2015 Experience Chicago

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2015 SEGD Conference: Possibilities

Participants at the 2015 SEGD Conference in Chicago last week focused on possibilities—from data science and quantitative research to new digital technologies, new materials, and new collaborations that will impact XGD practice in the coming years.

 

This is really the event that I count on for getting inspired and rejuvenated for the year,” says Edmund Li, Reich + Petch.  “It’s been a great conference.”

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Moss

At Moss, we are leaders in tension fabric structures, large-format graphics, and specialty signage - ready to solve any challenge and turn your best ideas into powerful experiences. Explore Type 2 / LEED-certified wall coverings, custom printed glass films, direct printed substrates, custom fabric light boxes, specialty LED signage, and more to create solutions for high-impact environments. Our Radiance Lightbox line includes ADA-compliant, curved, and color-changing units.

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Meet Your Makers at the 2015 SEGD Conference NEXPO

The difference between a good project and a great one is having the right partners on your team. NEXPO is the day-long industry supplier and maker exhibition during the 2015 SEGD Conference: Experience Chicago June 4-6. Looking for new fabricators to help bring your ideas into reality? Need to research ADA signage or sustainable processes for your next project? Whether you’re looking for collaboration, information, or inspiration, NEXPO is the right place for you!

There’s still time to register for the full conferenceJune 4-6 in Chicago! Or you can also get a one-day NEXPO pass!

Urban Sign

Urban Sign is a national leader in architectural fabrication, partnering with innovative clients and designers to develop unique signage, exhibitions, places and interiors. We bring our value-based approach and expertise in quality construction methodologies to every project, whether it’s a single donor recognition sign or a complex, multi-tiered signage solution.

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Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

Students + Young Designers | Pre-Conference Checklist:

Investigate the area. Spend a couple minutes of quality time with google maps and explore the local dining options, places to pick up necessities and points of interest.

Review your schedule. Take a look at the agenda again, and see what tours and events you’ve signed up for. Decide what sessions you definitely do not want to miss, and which ones you are low priority for you.

Student Influx!

For the first time ever this year, one in eight participants at the SEGD Conference will be a student!

SEGD is already experiencing record membership highs, and this influx of student members just adds to the wave of excitement building in the organization in anticipation of the conference June 4-6 in Chicago.

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Dazian

You don’t succeed in the fabric business by standing still. Design and technologies change. Clients’ needs change. Materials change. Safety requirements change. For over 160 years – Dazian has shown how it’s done. We’re the company others follow. We’re a company that has proven its evolutionary skills. We are visionary – inspired by what goes on around us and by our client’s creativity.

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Nimlok Chicago

Typically, trade show exhibit builders all work the same way. They get input from the client, they create a tradeshow strategy, they design the exhibit, and then of course, they build it. It’s that simple. Or is it? Oftentimes during that process, a lot gets lost in the translation. Frankly, that’s when mistakes — and overages — start to occur.

Chicago's Secret Design Sauce

Design innovators headline 2015 SEGD "Experience" Conference June 4-6

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Luci Creative

We design exceptional environments for cultural, corporate, retail, and hospitality clients. Our creative process is engaging, responsive, and fulfilling, encompassing a range of environmental design possibilities. Together we can make your story a powerful and compelling experience for your visitors.

Luci Creative offers a complete set of design services to accomplish any size project. We are devoted to igniting your story in an experiential way. Supporting our documented history of successful projects, there are four main reasons why we consistently turn in great work.

FASTSIGNS

Creative Ways to Bring Your Designs to Life through Fabrication and Installation

Since 1985, FASTSIGNS® has been ahead of the game when it comes to fabricating and installing visual graphics. We work with architects, designers and branding agencies to help create your desired experience using the most appropriate materials and installation methods. Whether you need us to fabricate - or fabricate and install - signs and visual graphics that meet your project’s requirements for durability, sustainability or flexibility, FASTSIGNS can bring your design to life.

E Ink

Founded in 1997 as a spin-off from the MIT Media Lab, E Ink Corporation is the world-leading developer and provider of electronic paper displays (EPD) to the market. The company delivers its advanced display products to the world's most influential brands and manufactures, enabling them to install extremely durable, low power displays in previously impossible or unimaginable applications and environments.

Feeling Adventurous?

Feeling thirsty and adventurous? After all, your evenings are your own at the SEGD Conference, so why not take advantage?

In the spirit of entropy, and an urge to explore (did someone say xplore?), I present to you a few random (but really fun-sounding) ideas for your albeit limited free time during the 2015 SEGD Conference:

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Pushing the Boundaries with Nik Hafermaas

Creative risk-taking in Media, Technology, and Space. When he’s not running the graphic design department at Art Center College of Design, Nik Hafermaas is creating new ways to combine digital interactive media, high-tech materials, and architecture through his studio Ueberall. He says there is no better place for innovation—and risk-taking—than XGD.

Candidate Lutz - Man of the People

Chicago – The late-night crowd at hot dog stand Weiner’s Circle can be a bit boisterous, something that would intimidate most people. But Candidate John Lutz seems to find nourishment – literal and political – there.

Lutz feels his favorite late-night eateryis a great showcase for his common touch

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Tanner Woodford's Chicago

“Design is about process and community, not products.”

Tanner Woodford, co-founder of the Chicago Design Museum and one of Newcity’s Annual Design 50 for 2015, is an irrepressible cheerleader for his city and its design heritage. He says design is about process and community, not products. And he wants to share a few Second City secrets you probably don't know yet. Tanner will open the 2015 SEGD Conference: Experience ChicagoJune 4-6. Join him there!

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Co-Working, Chicago Style

Co-working spaces are popping up all over the world, social and creative hubs for people who want to get out of their basements and into a professional workspace but don’t want to take on the costs of rent and equipment on their own. And like 1871 in Chicago, they have also become important creative hubs and business incubators.

Carbtastic Chicago

Is "carbtastic" a word? Maybe you prefer "carbliscious"? Either way, we're taking a cruise on the good ship pizza, and no, it's not gluten-free.

Pizza is a big thing in New York, but it's arguably a bigger thing in Chicago... well, thicker anyway.

Candidate John Lutz is... Going Somewhere

Candidate John Lutz is... Going Somewhere

Chicago—Earlier today, John Lutz nearly announced his candidacy to assumed billions of Internet viewers and his purported Facebook friends: “My name is John Lutz and I’m announcing my candidacy because I’m #goingsomewhere”. An elderly relative was reported as saying, “I’m glad he’s going somewhere. I’d like my basement back.”

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AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel Sign Finishes is the name in premium paint for the sign industry and ranked #1 on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We’ve been a player since 1943 and now going on more than 50years continue to innovate and improve the performance capabilities of products that sign shops rely on.

PCL Graphics

Digital Printing and Precision Cutting Solutions

PCL Graphics continues to set industry standards and trends. We have invested in the latest technologies and developed new materials with our partners. PCL offers a unique perspective on challenges faced by our clients as no job is ever impossible.

IGC

igc believes the most effective way to influence a consumer is through their environment.

Architectural Graphics for Interior because 80% of choices of what to buy are made at the point of purchase. We have high speed print-on-demand services as well as pick and pack and managed inventory solutions.

GKD-USA

GKD-USA is well known as an innovative problem solver using advanced weaving technology and engineering know-how. These decorative and functional METALFABRICS for architecture have blazed the trail and set the standards worldwide for interior and exterior applications of metal mesh. Our state of the art MEDIAMESH, a transparent media façade, is engineered, fabricated, and installed by the GKD-USA team.

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Poblocki Sign Company

Exceptional signage has a powerful influence on your brand. As a national leader in the architectural signage industry, Poblocki Sign Company creates innovative solutions for exterior, interior, digital and wayfinding signage. We use a collaborative concept-to-completion approach that integrates the design, engineering, fabrication, project management and installation components of your sign project. Our commitment is delivering signage that enhances how your brand engages, informs and connects with your audience.

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