Featured Graphics: Hensel-Phelps at ABIA

Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is bringing the Austin cultural experience to all who stop by. The airport, just like Austin, is currently expanding to fit the growing needs of our funky, tech-based town by adding nine new gates and updating three existing gates. The new terminal will also feature an observation deck, a Delta Sky Lounge, and Austin-based restaurants such as 24 Diner, Toy Joy’s Yummi Joy, Parkside, Salvation Pizza, and more.  As we (and the 150+ people who move here each day) know, Austin is a special place with its own unique culture and vibe. Everyone who visits gets to experience that funky, but updated, Austin feel in the expansion and face-lift of ABIA.

One company that is propelling that push forward is general contractor and construction company, Hensel Phelps who has worked with ABIA since 2013.  Although not Austin-born, the builder and contractor has worked hard to bring the Austin culture to our ever-expanding town and airport. The expanded terminal was inspired by Texas dance halls and the Austin Moontowers. For the past few months, Miller IDS worked with both Hensel Phelps and the Austin-based artist, Mila Sketch to bring new, vibrant and modern art to ABIA.

Hensel Phelps is proud of its Hensel Phelps Way. For them it is a collaborative approach that blends proven processes, innovative technology, and effective communication throughout every phase of the project lifecycle. Hensel Phelps worked with Austin-based, Russian-born artist Mila Sketch to bring her exciting and award winning modern- environmental art to ABIA as a continuation of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places initiative.  The piece, “Urban Nature,” was drawn free hand on panels and feature recognizable Austin buildings as well as futuristic buildings we could maybe see in the future. The space in front of her mural will be a rotating selection of art as selected as part of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places initiative.An incredibly accomplished artist, Sketch has produced many memorable murals you might have seen around Austin including Austin Howdy (on West 6th St), Austin Beat (at Encore Records), and These Walls Bring Us Together (between 4th and 5th streets at I-35). Sketch has also produced art for the Austin Parks Foundation, Ramen Tatsu-ya, CLIFF Bar, Google, SXSW Festival, Mazda USA, X-Games, Lifeproof and has won several awards throughout the US. 

Sketch first brought her art to Miller IDS’ Fine Art Specialist, Dana Burton, who took special care and 2 months to scan and color match 30 5’x8’ panels. When the printed panels were not ready in time for their installation from another company, Miller IDS swiftly came in and printed and installed a solution using vinyl.

Phil Randel, Office Engineer for the ABIA Term/Apron Expansion and Improvements team, had this to say regarding working with Miller IDS:  “Working with Miller IDS was great. Ryan Bruce and Dylan Pender did everything we needed them to do to ensure that the vinyl was installed on time and with superior quality!”

You can view and enjoy the vinyl panels in the new terminal of the airport. We look forward to getting to go on a trip and see Hensel-Phelps and Sketch’s collaboration to bring more art to ABIA.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Graphics: Clement’s Paint

              A new paint color can give your home or office a quick, easy, and inexpensive refresh that brings the change and focus you need for new year projects. For all your painting and staining needs, trust an Austin original, Clement’s Paint. The Benjamin Moore supplier has grown from a single shop in 1986 to five locations around the city. From Allendale to Westlake, Clement’s has you covered (in paint!). Clement Ebbo and his team have worked with Miller IDS for over 3 years to create signage and marketing collateral that distinguishes them as the high-quality paint experts in the Austin area.

             Clement’s strives for brand recognition with their logo and marketing materials. Purposefully designed with a nod to the past and their signature green color, Clement’s logo emphasizes the quality service and is recognizable around Austin and at their stores. To the left, you see the window perfs at their newest location on I-35. The colorful displays prominently feature their logo at the front of the store along with popular spots around Austin such as the 360 Bridge, Mueller, Lake Austin, and the Long Center. Each location featured in the window perfs also have the corresponding Benjamin Moore paint colors so you can color match your home, office, or future project to different Austin landmarks. To the right, Miller has printed business cards as well as vinyl decals, and other signage used around their stores.

Miller has purchased paint from Clement’s for several years for different projects around both of our locations. Ordering is always convenient and quick because they keep all customers’ orders on file for quick color matching and reordering. Visit any of their five Austin-area locations to complete your new year projects with high-quality Benjamin Moore paints and stains or visit their website here.

            Clement Ebbo has written this wonderful review of working with Miller: “I’ve been working with the people at Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions now for many years. I have found the quality of work to be professional, reasonably priced, and their staff to be very helpful and friendly. I’ve had Miller work on office supplies as well as window graphics for all our locations and haven’t been disappointed in the quality of work.  I’m also a big proponent of buying local knowing that the money you spend with local businesses stay in our community and gets spent back into our community and that’s why I like working with the people at Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions.”

            Need a refresh on your signage needs? Or maybe you’re looking for a wallpaper that matches your newly painted room? Miller IDS has you covered. Call us today or email info@MillerIDS.com for custom designed and printed business cards, banners, signage, and more.

 

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).

 

Featured Graphics: Easy Tiger at The Linc

     It’s here—the wait is finally over! Easy Tiger officially opened its highly anticipated North Austin bakery and beer garden at The Linc (6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road Suite 1100) this past Saturday, December 8th, 2018.  Much larger than its 6th Street sister, their Linc location has an increased amount of space for delicious food, an incredible selection of drinks, and fun on an even greater scale.

We are especially excited to have provided and installed custom printed wallpaper for the bakery and beer garden. Miller IDS worked with both Easy Tiger, interior designer Veronica Koltuniak of VeroKolt, and LAND Design Studio to color match the wallpaper design and bring the namesake tigers to life.

If the bakery and craft beer offerings are anything close to the other locations (6th St, Fareground, and Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park), this latest one is sure to be an extra-popular addition to our city. Our Metric Location especially is looking forward to having a fun, family-accessible space to eat delicious hot pretzels and beer cheese or to pick up a delicious baguette.

The Linc location will serve the specialties Easy Tiger is known for including specialty breads, sandwiches, sausages, and a great variety of beers and whiskeys. Additionally, the space offers great parking and will begin offering brunch December 15th and will eventually boast drive-thru services and live music. As you can see, the interior is open with windows for looking into the bread and charcuterie makings that give Easy Tiger its well-deserved fame. The bake shop is now open from 7AM to midnight on Sunday through Wednesday and until 2AM Thursday through Saturday, while the beer garden is open 11AM to close Monday through Friday and 10AM to close Saturday and Sunday.

With our expanded graphic capabilities now including wallpaper, Miller IDS is your one-stop shop for all your signage needs. If you can dream it, we can help bring it to life. Contact our graphics department today for your custom quote! 

Featured Graphics: Chair 7

It all started in 7th grade shop class, Chris Harman planned and built a functioning chair for his wood project. Now, many years, kids, and a move from Houston later, Harman has updated his original design to produce a classic and elegant chair manufactured in East Austin. Harman worked closely with both Ryan Bruce, Miller IDS’ Graphics Account Manager, and Micah Frugia, Miller IDS’ in-house graphic designer to create several vinyl wall decals that detailed the chairs creation and Harman’s biography. Although the first chair was created in 1979, Chair 7 continues to show the sleek sophistication of Harman’s original design.  

Chair 7 became a project again after attending a UT Architecture class one summer, he decided to combine his passion and business acumen eventually leading to Chair 7 today. Miller IDS is glad to have such an incredible work of design just down the way at Springdale General. He’s updated the original design, slightly: modernizing the overall look, to bring a polished, comfortable chair that will be a warm and inviting addition to any home or office. The chair was named after when it was originally constructed, whereas the logo for the chair is an homage to those original offset legs.   

Miller IDS helped bring Harman’s furniture creations from visual concept to completion in several different wall decals that highlighted Harman’s design. Both Ryan and Micah worked with Harman to create a museum-style studio wall vinyl that accentuated the timeline of the chair, a biography, and other wall decals right in time for the EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR this past November.  

Harman had this to say about working with Miller IDS: “Ryan and his team at Miller did an incredible job in taking the vision I had for our studio and adding a number of really cool design elements to our new studio at Springdale General. His team worked under a very short timeline and delivered as promised.”

We love working with designers and artists to help create a place to showcase their incredible, passion-filled work and backstory. Call (512.478.8793) or email (info@MillerIDS.com) for a custom quote to infuse your unique style into any space.  

   

 

December Artist of the Month – Don Collins

This December, we again honor the work of Don Collins with his piece, “The Annandale Ranch Log Cabin (1915)” as our Artist of the Month and as the artist of our 42nd annual calendar. Don has produced approximately 400 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion with our customers. The Miller IDS calendar is our holiday gift to you, order yours online today or pick one up at either of our locations beginning December 5th, 2018.

Don has embraced hunting for unique sites on back roads, long-deserted main streets and historical libraries in Texas for decades. The special sites include a story – be it a story of getting onto the ­property to take a photo, a story of the building itself, or a tale involving the folks he met on his adventures. His drawings and paintings breathe life back into these old homes, barns, courthouses, shanties and structures that he has chosen. Don authored the book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was sharing some of these stories and drawings.

Raised in Parker County west of Fort Worth, Don worked as a commercial artist after serving in the Army during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Though he produced a wide range of images for commercial accounts ranging from builders, architects, book publishers and NASA, Don now concentrates on landscapes, character studies, and nostalgia pieces.

Collins is active in his “retirement”, having recently published a colorful children’s book featuring animals of all kinds visiting doctors and dentists. He is involved with several DFW art organizations, accepts several commissions yearly, and travels abroad. Additional work and contact information are available on his website, www.dchandart.com.

From George Cofer about the log cabin on the family ranch, The Annandale Ranch near Concan, Texas:

“The ‘dog trot’ log cabin was first built in the 1800s (date unknown) a few miles up the Frio River from its current location but still on the family ranch. In 1915 my great-grandmother Mae Florea FitzGerald had it disassembled, floated down the river, hauled up the hill, and reassembled at the current site in the ranch headquarters compound as a wedding gift to her son, Paul FitzGerald and his new wife Helen Haynes FitzGerald.”

We appreciate the Florea/FitzGerald/McQuown/Cofer family for allowing us to place an image of this intriguing log-cabin on our 2019 calendar face!

2018 Top Holiday Gifts

Show appreciation to your top clients with these special gift ideas, and don’t forget to get customized wrapping paper or holiday cards from Miller IDS to complete the package! Make an impression with gifts that will both excite your clients and give them something that they’ll actually use! 

 

 

1.The holidays are a time of celebration and parties. Gifting a rideshare card, like Lyft, will take the worry out of driving (and parking). It’s a simple idea that’s also thoughtful and useful.

 

 

2. Special catering is an easy way to put a smile on your clients’ faces. It’s also a nice departure from the abundance of sweets that fill breakrooms during this time of year. If you have the budget, you can rent out a food truck or breakfast tacos. Local pick: If you live in Austin, some of our favorites are Tacodeli, Veracruz All-Natural, or try Eastside Tavern’s brisket and egg tacos!

 

3. Elevate a gift of wine or spirits to your clients with beautiful, locally handcrafted drinkware. Texas has a plethora of artisans who can provide unique options. While the bottle won’t last, the mugs and the memory who gave them will. Try these beautiful whiskey cups from Castroville Pottery made in Texas. 

 

4. Gifting an experience rather than something tangible can lead to a lasting impression. Tickets to a sporting event or concert is never a bad idea. Local pick: Easily one of Austin’s best music venues, tickets to ACL Live are sure to bring joy to any recipient. If you’re not sure what a client’s musical tastes are, you can’t go wrong with Willie Nelson or Gary Clark Jr.

 

 

5. A brewery or winery tour is a fun and easy-going gift option. A strategic invite list could also provide a beneficial networking opportunity. Tour guests are typically chauffeured as well, so everyone sticks safely together.

 

 

6. Especially appreciated by the workaholic, consider gifting a stay-cation. Most hotel or parent hotel websites offer gift certificate purchases. A night of relaxation without having to cook, clean, or travel far is an all-around win.

 

 

7. We’re all busy, so how about offering a helping hand – literally! Gift TaskRabbit to help a client get things done, from organizing to cleaning to building furniture. Odd jobs or things that have fallen to the wayside are perfect for TaskRabbit.