Image Craft Welcomes Jon Heiskell

March 30, 2016

Author: Eric RutinJon Heiskell

Image Craft is excited to welcome John Heiskell to our sales team.  Jon brings a tremendous background and experience in the large format industry. He began his career in the back of the shop  learning the trade in production and prepress.  In fact, Jon started his career in graphic communications at the tender age of 16.  Jon gained valuable knowledge and understanding of the entire printing  process that solidified his expertise in color management and ability to provide efficient and creative solutions to his clients when he transitioned to sales.

While Jon enjoys working with a variety of clients in various verticals, his passion lies with projects that are multilayered requiring him to develop a graphic solution that uses all of his knowledge. The more complex  and the more substrates involved, the better as far as he is concerned. Jon knows how to consult with his clients to choose the right material, printed with the correct printer, with the appropriate attention to color that maximizes clients’ budgets large and small.

Jon made the decision to join our team when he toured our facility and saw the breadth of our capabilities. On his first day at Image Craft he said he was most excited about the ability to now confidently tell clients “Yes, we can do that!”.

While Jon tends to be a gearhead hanging out with the print operators talking specs, when he is away from the office he enjoys exploring Arizona. He is a born and bred Arizonan and takes tremendous pride in the state.

We are excited for Jon to represent Image Craft and know his clients. If you think Jon would be a good fit for your projects or you just want to wish him well, he can be reached at jheiskell@imcraft.com.

 

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Dillon Works – First Baptist Church Installation

Dillon Works was in need of a company to produce and install graphics for the children’s ministries areas at the First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas, TX.. Dillon Works’ Director of Design remembered working with a company on a previous project, who impressed her with their attention to detail , as well as their professionalism, from a previous project that consisted of matching a printed mural to existing fabric curtains for a large venue. That company was Image Craft.

In September 2012, a production meeting was called to work out the details of how the three floors of the project would be organized and scheduled. Image Craft took the artwork, created by Dillon Works’ design team, and began printing the murals to a commercial wall vinyl with UV cured inks, finished with a protective matte liquid laminate.

Each of the three floors has its own unique, age-appropriate theme. The first floor of the church is a “sunny beach/vacation theme”. The illustrations are eleven feet tall and at some places 30 feet wide, printed in vibrant colors. To keep the installation running smoothly, our Installation Department and Production Department coordinated printing and delivery of graphics to ensure efficient use of time with the assurance of remaining on schedule. The second floor graphics with a “neighborhood” theme were prepped, tested and approved while the first floor installation was completed. With the same tight, consistent control, graphics were installed and the walls began to take on a new, sharp and brilliant look. By December, the third floor printing, with a “mission control” theme, was almost complete and final installation preparations were being scheduled for mid-January. Our murals were spot on and Dillon Works was extremely pleased with Image Craft’s performance.

The final touches – a large play area on each floor, included custom dimensional icons of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the Alamo, each surface treated with printed, adhesive vinyl graphics, installed on site by our team. The projected opened Easter Sunday 2013. Dillon Works and their client, First Baptist Church, were extremely pleased with Image Craft’s role in making this massive project a complete success.

PRESS RELEASE: Image Craft Transforms Pepsi Center for NCAA Women’s Finals

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March 27, 2012

IMAGE CRAFT SELECTED FOR MAJOR INSTALLATION OF BRANDING FOR NCAA WOMEN’S FINALS AT DENVER’S PEPSI CENTER

DENVER, COLO. – Image Craft (which recently acquired Qube Visual, the official signage provider for Pepsi Center), a graphic printing, fine art reproduction and themed-environment company, will be transforming the interior and exterior of Pepsi Center, the Colorado Convention Center and the five host hotels for the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®, with the installation of large-scale graphics and production of team-specific signage.

The installation will begin Sunday morning and continue for an estimated five days in order to be finished before the semifinals April 1. The interior of Pepsi Center will be completely transformed to reflect the event’s and teams’ branding.

Image Craft was selected by Sport Graphics of Indianapolis, the design agency of record for the NCAA that oversees the décor project management, production and installation for all of the organization’s 89 championships, to do the team-specific graphics and the complete installation. Preparations and coordination have been going on for the past month and the company plans to have the interior work on the arena finished by Wednesday.

“We are excited to partner with the NCAA, Sport Graphics and Pepsi Center to execute this installation for the Women’s Final Four,” says Krik Krikorian, account executive for Qube Visual and now Image Craft. “Based on our capabilities and experience working with Pepsi Center, this is a natural fit for us.”

Aaron Wright, installations manager for Image Craft, says, “Given the sheer size of the project and short amount of time allowed for set-up, we have a crew of 10 in addition to myself with lots of aerial equipment scheduled to work 10 hours a day. Weather permitting, we are anticipating a smooth installation; this is what we do.”

Image Craft is a full-service, leading-edge visual communications company that provides consulting, concept, design, production, delivery and installation for solutions in printing, fine art reproduction and themed environments. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., since 1979, Image Craft serves a wide range of clients nationwide. For more information, visit www.imcraft.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Image Craft Announces Acquisition of Qube Visual (Denver)

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March 14, 2012

IMAGE CRAFT ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF QUBE VISUAL, LAUNCHING EXPANDED GRAPHIC AND FABRICATION SOLUTIONS TO DENVER BUSINESSES

DENVER, COLO. – Image Craft, a graphic printing, fine art reproduction and themed-environment company, announced today the acquisition of Qube Visual, a Denver-based signage and graphics company in business since 1982.

 The acquisition will allow Image Craft, with a sales office in Denver since 2005, an opportunity to leverage Qube Visual’s extensive client base, including the Pepsi Center, providing more solutions than Qube Visual was able to do alone, while allowing Image Craft to have a production facility to more directly serve Denver clients.

“We’re excited about expanding in Denver,” says Doug Olson, President of Image Craft. “We’re seeing increased activity in their marketing and professional sector, indicating the area’s confidence in the economy. When the opportunity to merge our extensive capabilities and relationships with Qube’s reputation and client base, we knew there was a strong opportunity for growth.”

Image Craft has been planning to expand in Denver prior to talks about acquiring Qube Visual. Based in Phoenix, AZ., Image Craft plans to keep the Denver sales team as well as the majority of Qube Visual employees on staff.

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Legends Entertainment District Banners!

APS brings a touch of nature to downtown Phoenix! Starting with huge 50GB files, Image Craft printed these superwide format banners on frontlit vinyl using solvent ink and joined the panels together with welded seams. FLV (frontlit vinyl) is ideal for outdoor signage due to its weather-resistant, UV stabilized, and flame-retardant properties, but also has multiple indoor uses.

APS Giant Banners

The APS banners were installed in collaboration with YESCO at the Jefferson Street Garage for Legends Entertainment District, a partnership between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns to create a unique experiential outdoor marketing project in downtown Phoenix centered around such landmark facilities as US Airways Center and Chase Field.

Giant APS Banners

MLB All-Star FanFest 2011

We’re excited to bring you this sneak peek at some of the graphics we produced for the MLB All-Star FanFest 2011 taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center from July 8-12 in conjunction with the annual MLB All-Star Game!

Adhesive VinylAdhesive Vinyl ColumnAdhesive Vinyl; CutoutsLife Sized CutoutsWall MuralD-backs Cutouts
D-backs CutoutsCutoutsAdhesive VinylD-Backs Display

MLB All Star Fan Fest 2011, a set on Flickr.

Except for the Diamondbacks team cutouts, most of the graphics seen in these photographs were printed with solvent ink on adhesive vinyl with matte lamination and applied on-site.  The life-size AZ Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Champion team cutouts were printed in sections directly to MDF, cut to shape with a CNC router, and installed on-site.

To purchase tickets for this 5-day event, please visit the official MLB All-Star FanFest web site!

See a 24′ x 24′ Banner Installed!

Yesterday we posted photos of a 24′ x 24′ banner we installed at US Airways Center for the Phoenix Mercury’s home opener in June.  If you’ve ever wondered exactly how these huge banners are hung, take a look at this video produced by our Installations Manager, Aaron Wright, during an install in the same spot last year.  The banner was printed on a Vutek 5300 16′ solvent printer, which allows us to produce it with only one weld (seam).

Image Craft is the Official Sign and Graphics Company for the Phoenix Suns.