Ramblings

The Details- Howard County Historical Society Museum's Flood Exhibit

After the recent flood, the Howard County Historical Society Museum wanted to add an exhibit on the flooding that has plagued Ellicott City since its beginnings. Provided with a script and all the images they could find within their collections I designed the wall panels that accompanied the exhibit.

The Details- Custom Performance Engineering's 10th Anniversary Makeover

Custom Performance Engineering, an automotive aftermarket parts manufacturer, wanted to update their website for their 10th Anniversary.  I had been working with them for several years and had previously migrated their website from a proprietary CMS to drupal and ubercart which seamlessly integrated with their accounting systems.   

The Details- Babe Ruth Museum Eddie Murray Display

The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum came to me when they needed a display designed to hang at the Orioles Pub at the Center Club in Baltimore.  They knew they wanted to display a couple of contracts they had for Eddie Murray, and also had a couple of Eddie Murray's baseball cards.  I am not an avid baseball fan so initially I was confused as to why someone would find interest in looking at an old contract. 

The Importance of Pantones

I am suprised with how many design files we get without pantone colors.  Without a pantone to reference there is no guarantee that the colors that print will be what you are expecting.  The colors in a design may look one way on your screen and totally different on the printer's screen. Even the lighting in a room can affect this.  That is why it is important to have pantones for colors that you want to perfectly match.  When you are choosing pantone colors you must use chips.  You cannot chose a pantone color from your screen as it can easily display differently.

Museum Quality from MS Word files?

We had a museum client that needed panels produced for an exhibit last week.  We received the .pdf files only 2 days before their deadline.  I opened the pdfs in Illustrator to verify the sizes requested and everything was created at 8.5 x 11.  Some of the panels were meant to be printed at 24 x 36" and larger.  Obviously there are a few issues here.  One enlarging a file to that scale is only possible with something of a very high resolution.  Secondly the proprtions of the layouts were completely off for some of the print sizes requested.  

Finalizing Your Vector Designs

There are many people out there creating vector graphics these days.  Vector graphics can be used in screen printing, laser engraving, vinyl cutting and a multitude of other production processes.  Paths are the lines that form your vector. They can be important in the production process if your Printer (production team) asks for an .ai, .eps, or the more recent editable .pdf file type.