Monday, December 31, 2012

The Vision

The Vision as seen from the photographer in the Dec. 19 post.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Straight truck graphics

Did you know you can even put new graphics on an older, used truck? You can! But, before you do you need to know a couple things.

If there were prior graphics on the vehicle it is very important to make sure all old vinyl adhesive has been removed from the surface. Have you ever seen those old trucks rolling down the highway with what looks like a dirty ghost image of a logo? What you are looking at was a nice clean transparent adhesive that was left behind upon removing the vinyl graphics. Give that some time in the rain and the dirt in the air and that is what you get, a nasty looking truck, with the old owners nasty looking logo.

Another issue that needs to be addressed is the surface quality. I have yet to see an aluminum sided truck with a paint job as nice as a clear-coat vehicle. The surfaces paint on most of these types of trucks will break down over time leaving the surface oxidized. To see if your truck sides are as such simply run your finger tips down the surface and look if they turn the same color as the paint. With a white sided truck your fingers will look like you just ran them down a chalkboard. This "chalk" must be completely removed prior to any graphics application. Failure to do so is a sure fire way to failure and a lot of wasted money.

Both of the above issues are just part of dealing with older, previously decaled vehicles. How you decide to deal with it is up to you. Know too that experienced sign and graphics companies should tell you about your situation as soon as they spot your vehicle. If they don't, you may be working with the less experienced. Remember, you get , and sometimes don't get, what you pay for.

Graphics everywhere

Another interesting drumhead band logo.

These types of graphics can be a bit tricky as the surface is not rigid and the sides have a radius making traditional vinyl decals a challenge.

As you can see, this graphic is virtually flawless. We use two print methods to achieve this type of quality. One uses a special material designed specifically for non traditional surfaces and irregular shapes or curves. The other methods uses a specific printer that is designed to print directly onto product surfaces. Either option has superb quality and is an ideal option when you need you image displayed in a not so traditional way.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Hoping the joys and blessings of Christmas
fill your halls, homes and hearts this holiday season.

From all at Big Idea,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Another Before Shot

Here is another "before shot" photo taken of a Big Idea photographer while on a recent wintery photo shoot. Stay tuned to our blog for a post of the vision he saw.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Simple Sign Face

Here is a store front shot of one of our clients, Great Harvest. The neat sidewalk sign is the focus of this project we completed yesterday. We printed and installed new sidewalk sign faces.

What our client recognized years back is the value in investing in a quality sign frame. This unit is one of the premium models on the market. It allows for easy sign face changing without any tools and the unique base and spring system keeps your sign from ever tipping in bad weather.

The updated sign is already getting new attention and is sure to help capture interested eyes during the client's holiday schedule.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A cool Image

Frosty Morn
©Davin Brandt
Another cool pic we just had to share

As with all our pictures, they are copyrighted and not for public use.  Feel free to share the link to our blog post, just don't take the picture, no pun intended.

The Vision

The Middle of Somewhere
©Davin Brandt
This is the vision our lead photographer, Davin Brandt, saw on a recent photo shoot.  In our previous post you can see him shooting the landscape scene as view from his associate.
The photo shoot is part of a fine art project shot in conjunction with fellow Photographer, Todd Murphy, of MurphShot Photography.  The two have been the foundation of several projects for Big idea.  This particular shoot produced some outstanding images that show us the beauty often overlooked while traveling the Plains of North America.  
We enjoy your comments, please feel free to comment on this or any image!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Creative photography

One of our photographers on location Saturday, working on a pretty interesting project.

Stay tuned for a view of what his vision was.