Scouts Honor: A Modern Look at the Age-Old Motto, “Be Prepared”

What started several years ago as a 20-minute writing exercise in a graduate class has evolved into a new art installation dreamed up by photographer Stephen DeSantis, in which he explores the age-old Boy Scouts motto, “Be Prepared.”

As a graduate student in Chicago, DeSantis started his writing assignment pondering over Girl Scout cookies and fundraising. The theme stuck with him, and a friend gave him two scouting guidebooks from the 1950s. These instructional relics brought to light another theme: gender roles.

005_BePrepared_DeSantis“I noticed in the guidebooks that the boys did one thing and girls did another thing,” DeSantis says. “I wanted to tackle the idea of how gender identity and gender roles changed since the 1950s.”

BOGO: Buy One Roll, Get One Roll of New LexJet Media* 50% Off

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the big game: We’ve got a BOGO 50% off deal for you:

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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.

Creating a Lasting Impression

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If there’s one thing that Dearborn, Mich.-based Carhartt prides itself on, it’s making products that “outwork them all.” So it was only natural that the 125-year-old company would collaborate with the trade-show exhibit pros at Morley to make a truly lasting impression.

Saginaw, Mich.-based Morley designed and built a trade-show display that combined the look of an 1890s mercantile with a contemporary 21st century feel in an open and inviting floor plan that provided a private and practical environment for sales reps to conduct business in the booth. It also allowed Carhartt to showcase its seasonal messaging and rugged jeans, jackets and work apparel.

“We’ve used the display for them for several years,” says Bernie Raymond, production manager at Morley, which designs, engineers, fabricates and installs client exhibits. “We do different themes for them with different photography every year.”

The 2015 design has a turn-of-the-century flair with a brick wall facade and rich red, gold and burgundy tones. The upper level houses an actual working conference room that has a wall of frosted acrylic windows. In years past, the windows were decorated with vinyl logo art, Raymond says. To complete this year’s theme, the windows were covered in two-tone images of industrial production scenes.

“We wanted to do something different with it, but we didn’t want the room to be closed off completely with a fully opaque graphic, which would make it feel smaller that it already is,” Raymond says.

He had been experimenting with LexJet’s Simple Low-Tack Clear Vinyl, which is backed with a removable adhesive. “The results, especially when used on a frosted acrylic, were very promising,” he says. Once the images were printed on the HP latex printer, he was able to laminate it immediately. “We put the LexJet Elite Matte UV Vinyl Laminate over top of the vinyl to protect it and give it a little more substance when we mounted it.”

046The images were “perfectly clear,” he says, and could be viewed from either side of the window while still allowing some light to come through. “They loved it,” Raymond says. “It was exactly the kind of effect they were looking for.”

Raymond says he added latex printing to his operation two years ago to take advantage of the durability of latex prints, lack of drying time and a more extensive portfolio of materials he’s able to use that weren’t available for the aqueous printer. The addition has allowed him to be more agile with customers, as well.

“You never know what the client’s imagination is going to come up with, so we have to be prepared for any situation that they can think of,” he says. “My advice is: Have fun and experiment and see what you can come up with. There are all kinds of ways to use these products that can yield some amazing results.”