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 our 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.

Featured Graphics: OnlineMedEd (OME)

When OnlineMedEd (OME) moved into The Burt Group’s former space, they were kind enough to refer OME to us 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.

May Artist of the Month: Mary Barton

We are honored to feature Mary Barton as our May Artist of the Month along with her piece “Spring Has Sprung.”  A Texas Panhandle native, Barton uses the inspiration of both West Texas and the Texas Hill Country throughout her work. She allows emotions and nature’s beauty to guide her process with each step she takes. Barton reworked “Spring Has Sprung” several times before making the blue, purple, and yellow flowers the center of attention. Now as we inch closer to summer, we at Miller IDS appreciate the vibrancy of  her work even more.

Barton grew up in Pampa, Texas in the Texas Panhandle.  After a few years in Lubbock at Texas Tech, she moved to Austin in 1989 and currently resides in the Wimberly area. Barton fell in love with the hills, trees, and water features of the Central Texas Hill Country, as seen in her subject matter for many years.  Barton graduated from Texas State University, after starting a family and has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years while pursuing her passion for art. As she describes it, her focus on abstract art is the “balance between the battle and pull of [her] right and left brain.” For Barton, creativity and art is a family affair; as her grandmother, mother, and sister were all artists. Her first love, pottery, allowed her to feel grounded and connected as she formed sculptures from lumps of clay. 

More recently, she has branched out into abstract painting, by using the focus on nature’s beauty that certain spaces can evoke. Barton wants the technique and style of her work to be the recognizable aspect. She prefers nature and tropical ocean scenes for subject matter, but her work is heavily influenced by the seasons. For her piece “Spring has Sprung,” the striking blue, deep red, yellow and purple flowers lay in contrast with the light background which allows the colors to stand out while blending in. The blue in the background deepens the cooler shades and the technique emphasizes the growth of the flowers in the painting. We love how Barton captures all the excitement the ground has after an abundance of rain or an explosion of growth in a field. 

Barton wrote this incredible testimonial about working with Dana Burton, our Fine Arts Specialist and Miller IDS: “When I first met Dana, she immediately put me at ease with her incredible knowledge of the colors that would be necessary to reproduce an image that would even slightly represent the deep vibrant hues of the inks I use.  It is definitely a challenge that she was more than capable to accept and achieve.  After the first painting I brought in was ready for review, I was amazed at the quality and clarity that she was able to produce. It opened up my opportunities to be able to reproduce any painting without limitations to size or substrate. I instantly became a repeat customer and have been pleased with every image scan that she has worked on. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dana at Miller IDS to give you a quality archival image of your artwork.”

Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to feature you this month. You can see more of Barton’s work here or contact her via email at marybartonart@gmail.com

April Artist of the Month: Meena Matai

Miller IDS is proud to announce Meena Matai as our April 2019 Artist of the Month and we’re featuring her painting, “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans.” Influenced by the wildflowers of Texas, Matai hopes that the vibrant colors of her work encourages viewers to be positive, collaborate, and to nurture and support one another. This piece is particularly unique because of the playful use of texture in combination with her usual alcohol ink on canvas. At Miller, we were particularly intrigued with her ability to capture the revival of spring in Austin while focusing on collaboration and community support.

Born in India, Matai moved to the U.S. in 2001. Originally an electrical engineer, Matai’s true passion lay in art and painting. A cultivated talent, Matai took classes throughout her life to hone her craft. The unexpected loss of her father brought Matai face-to-face with the fragility of life and turned to art as more than a passion and instead to tell her own story. This storytelling approach makes her art accessible and relatable using grounding and engaging subject matter, color, and texture.

 Matai’s technique uses alcohol inks blown through a straw onto yupo or canvas, which allows the vibrant colors to blend naturally. In the past year, she has introduced other elements such as texture. She notes that, “I arrange pieces to form exquisite patterns using pins, playing with light and shadow to convey messages of community and collaboration through art.” Specifically, Matai’s work plays with arrangements of color to create patterns that interact with light and shadows. “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” plays with texture as much as it plays with color. With this piece, Matai used a texturing paste to outline the flower petals and keep the colors together. Texture not only brings new elements to a painting, but functions to control the flow of inks on the canvas.

At Miller, we consider our connection with our customers and community to be of great importance and we love how Matai’s work emphasizes and focuses on the importance of interaction with those around you. Recently, Matai has had work featured in the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Art for the People, and many others.

In her own words, Matai said this about working with the Miller IDS Team: “I have worked with Dana Burton at Miller IDS for almost two years now and she always goes the extra mile for me. She always listens to my vision and does her magic to realize it into a finished product – be it fine art reproductions or notecards. The quality of the final product is beyond what I have seen anywhere else. To me, it’s important that when people buy a print of my artwork, they are getting something as close to the original as possible. Dana makes this possible…I recommend Miller IDS to all my artist friends for the quality, reliability and great customer service. Dana, thank you for all that you do.”

Thank you, Meena for those incredibly kind words and for your beautiful work. You can find “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” at either of our locations during April. You can contact Meena through her website at https://www.meenamatai.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: 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! 

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.