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.

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: 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!

Featured Graphics: Saltillo

Miller IDS is excited for the Saltillo mixed-use development going up just four blocks from our 7th Street location.  Saltillo is a six block, 10-acre transit-oriented development located just east of I-35 between 4th and 5th Streets in Austin’s lively Eastside.  Currently under construction, Saltillo will feature office, retail, and residential with a community-focused approach integrating into Austin’s historic Eastside. Developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group, Saltillo is anchored by Whole Foods Market 365 located on 5th Street and the I-35 access road. In addition, Saltillo will offer 800 on-site residential units, 115,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, and 150,000 sq ft of class A creative office space situated next to the Plaza Saltillo Station on Austin’s MetroRail line.

Not only located close to us, the area is adjacent to some of our Eastside favorites including Texas Coffee Traders, El Chilito, Easy Tiger, and both the Historic Scoot Inn and The White Horse. Miller IDS is thrilled to work with Endeavor Real Estate again (past projects include Domain NORTHSIDE) by custom printing over 6,000 sq ft of mesh banner that currently covers a majority of the construction fencing. Not only is the material weather-proof and helps to lower construction site dust and noise, but displays high-quality, full-color graphics showcasing amenities and marketing information.

“It was a pleasure working with the Miller team on this project. This was a huge design undertaking, and they executed the printing and installation beautifully. We are thrilled with the final product.” – Michelle Alonso, Marketing Director with Endeavor Real state Group

Featured Graphics: Favor Delivery

Modern conveniences and mobile phone-based technology have changed the way Austinites live and do business. Last spring Miller IDS began printing marketing and promotional materials for Texas-based Favor Delivery. The app-based company began in Austin in 2013 and focuses on delivering to you in under an hour. From your favorite enchiladas from Chuy’s to a flash drive from Best Buy you can call in a “favor” on their app and a “runner” will get it to you.   

We have printed several internal and external marketing and branding materials that promote building the relationship between the Favor customer, runner, and merchant. Favor’s teams use these brochures to educate businesses on their unique system and help Texas businesses grow. Favor has set themselves apart through their ability to get things to people fast. On the right, see both the table tent announcements for restaurants as well as signage for their Dallas Runner Clubhouse.

Favor is a favorite for Miller IDS, both as one of our customers and as an app we frequently use. We love supporting Austin and Texas based restaurants and companies that build and strengthen communities (and feed our stomachs with delicious foods). With Austin’s food scene continuing to grow, Miller IDS is prepared to help restaurants with menus, business cards, and customized interior and exterior banners and wall and floor graphics from design to production and finally, installation.

Miller IDS’s own Graphics Accounts Manager, Ryan Bruce, works directly with Favor to provide high quality products that are used across Texas. Chris Rogge, Art Director at Favor, gives this glowing recommendation about his experience with Miller IDS: “The team at Miller is always excited to jump on our projects and always willing to jump on the phone and talk about how they can make it happen. They work in such a timely manner and are giving updates along the way, and always produce high quality products and have great attention to detail. We know Miller will be an integral part of Favor’s growth and expansion and we look forward to each and every project with them!” Thank you Favor for these great words of recommendation!

 

Featured Graphics: Lyft

Lyft’s Musician Rideshare Program has worked with several local music venues to assure musicians can get to their gigs with their gear. Left, a large vinyl banner promotes the Musician Rideshare Program. Lyft launched the program during Austin’s infamous “Free Week.” The hemmed and grommeted banner announced the launch of this new program.

During SXSW, Miller IDS worked to advertise Lyft as it transported thousands to events, concerts, and even to the fictional town of Sweetwater from HBO’s Westworld. Though the rideshare company has been back for a little under a year, it has made a big splash by participating in Austin cultural events, festivals and everyday activities.

 

 

Lyft Pink brightens our days in the Miller IDS Graphics Department. With every project, Miller IDS strives to meet the highest quality and standards of our customers.  

 

 

Meg Jones, Lyft Austin Marketing Associate, noted that “[Lyft is] so thrilled to have found such a fantastic partner in Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions. In the past month alone, we’ve worked wit their team to print large scale banners, posters, palm cards, direct mail postcards, pull-down banners and custom fixture signage. The staff is friendly, professional, extremely knowledgeable and works tirelessly to make sure each project is top-notch.”

This spring, Miller IDS is excited to help you and your business welcome new Austinites and visitors to the Live Music Capital of the World!

Check in at MILLER Imaging and Digital Solutions on Yelp and Get a 20% Discount on Your First Small-Format Print Order!

Check in at MILLER Imaging and Digital Solutions on Yelp and get a 20% discount on your first small-format print order!

Check in at our East 7th location or our Metric location on our Yelp Pages and customers new to our small-format printing can get a 20% discount on any small format job including booklets, brochures, marketing collateral, programs and postcards.

A minimum order of $50 is required and a maximum discount of $500 (or 20% off a $2,500 order) is allowed. No other discounts apply.

Inspiration from a Bad Cup of Coffee

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Pictured from left: Justin Espinosa: Miller IDS, Graphic Designer; Brent Armstrong: Texas Coffee Traders, Client Growth Specialist; Nik Sauer, Miller IDS, Production Manager (Metric Store); pictured at Texas Coffee Traders’ Airport Hilton location.

The genesis of Texas Coffee Traders was simple; R.C. Beall drank a good cup of coffee, then a very, very bad cup of coffee and wondered how they could be so different.

A Montana forestry ranger originally from Houston, R.C. bought an old roasting machine complete with five bags of green coffee beans he found in a barn and started experimenting. He decided this could be a business and started Montana Coffee Traders in 1981, eventually growing it into the sustainable business and community hub he had envisioned.

But Texas was calling him home, so he returned, reconnected with and married Beth and then together they founded Texas Coffee Traders in an old Austin warehouse on East 4th in 1994. They had the same goal of roasting and serving fresh, high quality Fair Trade coffee in a TxCoffeeTraders_In-StoreSignage_600wrelaxed, friendly neighborhood place, becoming an integral part of the Austin community and giving back to that community.

According to Beth Beall, it is that same sensibility and community involvement that first drew them to Miller IDS. In her words, “they get us”! Beth says they generally come to Miller with a vague concept and Miller takes that concept to a whole new level, realized in visual collateral such as banners, signage TxCoffeeTraders_600wand adhesives that underscore Texas Coffee Traders’ solid reputation and credibility, but allow their unique, self-described “quirkiness” to shine through.

We are big fans and hope to see you there! If you can’t make it by, you can purchase their excellent coffee in their online shop at texascoffeetraders.com

We So Appreciate the Bravos from The Long Center!

“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing job your staff does for us on a daily basis! Anytime I call Ian he is always willing to take on any project I may have and always suggests the best materials for our budget. We had an enormous event this past Sunday- and Ian was on top of all of our collateral needs and had them delivered on time. We had over 3800 people attend with 14 participating arts organizations. We would not have been able to have the event run so smoothly without his attention to detail! Tessa & Caleb are also very courteous and responsive.
You have a great team! And your team always makes us look good! Thank you for all the Miller does for us!”

Susan Griffen, Marketing Administrative Manager, The Long Center