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Very Creative Advertising September 16, 2009

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Where some people see the floor of a mall, others see a great advertising opportunity. I wish I knew who came up with the concept for Frontline to use the mall floor to create a giant sign. The fact that they used the area isn’t the best part, it is that they created an ad that needed to have people unknowingly be apart of it. I don’t want to use the term ‘thinking outside of the box’, but I think this could be described as thinking 3 dimensionally about a 2 dimensional sign. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Good Advertising Shouldn't Tick You Off

Sometimes People At The Mall Can 'Tick' You Off

Keyboard Cat to the Kitten Rescue September 14, 2009

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Keyboard Cat Artwork, as seen on TV

Keyboard Cat Artwork, as seen on TV

A little while back the hosts of ‘Attack of the Show‘ on G4TV asked for people to submit artwork of Keyboard Cat. If you don’t know what Keyboard Cat is, you can search on youtube and find plenty of examples. It’s basically a cat playing piano that people add to the end of funny clips. I don’t know why it’s funny, but there are a lot of things on the internet that don’t make sense.

Well, I decided to create a piece of Keyboard Cat artwork to send in. It would make me try to do some different things in Photoshop and I might get to have my work on TV. I used the same process as making a sign by printing it onto adhesive vinyl and mounting it onto half-inch thick gatorfoam. I sent it in before the deadline, then waited for a couple of weeks before they finally showed the entries on the show. They received hundreds of packages with Keyboard Cat artwork, so they couldn’t show all of them, but they did have a lot of them on the set. As they panned through them all, I did get to see mine. Mission accomplished, my artwork was on TV. The following night they selected the top three entries, unfortunately, I did not win.

But there is still a happy ending to the story. They gave some of the pieces of artwork to the non-profit organization KittenRescue.org for them to auction off on ebay. As of this writing on Monday Sept. 14th at 6:45pm, my piece has 20 bids and currently sits at $157.50 with over 4 days left. I’m excited that someone out there likes it enough to bid on and possibly hang in there house. (My wife said I wouldn’t be allowed to put it up in our house.) So if you are interested, please go bid, or check out the other pieces that are up for auction.

Wacky Projects August 25, 2009

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Sometimes we have customers that want some small signs made just for the fun of it. Usually it’s for a practical joke or just something funny they want for themselves. The one person that was come in with the most strange requests for us has been Paul Salazar of California Funding.

One of the first one’s I can remember doing for him was a t-shirt design. That sounds innocent enough, but it was a group of people going on a cruise and he was making matching shirts for them. These projects are fun because you can have fun with them. We haven’t made too many business signs that have stick figures on them, so making a graphic with stick figures is nice to just mix it up every once in a while.

Big CheckAnother time Paul came in, he told me about how he’d lost a bet to a co-worker. They hadn’t been serious about the bet, but he decided he wanted a big check for $20 that he could give to her to pay off his bet. So we were a little creative with the little extras on this sign by adding ‘Bank of Salazar’ in a dollar bill font and with using handwriting fonts for filling out the check and signing it. This obviously could not be cashed at a bank, but I wonder what the largest check a bank has actually cashed. Might have to call up Guinness Book of World Records and see if they have a listing for that.

Beware of HolliOn of my favorite’s is when he had a small sign made for a receptionist. I forget what the exact story was behind it. Either she had yelled at a sales person, or he over heard one talking saying they thought she was scary or something. Paul decided to have a sign made to warn all salespeople when she was on duty.

Again these projects fun just because it mixes things up and we get to do something a little different. Usually there is a story to go along with them too. So next time you need to make a sign to make fun of or tease a co-worker, just let us know. We’ll be happy to help. 🙂

Mispeled Wurds Hapen Too Everywon! August 20, 2009

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You have been warned!

You have been warned!

It even happens in the newss.

It even happens in the newss.

A good place to go to catch misspellings.

A good place to learn to catch misspellings.

Learn it, then you too can mess it up.

Learn it, then you too can mess it up.

Who goes out of business first, them or their sign company?

Who goes out of business first, them or their sign company?

The man speaks from experience!

The man speaks from experience!