Featured Graphics: Raise Your Hand Texas

This past February, alumni teachers, administrators, and influencers in education came together in Austin to raise their voices by sharing ideas to look beyond the status-quo and guide the reinvention of public education in the State of Texas. At their Leadership Symposium this year, Raise Your Hand Texas looked to push its marketing and event materials to the next level through its interactive displays, banners, easel signs, directional signage, as well as a 20’ stage backdrop and 20’ experience wall.

The nonprofit advocacy group supports public policy solutions that “invests in our students, encourage[s] innovation and autonomy, and improve[s] college and workforce readiness.” This year, for their 11thannual Leadership Symposium, Raise Your Hand unveiled the theme “Raise Your Voice.” The three-day interactive event emphasized being heard both on their campuses as well as at the capitol throughout the symposium. More than 300 educators from the event converged on the Capitol to speak directly to their legislators, to make their voices, the voices of their teachers, and the voices of their students and families heard.

From a marketing perspective, Raise Your Hand always takes the Leadership Symposium experience to the next level. The small but talented team looks for ways to push the creative envelope when it comes to presenting the symposium, and the organization. Unique to this year, they partnered with the third-party app Soundwave Art to “enhance the overall experience and bring life to many of our print materials.” They generated 16 soundwaves that were all scannable and featured their own custom-created videos that shared stories of the many voices behind public education.

The print materials highlighted the theme of the symposium and amplified the overall experience through bright colors and eye-catching designs and innovative signage. Miller provided printing of several of the necessities for a symposium of this size—from the direct-to-print directional signage for the conference space itself, to a 20’ Hop-Up that gave a backdrop to presenters and acted as a background for selfies later during the symposium. Miller can provide fun and informational needs for any event. The interactive aspect of the Soundwave Art App elevated the reach of the marketing of the symposium. It allowed Raise Your Hand to push their message further and provide opportunities for educators and administrators attending the event to interact with the content.

Joel Goudeau, Visual Design Strategist for Raise Your Hand Texas, had this to say about working with the Miller Team: “I’ve been working with Miller’s for almost five years. I’ve worked on several projects with Ryan Bruce, and he has always been incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. What I appreciate most about Miller’s, and the reason I keep coming back, is their attention to detail and ensuring that the customer gets exactly what they want and expect. Other members of the Millers team that I have had a pleasure of working with in the last 5 years include, Vittoria Mottler, Tim Dupere, Destenie Rhodes, Micah Frugia, and Melissa Hay. I believe you all have played a pivotal role in the execution of our previous conferences and I will gladly recommend your services to other partners.”

March 2019 Artist of the Month: Connie Adcock

Miller IDS is excited to announce our March 2019 Artist of the Month, Connie Adcock with her piece, “Gemstone Guitar.” As we emerge from our (albeit warm) winter, we find our city filled with live music, smiling faces, and lots of perfect days to go to Zilker Park or hang out on the patio of a great restaurant. Adcock’s piece uses bright colors to bring to life the vibrancy of the Austin music scene and is drawn from her life here in the Live Music Capital of the World. We were so inspired by the content and the colors of “Gemstone Guitar” and how they reflect springtime in Austin.

Formerly a first-grade teacher at Colorado Academy in Denver, Adcock retired in 2013 and made her way down to Austin. An art and education major in college, she had always used art during her teaching and now, in her retirement, Adcock focuses her time on creating art. In her exploration, Adcock has used her fascination with colors and repetitions found in nature as well intricate imaginative patterns to bring her art to life. In the beginning of her work, Adcock took on a realistic tone  by drawing inspiration from life experiences. In the past year, however, she branched out and is currently experimenting with a style that combines realism and the abstract. Currently, Adcock has original paintings in two galleries in Salado as well as Galveston, TX and prints of her work in various restaurants and gift shops in Austin and throughout Texas.

Adcock’s inspiration for “Gemstone Guitar” is drawn from her love and experiences of live music in Austin. She immerses herself in the emotions of her paintings and expresses her joy and passion for her work. She notes that in her art, these emotions “run the gamut from thoughtful and introspective to exuberant and wild.” She paints with bright, vivid colors which reflect her cheerful, optimistic, and positive outlooks and stance to life and art. Adcock’s work is heavily influenced by her life experiences including traveling and new discoveries, memories from childhood, and her imagination. “Gemstone Guitar” reminds us of the bright flowers and greenery that appear in Austin during this time of year as well as the live music you hear throughout the city as the weather gets better. As the city comes alive, Adcock has captures the emotional outpouring of excitement and new projects that reverberate throughout Austin. 

Thanks, Connie Adcock, for allowing us to feature you as our March 2019 Artist of the Month. You can find her work up in both of our stores now through March 31st and you can also see “Gemstone Guitar” on the windows of the Prima Dora Gift Shop next to Magnolia Café on South Congress Ave.

You can contact her at cadcocktx@gmail.com or feel free to visit her website at connieadcockart.com

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.

Featured Graphics: 2019 SMPS Black + White Bash

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) hosted their annual Black + White Bash at the Austin Film Society on January 17th. Over 200 people attended the Old Hollywood themed event and celebrated the winners of the SMPS Member of the Year (Janki Depalma), Community Service Award (Tahnee Sauer), and Leadership Award (Paulette Gibbins). 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!

 

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.

 

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.  

   

 

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. 

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.

 

 

 

 

August Artist of the Month: Susannah Blanton

             Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions is proud to present the August 2018 Artist of the Month, Susannah Blanton and her piece The Beginning of the Beginning. Originally from Fort Worth, Blanton was heavily influenced by the creative spirits of her parents who exposed her to all forms of art. Blanton’s work also has great influence from the LA Artist community social commentary during the early 2000s.  In her work, Susannah Blanton views painting as a medium to illustrate a message and tell a story. Specifically, in her collection, The Beginning of the Beginning, Blanton highlights the fragility of human life and is the expression of Blanton’s own grief.

“The Beginning of the Beginning”

               The collection and our chosen piece uses several symbolic elements to describe Blanton’s grief and coping of the loss of both her mother and brother-in-law. The use and power of water, horses, and vintage advertisements aid Blanton in describing the loss of control one feels throughout life. Spilled water is an incredibly powerful image, as to Blanton water “[is] a symbol for death and/or the voyage into the afterlife.” Within the piece, she attributes “the vulnerability depicted in the falling horse [as a reminder of] how fragile life can be.” To Blanton the “piece establishes the symbolism for most of [her] subsequent work, where water came to represent the afterlife and horses represent us in the physical body.” The chosen piece, featured right, explores much more than the literal but the fragility of the human experience and the lack of control humans have throughout life.

An example Blanton’s work exhibiting the influence of an vintage advertisement.

Additionally, the influence of vintage advertisements taken out of their original contexts throughout her collection, give her work a deeper, more complicated meaning that there is the “possibility that under the obvious is something less perfect that demands to be heard.”

Come by either of Miller’s locations to see a reprint of Susannah Blanton’s The Beginning of the Beginning now. 

View more of Blanton’s work here or contact her at blantondesign@me.com.