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SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

Have you heard about the amazing SUPER iam8bit art show opening tonight in LA? It’s going to be awesome! It’s coming to you from our friends at iam8bit, who are a production company, a marketing boutique and an events producer. Just think of them as a jack-of-all-trades. With a mandate of “making awesome things,” you know it will be good.

About the Show. SUPER iam8bit is a celebration of art inspired by 80′s video games. Over 100 artists will re-imagine their 80′s gaming nostalgic fantasies through all sorts of media — painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation. Highlights include an interactive, “retro-fied” Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman (see him below in the green shirt). We’re looking forward to that.

SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

Blik is Proud to Participate. iam8bit asked Blik to bring an exciting gaming energy to the space and transform the entire gallery into an 80′s gaming wonderland. Our designers constructed collages (inside each collage are over 50 games including PAC-MAN, Super Mario Bros, TRON, Qbert and Punch-Out)  that were blown-up and cut into panels and wrapped around the space. In addition to all the graphics inside, we also designed the window glass graphics and iam8bit’s giant logo.

Galaga’s 30th Anniversary! The show will also feature a special tribute to Galaga’s 30th anniversary with the world’s largest “arcade cabinet” that was designed by us. This giant Galaga will have an enormous projection of live gaming going on at the show. And how cool is this? The player with the highest score will win an original Galaga arcade game.

If you’re not already excited about this art show, here is a sneak preview of a few of our installation photos. This show is going to be the LA art show to attend this summer. But don’t just take our word for it, get over there and check it out for yourself! The show runs from August 11 until September 10. For location details, visit iam8bit.

SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

SUPER COOL SUPER IAM8BIT

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

At Blik, we are constantly working on super-cool custom projects. Here is a taste of some upcoming projects:

IGN: If you’re a gamer then you know IGN, the premiere site for video game reviews, news, trailers and videos. 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 their Beverly Hills office. We will manufacture and install it in the coming weeks. We’ll also be installing a 100′ long runner (yep, designed by Blik) using various levels from Super Mario Bros.

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

IGN logo - concept art

Hub: Pop Quiz: What do My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and Batman have in common (besides being some of your favorites as a kid)? They are all on Hub TV! The Hub is a fun, new destination that brings kids and their families together to enjoy clever stories and engaging characters in new and classic comedies, animated adventures, movies, and live-action shows. We designed 2,226 square feet of wall graphics, based on their lively mix of assets, to brand and bring some of their best-known characters to life inside their Burbank headquarters. We will manufacture and install the graphics in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for photos.

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

Batman

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

Strawberry Shortcake

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

Dan Vs.

Blik Custom: Sneak Peek

Family Game Night

Moon Gets Blik’d

Moon Gets BlikdIt looks like space is no longer the final frontier as Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, announces an exciting new project with NASA. After spending over 11 years on a top-secret assignment, Blik is happy to announce that they’ve Blik’d the moon. You heard that right, the moon.

According to Scott Flora, Blik’s managing partner, “This partnership not only allows NASA to finally add some color to the otherwise drab looking moon, but it allows us to conduct qualitative research on how our products hold up in zero gravity situations. Something we think will come in handy in the future.”

While NASA officials are keeping quiet, Blik’s very own team of highly-trained scientists have been busy preparing for the lunar exhibit, which will permanently display Blik designs on the surface of the moon starting tonight, April 1, 2011.

Of course, the deadline was pushed up with concern that competing space decal programs would get there first. Professor Paul Alvarado claims, “We knew the Chinese were working on a similar program, and of course the Russians are never far behind.”

Luckily Blik and NASA have met the demands with little hassle, and tonight, “People all over the world will be able to see the moon as something other than just ‘another boring rock’ in our solar system”, says Nick Martin, Chief Scientist at Blik’s Interplanetary Graphic Initiative Center (BLIK-IGIC). He also adds, “Keep watching the full moon tonight. You certainly won’t believe what you see.”

With the anticipated wild success of Bliking the moon, Blik hopes to expand their creative reach beyond the public consciousness, and enter the more prized subconsciousness. To see more about Blik’s latest projects, visit www.whatisblik.com, or just stare up at the moon tonight, April 1.

Moon Gets Blikd

As Seen In: InStyle, April 2011

As Seen In: InStyle, April 2011

We’ve been waiting patiently for the mailman to come and drop off the April issue of InStyle. Sadly, it’s still not here. If you’ve gotten your copy already, you’ll see the magazine mentions oversized circles being available at Blik. The overzied circles are part of the color package story where the design-savvy editors give readers tips on how to use color in unexpected ways around their home.

The story recommends Blik as a resource for custom circle decals with prices starting at $40 for a 3′ circle, but the circles can be customized to your specifications.

Color Choices: Color choices are here. Custom coloring is also available for an additional $50.

To Order: Orders must be placed with Customer Service. Please call 866.262.BLIK (2545) x1 to order. Sorry, since these are custom circles, orders can’t be placed online.

As Seen In: InStyle, April 2011


Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!

Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!Can’t get enough of the City of Angels? We can’t, and neither can Georgia and Breck, the patrons of our recent Blik custom project. They approached Blik to help them bring Los Angeles to life on the walls of their home. With their inspired idea, Blik is breaking new ground. We created an entire cityscape of die cut Blik’d magnets!

The graphic magnets were specifically designed so that little fingers (Breck and Georgia’s cute kids) could easily lift the shapes off the wall without any trouble. The 150-piece set includes the iconic Hollywood sign, the futuristic Encounter restaurant at LAX, plus as many planes, helicopters and cars as the real La-La Land.

Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!
Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!
Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!
Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!
Blik Custom: Here come the magnets!

Blik Custom: Haejin Cho Residence

Blik Custom: Haejin Cho Residence

This is a story of Blik’s latest custom project set in Wellington, New Zealand with the most fascinating backstory behind the graphic that we’ve ever heard. Graphic designer Haejin Cho and her husband Kevin wanted to create something cute for their soon-to-be-born baby’s nursery, but with the caveat that the graphic told their story as well.

The solution? A graphic that illustrates their journey halfway around the world from NY to NZ. We’ll let Haejin describe the graphic in her own words:

“Kevin and I met in NYC working at a design and animation house (psyop, the egg shaped logo with bird in it.) 280 is our old apartment address. Giraffes represent our honeymoon in Tanzania, Smart Car was for our trip in Greece, the bridge and the boat in the water are famous in San Diego (where Kevin is from) and the Ying Yang sun is part of Korean flag, where I grew up. We have a special thing for frogs – we had the same two pink frog stuffed animals while we were apart for 2.5 years. The horse, dog and tiger are our Chinese Zodiac animal signs.

Kevin, who is a 3D animator and into photography, insisted that I put the Jurassic Park logo somewhere because the movie influenced him heavily. He is a 3D animator because of that movie. Not that I can complain since I put my Harry Potter Owl in there! The plane represents traveling to New Zealand and the bottom left corner symbolizes New Zealand, which is famous for ferns and Kiwi birds. Finally, the two birds looking down at the crib are Kevin and I next to our three-story house in New Zealand.”

Haejin came to us with her illustration and we worked with her to size and manufacture the graphic to her specifications. We were blown away when we saw the final photos and after looking at them, we’re ready to lay down and take a nap!

Blik Custom: DTS

Blik Custom: DTS

How do you make digital entertainment exciting and visually stunning? We asked ourselves that same question when international architecture firm, Aedas, asked us to collaborate with them on the design, manufacture and installation of graphics for their client, digital surround sound giant, DTS.

Don’t know DTS? Just look at that smart phone you’re holding. DTS state-of-the-art audio technology is in home theaters, car audio systems, PCs, game consoles, DVD players, televisions, digital media players, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music software and every device capable of playing Blu-ray discs.

The goal of the custom graphics was to convey the interconnectivity of DTS’ core business throughout their new 85,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Calabasas, CA. Our designers suggested the concept of abstract interpretations of sound waves to tell the visual story of the DTS mission. The smooth, repetitive motion is carried over three floors with 2,000 square feet of graphics (1,000 sf of glass graphics and 1,000 sf of wall graphics). Based on the sheer size, the installation process was quite an undertaking, but the final product speaks for itself.

We are also happy to report that the feedback from DTS employees has been very enthusiastic. DTS, if you need another corporate headquarters makeover, we are up for the challenge.

If you are interested in more photos, check-out our Custom photo page.

Blik Custom: DTS

BLIK CUSTOM: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF VENICE MURAL

BLIK CUSTOM: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF VENICE MURAL

Our latest custom project takes us just down the street to our neighbors at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Wanting to create a one-of-a-kind mural that spoke to the center’s kids and teens, the 45 ft x 9 ft graphic was designed to express the energy and excitement needed to communicate the positive influence of the BGCV within the Venice community. The use of bold color, silhouettes of kids, abstract elements as well as organic forms, takes shape to create a funky yet playful design that shouts both Venice Beach and the BGCV’s mission as a positive place for kids and teens. The design is intended to inspire, motivate, and amaze those who enter the club. The mural is located in the community center – during the school year the room is used for the Kids Café, karate, chess club and special events. In the summer, the space is utilized for everything under the sun.

As you can see from the photos, the completed mural serves as a bold statement that encourages kids to be diverse, energetic and artistic. Plus the kids love it! Thanks BGCV for letting us keep our creative juices flowing. We look forward to working with you again soon.

BLIK CUSTOM: ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

BLIK CUSTOM: ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Last spring, Blik participated in the Art Center College of Design’s Advanced Illustration Studio class. Fourteen students at the Pasadena campus enrolled in the course, which is part of the illustration design curriculum that focuses on design beyond the printed page. Led by the chair of the illustration department, Ann Field, the upper term class taught applications for illustration including wall graphics, fabric, ceramic plates and interior design.

According to Field, part of the magic was how quickly the project with Blik was pulled together. Each student created one design and submitted it to Blik to be turned into a printed wall graphic. During the process, Blik tutored the students in how to create and set up their illustrations as files for print production. The final designs were presented and installed in the classroom.

“One of the great things about this class is the opportunity to work with companies, like Blik, who have a high-design aesthetic and impeccable attention to detail,” says Field. “These qualities combined with Blik’s contemporary products and history of working with established artists makes for a good working partnership.”

Blik also worked with one of Art Center’s star graduating students, Patrick Hruby to manufacture his final project, “Imagine Something Beautiful.” Each year, the Art Center faculty gives a wall in the main school entranceway to one student to display their final project. Patrick’s project was selected for the space and he approached Blik to help execute his vision.

Blik is proud of the students’ work and looks forward to continuing our relationship with Art Center again in the future.

BLIK CUSTOM: ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Art Center student, Shanghe Shin's graphic.

BLIK CUSTOM: ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Patrick Hruby's "Imagine Something Beautiful"

BLIK CUSTOM: ZOOPY

BLIK CUSTOM: ZOOPY

This is the tale of one amazing custom project that took Blik around the world without us ever having to leave Venice.

Working with Zoopy, an online and mobile social media community, Blik launched a creative process that began in the Netherlands, stopped in Venice, CA before the final destination of Cape Town, South Africa.

Zoopy co-founder and CEO, Jason Elk, wanted to energize his head office with original artwork by his friend and Blik collaborator, Jan Willem Wennekes aka Zeptonn. Zeptonn masterminded a spectacular 32′W x 9′H mural from his studio in the Netherlands, and sent the files to us in Venice to set-up, print and ship to South Africa.

The Zoopy team then did an incredible job of installing six large format prints to create one seamless, eye-popping mural…so much so, the real deal looks exactly like Zeptonn’s concept artwork. Their office, however, looks like a whole new world. Take a look.

BLIK CUSTOM: ZOOPY

BLIK CUSTOM: ZOOPY

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