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  • OBEY Clothing

    OBEY Clothing was founded in 2001 - inspired by the art, designs, and ideals of Shepard Fairey. Shepard Fairey is a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator. He is also known as the founder of OBEY Clothing. His work began after he created an image of Andre the Giant, and soon propelled him to becoming one of the most influential street artists of all time.

    The OBEY campaign takes its inspiration from popular culture, commercial marketing, and political messaging. The OBEY message comes from the Do it Yourself counterculture of punk rock and skateboarding. Shepard Fairey used the word "obey" to take heed of propagandists who are out to bend the world to their agendas. This was meant to be used as reverse psychology for his viewers.

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    In 2001, OBEY Clothing was created. This clothing brand became another method of spreading Shepard Fairey's original message to a larger audience around the world. This clothing brand is inspired by classic military designs and some pieces include parts of Fairey's art. OBEY clothing includes outerwear, tees, tanks, tops, bottoms, and etc. for both men and women.

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    With new arrivals coming in and out of the store, we've created some awesome store signage that will help promote these new pieces of apparel. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for some awesome new clothes!

  • The Who 50th Anniversary Tour

    Who’s that? The Who is who it is. One of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, The Who introduced many new concepts to rock, including rock opera, while staying true to the sound. Their style was unique compared to the bands of their time like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, they focused on the problems they knew people were dealing with, and this resulted in great success for them.

    The Who 50th Anniversary Tour photos

    The Who is a staple of rock music, and to commemorate their anniversary, they knew they couldn’t stop anywhere short of amazing. The Who is going on a legendary 50th anniversary tour across North America and Europe, to celebrate their golden anniversary.

    Lead singer Roger Daltrey has been quoted in Rolling Stone saying that this tour is the beginning of a long goodbye, giving the tour that much more significance. The tour will be ran by AEG, an entertainment group that is dedicated to providing all aspects of live music performances for groups and performers. Knowing this is The Who’s last WHOrah makes creating the best tour possible a top priority.

    The Who Anniversary Tour promo prints

    AEG wanted to make every aspect of this tour spectacular, from when you enter to when you exit. With their VIP meet and greet in mind, they came to us wanting a display for their meet and greet. With a collection of photos from many different decades, we created collages of their history to be displayed when they meet their faithful. Rather than a vinyl  banner or other material, we chose to put these collages on metal, so they could be used at each tour stop without going through any wear and tear while also being able to stand on their own.

    The Who 50th Anniversary Tour by AEG

    The final products are great pieces that fans will be able to take pictures by while meeting Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, adding to the memories for The Who as well as their loyal fans.

    To get a quote for printing on metal, please contact us here.

  • Beyond the Banner: "Too Many Choices"

    We are fickle humans. We like having a say in what we buy or don't buy, use or don't use, who we vote for, etc. We like choices, but we also believe in the saying that there can be "too much of a good thing", and this can be applied to your business as well.

    Too many choices within a single product can be "too much of a good thing". For example, with Apple products like the iPod: you only get a choice of a few colors, instead of the whole rainbow spectrum. Why? It simply makes choosing easier, and when you spend less time choosing a color, you spend more time selecting and making your purchase.

    To quote Paul Scrivens, from the Smashing Magazine article, Easier is Better Than Better:

    "... in reality humans usually choose the one that is easiest for them to understand and evaluate. Very often we do so because we don’t have the time to put in the research necessary to make an informed decision."

    You don't want this ^. Perhaps you won't mind competing products between businesses, but having too many choices among the same product wihtin your own business? Well, that might be a shot to the foot. It's all about the time. Or as the ol' businessmen with the fancy canes and monacles once said, "Time is Money!"

    So, when considering your latest and greatest product, limit the choices of color, texture, features, etc. that it comes with. Make it simple, make it smart, and it'll sell.

    For a more in-depth discussion about this topic, swing on over to Smashing Magazine and read Paul Scriven's article HERE.

  • Banner Inspiration! Featuring Andre Muniz Gonzaga

    We have reached our 50th post! Hooray!!

    Alright, enough parties and confetti. Back to work!

    I want to introduce you to Andre Muniz Gonzaga, a Brazilian street artist who has done something truly fascinating with his world: painted the rocks. Nope, no blank brick walls for him: he's deemed unusually shaped rocks as his inspiration and canvas for his portraits. Yes, I said portraits. But it's not normal proportions that we're used to seeing. Take a look below:

    Do you see the face? Pretty gnarly, huh?

    Gonzaga has literally thought outside of the box by putting his art on objects we wouldn't expect, in addition to making them faces. It's like the feeling you get, when you the the grill and front headlight of a car are looking at you like a face. He saw the shape in these rocks, and simply brought that personification to life.

    Here's a couple more examples:

     What's this got to do with banners?

    Well, consider this: the rocks above, they're something you haven't seen before, yes? It's unexpected and draws your eye. This can applied for any form of advertising, banners and signs included. With a well-designed image, sometimes there's no need for text.

  • The Magic of Product Photography for Banners

    We talk a lot about photography and what kind of skill makes us ooh and ahh, but we have never really delved into product shots that cater to your customer's questions, before they can even ask them. These are some things to consider when designing for various ads, even outside of banners and signs.

    Give the Inside Look

    What some businesses have done, especially with cars, is create situations in their ads that their product would benefit in. For example, with selling mini-vans: how many people can it fit? What does the trunk space look like? The front dash?

    By showing these in photograph before these questions can be asked makes interaction with your customer much easier. They can see the pictures, and they can see what works and what doesn't for them and their specific needs.

    "What Does it Do?"

    I get this a lot when talking to my siblings. You've got something to prove about your new product and it's not just all hot air. When it comes to showing product versatility, it helps to include some photos of that product out in the wild.

    Made a collapsible bike? Show someone riding around, and then folding it up just before going to work.

    A new mp3 player? Show all the different places that you can take it, as well as all the functions.

    Tutorial Time

    Some products get released, and it's so exciting, and then it arrives in the mail and...!

    You don't know how it works. Most include an instruction manual (hopefully), but it's in Russian or Chinese or strange pictograms. Not all manuals are so blessed. If you have a product that is being marketed as "easy use", a tutorial timeline would be great! Show step-by-step what makes your product fantastic and so easy. We'll all be thankful.

  • Make a Splash! Water Drop Photography for Custom Banners

    As, I'm typing this, I'm getting pretty thirsty. Where we are, it's still toasty weather outside. Makes the throat itch something awful....but alas! Some splash photography to ease my way!

    Splash photography is nothing new. You see it on ads, in television commercials (albeit, with slow-mo tech), and it looks nice, even pretty. Photographers use high speed cameras to get that perfect shot of strange and beautiful shapes that liquids can make. You also have the option of filming the above surface splash, or the dive down below. Either one can leave wonders.

    Here are a couple of pieces that especially caught my attention on the world wide web. Not because they're pretty splashes, but they're splashes with a purpose, a product, or an amazing color. All three can do wonders for viral marketing images, a great banner display, or a magazine ad. These are especially great for products like juices, wines, drinking glasses, or fruits. In any case, explore your options. Perhaps making a 'splash' is the right move for you.

    by Jack Long

    Don't be fooled. It may look like a flower, or at least frozen before the photograph, but it's totally not. These feux flowers were perfectly timed to get what you see above.

    by Paul Hoksenar

    I don't know if they actually splashed the model (probably), but it still looks amazing.

    For more awesome images of splashes, check out this article from Top Design Magazine.

  • The Future Looks Shiny: Metallic Backgrounds for Vinyl Banners

    Most sci-fi imagineers will illustrate a curvy, streamlined future with fine chrome and glass surfaces. Metal is manmade and exudes power. It's a hardy element, capable of holding up our greatest structures and making our technology nearly invincible to Mother Nature's worst.

    Using this fine element as a background can be pretty smart, depending on your advertised product or what message you're trying to convey.

    Banner Ideas

     

    Metal Textures

    Textured metal backgrounds can be used to display rugged products, like camping gear, trucks and other large cars, or a "hardcore" event (concert, festival, etc.). The sharp grooves and rises in the image (like the one below), have that connotation of hardness, roughness, not-to-be-messed-with, etc. For products like these, the world is their oyster, just waiting to get run over.

    Now, it's not quite recommended to use foil for a background. Although it's very pretty, it's also very difficult to read text or see some images, with the constant changes of light and dark in the material. Something wrapped in foil, like a food or a solid image with only a little detail, will be feasibly seen with this kind of background.

    Smooth Textures

    And then, there's your usual: the nice chrome, stainless steel background with a touch of metallic finery. This background is subtle, making it perfect for any sort of text or images your want in the foreground. With Outdoor Banners, the faux shiny metal will still attract some eyes without blinding someone in the process (you know what I mean...).

    Nuts & Bolts

    Last, but not least, let's look at some "accessories" you can add to that metal banner background. Sheet metal is either bolted or welded together, and some businesses and consumers find that look appealing. It symbolizes a sturdy hold on your mission, strength and endurance. There's a precise art to it as well.

  • Sandy Banners: Off to the Desert!

    Now, we aren't physically going to the desert. I want to talk about desert photography! The sand, the sun....the camels?

    Whatever floats your boat, if you love the scorching summer heats or the wandering sand dunes, then check out some cool desert photography below. Hey, maybe it'll inspire your next banner or sign design.

    If you've got an upcoming Outdoor event that require some Outdoor Banners, especially if it's a trip to the desert or "desert-themed", take a knack at some desert photography to spruce up that sign for your event. If you get with the landscape, so will your guests, and what's that phrase? "The more the merrier!"

  • Branding Banners: Tips on Logos, Types, and More

    You're a brand new business, or at least thinking of re-branding to get more followers. Well, don't feel too overwhelmed by the flood of prospective ideas, or you'll drive yourself crazy with the possibilities! Instead, here's a few tips to get you started on the right path to brand new business.

    Doing Your Homework

    It seems silly right now, but do some research into your company or your most well-known products. What's the story behind the founding? What is it about your product that customers love so much? By taking what you learn and spinning it, you not only create a new sense of purpose, but you can take that history and transform it into a new logo or slogan. Say you found out that you're business was originally founded in Minnesota. You can say "Born in Minnesota, Raised in Success". Alright, that might have been cheesy, but you get the picture. It's all about the history.

    Loco for Logos

    So, after you've done your homework, it's time to think of a logo! This is the fun part. You keep what you have, or take all that research you've done and channel it into something creative. Remember, it should reflect who you are as a company and the level of professionalism you expect. Don't be a corporation with a logo of a penguin riding a skateboard. Make it fun, but make it relevant. You also don't to add too much detail: a logo should be simple enough that anyone can distinguish it from another's.

    Typography Troubles

    For those who don't know, "types" refers to the style of text you use for messages, like Arial or Times New Roman. There is a humongous plethora of types out there, or sometimes called fonts, and in most cases you can download ones you like for free. BUT, if you want a completely unique type just for your business, it's going to cost you some coin. For the most part, however, you can stick with what you have or download the freebies online.  Choosing a font is a lot like choosing a logo: make it fun, but make it relevant and above all, LEGIBLE. I can't even begin to tell you how illegible types can turn away customers.

  • So Real, You Want to Touch It: Wood Backgrounds for Banners

    Not all banners are created equal. They don't all have elaborate images or fancy typography, or even  a message. But one thing you can do is put a pretty awesome background on your banner. There's a couple of things you need to focus on to help you pick the best background: texture, relation to your business, and any text you're including. You don't want some dizzying checkerboard pattern with some text that no one can read, because they're too busy spinning from all the black and white checks.

    But for today, we're going to take a look at some ideas for a wood background. :)

    "Wooden" Banner Examples

    Textures

    Since it's autumn right now, it's pretty appropriate to check out these kinds of banner backgrounds. So, when it comes to textures and colors of wood, it goes hand in hand with what sort of type you are using as well.

    A darker wood (such as the example above) would be better for lighter type. It also has more space for a coherent image, without over-powering the wood or making the whole piece look too busy

    If something lighter is the texture you're going for, obviously use darker text. However, a lighter toned wood might seem too busy with a lot of text or images, so this would be more appropriate for something less text-heavy. You want the ruggedness to show through, and leave that "Earthy" feel.

    Banners Related to your business

    Let's say you are an environmental group. You've got a big fundraiser/charity event coming up and you want to accentuate your cause in all of your advertising. A wooden background would be the perfect example!

    Wood not only gives that cliche "earthy" feel, but it also makes your event feel homey and comfortable.

    Another example is if you have a store getting ready for an autumn/Thanksgiving sale. A wooden banner is reminiscent of family dining tables, picnics outdoors, or even the trees in autumn. With a wooden background, customers will immediately hone in on that Fall feel and be more likely to come check out what your sale is about.

    For more examples and some great background downloads, check out this compilation article from SpeckyBoy magazine.

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