole expects!
Nicole is a graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas (go Roos!) where she studied Fine Art and German, and is a 29 year old Texas native of The Colony (north of Dallas).
Nicole is a member of RAWartists.org and won best in show October of 2014! RAW is an independent international arts organization offering showcases on a local basis.
Suzanne Spano, Color Specialist and Marketing Liaison for Clement’s Paint and Decorating, came to Miller with a simple need that had a complex twist. Clement’s Paint needed business cards reprinted for the staff with a new logo – one that hadn’t been created yet. Like all great logos, this one needed to capture a number of nuances. The logo needed to reflect the heritage of this 30+ year locally owned paint store, the tenured, loyal employees and the two generations of the Ebbos family that participates daily in the business. It needed to capture the vision of serving, creating, bringing professionalism and creativity to the coatings and color services that are unique to Clement’s Paint. Suzanne wanted to capture the founder’s philosophy of valuing the individual and validating what each person, employee or customer, brings to the table – whether it is a desired end result or a unique ability or qualification. It also had to reflect Clement Ebbo’s creativity and responsibility and serve as a good steward for the vision of the company. And, the logo had to appeal to the diverse customer base and workforce that Clement’s prides itself upon having. How could they share this broad perspective of the company through a logo?
Suzanne had tried working with another print shop that offered creative services, but found the “creative” was missing, as was a clear creative development process. In the last year, Miller IDS has added creative services to our graphics offerings enabling us to help bring your ideas to print. Justin Espinosa, our in-house designer, was able to accomplish the creative task of original design, and the logistics of interpreting that logo for printed pieces and promotional product needs. Suzanne says Justin explained his creative process, which was a reassuring first step. He began by asking numerous questions and seemed interested in the background and history within the conversation, as well as the specific facts. Justin explained he would do three initial designs: the first would be an exact representation of what he understood as specific requests Suzanne brought from Clement’s internal team, the second would be a design of his own with his thought and creativity, and the third would be a combination of the first two ideas. This process results in three unique but relevant ideas to use as a starting point. Usually a design is selected at this point with just minor tweaking occurring.
Justin and Suzanne established timelines and expectations and the development process began. Suzanne gave her feedback including input from the Clement’s team as well as from customers.
Justin pointed out what we all know: you cannot incorporate all of the suggestions, but you can modify the original design blending some of the specific ideas, but still making sure the foundation and core values are expressed in the logo.
Clement Ebbo and his company team are happy with their new logo. It “feels” right. It is versatile for the varying branding needs: a complex card assignment with 4 locations and a myriad of uses, website identification, hats, paint buckets, t-shirts, women’s t-shirts and more. They even chose a second design that may be used to illustrate the environmental concerns that Clement had long before it was an industry requirement.
At Miller we love to work with local businesses. We love to give small businesses the resources of large businesses. Our goal is to make you look your best so that you in turn may grow to your potential.
Sidenote: Please read more about Clement’s Paint and Decorating. Clement Ebbo began the business just over 30 years ago when he bought the Bradford Paint location at 6th and Nueces. Later he bought Arrow Paint and Decorating and became the oldest Benjamin Moore dealer in Austin. Now with four locations, Clement’s provides a variety of architectural coatings services. Suzanne herself has 30 years of seeing the Benjamin Moore palette on walls in all types of places. Her eye and expertise may be helpful to you!
So proud to have helped Austin Child Guidance Center! Their big fundraiser concert is Aug 27th at Moody Theater. Buy a ticket and hear another true “Austin Original,” Alejandro Escovedo perform. To support ACGC, we printed promotional posters and event invites (and handled the mailing as well). Big shout-out to ACGC for providing affordable and accessible mental health services to children throughout Central Texas.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to printing, as demonstrated at the 2016 NeoCon show in Chicago. When MooreCo, Inc. was placed in a 10×20 booth, they turned to Miller IDS to transform that space through graphics. We were delighted to print Rex’s great design creating the illusion of a more open space, complete with a sunny landscape and even a playground to simulate a working classroom environment.
“Miller IDS really gave the booth so much more atmosphere and depth – 5 out of 5 stars for me! From the get-go, you worked with us to steer us towards the most ideal material/substrate. Even before we really knew what we wanted.You showed up conveniently here at our office to show us the samples, you stayed within our desired budget, your execution of the prints were spot-on, and the rolling cases you threw in for easy transport were the cherry on top. Plus you guys totally nailed the color we were after! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Seriously. Thank you so much!”
We are SO excited about the arrival of our iconic and much-loved sign at our 7th Street location today!
As the sign had been serving our downtown location for years, it needed a bit of sprucing up! We used the move east as an opportunity to freshen it up before bringing it over. So many of our customers have been asking about it; we were pleased to know everyone else loved it as much as we do and we’re so happy it’s back!
It’s busy both inside and outside today, but we are always glad to see you, so stop by soon to say check out the sign, get a cup of coffee or just say hi!
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It’s no secret that rents are rising along with Austin’s economic prosperity. A report from Apartmentlist.com highlights where those rents are rising the fastest.
Median rent citywide in June was up 3.6 percent compared to the same month in 2015, at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom unit. The jump was driven by increases in places such as the Zilker, North Burnet, Hancock, North Loop and West Campus neighborhoods.
The North Loop in particular stood out: median rent last month was $1,410, up a whopping 13 percent from June 2015. Go here to explore the data on your own, which was compiled by comparing listings on the company’s website.
North Austin has seen a lot of commercial and residential activity in recent years as a relatively affordable alternative to downtown for those living and working in the city center. The Burnet Road corridor, where rent increased 4.3 percent year over year in June, is one of the hottest development zones in the city.
Downtown remains the priciest neighborhood for renters, with a median monthly cost of $2,130 for a one-bedroom unit. Another horde of Luxury apartments continue to deliver in the urban core, especially in East Austin.