All New Fire Ratings for LexJet Media

From canvas and backlit film to wall murals and laminates, LexJet media have received fire ratings adding yet another benefit to these versatile wide-format products.

Sunset Production Satin Canvas SUV received a Class A fire rating. This 100% polyester canvas is OBA-free and delivers a high-end feel and traditional canvas texture. Compatible with eco-solvent, latex, solvent and UV-curable inks, this US-made canvas is ideal for canvas wraps.

Sunset Select Matte Canvas received a Class B fire rating. A best-selling canvas option, SSMC is an award-winning, poly-cotton blend with a consistently wide color gamut.

Get Inspired: 10 of Our Favorite Customer Projects of 2015

Throughout the year, we’ve been awed and inspired by the innovative work our customers have created: from wall murals and tote bags to gallery exhibits and social statements. As the year draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on some of our favorites, and thought we’d share them with you again. While there were many more excellent projects that we featured over the year, here are 10 of the blogs we thought our readers would enjoy revisiting as much as we did:

6 FInishedChurch’s Sleek New Student Center: Clear Lake Press transformed St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in the Minnesota State University Campus’ student center into a fun gathering spot. “It was one of those projects, when it started, I was extremely nervous about it,” says Eric Erickson, who used LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric for the wall mural. “All of those nerves were laid to rest as we were installing it.

No Bull: Big Sale on Select LexJet Inkjet Films Ends Tomorrow

LexJet Inkjet Films SaleLexJet’s no-bull, no-fine-print sales on select inkjet display and backlit films ends tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4.

Be sure to pull the lever in the next 24 hours or so you get the best possible price on the following products:

To take advantage of these savings before they end tomorrow, give a LexJet printing specialist a call at 800-453-9538. You can also order these products at the sale price online; just click on the product links above.

The next big sale of The 5 starts on Wednesday, so check back here or at www.lexjet.com to find out what’s coming up next on November 5.

A Memorial of Photography and Light: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm

Light Pillars by Karen GiustiStephen Schwarz was a New York City firefighter and a first responder on 9-11. He was injured early that morning, but would return to Ground Zero to help in the rescue effort.

Artist Karen Giusti, who was his fiancé, says the cumulative effect of breathing in the airborne debris at Ground Zero led to his death in June 2010.

“Many 9-11 first responders have chronic health problems or are passing away very young. Stephen was not even 50 years old,” says Giusti.

Giusti channeled her grief into a series of art pieces called Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm, which will be displayed at the Katzen Arts Center at the American University Museum College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C., and will also travel to sites in New York City.

Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm is essentially a series of light pillars using photographs Giusti captured at Schwarz’s farm in upstate New York composed together to communicate the essence of her memorial art. So far, Giusti has built five pillars, but is contemplating up to 20 more as the exhibit begins to travel.

Light Sculptures Printed on LexJet Absolute Backlit
Models that Karen Giusti built as guides for potential future configurations of her exhibit, Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm.

“It’s about keeping time and the concept of time standing still; things you think of when someone passes away and how you respond, grow and what occurs to you during that time,” explains Giusti. “It’s also an artistic interpretation of scientific concepts of time where the photos are strings of time.”

The pillars are composed of hundreds of photos from Black Forest Farm stitched together, printed on LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit in 40″ wide by 175″ long panels with her Epson Stylus Pro 9890, connected to each other with Velcro, suspended from the ceiling, and supported underneath by a slow-turning motor.

“At Stephen’s farm I stood in one place and shot at the ground and up, and then turned very carefully and came back down and around. I had a chart I stood on to make sure I would get the entire farm photographed in the round, almost like a holograph,” says Giusti. “It’s very fitting that it’s esoteric and ephemeral with the beautiful photographs stitched together, and I thought that using a hanging light pillar would be a beautiful effect to work with the imagery.”

Instead of building a tubular framework to hold the prints in place, Giusti found that the Absolute Backlit material was both flexible and rigid enough to be used as the structure itself.

“I was considering what kind of framework to use, but it turns out that the Absolute Backlit works fine because it is so durable and user-friendly – it doesn’t scratch and you can handle it pretty roughly – and you can get a beautiful shape out of it,” says Giusti. “Only an artist would get so excited about a print material.”

The Ultimate Film Sale at LexJet: No Bull, No Fine Print

From now until November 4, save up to 40% on the following LexJet backlit and display films:

  • Display and Backlit Film Sale at LexJetLexJet 6.5 Mil Gloss Opaque Display Film: 40% off this instant-dry, production-friendly film for aqueous inkjet printers. The polyester film features an instant-dry coating for quick and easy production and produces vibrant, super-sharp images
  • LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit: 35% off what is absolutely the best backlit for aqueous printers. It features a matte finish, an instant-dry coating, and produces brilliant colors and sharp details
  • LexJet 12 Mil Gloss Opaque Display Film: 30% off this bright-white, high-impact film for aqueous printers. Perfect for banner stands and pop-up displays, it also comes with a Lifetime Warranty when combined with a 10-mil LexJet Elite Laminate
  • LexJet 11 Mil Blockout Water-Resistant Polypropylene: 30% off this lay-flat, already-economical choice for displays compatible with aqueous and latex printers. This is a versatile, cost-effective alternative for trade show and retail graphics
  • LexJet 11 Mil Blockout PolyGloss: 30% off this versatile glossy polypropylene film compatible with aqueous printers. The bright-white surface provides additional color fidelity and contrast

This is a no-bull sale with no fine print, other than it ends on Tuesday, November 4. Call us at 800-453-9538 or click on any of the product links above to order online.

Converting a Plain Display Case into Advertising Art

Allison-Kaufman DisplayAllison-Kaufman Company, a manufacturer of fine diamond jewelry, played to win at a recent jewelry show. Given a blank slate with which to work, Allison-Kaufman’s graphics department led by graphic design manager Jeremie Rothman transformed a boring display case into a brilliant promotional piece.

Unveiled at a cocktail party the night before the show, Rothman says, “Everyone loved it and took pictures of it. They liked the concept, design and how the final piece looked. It started as a concept for our Queen of Black Diamonds set we’re promoting based on a postcard we created.”

Attendees voted on the best display cases and Allison-Kaufman’s display renovation got second place. Rothman says they were likely edged out of first, not by the rival display case design itself, but due to the fact that the winners dressed up in crazy costumes.

However the voting turned out, Allison-Kaufman’s display accomplished the primary goal, which was to draw attention to the display and elevate the brand with its customers.

Allison-Kaufman Jewelry Display
Inside the tower display, LexJet Opaque AquaVinyl Removable PSA was used for the chess board and embellishments on the chess pieces.

To decorate the display case, Rothman used LexJet Opaque AquaVinyl Removable PSA, printed on a Canon iPF8400 wide format inkjet printer, applying the vinyl to the four lower and upper panels. Rothman also printed and applied the chessboard on the inside of the case, and added the Allison-Kaufman logo and diamond embellishments to the chess pieces, including the chess queen that tops the display. The oversize chess pieces were acquired from megachess.com.

“The graphics look very sharp and it’s almost 100 percent opaque, which is a big bonus. The material is amazing,” says Rothman.

LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit
Allison-Kaufman also prints photo-quality backlits on LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit and other point of sale materials for its retail jewelry customers.

Rothman adds that they use AquaVinyl for in-store wall displays that they give to their retail customers for point of sale advertising, as well as LexJet Aqueous Perforated Vinyl (70/30) for window displays and LexJet 8 Mil Absolute Backlit for photo-quality backlits.