Archive for the ‘Examples’ Category

Gamers, Geeks and the Trade Show Industry

June 26, 2015 4 comments

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I admit it. I’m a geek, I’m a gamer and I love toys. Don’t believe me? Check out this blog post. I also know the proverbial gamer stereotype…one of junk food, poor health and/or weight, and social inadequacies. No, I’m not calling anyone a gamer or a geek (though if you want to admit it, it’s okay… apparently it’s cool now). Unfortunately in our industry, we can fall prey to the same temptations that gamers do. Ones of convenience, time-savers and shortcuts. Ones that may seem appealing in the moment, but in the long term can do serious damage to our work and our business. Read more…

Communication Breakdown

PaulFor some of you, the title may have Led you to believe that I am blogging about a Zeppelin song. Sorry if it’s a disappointment, but I’m not. I just referenced it because, well, it’s one of the best bands ever and an incredible song.

What I am here to talk about is something that happened somewhere between me planning a wedding and me posting this blog today. Somewhere in that space we ended up with no blog. Dum dum dum-dum! Yep, there was truly a Communication Breakdown. I’m not really sure what happened, and in this particular case, I’m not too concerned about it.   Read more…

Feel This

AuthorWithout fabric we would truly be naked and afraid. The earliest forms consisted of animal skins draped across the body for warmth. Weaving of fabric dates back to 8000 B.C and woven wool rugs have been found near Turkey from around 6500 BC. Lastly, China is credited with opening trade routes with their production of silk around 2800 B.C.

History aside, the fact remains – we have come a long way with fabric. It is part of everyday life affecting many industries. In the tradeshow industry, fabric is a mainstay and the primary component in the creation of exhibits and displays. Not just the fabric itself but the need for colorful, true to life, attention-getting graphics is in demand. Read more…

WOW! That Just Blew My Mind

April 10, 2015 Leave a comment

AuthorEvery year at Exhibitor and Global Shop it’s a chance for buyers, industry experts and plain ole peons like me to see new ideas, the best of the best, trendsetters and even the same ole same ole of products and services that our industry offers. This year was no exception with Exhibitor prominently displaying every conceivable way to bend, construct and manipulate aluminum extrusion to get the most out of tension fabric displays. Global Shop, following suit two weeks later, promoted countless ways to backlight, edgelight and even front light fabric images for window and POP displays. Read more…

From Floor to Ceiling

April 3, 2015 3 comments

Category Icon TestWhat is the saying . . . “In like a lion, out like a lamb”? With the Exhibitor Show falling a couple weeks earlier than last year, my February ended and March began with the supervising of our display set-up at the show. For those of you who have been on a convention floor during set-up you know how crazy that can be. But I had two things going for me this year that I knew would help ease the chaos. First, I was teamed up with my colleague, partner in crime and Optima AE, Brianna Ziomek, who had taken care of all the required show kit paperwork and everything was ordered to perfection. Second, TS Crew was our EAC again this year so I knew I was in good hands. Read more…

I Do

March 27, 2015 5 comments

PaulI’m getting married. This means that right now I am swimming in the shark infested wedding planning waters.

While my fiancée is a planner extraordinaire, it immediately became apparent that we faced some challenges; the wedding industry can be quite a racket. It feels as if there is this magic formula where as soon as you say to a retailer or vendor the magic W word, the price doubles or triples.

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March 20, 2015 Leave a comment


Every wonder how your show space gets put together? It’s not as easy as it seems but the pros at TS Crew, an EAC labor contractor, have it down to a science. This insightful video will open some eyes about the expertise and hard work of trade show labor.
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