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Duke Steerborn Gears Up for Dallas

Posted by Lon Winters on 6/19/19 12:07 PM

As the moon shown down on the bright lights of Las Vegas, a lone figure we call "Duke" packs up the last of SGIA Expo 2018. He'd had a great run in this town, but the time had come for new horizons. He hops into his classic, black '59, '60, '61 automobile, as Johnny Cash — the man in black himself — so sang, and drives off into the sunset.

A billboard catches his eye ... "PRINTING United."  He turns with eyes focused on the road — all set for the long drive to Dallas for bigger, better, bolder!

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Topics: Printing United, Apparel Decorators, Graphic Design

Down-to-Earth Design

Posted by Lon Winters on 5/29/19 1:45 PM

Before THREADX kicked off this past February in San Diego, many of us arrived a day earlier, eager for what the days ahead would bring. Aside from the welcome reception and dinner scheduled for later that day, a select few of us were able to attend a personalized bonus workshop featuring the one and only Aaron Draplin. After a brief conversation with our event emcee and fan favorite riCardo crespo, he introduced Aaron, telling us we would love this guy and that he was about to drop some serious “knowledge bombs” on us. Needless to say, riCardo nailed it.

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Topics: Graphic Design, ThreadX, Branding, Marketing

Right Brain Meets Left Brain

Posted by Greg Kitson on 3/20/19 4:07 PM

Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. was a featured speaker at last month’s THREADX Conference at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego. Also having led a sold-out, two-hour designer workshop the day before the event, he presented a dynamic, thought-provoking mind-bender to the entire conference titled “Things that Don’t Have a Thing to Do with Graphic Design.”  
 

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Topics: Industry Training, Business Solutions, Education, Apparel Decorators, Graphic Design, ThreadX

A Graphic Design Studio that Prints

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 3/11/19 9:53 AM

Cirrus Visual in Tucson, Ariz., is one company that’s well positioned to produce many forms of brand marketing and experiences. Brandon Blair founded the company 15 years ago as a graphic design studio with commercial printing capabilities. Today, Cirrus Visual helps local companies and organizations develop and execute brand identities through services such as logo design, app design, business cards, direct-mail postcards, labels, packaging, business cards, trade show exhibits, online catalogs, event graphics, menus, magazines, T-shirt designs and vehicle wrap designs.

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Topics: Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Graphic Design, Branding, Convergence

Big Ideas in San Diego, Part 1

Posted by Dan Marx on 2/25/19 10:37 AM

As I’m writing this, I’m on an airplane, heading home from SGIA’s THREADX 19 conference in San Diego. The last two days are dancing in my brain, and I want to get some of my thoughts and observations down before they begin to fade.  

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Topics: Apparel Decorators, Graphic Design, ThreadX, Branding, Employee Engagement