Adobe Illustrator, File Format, File Size Reduction, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, Tips & Tricks, Trade Show Displays

How To Design Large Format Graphics

Recently I did a guest post on the Classic Exhibits blog page explaining several graphic design tips for large format file prep. I invite you to read that post on the Classic site and let me know if you have any questions. The article is called “I Like Big Graphics and I Can Not Lie / Baby Got Big”. View…

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Adobe Illustrator, Entertainment, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Logo Design

Video Game Shirts For Hangry Gamer Gear

Fun Side Project For Gaming Industry Friend I’ve been fortunate to know many people in the design and programming industry through my career. However, one of my favorite people is a fellow by the name of Mitchell Russell. Mitch and I met in Canada years ago when I was producing audio commercials and designing print ads for an advertising agency.…

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Custom Exhibit, Discount Prices, Large Format Graphics, Portable Displays, Silicone Edge Graphics, Tension Fabric, Trade Show Displays, Uncategorized

Displays by Area Exhibits Launches Site

What I’ve Been Up To For Six Months I’ve been silent here on the blog for several months due to a large project I’ve been working on for Area Exhibits, my employer since September of 2017. However, I’m pleased to announce that the project is complete and has gone live! Introducing Displays by Area Exhibits. This new e-commerce site is…

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Bad Employer, Communication, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, honesty, Job Search, lies, Sabbatical, Time Off, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized

Oh The Web We Weave When We Deceive…

I’ve been lucky to only work for four companies in my professional career as a graphic designer and creative individual (and one of them is my own freelance outfit). The most recent company I work for I only joined a few months ago and I love it. Therefore, in over 22 years, just three actual corporations have had me as…

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Custom Exhibit, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, Large Format Graphics, Prepress, Silicone Edge Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Area Exhibits & Alaska Airlines Custom Exhibit Success

When standards meet innovation, your custom exhibit can be unlike anything else. I was recently honored to be a very small part of the Alaska Airlines custom exhibit completed by AREA Exhibit Design & Build in Seattle, WA. The island exhibit in question is a true custom from start to finish with a mixture of both industry standard elements as…

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Communication, Difficult Client, File Format, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Trade Show Displays

PDF Files Are Evil (a personal feeling)

Why a large format job should never be submitted in PDF unless specifically requested and you know what you are doing Almost every professional design application has the ability to export or save as a PDF file and some large format printers actually request PDF files for final output (very limited number). However, it is my opinion that PDF files…

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Color Consistency, Communication, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Maintaining Consistent Color From One Vendor To The Next In Large Format Trade Show Display Production

Is it possible? One of the secrets of the trade show display industry is that manufacturers, distributors and suppliers use multiple outlets to create what you are buying. It is extremely rare to find one location that will produce everything you need under one roof. Rather, what really exists is a community of companies that source multiple items from other…

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