Thanks Sophos, this was a lot of fun!
Thanks Sophos, this was a lot of fun!
This is going to be a lot of fun!
So a popular sign camp workshop that was recently held happened to have many of the industry’s greatest all in one spot. A common trait among the best is that they all have a touch of arrogance and a lot of wit.
Here is a fun little project we did in the shop as a showroom prop. It was started many years ago and we decided to finish it up last week. (more…)
We had some creative fun to start our day this morning. This video explains it all:
A local restaurant that is opening soon approached us about producing a bronze pig – or rather a foam bronze pig. We gladly took the opportunity to do what we do best.
In the old days, it took a chisel, hammer and some tough hands to create a sign in stone. Nowadays, we use Vectric Aspire and a couple of mouse clicks. Our robotic friend (The Shopbot CNC machine) takes care of the rest. …Well…technically, it’s not “stone” – but it looks like it is!
This is the second float we’ve built for Grand Canyon University. They are always a pleasure to work with. For this year’s design, they wanted to showcase their basketball team. The idea was to build a scale model of their basketball court with “Thunder”, their Antelope mascott, slam dunking a basketball.
We haven’t forgotten to update our blog. It’s on the top of my mind every day. Unfortunately, we are in our busiest time of year, and work gets in the way of some of these processes. Expect the next few weeks to be just as dry, with little or no fun projects being posted. Its not because there isn’t anything to share, I promise you that! With Fiesta Bowl Parade float construction in full swing, we are busily working on Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation’s float, as well as Grand Canyon University. These are going to be two amazing floats this year! I’ve taken many photos of the process, and there is so much to share…However, our clients have asked us to keep it under wraps until after the parade. They want the unveiling to be a surprise. I don’t blame them. These are really coming along nicely, and should be really beautiful displays when complete.
With these projects consuming our time for the next 4 weeks, there will be little room for other projects that could fill this space. So expect very few updates for a bit. But January… Well, we’ll have a lot to share then. Stay Tuned!
Our family loves Halloween. We usually go over the top in many ways. Halloween really has 2 different themes. There is the fun traditional theme with pumpkins and fun witches, etc. Then there is the gory bloody Halloween.
This year for halloween all to many of my friends and family were getting excited about costumes. I offered to have some of them come down to the studio after hours and work on personal costume projects. A good time was had by all. Over the course of a few weeks (2 nights a week) we put together some pretty creative projects. Many still aren’t done. Including my personal project, “Carl”.
Sometimes we approach a project with high expectations. We see the challenge and love it. Then, we don’t quite know what we got ourselves into. In this case, the client needed a Compact Florescent Light bulb (CFL) enlarged for a trade show exhibit. Simple enough. Except, what should have been a texbook enlargement got very, very trick at scale. (more…)
Arizona’s best commodities happen to all start with the letter C. In a project that we’ll touch more on later, for Arizona Public Service (APS), we made a section of the display dedicated to the 5 C’s. This particular display is located inside a HUGE trailer that gets pulled to different locations to teach about Arizona’s past, especially, energy in Arizona’s past.
Its been done before by others. But we love the look and needed it in our space. A little rust never hurt anyone right? This is an ongoing project for our own offices. The conference room needs to be a creative space, that ideas can flow. Our 4×8 whiteboard never seems big enough when the ideas start rolling in, we love a big white board.
This was a fun project we made as a rental prop for a parade event. Later, it was gifted to one of Santa’s Helpers (my Dad.) He volunteers as the big man every year. This made his ‘costume’ complete.
A good friend of mine needed some help decorating his grandson’s bedroom for his birthday. This is the image he gave me for inspiration:
My wife said she wanted a Stand-up Paddleboard. I did a little research, and then said… “I can do that.”So I modeled out a board after looking at several designs online, I couldn’t find one I loved. So I took some of my favorite features, and made a 3D model.
This was a fun little project we did, just because we could. Sometimes making a little something for ourselves gives us a little boost. My wife asked me to make a stand for her phone. I couldn’t just make a stand, it had to do …Something.
Here is what I came up with. This is what we’ve nicknamed: The iGrammaphone.
A friend of mine who is a volunteer firefighter, opened an automotive garage. He came to me to have me design a logo for him. He had some inspired ideas and really wanted to have his firefighting heritage somehow represented. We went on to design a logo for him that he loves. We always take the extra care necessary to create a logo properly, as VECTOR ART. Too often customers come to us with a logo that their nephew “designed in photoshop”. This type of file is not universally compatible with different forms of print and web use. A properly designed logo is done as a vector, then it opens the doors to so many possibilities. One such thing that comes from a well designed vector logo, is our ability to turn it into a 3D sign.
This will be the first post of many. We specifically designed our new site to be a resource to showcase our projects and show how we do the things we do. This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase some projects. We’ll be showing some projects from the past, and we’ll be showcasing current projects. There will always be something exciting here, so watch this space!