Last year was a strange time for many industries, with many pivoting to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at Artisan Colour took these changes in stride and came out swinging to help its clients with a variety of large and small format printing needs. Artisan appreciates working with local community businesses, aiming to be a Metro Phoenix print shop that solves problems throughout the pandemic.

Check out Artisan’s award-winning projects from 2019 and 2020!

Event Graphics – Phoenix Design Week

Phoenix Design Week (PHXDW) is AIGA Arizona’s annual event, bringing together hundreds of creative professionals for a week of workshops, presentations, and social events. This year’s theme was Evolve Design, celebrating the creative community’s ability to adapt to whatever comes next, from style to software changes. The theme incorporated holographic material, undulating forms, and an on-trend color palette. Artisan supplied concept development, production support, and final printed products for PHXDW.

The special event materials submitted for this award were conference invitation direct mail postcards, conference programs made with custom die-cutting and foil graphics, event signage, and other various collateral.

Keeping all of these print jobs in one place ensured brand consistency. At some events you might notice that company logos on paper, plastic, and foam board all looks different. Since Artisan Colour prints large and small format items, we were able to perfectly match the prints on all of these different mediums.

Hotel Expansion Display – Gila River – Wild Horse Pass

The local Gila River Casino needed a display to make a big splash. With an upcoming hotel expansion in mind, they wanted people to be able to see an architectural rendering come to life! In the case of this new hotel, Rami Kalla and his team at Point in Time Studios started the process with a jpeg illustration.

Artisan Colour was asked to transform that into an 8-foot-tall display for the current hotel lobby to market the new hotel, scheduled to open in fall 2021. With space limitations in the current Gila River hotel lobby, we recommended the model be printed at 3.5 feet tall, instead of the original 8 feet.

Gila River Hotel Expansion Display

Ground broke in August 2020, and the project is slated to be complete in the fall of 2021.

Consider a display like this one if you want it to be shared out on social media. People love taking photos of unexpected finds, like this one!

Wall Display & Wraps – Allied Group Sales

Allied is an electrical and lighting manufacturer’s representative sales agency. President and CEO Tim Klei contacted Artisan Colour for assistance in creating a theme for his company’s training room. Artisan’s in-house graphic designer helped put together wall graphics.

A bland conference room was transformed completely into a space with color and engaging design. The difference from before to after is simply incredible!

One wall features shots of each city Allied has branches in. Another features a 2D visualization of its lighting projects in action, labeled with branding for each of its suppliers. Location, suppliers, and Allied clients all have a place in this wall graphics printing project.

Providing start-to-finish support for each project is an important aspect of any successful print project. This job was made extra challenging by complicated wall dimensions. This included hanging print projects around cabinets, doorways, and other architectural features. Artisan collaborated with an installation team to install the finished Allied Group projects over a weekend. With minimal disruption to the workplace during business hours, the printing project was finished in time for employees to be wowed Monday morning. See more examples of this project here.

A Changing World for a Phoenix Print Shop

Aaron Kilby, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Artisan ColourAaron Kilby, VP of Sales and Marketing at Artisan had a few comments about the pandemic’s impact on things happening over the past year.

How have clients’ needs changed during COVID?

The change with our clients includes fewer in-person meetings and more online communication (lots of Zoom calls). There was also different spending and no events happening as of yet. Business is coming back though, which is good to see.

How have the AMA’s changed during COVID? Do you think competition was different (easier/harder) because of the pandemic? 

AMA’s have changed as they have never had the event online before. Since they did not have the event last year, they did awards for both 2019 and 2020. So, I would say the playing field was still the same for competition.

Phoenix Spectrum Awards

To read more about the organization that gives out these awards, visit the AMA Phoenix Chapter Spectrum Awards. For our past awards, visit this blog post.

How This Phoenix Print Shop Can Help You!

More examples of our wall graphics can be found here. Looking for large or small format printing? Not sure where to start? We can help! Explore our website or contact us today.