Cleveland Cavaliers Window Graphics
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) wanted to bring the excitement of the NBA finals to the streets to engage both Cleveland Cavaliers fans as well as the local community as they went “All In” for their hometown team. The Q and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked to their trusted, long-term partner, Central Graphics, to help install the various panels of window graphics featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team throughout downtown.
The goal was to create larger-than-life window graphics that looked as though you were facing the players head on. One series of window panels measured 81” x 122” and brought much-deserved attention to the project from passersby as the windows were being prepared for installation. To meet the needs of this project, Central Graphics relied on Mactac® and used Mactac’s REBEL RB529 with PERMACOLOR® ColorGard LUV™ Series matte finish overlaminate.
As a result, the eye-catching graphics appeared on five window panels throughout the city of Cleveland. The community and fans alike were “greeted” with graphics of their favorite players as they passed by.
Central Graphics used the REBEL 500 series for its high opacity face stock without using a grey adhesive. This way, the clear adhesive and white opaque face was shown inside the building for a nice, clean look. When installing graphics on windows, make sure to clean the windows first with a detergent and water mixture. Wipe off using a window cleaning squeegee to eliminate any fuzz or streaking. Then set the graphic using the hinge method and finish the install by squeegeeing the graphic in place.
Looking for more tips and tricks? Visit our technical assistance page on www.mactac.com.
REBEL 200 Series
Your tried-and-true media just got more go-to!
Mactac® now features two new economically priced products, including REBEL RB228P and REBEL RB228R. Offering permanent and removable adhesive options for any promotions, these new products are easy to print in digital and screen-printed formats.
Because the new products are so versatile, the only tip needed is to keep our new REBEL RB200 Series for almost any application. The new REBEL RB200 Series is the ideal house vinyl because it’s an economical choice for most applications, even low-energy surfaces. Common applications include:
• Bumper Stickers
• Display Stands
• POP Displays
• Promotional Decals
• Floor Graphics
• Short-Term Indoor and Outdoor Signage
Visit www.mactac.com/rebel200 for more information and to request a sample or a FREE roll!
DesignScape3D Offers Inspiration at Your Fingertips
Mactac® has released its coveted mobile app, DesignScape3D™, for iPad® users via iTunes®. DesignScape3D is a three-dimensional, interactive world, specifically designed to help wide-format printing professionals, designers and their customers specify the right pressure-sensitive print media for a variety of graphics applications. DesignScape3D offers users six environments to choose from including: retail, stadium, home décor, train station, trade show and mobile.
The app is essentially a 24/7 graphics application consultant that offers:
• Alternate product suggestions to fit your needs
• Product literature and information
• Spec sheets
• Product information directly from the app
“DesignScape3D is a great way for users to engage, specify and sell more effectively,” stated Rick Moore, general manager, Mactac. “Now available via iTunes for iPad users, the app is built around common graphics applications and is meant to provide additional installation ideas for nearly any use. DesignScape3D is easy to navigate, fun to use and provides design inspiration at your fingertips.”
DesignScape3D is also available for Android™ tablets and Windows® and Mac computers.
Register here: http://designscape3d.mactac.com/register.php
“Inspiring Reading, One Book at a Time” is the mantra at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, and what better place to start inspiration than in the children’s section? In hopes of creating a life-long passion for reading within young visitors, the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library turned to a trusted design partner: Central Graphics of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for help. Central Graphics—a firm specializing in production and installation of graphics, signs and wraps for a wide variety of applications—had worked with the library in the past, helping to reinvent spaces designed for adult education and meetings by installing colorful, inspiring wall graphics. Based on their success, the company was engaged again for a new, more challenging task: redesigning the children’s reading area.
The goal was to create a magical oasis where library patrons and children can explore and transport themselves to anywhere their imagination takes them, emulating the experience of reading a highly engaging book. The project incorporated multiple levels of the building and graphic designs that featured a bright, cheerful, continuous scene that extended throughout the entire children’s area.
Patrons begin their journey to the second level surrounded by beautiful underwater scenery and emerge “above ground” upon reaching the second floor. Here, a floor-to-ceiling environment was installed with 360-degree wall graphics featuring a pond theme, providing young minds a stimulating and imaginative experience.
“I’m so happy with the way this project turned out,” remarked Ann Malthaner, Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. “The success of this transformation was a personal goal for me, and it’s been very well received. We’ve seen a 40,000 increase in circulation recently, and word is spreading about this new, fun space. Parents ask us, ‘Wow, can I move in?’ and children ask if they can have a design like this in their rooms at home. It inspires them to play and learn here—they love it, and so do we.”
Using 54-inch rolls of MACtac® REBEL® 529R—a gloss white facestock with a removable adhesive and lay-flat liner—plus careful installation techniques, Central Graphics made the space come to life exactly as imagined by library staff. Since the space will be regularly utilized and wear and tear is inevitable, Central Graphics decided to use MACtac® PERMACOLOR® ColorGard™ LUV™—a 3.2-mil overlaminate with a clear, permanent acrylic adhesive and a matte finish—to keep the graphics looking great for years to come. The installers had to work around windows, doors, curved surfaces, large pillars and other challenging elements of the architecture. They were able to turn the challenge into an opportunity by creating a three-dimensional feel to the space with pillars wrapped to look like trees, graphically designed “curtains” surrounding windows, customized garbage can wraps and more.
“While the large dimensions, multi-level nature and three-dimensional design of the graphics application presented their share of challenges,” explained Jeff Loofboro, Managing Director for Central Graphics, “we had the support of knowledgeable, easily accessible MACtac personnel to help us find the right products and get the job done right. Expert guidance and material samples are always just a quick phone call or visit away with MACtac, and we’ve been very satisfied with the MACtac products we have used for the past 15 years. “
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Installing IMAGin® ROODLE™
MACtac installation expert, Jason Yard, recently taught a seminar for printers and installers on how to properly install the popular wall graphic product, semi-rigid IMAGin ROODLE. If you missed the seminar you can view the video below and take advantage of Jason’s easy to follow advice.