January 2021 Newsletter

Custom Adhesive Outdoor Mural 

Featured Graphics: Metric Mural Final Reveal

Like many other businesses, we are conducting business through curbside service and delivery. We wanted to bring advertising outside where our customers are — plus show off our graphics printing and installation capabilities.

We decided to update the exterior of our Metric store location with a custom mural printed in-house on our HP 1500 latex printer. We used Drytac anti-graffiti lamination to make our mural durable and easy to clean. To prep the wall and give our mural the best chance at adhering long-term, we first had to power wash it. We opted for a fresh coat of paint so that the colors would pop. The final prep was to let the paint “gas out” for 2 weeks. 

We wanted to thank the sponsors of our mural for their support in our Metric makeover. Thank you to Alonzo Suarez of ASM Painting for power washing our wall to get it prepped for the entire process, Clements Paint for supplying our new coat of paint, Tom Page for installation services, and our very own Vittoria Mottler for the incredible design!

The majority of the mural was all hand cut by our graphics production team, and the music note details and logo were cut by our iEcho router. Considering the face of our building endures some pretty heavy sun exposure, we don’t anticipate seeing any quality changes for the first 6 months. After 6 months, we may start to see some minor fading, but the mural itself, under normal weathering circumstances, will remain intact. The adhesive on the vinyl melts into the textured surface of the concrete, so there shouldn’t be any lifting happening (under normal weathering circumstances) for at least a couple years.

As far as the design goes, we wanted to include the ever-growing Austin skyline with the silhouettes of recognizable buildings across the entire background of the mural. We featured a lot of iconic Austin imagery, because Miller is an iconic staple in the Austin print community. The graphic elements are all representative of Austin and Texas as a whole, which we think all Austinites and Texans can appreciate. The blue color scheme comes from our logo, and a pop of new color represents another aspect of Miller growing and expanding, especially in the Graphics Department.

We featured 6th Street, not only because it is famous in Austin, but also as a nod to our long-standing time on 6th Street before relocating to East 7th. We included the quintessential phrase, “Keep Austin Weird” accompanied by a dancing taco, because us Austinites love our tacos. We paid tribute to our home of 100 years with “512 Home” written down the door, and “We Love Austin” further down the wall paired with a horseshoe — because all Texans ride horses. Being in the Live Music Capital of the World, we had to include some music notes dancing across the skyline. We hope that those who drive by our building find some joy from our mural and may be inspired to change up their space with our help.

We had so much fun coming up with all the design aspects, prepping the space as a team, and sharing it with our community! If you want to add a fun graphic element to your building, space, office, even home, reach out to our graphics team; they would love to help!

To change up your space for the new year, contact Vittoria at Vittoria.Mottler@MillerIDS.com  

Fine Art Scans & Printing

Featured Artist: Anna Lisa Leal

Anna Lisa was born in Laredo on the border of Texas and Mexico. There, her father planted many fruit trees including tangerine, orange, lime, peach and fig. She spent many days playing under and in the tangerine trees in her backyard. She spent hours drawing in the shade of the trees where her mother set her up with a large pad on a bench and Anna Lisa on a small chair. Anna Lisa says she’s been a creative as long as she can remember — whether it was drawing, dancing or creating in other ways. She continued to draw through her high school and college years, recreating images from magazines and doing portraits on request. Anna Lisa left Laredo at the age of 16 and moved to central Texas where she attended college at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Over time, her love of visual art was set aside for more “practical” studies and ultimately a corporate career. In 2008, as part of her personal renewal, she returned to the garden to draw. Anna Lisa said, “Although I lost my sense of time while I drew, I found myself and inner harmony through art. I felt like a child again. I was experiencing the world with new eyes”, and she hasn’t stopped creating since.

She loves to work with pastels because “the colors are unparalleled – pigments at their purest!” She also calls pastels her adult crayons and has explored the medium voraciously from the moment she picked them up. Upon moving to her current property, she spent the first few years creating art through landscaping. When there was no more room for real gardens, her gardens and its inhabitants began to extend into her artwork. 

Anna Lisa’s artwork embodies the patterns of nature, particularly botanicals. She is driven to create paintings which reflect nature’s captivating beauty, and it is her artistic mission to transport nature’s beautiful design to indoor living spaces. As a lifetime Texan, the various floral and animal inhabitants of the Southwest, specifically Big Bend, New Mexico and Arizona are frequent subjects of her work, as well as the Sonoran and Chihuahua deserts. 

“My heart is with the agave. I am moved by the stateliness of the agave and the seemingly endless variations in size, colors and shapes. I enjoy the colorful and dangerous beauty of cactus, the undulation of the agave leaf imprinted by the now unfurled leaf, and the poignant swan song beauty of the agave flower. But, I am also enamored with tropical flowers particularly those in Hawaii and Costa Rica.”

See more of Anna Lisa’s art on her website.

 

 

March Artist of the Month: Calhan Hale

Calhan Hale’s maternal family has been rooted in Texas for over 100 years. She grew up in a family of creative, independent and individualistic female role models. Hale received her BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and decided to stay in Texas to pursue her art after graduation.

In her most recent work, Calhan uses painting as a way of re-examining and reclaiming parts of her Texas upbringing by bringing Texas iconography into conversation with elements informed by digital experience. She is particularly interested in the ways information is gained and lost as it moves from our own experiences, to our memories, to digital interfaces and then back into a physical object. 

“Texas iconography is naturally loaded; Ideas related to tradition, geography and stereotype meet those surrounding trend, irony and self-expression. Objects, along with people and places, can be the holders of multiple, often contrasting, things at once”, and Calhan is interested in how their context and our own experiences greatly inform the ways we encounter them. 

Calhan believes, “At the intersection of time, place and identity, these works also aim to explore the simultaneous confidence and self-doubt that accompany self-awareness and the attempt to own all of who I am at once”.

“The Miller team has been exceptionally kind to me and beyond helpful with all of my printing needs. I’ve been especially lucky to work closely with Dana and Larry. Before working with Dana at Miller, I didn’t know anything about the process of having artwork professionally scanned or printed. Over the past 9 months or so, Dana has personally walked me through the entire process and has worked carefully with me to ensure that each scan and print of my paintings is as representative of the original piece as possible. And every time I come by the shop, which is often several times a week, Larry greets me with the most genuine warmth and friendliness. Dana, Larry and the Miller team make every printing experience feel like working with trusted friends, and I’m so grateful to get to share a creative community with such wonderful humans! Thank you, Miller!”

Featured Graphics: Wallpaper and Wall-Adhesive Products

 
Miller IDS is now carrying a line of professional, and do it yourself wallpaper and wall adhesive products, perfect for livening up your home or office space. A decorator and general contractor favorite; PhotoTex provides a beautiful matte look with its unique fabric finish.The ideal product for highly lit areas, PhotoTex features a no-glare wall finish that displays saturated colors comparable to a common wall decal. If you don’t have an installer on your side, we have you covered with our in-house installation team!
 
The newest product in our wallpaper and mural line is the HP PVC-Free “Do It Yourself” wallpaper. This is a simple wet apply wallpaper, perfect for apartment and dorm living, when you can’t use a permanent wall finish to jazz up your space! Visit our 7th Street location to view both of these products in person! Ask one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com

Featured Graphics: Austin PBS & ACL Hall of Fame Induction

Austin PBS and Austin City Limits celebrated another successful Hall of Fame inductee event, and the taping will air on December 27th and again on December 31st. Inductees are honored musicians who have played an important role in the ACL tapings’ history. 

The performances this year were absolutely stellar! Lyle Lovett with his Large Band performed and Lyle was introduced by none other than his good friend, Sean Penn. Buddy Guy was fantastic and showed his true blues roots as he practically shimmied while he played his guitar. And how can you beat the history and voice of Shawn Colvin? Well, you add Robert Earl Keene as the MC, and put him on the stage with the gang for the finale.

What does Miller have to do with such a fine event? Each year the goal of the Austin PBS Team is to bring a unique and special feel to Moody Theatre for the Hall of Fame Awards night. We were lucky enough to help provide graphic sparks to complement the wonder of the evening. From the outdoor vinyl banners greeting attendees as they arrived, to directional signage to parking and to the main events, we did it all Directional signage was everything from plastic A-Frame signs with corrugated plastic sign inserts, to foam core event signage on easels.  Once inside the venue, guests were greeted with various creative touches from personalized printed tablecloths to vinyl pole wraps celebrating each inductee as well as providing a listing for all hall of fame inductees. Magnetic table toppers graced high bar tables for the event.

What other branded elements were there? The Hall of Fame logo was highlighted on custom pillows and table covers for the VIP lounge areas while cut vinyl decals clearly communicated the event on a multitude of glass doors and windows. Retractable banner stands represented each inductee visually on the mezzanine floor.

Colorful, clean, beautiful graphics are designed by the team at Austin PBS, each year sporting a new twist to their continued brand for Hall of Fame.

We love our friends at Austin PBS, and we love Austin City Limits for all it represents for the music industry. Here’s to a long future for the longest running live music show in the US. And thanks for letting us be a part of the festivities! 

BOGO Banner Sale! Buy any 1 welded banner up to 120 SQ. Ft, get the 2nd FREE!

Take advantage of our BOGO Banner Sale! Buy any 1 standard banner and get the 2nd FREE!*

*This promotion is valid for our Standard Banner (grommets on welded seams)
and can be used for our mesh or vinyl banner material. This offer does not
apply to our premium banner finishing options. Offer good for up to 4 full
price banners or 120 SQ FT. maximum as “free.”

See the wide range of banner options we provide on our banner page! 

Valid through Oct 31st.

Featured Graphics: Kissing Tree

We love working with our friends over at Brookfield Residential’s distinctly Texan community, Kissing Tree. Recently we helped with their Camp Kissing Tree project which helps residents of the community identify and connect with neighbors with similar interests. We helped with the project signage in their welcome center, where residents can identify as Foodies, Voyagers (explorers and adventurers), Creators (lovers and doers of art) and Champs (sporting folk). In this new setup, the residents will be able to pin themselves on the map of Kissing Tree, helping build connections within the community.

Located close to San Marcos, Kissing Tree is perfect for those 55 and Better from around the country to visit and live in this Central Texas community. Kissing Tree has pickle ball courts and a golf course, as well a fitness center and multiple pools being constructed currently. The golf court is open to the public which gives you the perfect opportunity to check out the impressive community. If you haven’t been there, it’s worth a visit! To learn more about the legendary living at Kissing Tree, click here.  To learn how to find your own tribe at Kissing Tree, take the quiz at campkissingtree.com

For eye-catching, creative graphic solutions that truly stand out, contact Destenie at 512.381.5276 or email cssr@MillerIDS.com.

 

 

Featured Graphics: Endeavor Saltillo

Endeavor wanted a cost effective option to brand the Saltillo Development across multiple blocks. They were looking for a more unique method that showcased a fun, creative and artsy feel to vibe with the east side. Ryan Bruce, our Graphics Account manager, suggested lower cost printing (on our HP PageWide printers in our repro department) and a wheat paste application versus vinyl banners or adhesive wall wraps. In addition to being a lower-cost alternative, another ideal feature is that when one piece is damaged, individual sheets can easily be replaced or even pasted on top of the old as an additional layer.
 
Plaza Saltillo Development has been in the works for decades, and Endeavor has been on the project since early 2017.

Also, congrats to Endeavor for their selection for the next acclaimed project, the development of the Austin American Statesman site on the south side of Lady Bird Lake. Read more on the selection process from earlier this year or more recent news.

For eye-catching, creative graphic solutions that truly stand out, contact Destenie at 512.381.5276 or email cssr@MillerIDS.com.

Estimated opening dates:
Juiceland: August 15th
Snooze: August 28th
Orange Theory: September
Chipotle: end of the year
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: February 2020
Target and Whole Foods: early 2020
 
 

 

I spy a Snooze in the makings! 

Customized Art Prints for OnlineMedED

When OnlineMedEd (OME) moved into The Burt Group’s former space, they were kind enough to refer OME to our fine art printing services department for interior graphics assistance. OME’s Jamie Fitch (CEO) and Matt Talese (Creative Director) were thoughtful in coming up with interior graphics. Many hours are spent at work, and they wanted fun interior graphics that encouraged happy employees. Three OME employees are responsible for creating 100% of the images: Lisa Williams (in-house Medical Illustrator), Arlen Nydam (traveler and photographer), and Nichole Albright (an XOIC code writer with a very clever creative flair!). Many images feature Kilmer, their office cat and the company icon. See if you recognize some of the themes and styles in the photos of their work!

Matt Talese (Creative Director) conceptualized idea of having original artwork for the office.
Nichole Albright (UX/UI designer) in front of one of her many designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what is OnlineMedEd (OME)? OME is an online provider of medical education for medical students. Medical students are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information to digest. Founders Jamie Fitch and Dustyn Williams have a mission at OME to “change how medical education is approached, how medical schools deliver it and how students learn it.”  OME teaches technique as well as curricula through video learning for med students and faculty, both. Their goal is to make better doctors by allowing doctors to spend time doing what they have learned to do: practice medicine. OME accomplishes this goal by making learning easier!

 

Our part of the graphics project: Our job was simple. We printed and installed these fantastic designs and photos onto 4’x6’ adhesive panels, placing them on top of existing graphics. The results have zero bleed-through and provide a warm and fun atmosphere, matching the delightful personalities of everyone at OME!

Comments for Miller IDS ranged from “great to work within the consultative approach of Ryan (Bruce)” to “everyone we worked with was pleasant and wanted to accommodate our needs, … and you realize not every company is like that.”   We thank Annalea who posted a lovely Yelp review.

 

 

Ryan continues to make great suggestions to our clients when it comes to thinking of attractive ways to add some cheer and personality in office décor. Reach him at ryan.bruce@MillerIDS.com.

Featured Graphics: Riverbat Paddle Battle

April 6th marked the date for the first annual Riverbat Paddle Battle, benefitting the Austin Community College (ACC) Foundation and hosted by American Constructors. The purpose of the ACC Foundation is to develop community support for the college by raising funds to meet the growing needs of the ACC students. The Foundation provides scholarships ($1,000,000 granted in 2018), funds for equipment used to train students, and funding for relevant student support positions not covered by the ACC budget. 

The first annual scholarship fund raising event Riverbat Paddle Battle kayak race took place on April 6 at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. The money raised went towards funding scholarships for ACC students and took place at the Rowing Dock.

The ACC Foundation and American Constructors appreciate the support of the sponsors and participants alike, who made year one of the event a success. Not even the weather could slow the enthusiasm of the group! 72 people participated on the water, with nearly 200 showing up for the after-party across the street for crawfish, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tasty libations. Photos from event and winners of the paddle battle can be found (here). For being the first year, the Riverbat Paddle Battle is off to a tremendous start!

 

                                    

And as a side note, did you know that the mascot for Austin Community College is the RiverBat? Quite appropriate here in Austin, don’t you think?

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 propelling that push forward is general contractor and construction company, Hensel Phelps Construction 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 32 40″x 92″ 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.