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The return of wallpaper

March 1, 2007

By Susanne Jansson There is an old adage that says, “What goes around comes around.” The history of wallpaper is a perfect example of a design tool that has seen its popularity come and go. Once dismissed as something better suited to grandma’s parlor, wallpaper is being reconsidered. The first recorded use of wallpaper is …

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Let’s Get Graphic experiences rapid growth

By Lou Dzierzak “A lot of our customers count on us to come up with the latest inventions and newest applications,” offers Paul Miller, owner of Let’s Get Graphic in Mounds View, Minnesota. The rapidly expanding sign shop specializes in large and grand format projects. Miller explains, “Customers come to us because other people haven’t …

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Creating clear communication between designer and client

Opening the lines of communication between client and designer leads to unlimited creative possibilities. By Marti Naughton Bold. Exciting. Elegant. Innovative. Corporate. Hip. A client may use any or all of these words when communicating a project to a designer. But what does the designer hear? The client may think bold means make it red, …

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Vehicle wraps present growth opportunity for sign shops

The owner of every car, boat, minivan, helicopter, semi-truck trailer, and fleet vehicle in your city is a potential new customer. By Lou Dzierzak Hey, look at that! Ten years ago, a car, truck, or van driving down the street covered in colorful vinyl graphics would have stopped pedestrians in their tracks. Now, vehicle wraps …

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Building wraps spur sales for print shops

Creating advertising and event banners large enough to cover the façade of a building is a market that can’t be ignored. By Lou Dzierzak At the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, more than a dozen buildings were decorated with super-sized banners celebrating the competition. Since then, sports related venues and events have been …

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Fabric facts

There are no easy answers or “magic” fibers, yarns, finishes, and coatings to meet every application. By Phil Age and Jean K. Dilworth Selecting the best fabric for your final application or product depends on the manufacturer’s method of creating fabric from fibers and yarns. The fabrication contributes to the appearance, product end use, cost, …

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Printer pointers

Your guide to asking the right questions before you buy. By Phil Age and Jean K. Dilworth There are numerous factors to consider before making the decision to by a new printer. First, does your current printing operation have excess demands that can only be met by labor working overtime? If the answer is a …

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Fabric hits the runway

By Lou Dzierzak The event. Paul Mitchell Fashion Show stage set for a traveling trade show exhibit and/or hair show event. The company. Pink, Inc, New York, N.Y. The task. John Paul Mitchell Systems hired Pink, Inc. to build two large tension fabric structures. Featuring larger than life photographs, the 12- x 12- x 18-foot …