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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

MEET SOME OF OUR BLIK ARTISTS: $10 OFF AT BLIK

MEET SOME OF OUR BLIK ARTISTS: $10 OFF AT BLIK

Did you ever want to know more about the designers and artists at Blik? We’ve decided to do an artist spotlight every other month to give you a little insight into six artists at a time. Plus, you’ll save $10 on their Blik graphics*. It’s a win-win. To kick-off this fun new idea, we handpicked six versatile artists to highlight.

1. Threadless: Our partnership with Threadless began in 2006 with a Blik loves Threadless design competition and took off from there. Now, Threadless is one of our largest brand partners and helped us launch our innovative and eco-friendly Pattern Wall Tiles collection in 2010.

2. WRAPPED: Last fall, Blik and WRAPPED brought their Venice roots together to develop a line of wall wraps based on WRAPPED’s line of artistic, custom wrapping paper. The result has led to Blik x WRAPPED Surface Skins, a new product category of super durable, self-adhesive art that allows you to personalize just about any large surface in your home or office quickly and easily. WRAPPED was launched over a year ago by Ryland Arnoldi and Sam Seidman when the duo set out to do what they love most: translate their passion for art and nature beyond wrapping paper.

3. Christy Flora: Christy Flora was one of Blik’s first artist partners. Her designs are based on artwork from her eponymous line of greeting cards and stationery that Blik co-founders were fans of. 11 years later, Christy’s kid-friendly designs still rank as top-sellers.

4. Jim Houser: Almost a year ago, we launched four designs from Philly artist and musician Jim Houser. Jim had been on Blik co-founder Scott Flora’s radar for a couple of years and they finally connected. We love Jim’s sense of fun and whimsical characters. Today, we’re also launching a new design from Jim: Sprouts ~ Pattern Wall Tiles. More Jim is good for everyone.

5. Keith Haring: What can we say about Keith Haring, the iconic artist and activist whose work responded to urban street culture of the 80s? Blik was fortunate to start working with the Keith Haring Estate in 2004 and since then has made Haring fans happy with 15 affordable Haring designs, including the new Keith Haring Surface Skins.

6. Hannah Stouffer: San Francisco artist and illustrator Hannah Stouffer came to Blik in early 2010 and helped add a prominent female influence to our growing artist roster. When asked to describe her work, Hannah calls it “feminine decorative embellishments that are counterbalanced by macabre motifs, the animal kingdom and the never-ending pursuit of illustrating explosive emotional transcendence.” Deep…

$10 OFF BLIK COUPON CODE:
To get a $10 off Blik code, head over to Facebook and answer one super quick Artist Spotlight question. Once you’ve filled in your name, email and answer, the $10 off code will magically arrive in your inbox. The code is good for $10 off one of the six selected artists and is valid until July 2, 2013. But don’t drag your heels, you only have until Tuesday, July 18 to get a code (and Tuesday, July 2, 2013 to use it.) Got that?

The code is good for $10 off Blik products designed by these six selected artists. Maximum quantity discount applies to is 1 package per design. Sound confusing? For example, if you buy 2 packages of Flutter by Christy Flora, you don’t get $10 off each package. It’s $10 off maximum per design – no matter if it’s 1 or 20 packages. So if you put 2 Flutter in your cart, only one of them is $10 off. Please also note that the discount cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotional code.

See you back in August for the 2nd installment of Blik’s Artist Spotlight.

THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
Did we ever tell you the story about how the friendship of Blik and Knock Knock began? Way back in February 2003 when Blik and Knock Knock were just wee ones, the two companies met at the San Francisco International Gift Fair. It was the first trade show for both companies. Jen Bilik (of Knock Knock) stopped by Blik’s booth because she was excited to tell Scott and Jerinne that Blik was similar to her last name – and at first glance she thought our name was Bilik. A fast friendship soon began and the trio realized they had both just started new ventures in Venice.

Over 10 years later, with two successful companies, Blik and Knock Knock are still neighbors and share a similar playful, witty style. Jen recently asked Blik for graphics to decorate her beachy Venice rental home. We were very impressed with the results and how the house now pops! And the best part is that anyone can rent the home. Check out the beach bungalow on Homeaway and spend part of your summer in sunny Venice, California.

THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
THE KNOCK KNOCK HOUSE X BLIK & BILIK

 
Blik graphics used:
Bedroom: Rococo Pop by SCAD
Kitchen: Days Stuck in This Room and Hole to Another Universe by FUNBUS
Living Room:Verdant Flow by Rex Ray
Second Bedroom: Habitat ~ Pattern Wall Tiles by Threadless

COLOR YOUR WORLD WITH CHALK & THE NOT WHITEBOARD BY BLIK

Last week, we launched Chalk by BLIK and The Not Whiteboard by BLIK and the reception on both of these products has been insane! You like us! You really like us! With all the great buzz, we wanted to give you a few more color combination ideas to play around with, because while it’s cool to have just one, it’s way cooler to have tons. Just look what you can do with multiple packets!

Mix it up. Throw a circle next to a square. Put Chalk next to The Not Whiteboard. Go nuts. We’ve attached a downloadable pdf (just click the image below to begin the download) that can help give you some color combo ideas as well as layout ideas. By no means is this a guide, but a jumping off point. Have fun!

COLOR YOUR WORLD WITH CHALK & THE NOT WHITEBOARD BY BLIK

WHO SAID WHITEBOARDS NEED TO BE WHITE?

WHO SAID WHITEBOARDS NEED TO BE WHITE?

 
How about whiteboards and chalkboards in 24 different colors?

We are psyched to introduce Chalk by BLIK and for the first time ever, The Not Whiteboard by BLIK. Both are available in 24 smart colors and two shapes – it’s your choice! Your walls have never seen so many colors or the ability to mix and match whiteboard and chalkboard shapes. Why not throw a rectangle next to a circle? Chalk by BLIK and The Not Whiteboard by BLIK are fun, practical and oh so colorful.

Choose your color, choose your shape and boom! You’re ready to go. Did we mention that each mini canvas is only $12? And with 24 different colored rectangles and circles in both dry erase or chalkboard, this is the answer to writable, decorative surfaces in your space.

 
WHO SAID WHITEBOARDS NEED TO BE WHITE?

 
Arrange Chalk by BLIK and The Not Whiteboard by BLIK in different patterns, orientations and color combinations to create something amazing. Jot a note, write a poem, sketch a masterpiece or bring a burst of color to a space – the simple shapes lend creativity with their basic color and form.

WHO SAID WHITEBOARDS NEED TO BE WHITE?

 
WIN!
To celebrate, we’re giving 10 winners their choice of either Chalk by BLIK or The Not Whiteboard by BLIK. You win, you pick the color, shape and medium. Then choose your weapon of choice (chalk or a dry erase marker) and doodle until your heart is content. Enter to win on our Facebook page.

WHO SAID WHITEBOARDS NEED TO BE WHITE?

 

Giveaway Details: Entry to win is for residents of the United States and Canada only. The giveaway runs from May 9, 2013 until May 11, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 and will get to pick if they want Chalk by BLIK or The Not Whiteboard by BLIK.

Big props to our artist friend Leslie Hung. Visit her at http://milkmanner.tumblr.com/

UPDATE: Congrats to Brent Henry, Esther Snyder, Jennifer Lastinger, Laura Moran, Adriana, Jenn Valentine, Beth Keul, Kimberly A, Jax Kirtley and Linda Schwehr. You are getting your choice for Chalk by BLIK or The Not Whiteboard by BLIK. Look out for an email from BLIK in your inbox.

WE’RE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

WERE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

 
Troubled by dull, blank surfaces? Blah! Don’t be ordinary, be revolutionary. Grab that sad looking desk, table, cabinet (or our favorite the ever plain bookcase) and spruce it up with a new Surface Skin.

WERE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

 
SURFACE SKINS FAQ:
1. What are these Surface Skins you speak of?
Surface Skins is a brand new line of super durable, self-adhesive art that allows you to personalize just about any large surface in your home or office quickly and easily. Use them to cover desks, tables, cabinets, bookshelves or whatever. Surface Skins were developed to bring some graphic goodness to boring furnishings everywhere.

Surface Skins were developed with a new film that allows the design to be “floated” over the selected surface during installation. The skin’s lamination provides a durable, protection to surfaces and makes them easy to apply and remove. Similar to the concept of personalizing your cellphone or laptop, Surface Skins let you to bring art off the walls and onto other objects in your home.

WERE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

 
2. What are the Surface Skins designs?
We’re collaborating with several Blik artists to bring you a new design created for the Surface Skins line. First off, we’re teaming up with our Venice-based neighbors WRAPPED to launch 12 Surface Skins based on WRAPPED’s artfully-crafted gift wrap. Their wrap uses high-res photography of animal hides, insects and modern art with such vibrancy and clarity that the surface skin looks real to the touch. Surface Skins by WRAPPED come in four different rectangular shapes and are designed to be trimmed down to any surface or table size. The designs are: Homage, Clement, Legal, Abbot Kinney, Burst, Gouache, Broadway, Ride, Mildred, Oversee, Stratus and Still. The graphics will fit the following size rectangular shapes:
48″ x 24″ – $42
60″ x 30″ – $64
72″ x 36″ – $90
80″ x 30″ – $87

WERE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

 
3. What took you so long to bring Surface Skins to me?
Until recently, there really wasn’t a proper film that could cover a surface with ease and not damage it. We’ll credit Blik co-founder Scott Flora (we fancy him a revolutionary) as having the idea a few years ago and finally finding the new material to make it a possibility.

WERE MORE THAN WALLS. ANNOUNCING SURFACE SKINS AT BLIK & INSPIRING GIVEAWAY.

 
WIN A SURFACE SKIN:
To celebrate this momentous launch, we’re giving five WRAPPED Surface Skins. To enter to win*, tell us what piece of furniture you’d cover and what design (use the product name) you’d like to win. It’s a giveaway as easy as Surface Skins.

*Giveaway Details: The WRAPPED Surface Skins giveaway runs until 11:59pm PST on May 3, 2013. To enter, leave your comment below. Valid only to US and Canada residents (sorry!) Winners will be announced on this blog on May 7, 2013.
Go ahead, invade your space with art and color. And keep an eye out for other Surface Skins to come. We’re just getting started!

UPDATE: Congrats to Anna Vainer, Janie L, Linda, Sarah & Eileen. You are all getting the WRAPPED ~ Surface Skin of your choice. Keep an eye out for an email from us.

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.

BLIK – Not just for walls, get creative!

BLIK   Not just for walls, get creative!

 
We’re not saying don’t try this at home, but a few tiny details you should know:

1. Putting Blik on your cars is at your own risk (but then again so is crossing the street, so be a risk-taker). We only vouch for walls.
2. Your beloved Blik graphics might fade in the sun. We recommend buying lots of Blik to navigate around this problem.
3. You want to take your car to the carwash? Didn’t you hear that dirty is in? At the carwash, there is slight chance the washing might affect the ink. See #2 & buy lots of Blik!

SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

 
We are soooo Hello Kitty excited! Today we are launching nine Hello Kitty x Blik graphics that take both a traditional and an artistic spin on classic Hello Kitty images. And to celebrate this momentous day, we’re giving away 25 Hello Kitty: Chalkboards and 25 Hello Kitty: Dry Erase Boards. Plus, we are offering free U.S. ground shipping for today (Thursday, March 21) on all Blik products including Hello Kitty. Now, that’s cause for celebration.

 
SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

 

SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

 

HELLO KITTY X BLIK COLLECTION

1. Hello Kitty: Supercute, Set 1 & Set 2 – Say hello to two sets of oversized Hello Kitty graphics – $35/set.

2. Hello Kitty: Hide & Seek – We spy Hello Kitty and her friends. Use these Hello Kitty graphics to interact with the furniture and objects in your space – $55

3. Hello Kitty: Faces – Have fun with Hello Kitty deconstructed. Singular elements of the friendly Hello Kitty are broken down giving you the ability (and creativity) to place her iconic red bow or whiskers around different objects – $55.

4. Hello Kitty: Chalkboard Re-Stik - Grab some chalk and scribble some notes. Hello Kitty won’t let you forget! Made with Blik Re-Stik™, these two chalkboards are movable and reusable – $45 (Chalk not included.)

5. Hello Kitty: Dry Erase Re-Stik – Scribble some notes with a dry erase marker. Hello Kitty won’t let you forget! Made with Blik Re-Stik™, these two whiteboards are movable and reusable – $45 (Dry erase markers not included.)

6. Four Hello Kitty: Pattern Wall Tiles – Bring a multitude of Hello Kitty to your room with Blik’s popular Pattern Wall Tiles. $50/each.
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 1
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 2
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 3
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 4

SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

 

SAY HELLO TO HELLO KITTY

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

VALENTINES DAY CARDS

A few weeks ago, we put together a list of our favorite love-themed graphics for Valentine’s Day. Today, we’ve gone a step farther and designed seven custom Valentine’s Day cards. The Blik Valentine’s Day cards can be ordered exclusively through Society6. Order a pack now to have them in time for your Valentine. The cards come in three sets: a 3 pack, 5 pack and a 10 pack.

As our Valentine’s gift to you, we’re also giving away seven sets of the 10 pack of cards. So, seven lucky winners can save their pennies and get a set of 10 cards for free. We’ve have one set of each card to giveaway. Let us know which design you’d like to win and we’ll do the best we can to match those up.

TO ENTER:
Comment below on what card you’d like to win for that special Valentine in your life. We’re not usually the sappy type, but once a year, we’ll make an exception. You can also send us your funny, silly Valentine stories – you know we heart those. Leave your comments by Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. We’ll announce the seven winners on Friday, February 8. And if you win, make sure you get back to us ASAP! Don’t leave those Valentine’s Day cards without a home. Or if you don’t want to wait to win, order a few from the Blik shop on Society6.

Choose from the following cards:
Make Room for Love
Candy Hearts
Chocolate Hearts
Love Garden
I Love You Like…
XOXO
Shot Through The Heart

VALENTINES DAY CARDS
VALENTINES DAY CARDS
VALENTINES DAY CARDS
DETAILS:
Winners must live in the United States or Canada to win. Winners who do not claim their prize by the set date, will forfeit their chance to win.

UPDATE: The seven winners were randomly selected and have been notified.

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