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Press Roundup: Los Angeles Magazine, How & More

Press Roundup: Los Angeles Magazine, How & More

Blik’s very first press piece was in Los Angeles magazine back in October 2002. Almost twelve years later, the thrill still hasn’t worn off so we’re pretty excited to be featured again in Los Angeles magazine this month. In the article the Custom Treatment, Blik and other creative Angelinos are credited with “when it comes to one of a kind, these L.A. artisans are masters.” Thanks Los Angeles!

Did you know Blik does custom? In addition to our retail product line, Blik creates branding graphics and full-scale art murals for clients all around the globe, including local L.A. clients like KCRW, Google and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Check out more of our Customize projects.

Press Roundup: Los Angeles Magazine, How & More

In January, HOW magazine shared our The Not Whiteboard with readers. Available in 24 colors and 2 shapes, this modern take on the traditional dry erase board is a hit!

In the mood to freshen up your abode for spring? St. Louis At Home, Spring 2014 recommends Blik Pattern Wall Tiles in A Brighter Background to “make your blah, blank walls into a cozy background.” Eco-friendly Pattern Wall Tiles are “sticky without the icky” and are a great alternative to traditional wallpaper to add color and/or pattern to any wall.

Press Roundup: Los Angeles Magazine, How & More

Blik Design/Build: Summer in the City

In addition to custom projects that took place in locations all around the globe, this summer Blik Design/Build also had fun working on three projects that happened in our own backyard – the city of Los Angeles, that is.

Blik Design/Build: Summer in the City

Brighter Collective:
In less than 90 seconds, watch the transformation as a vibrant LA-themed mural makes the new Brighter Collective office in the Campus at Playa Vista just a bit… brighter. Located in an up-and-coming live/work complex that includes the hangar where Howard Hughes’ legendary Spruce Goose was built, this stunning line art mural is a birds-eye view of Los Angeles, from the Santa Monica Pier to downtown LA. Design by Brighter Collective. Manufacture and install by Blik.

Blik Design/Build: Summer in the City

Zip Recruiter:
Influenced by the lush local flora of Santa Monica and non-native bamboo (it’s everywhere around SoCal), our designs bring the outdoors in at the offices of online job board giant Zip Recruiter. Blik CEO, Scott Flora, snapped photos of trees he passes on his daily run along the strand and we “replanted” them in their offices for a nature-inspired décor. Design, manufacture and install by Blik.

Blik Design/Build: Summer in the City

DiMundo Pediatrics:
Did you know Los Angeles is the urban farming capital of the US? LA has a rich history of urban farming, community and school gardens and when Dr. DiMundo, a LA native, came to Blik to help redesign her pediatric offices in Santa Monica, we incorporated her passion for chicken keeping into our kid-friendly design. Frolicking dogs, chicken and mice (oh, my!) welcome children to the clinic and help ease the transition from waiting room to examination rooms. Design, manufacture and install by Blik.

Blik Design/Build: Summer in the City

BRINGING SMILES – ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
In the past, we’ve shared our inspiring work for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Since that project, Blik Design/Build (the custom arm of Blik) has carved quite a niche for itself in the healthcare world. We’re excited to share the design process and environmental graphics for three recent custom clients: Kaiser Permanente’s Pediatric Clinic in San Francisco, the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program in Santa Monica and our second round of graphics for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine and we truly love doing work for hospitals and bringing joy to an otherwise scary environment. Making kids and teens smile and helping ease the fear associated with hospitals was our goal.

BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
Kaiser Permanente:
We worked directly with the pediatric team to develop a customized set of wall graphics and murals for the waiting rooms and hallways of the peds clinic. We took inspiration from the city of San Francisco and created a narrative – think of it as a guided tour – using a number of colorful characters and themed environments to escort visitors through the space and toward the waiting room. The art is meant to create a welcoming and colorful place and provide the functional purpose of wayfinding. We were happy to collaborate with illustrator Felix Wong again and create synergy between our custom world and Blik products. You might recognize Felix’s style as he’s the illustrator for Babybot x Blik wall graphics.

BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME
These creatures and characters are very impactful and they really help soften the space and enable a scary hospital to become kid-friendly. The transformation of the space was incredible. Looking at the storyboards and how this process began, we think the project almost transcends wall graphics. It’s storytelling for walls.
-Scott Flora, Blik co-founder

UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program:
Working in tandem with the hospital staff, current and former patients, Blik developed and designed a mural for the new cancer center from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the legendary rock band The Who. Based on feedback from the teens, we designed the space in soothing blues and purples, which was determined as the best colors for patients during treatment. The design is a series of layered silhouettes that kept the location by the beach (Santa Monica) in mind. As the pictures reflect, the “chill space” is peaceful while still bringing an uplifting energy to the hospital.

BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA: Phase 2:
Working again with the design team at Mattel, we have continued our imaginary graphic world for the walls of the pediatric unit at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, this time bringing joy to another floor. For the second round, we went with a beach and water theme based in part by the nurses’ thoughts on the space, as well as the kids. We like the challenge of designing not just for patients, but for the hospital staff as well. Just try not to smile as you look at the photos.

BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
BRINGING SMILES   ONE HOSPITAL AT A TIME

 
Congrats to Blik Design/Build. This was an impressive undertaking and the results are beautiful. Think you would like custom graphics in your office? Connect with our team and let us see what we can do for you.

DOODLE FOR BLIK

DOODLE FOR BLIK

 
Hey all you doodlers! We are always on the look out for doodlers (aka illustrators) to work with us on a number of custom projects. Do you think you have what it takes?

Submit your online portfolio or website to Doodlers(at)whatisblik(dot)com and if you and a project make a good fit, we’ll get back to you. Check out our custom portfolio and get inspired. Can’t wait for those portfolios to start flowing in!

BLIK DESIGN/BUILD: CRAFTED

BLIK DESIGN/BUILD: CRAFTED

Photo courtesy of Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times

Blik Design/Build, the custom arm of Blik, recently manufactured and installed a custom designed stencil for Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Once the stencil was installed, our talented team hand painted the 10′ x 10′ graphic on the corrugated metal and wood surface. It was Blik’s first stencil and all we can say is wow!

What is Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles? A super cool large-scale permanent craft marketplace. Launching last weekend, the classic World War II-era waterside warehouses will grow to be home to hundreds of individual craft-artists, designers, and artisanal food makers. Each artist presents their unique handcrafted goods in a vibrant patchwork of market stalls. Crafted is open Friday-Sunday every weekend. Based on the crowds they received last weekend, we think it’s a bona fide success and can’t wait to get out there and shop for some handmade goodies. Won’t you join us? Check out more photos from the Los Angeles Times here.

BLIK DESIGN/BUILD: CRAFTED

BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

Our design studio, otherwise known as Blik Design/Build, has been insanely busy the past few of months. Last fall, we let you in on our work for Google’s new Venice campus and today we’ve got four more projects to share with you.

MATTEL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UCLA
We are very excited to share our work for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, part of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Mattel asked Blik to art direct all aspects of the project as well as design, manufacture and install wall graphics at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Play project. Housed within the I.M. Pei designed Ronald Reagan UCLA  Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA was named with a generous gift from Mattel Children’s Foundation.

The facility is beautifully designed with minimalist details and clean lines. The goal of the Hospital Play project is to infuse the space with…well, a sense of playfulness essential to development, learning, healing and growth. The project started with a pilot phase, focusing on the 5th floor. We worked with one of our collaborators, Patrick Hruby, to create a magical world for the kids complete with an enchanted forest, whimsical garden and an undersea adventure. The big unveiling was during the hospital’s annual holiday party in December and was a huge hit with the patients and their parents. We think the photos tell the story best. The project will continue this year as it expands to other floors.

BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

 
BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

 
LEO BURNETT
Leo Burnett, the premiere, powerhouse international ad agency came to us to manufacture and install custom graphics throughout the 21st floor of their Chicago headquarters. The centerpiece was a giant illustrated mural spanning two walls and a glass door. The challenge was to create and install wall panels that appear seamless leaving only the spectacular artwork as the focal point. See the giant numbers below? We screen printed them directly onto the wall and each number was designed out of tiny, intricate elements such as rockets, text, slinkies and musical notes.

BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

 
BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

 

GRUPO GALLEGOS
Grupo Gallegos, an ad agency focusing on the Hispanic market, asked us to bring an original illustrated mural to life in their redesigned office space in sunny Huntington Beach, CA. The challenge of the large, 46′ x 9′ mural was to capture and maintain the integrity of the detailed sketched strokes through seemingly seamless full color printed panels.
BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

 
KEITH HARING POP SHOP
Last October, Pace Prints in New York City had a Keith Haring exhibition of prints and small-scale multiples by Haring. The exhibit included a special Pop Shop installation. Blik was brought on board by the Keith Haring Foundation to help recreate the famed Pop Shop mural environment. Blik used original artwork from The Haring Estate to create wall panels and wrap the entire “pop-up” Pop Shop from floor to ceiling. We think you’ll agree that the exhibit really “popped!”
BLIK CUSTOM UPDATE: MATTEL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL UCLA, LEO BURNETT, GRUPO GALLEGOS & KEITH HARING POP SHOP

Whew. Just reading this makes us tired. Nice work team!

BLIK CUSTOM: IGN

BLIK CUSTOM: IGN

We’ve got fresh new work from Blik Studio (the custom arm of Blik) to share with you. Today, we took a trip to IGN in Beverly Hills to install two custom pieces. If you’re not familiar with IGN, it’s only the premiere site for video game reviews, news, trailers and videos.
BLIK CUSTOM: IGN

For the mural, we designed a sweet mash-up with IGN’s logo – crossing “IGN” with iconic video game characters (spot your favorites) to create a 20′ wide graphic for a prominent wall in their office. We also installed a 100′ long runner (yep, also designed by us) using various levels from Super Mario Bros.

BLIK CUSTOM: IGN

 
BLIK CUSTOM: IGN

 
BLIK CUSTOM: IGN
Who is that masked man?

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

Did you hear that Google has come to Venice or what is now being referred to as “Silicon Beach?” We are excited to finally announce our involvement in the project and show you a few photos. Several months ago, we were selected to work on the LEED-certified project to custom design 100% eco-friendly glass and wall graphics for the 100,000-square-foot campus.

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

Custom eco-friendly wallpaper

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

Look closely - do you see the Griffith Observatory?

To prepare for today’s grand opening, we worked around the clock to design, manufacture and install artwork housed in the three adjacent buildings on Main Street (in Venice), including the Frank-Gehry designed Binocular Building. The artwork is comprised of local Los Angeles landmarks and images synonymous with the city. We also worked with HLW architects to create a veritable museum of past Google logos that reaches from floor to ceiling and wraps the walls and ceiling of the main entry into the space.

Our favorite touch (besides the Blik graphics, of course) are the surfboards available for check-out. Nice SoCal touch! More photos to come shortly.

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

Tunnel of Google logos

 
BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

 
BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

 

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

 

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

 

BLIK CUSTOM: GOOGLE VENICE

Beyond Eden x Blik

Beyond Eden x Blik

In case you haven’t heard, Beyond Eden is hosting its 3rd annual multi-gallery event this weekend celebrating the new contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. The past two years of the show were a great success, drawing in over 5,000 people to the gorgeous Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park.

This year, we are a sponsor of Beyond Eden and are creating custom signage for the participating artists and galleries. The show is showcasing the works of a half dozen galleries including some of our personal favorites: C.A.V.E. Gallery, Copro Gallery, Gallery Nucleus, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Toy Art Gallery and Thinkspace Gallery. Come for the opening reception Saturday, October 1 at 6-11pm for live painting, sponsored bar and DJ Mr. NumberOnederful. Get a sneak peek of the show here.

So, if you live in LA, love art and stunning views of LA…DON’T MISS this show. Plus, did we mention that admission is free? For directions and more information, visit the Beyond Eden website. See you there!

Blik Custom: SIGGRAPH 2011

Blik Custom: SIGGRAPH 2011 Curious about what Blik has been up to lately, eh? Earlier this month, we ventured to picturesque Vancouver, Canada to participate in SIGGRAPH, the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Blik took part in The Studio at SIGGRAPH where attendees were encouraged to roll their sleeves up and get hands-on in the Home of Creative Invention. It was an amazing space where experts and attendees both experimented with the latest technologies like large-format printing, motion capture, interactive music, software suites, high-end computing workstations, and laser scanning.

Your pals at Blik sponsored an interactive collaboration piece where attendees were each given a custom-designed decal to place on the wall. The collaborative wall was very popular (we hear that The Studio staff even had to make sure that no one walked away with the decals) and evolved throughout the week. Take a look for yourself. And if you were lucky enough to attend SIGGRAPH, let us know how the conference was for you.

Blik Custom: SIGGRAPH 2011

Blik Custom: SIGGRAPH 2011

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