Wall and ceiling graphics make reading more fun in Baltimore.
When Dave Gimbel bought the Signs by Tomorrow franchise in Alexandria in 2002, most of thier work was cut vinyl, banners, and run-of-the-mill signage. But they quickly faced the question: "What would set us apart from Kinko's, FedEx, and everybody that bought a printer?" Gimbel says. They decided to diversify, and today about 20 percent of thier work falls in the environmental graphics se
The franchise began working with Kirk Design on a long-term initiative with the Fund for Educational Excellence in Baltimore. The organization plans to refurbish 25 libraries in the Baltimore City Scool district; so far. Gimbel's shop has helped shape the environment for 13 locations. Most recently, the team provided 600 square feet of graphics for the library at George Washington Elementary, and 950 square feet for Hampden Elementary. both feature a number of wall graphics around and above rows of bookselves, and are topped off with 13- and 15-foot ceiling graphics, respectively. Gimbel says the key to the ceiling graphics is printing 2 to 4 inches of extra material to allow for flexibility at install. The shop used a Mimaki JV33-160 printer to image 3M Controltac IJ40 vinyl.