Swivel Base Sign Holders, Trade Show Displays, and Cal Ripken Jr at NRPA

Untitled design(8)Baseball pennant races and Trade Show season coincide every year. When the days of summer start fading, attention on the diamond and at the expo is just beginning to hit its peak. In one instance, baseball’s strongest “iron man” will take center stage at, you guessed it, a trade show- one that celebrates our national passion for parks and recreation.

From September 24th through the 26th, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will hold its Annual Conference in Baltimore (preliminary events commence September 22nd). Some 8,000+ professionals are expected to be in attendance…connecting, learning, networking, and unwinding while celebrating new achievements and success stories in community Parks and Recreation.

The NRPA Opening General Session hits the ground running with Baltimore legend and Major League Baseball’s reigning “Iron Man,” former Orioles shortstop/third baseman, Cal Ripken, Jr. Ripken’s prolific 21-season career featured many new records, none bigger than the shattering of Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 consecutive games by more than 500!

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What’s less known about Ripken is his philanthropy, helping children across the country by creating opportunities and applying that same tenacity and dedication to perseverance and excellence. As the keynote speaker, Ripken will focus on this inspiration to strengthen communities before the presentation of 2019 Gold Medal Awards.

Late summer into early autumn marks the time when trade shows across the board are at their zenith, before the holidays and potential winter travel woes. NRPA 2019 is just one of many…and all deliver great potential for showing promotions to a vast and well-qualified buying audience!

That’s where Ripken-like, Iron Man strength and reliability steps up to the plate in product/literature/promotional displays. We suggest Swivel Base Sign Holders that put the motion in your promotion! Durable, premium thickness acrylic Sign Holders feature a hint of eye catching “glass green” edging. What also draws attention is the brushed silver colored swivel base that rotates 360 degrees. With Swivel Base Sign Holders at bat, your trade show promotional ads will swing for the fences!


Name Plate Holders and CAALA 2019, the Largest Trial Lawyer Convention

Untitled designUnsafe products, bad medicine, shady business practices, negligent corporate conduct without scruples…it’s a sad-but-true fact of life that not every product and purveyor is 100% reliable. When consumers are wronged by practitioners who engage in unethical practices or with a purchase that’s not what was promised, it’s nice to know that there’s a vital segment of the legal community to help fight back.

Consumer Attorneys focus solely on the protection of ordinary consumers from those who try to take advantage or simply get away with nefarious products and/or services. In response, Southern California is home to the nation’s largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). It’s a powerful group of advocates united in one purpose: to protect victim’s rights with equal access to justice.

On Labor Day weekend, the CAALA 37th Annual Las Vegas Convention takes place. Over 2,000 visitors are expected to attend, including attorneys, law firm staff, trial lawyers, and legal consultants. Besides vendor exhibits and product demonstrations, the goal is to give attendees the latest educational advantages, networking sessions, and brainstorming opportunities…covering crucial areas from insurance and medical services to publishing and production.

Once finished, it’s back to the firm and business as usual, only with a sharper edge in a legal area that offers a valuable benefit to our society-at-large.

Also valuable inside each firm’s walls? New Acrylic Sign Holders and dynamic Poster Holders, cutting edge designs.

Office Name Plate Holders are also in especially high demand right now. Colored borders have been incorporated to deliver a clear view and sharper focus on 8-1/2” x 2-1/2” inserts. Desktop and Counter-top Name Plate Holders in slant-back clear, glass green, and Executive Series designs are also gaining popularity for blending function, style, and a nice complement to the décor.


Five Tips for Throwing an EPIC Summer Office Party!

Five Tips for Throwing an EPIC Summer Office Party!

Have you taken a vacation this summer or feel more like summer’s passing you by? Maybe you have a fun getaway still to come. But according to a new travel confidence survey by Allianz Global Assistance, 36% of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in more than two years! Respondents say they are not traveling this summer either for multiple reasons, including lack of time and/or money.

Whether vacationing or not, a festive, all-inclusive, epic summer office party is a great way to brighten the mood for everyone on-staff and show appreciation for nosing the grindstone.

The key to a successful party is in the theme and what makes it stand out from routine birthday festivities and holiday gatherings. Here are 5 tips for your party plan.247fc35d5c39623a8942c7f57d4c31cf

1. Organization and Budget. Once cleared by the boss, figure out how much money’s available to spend and where best to delegate it. Colorful decorations can make an office feel more summer-like and outdoor celebrations can be enhanced with illuminating tiki torches. Food and beverage costs are where you’re most likely to spend so don’t be shy about recruiting help, both with planning and shopping for eats-and-drinks.

2. The Menu. Take it easy on yourself and keep it simple. Lighter summer fare doesn’t mean boring and flavorless. Elevate cheese and crackers with Boursin and assorted olives. Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tartlets are easily concocted and something you might also find at the store. Gorgonzola and Cranberry in Puff Pastry, too. Grilling? Marinate skewered flank steak. If your budget includes catering, your caterer likely has tasty summer notions.

3. The Setting. Go tropical, get beachy, and make it colorful! A little imagination can go a long way toward more festive cubicles and workstations.

4. Ice Cream. Everyone’s screaming for it this blazing summer. Consider offering gelato and sorbet with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Crushed peanuts are great but be mindful of allergies.

5. Spread the Word! Social media’s fine but party notices posted in Cubicle Sign Holders also get a lot of attention. You can even make the display match the party theme!

Cubicle Sign Holders for a Smarter Food Plan in the Office

shutterstock_234673339Are you the type who continues working through your lunch break? Or maybe you simply prefer to stay in your cubicle and browse the internet while lunching. In the course of a typical hectic workday, your private space can be incredibly productive one minute and your personal oasis/escape the next. Either way, it’s easy to develop eating habits…for better or worse.

Trying to avoid the enticement of doughnuts and cake in the break room is one thing. Developing a plan to avoid gaining weight and staying healthy takes a bit more ambition but can be easier than you think!

The first step begins before you even get to work. Not to belabor the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there are reasons to back it up. Breakfast replenishes glucose and energy-inspiring nutrients while engaging your metabolism after a night’s sleep. No time for breakfast? Fruit, yogurt, and granola travel well and will sharpen your focus no matter where you eat.

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Avoid energy drinks and sugar-laden beverages. You might get a jolt but then comes the inevitable crash. Your body also builds immunity to the caffeine and sugar levels – but not the crashing and calories.

If you pack your own lunch and snacks, you’re also more likely to maintain that energy level without feeling loaded down…a typical result of fast food lunches. Nuts, berries, peaches and pears can satisfy urges for something crunchy, salty, and sweet. Lunch preparations can also give you more specific ideas about caloric intake.

Limiting starches and carbohydrates can also benefit your energy level, waistline, and blood glucose levels. Believe it or not, incorporating certain fats can boost energy and help weight loss. Look for foods with Omega 3 fatty acids.

The best way to keep it all straight and readily visible? Put your checklist in clear acrylic Cubicle Sign Holders. They’re easy to hang and give any vital signage and literature a prominent showcase…including those smart office diet plans!





Sign Holders point to Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, Aug 3-4

Untitled design(7)“All the chills and thrills of Halloween over one summer weekend.” To feverish fans who can’t get enough of Halloween, this promotional line for Midsummer Scream in Long Beach August 3rd and 4th says it all. And why not celebrate? As holidays go, the popularity of Halloween is second only to Christmas. If there’s Christmas in July, Halloween in August makes perfect sense.

What is Midsummer Scream about? This huge event at the Long Beach Convention Center is not just a cool escape into a haunted house. Sure, there’ll be a Hall of Shadows, Dr. Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror, and Paranormal Pixie’s Pumpkin Patch for kids. But there will also be physical stunts and theatrical performances by the Decayed Brigade. Celebrity photo-ops include Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. And the massive dark hall will also feature a frightening number of demos, displays, and exhibitors.SocialMedia_Badges_MSS19-bill-ride-768x768

Midsummer Scare bills itself as “the West Coast’s fastest growing haunt and horror convention” and the numbers are impressive. 8,000 attended in 2016; in 2018, that tally grew to 22,500. This year, hundreds of haunt, horror, and Halloween themed vendors will be showing their stuff. Picture a show floor filled with collectibles, apparel, props, and related services for fans, professionals, and home haunters alike.

Standing out in this frightening field of gore could be tricky for some exhibitors. Making displays especially vivid makes a difference in this horror genre, and the crystal clarity and visual acuity of acrylic can really do the trick-or-treat…er, trick.

Clear slant back Style A Sign Holders reach up and grab the eye; Style B displays stand vertically with double-sided viewing. Traditional Table Tent Sign Holders up to 6- and even 8-sided Acrylic Display Stands deliver a sharper image from multiple points-of-view. And these are just a few.A085110ST

You know who else will be careful paying attention to detail at Midsummer Scream? KC Mussman, Owner of Nocturnal Designs and a Season 12 Finalist on the Syfy channel’s Faceoff. She’s holding a workshop on makeup safety for aspiring monster creators!

All the Sign Holders point to E3 2019 for the Throne of Gaming!

E3 Expo(2)“3 days of innovative new technologies and never-before-seen products.” That’s how the E3 2019 Expo is being billed by its host, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). E3 is big with computer and video game companies, industry analysts, and gamers alike…and tens of thousands of the best and brightest from more than 100 countries are expected to converge on this year’s Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 11th through 13th.

Calling the Electronic Entertainment Expo the world’s largest annual video game industry trade show is not just a boastful claim, either. According to CNET, highly anticipated announcements are expected from heavy hitters like Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Square Enix.

“Visual spectacles” years in the making are among the big-name titles that will leave gamers salivating. Microsoft will unleash the epic Halo Infinite and EA is expected to unveil Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Doom Eternal is Bethesda’s new entry in the shoot-em-up market and sci-fi fans will geek out over CD Project Red’s Cyberpunk 2077.

Nintendo’s also getting into the game with Pokemon Sword and Shield while seafarers engage with Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones.A3 Gaming Insert

CNET says that 2019’s most anticipated game is actually a new take on a game that nearly caused a frenzy four years ago. In 2015 at a Sony press conference, the mere mention of Square’s Final Fantasy VII Remake apparently made some in the crowd “hysterical” and some were even said to have been “brought to tears.” Say what you will, gamers are indeed passionate.

And don’t think of video gaming as merely a pastime…or worse, a waste of time.

Professional competitors are piling up hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions in individual winnings. The highest ranked American is 9th worldwide, checking in at $3,038,000+. Video game realism is also gaining acceptance in actual military training.

If you plan to attend E3 2019, be sure to look for the signage and make your way to the Throne of Games…and when you have a big product launch announcement of your own, showcase it E3-style in clear Acrylic Sign Holders.


A Sign Holder/Signage Celebration at the March Digital Signage Expo

Untitled design(2)An explosion of digital signage continues to transform the business world with real-time pronouncements, accentuated branding, and multisensory experiences geared to captivate an audience. The latest will be prominently displayed March 26th through 29th at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition to new technological innovations, DSE will also spotlight ways to use digital signage to the sharpest advantage, including workshops on video board content creation. Virtual Reality should also be a draw to the new multimedia, multisensory “eXperiential showcase” with VR Artist Anna Solomko. Part of this demonstration will focus on fusing immersive, interactive technology with traditional screens and displays, “transforming a physical space into a full-on engaged experience.”

In a nutshell, this is the crux of DSE. The ability to control real-time messaging and deliver multisensory experiences can be a powerful tool in driving sales with immediate results. That could also explain why some big “users” will be on hand, from Disney to In-N-Out Burger. Fast food to amusement parks…banks, grocery chains, airlines, pharmacies, retailers…any environment where an immediate call-to-action results in a sale can benefit.

The stakes? Grand View Research predicts that revenue from digital signage will exceed $20 billion with “a recall rate higher than any other form of traditional media (83%).” If the numbers pan out, the profit potential is hard to ignore.

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Also pivotal to the movement? Displays that point attentive eyes to the message and engage interaction with customers. More and more, kiosks are popping up at the point-of-sale and in strategically placed retail floor locations. Custom Acrylic Tablet Displays are also there to accent signage with broad appeal. Add Clear Acrylic Sign Holders as a complement to combine modern and traditional signage approaches.

The best place to see and feel what your customers can experience? Just might be the Vegas DSE, the place to be in March!