Featured Graphics: Cushman Wakefield

 Cushman Wakefield was moving into their new space, and with that in mind, they wanted to do some creative and inspiring interior signage. Jordan Newman, Senior Graphic Designer, reached out to us for help.

We installed some awesome wall wraps, one being in the main kitchen area that made a bold statement. We also wrapped a dividing wall that was half glass and half drywall in an image of the Austin skyline. They had one wall that was office space and was divided into 3 parts which we wrapped with a city street map graphic.

Throughout the office space we installed several small wall decals with just graphic text that brought the space together. We used laminated adhesives for the wall coverings. The overall look is very sharp and cohesive, and it was a very fun project to be a part of.

 

Contact one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

 

Featured Graphics: Frosted Glass and Window

Frosted glass is gaining in popularity for open offices. This recent project for Structure Tone Southwest is a perfect example of the use of window frost. Pictured is one pattern designed by the tenant, cut and applied by our staff. If you have open areas and wish to “obstruct the view” to others without blocking light or the open office feel, reach out to us for similar creative ideas!

We can also add your logo in a frosted panel on a glass conference room. Not only is this subtle branding but also a way to add depth to a door, optimizing the visibility of the transparent door.

We thank Structure Tone for the opportunity to work with them on this nice project! Interesting tidbit: The installation was actually moved forward due to folks on the job site running into the glass. It really does happen!

Ask one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

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

January Artists of the Month: Hanna McGinnis, Margaret Hoover & Anna Miller

Hanna C. McGinnis is the great grand daughter of John D. Miller who founded Miller Blue Print in 1920; she is the daughter of Cate Miller and Mike McGinnis. Hanna graduated from St. Stephen’s High School in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Medieval Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Hanna then went on to study food design and translation in Italy, working for three years as a translator and content editor in Milan. She then received her Masters in Medieval History from the University of Oxford.

She is currently a first-year student at Stanford Law School. Hanna has a longtime love for ceramics, mosaics, and sculpture, and her art studies include the Art Institute of Chicago summer program, mosaic studies in Italy, and many summer classes at Laguna Gloria, where she also volunteered as a teacher’s aide.

Margaret Hoover is also the great-granddaughter of John D. Miller, and daughter of Ida Miller and Nick Hoover. Margaret studied art at Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley and graduated from San Marcos High School. Margaret now attends California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she is studying illustration.

Anna Buchanan Miller, wife of Robert Miller, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 from the Plan II program. While not directly employed in the business, she supported Robert and all Miller Blueprint ventures for decades. In her youth, Anna studied art with Frank Reaugh, a renowned western painter. Anna considered herself fortunate to be chosen to assist Mr. Reaugh and his students on his West Texas summer sketch trips, allowing her to study art and travel during the Depression. 

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! 

Featured November Artist of the Month: Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander was raised in San Antonio and in her own words “escaped” as soon as possible to Austin in 1973, to attend UT. She started as an art major but got her degree in Anthropology because of her interest in Primitive Arts. Alexander comes from a long line of women who devoted much of their spare time in what was traditionally called “Women’s Crafts”.

She says she had no choice but to learn needlework, yarn work and quilting at a young age. Much of this craft is based on a grid system and her current artwork is her modern interpretation of these principles. Alexander said that because there were no real jobs for people with Anthropology degrees, with a concentration in the Primitive Arts in the 1970’s, she took some drafting courses and became an Architectural Draftsman. Alexander shared that this was before CAD, when everything was hand drawn and this type of work relied heavily on the grid system, so her early training in that concept was reinforced.

The piece we have hanging in our stores this month is called “Bryce Canyon”. Alexander’s daughter, who is also an artist, took a trip to the parks in Utah and came back with some beautiful photographs. Alexander has always been interested in the natural world and most of her work is botanical. It is all about color, light and value for her. Lately, she has been drawn to the larger landscape and her daughter’s photos inspired her to dive into that larger world and made her want to explore the colors of the canyons.

“I spent a lot of time at Miller Blueprint, when it was downtown, during the ’80’s! It has been wonderful to reconnect to Miller IDS and Dana does a fantastic job (she is a color guru) with the digital scans of my originals.”

Website: kjdaworks.com

Instagram: @kjdaworks

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.

 

 

July Artist of the Month: Travis Ballantyne

Miller IDS is excited to announce our July 2019 Artist of the Month, Travis Ballantyne, with his piece. Color Wave.

Ballantyne is an abstract painter who emphasizes contrasting color relationships. In his work, he balances cool and warm, and light and dark colors. He usually applies paint directly onto the canvas from the tube and proceeds to manipulate the color with a variety of tools: brushes, plants, cards and other non-traditional items. Vibrant, colorful abstractions such as Color Wave and Boats in Water result from this unorthodox process. Once finished, he often rotates paintings 90 or 180 degrees in order to offer the viewer a different experience of the piece. 

 

Ballantyne is a worldly artist. He grew up in a military family that relocated to a new country every two years. He has spent time in the United States, Europe, and Asia, learning a great deal about cultures and customs around the world. This multicultural background informs his aesthetic and artistic practice. After graduating from High School in South Korea, Ballantyne relocated to Texas to study art. While there, he also discovered his passion for teaching art to children and adults.

You can see more of Ballantyne’s work and contact info here.

Boat on Water

Featured Graphics: Preacher

Preacher is an independent, Austin-based creative company, founded in 2014, that specializes in advertising, design, strategy and experiential and digital marketing. They pride themselves on marketing with conviction, craft, and plenty of soul, “Spreading the Good Word” in all they do. Being such a creative team, they wanted their workplace to reflect that.

We were thrilled to work with them for the third year on a unique project in a space they call “The Chapel”, producing clear adhesive vinyl window decals to create a stained-glass window effect. Each year, Cofounder Rob Baird chooses 10 of his designers and art directors to design the stained-glass windows, each window reflecting who the artist is or what they are passionate about. The 10 artists come together to share their ideas and work as a team to decide on the final designs just as they do on client projects. Preacher’s space also includes a split-level gallery where they rotate through selected artists’ work, hosting openings with live music and catering, which are open to the public. To see past shows and learn about upcoming events, visit Preacher’s gallery website.

The creative energy of the 50’s downtown storefront office is noticeable! It’s a great, open area and comfortable for employees, clients and visitors alike. Throughout the office there are nooks and couches for a change in work environment, with creatively added conference rooms adorning the open space. Brands flock to this agency for campaigns that keep the scriptures of powerful advertising.

For creative graphic solutions to transform your workplace or to make your message stand out, contact Destenie at 512.381.5276 or email cssr@MillerIDS.com. To learn more about the exciting things being created at Preacher, click here. 

June Artist of the Month: Sarita Geisel

Miller IDS is excited to announce our June 2019 Artist of the Month, Sarita Geisel, with her piece “On the Embankment.” Her work is an extension of her travels, dance and meditation. The piece we feature, “On the Embankment,” exemplifies the cool waters and ambiance of the Portugal coast. With the summer season comes travel and this piece captures the beauty and the excitement that comes from meeting new people and seeing new places.

Geisel came to Austin without ever having been to Texas or even having a job lined up. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Geisel decided on her 28th birthday that she would move somewhere new. Ten years later, she is still living and creating in the Austin area. An award-winning graphic designer and art director, Sarita has over ten years in designing and illustrating for the medical device industry. In her painting, she can capture a different meaning to what keeps people alive. From a young age, however, Geisel has needed to express herself through drawing and painting. For the past 14 years her favorite art medium has been acrylic on canvas and she enjoys experimenting with color, texture, and detail “to enhance the emotional experience and bring the story to life for the viewer.” Geisel’s art brings cities, places, and people to life.

 

“On the Embankment” is a rendition of a view from the bridge walking over from the city of Gaia to the city of Porto on an overcast day. Geisel captures the old city feeling that Europe gives a new traveler—the mixture of new feelings and old buildings. As the people mill about the markets in the background and the restaurant in the foreground, Sarita explores the familiarity of everyday life and the excitement of travel. She captures the vibrant fishing boat that evokes its own story, as well as the couple on the balcony carrying on a conversation.  We hope that Geisel’s “On the Embankment” will transport you to a serene (and cool) port city and allows your mind to wander to a new, but familiar place. 

Having worked with Miller for several years, Geisel had this to say: “Working with Dana is always a pleasure! I came to Miller IDS on high recommendations from another artist when I was getting ready for an art show and wanted to be able to sell prints of my paintings, in addition to originals. Dana goes above and beyond to get the color matching as close as possible to the original painting, I was very impressed by how much work she does to get it right. She’s so warm and I love how affordable and fast Miller IDS is to work with. The quality and customer service is top notch!”

Thank you for allowing us to feature your beautiful painting, Sarita. You can find more of Sarita’s work at her website.