According to the Business Development Manager at Cerro Wire, “We crushed it (at the show). Thank you for setting us up for success.” That powerful testimony catapults this clean displays to our top list of portable displays for the year. Read More
In life, Bob Hope personified the American dream, coming to America through Ellis Island in 1908, the place where his journey to success began.
Since 2011, fans and enthusiasts across the world have had the opportunity to experience the Bob Hope, An American Treasure, traveling exhibition. The exhibit tells the story of Bob Hope’s achievements in entertainment, his passion for golf, relationships with the military, and his friendships with a number of U.S. presidents. Using multimedia elements and captivating storytelling—including artifacts, films, photographs, and some of Hope’s most treasured memorabilia— the exhibit highlights the story of Hope’s unique place in the history of World War II and beyond, and the contributions he made that still echos more than 70 years later.
After nearly 7 years touring the world, the exhibit has finally arrived at its last stop. Ellis Island holds special significance to Bob Hope’s life, so its only fitting that the final stop be there, where Hope’s life in America began. The exhibit attended the 2016 London Olympics, been on the Queen Mary and has been featured in the WWII museum.
This traveling exhibit has certainly seen a few miles and has been installed in some pretty tricky places, and the boughs of the main building on Ellis Island built in 1892 proved to provide interesting challenges as well. The traveling exhibition will be displayed through September 3, 2018. More information here.
Method-1 Interiors has been honored to be a part of this project from its initiation in 2011 to the final stop of the tour in 2018. Thanks for the memories, Hope Family and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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Jordan Morrow Knox
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you were colorblind? I have, and in every instance I’ve imagined myself missing out on one of the biggest pleasures I have in life–creating with color. It’s my passion, it’s my career, it’s integrated in almost every part of my life. It wasn’t until my, now husband, made me come to realize what I thought would be an almost impossible feat is indeed possible. Stewart Knox is a color blind designer. Most people’s first response is usually,
“You’re a color blind designer, WHAT?!?” I have to admit, that’s exactly what I thought, too!
In first grade, after coloring a picture of his mother, Stewart took the drawing to his teacher to explain he had made a mistake. He told her that the earrings on his mom’s portrait were crooked. The teacher realized that Stewart didn’t recognize that he had colored his mother’s face bright green. Shortly after that, Stewart was diagnosed as being colorblind.
Over time Stewart has developed his own methods for figuring out color. Reading crayon wrappers, associating colors with real-life objects, and even using eye droppers to measure precise colors all have helped him identify the colors that he sees. It’s what worked for him, and how he got through one of the top industrial design schools in the country.
A little background: Stewart and I are both designers. He’s an industrial designer, therefore working with structure, concepts, functionality and user experience. I’m a graphic designer, utilizing visual concepts to inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. We work at the same company, and recently got married. ExpoDisplays is a part of how our story began. So when the idea arose to purchase Enchroma glasses for Stewart, I thought it would be fun (and extra special) to involve our co-workers and friends. We all have been witness to Stewart’s color deficiency, and they were excited to be a part of it! I set the date for the fundraising goal to be met 3 months out and within 10 days we had collected all the money we needed to order his glasses. “Overwhelmed” would be an understatement.
Seeing as the majority of the funds were raised from coworkers and family, we decided to have the big reveal at ExpoDisplays. Family, friends, and employees were all present to witness the big moment.
When Stewart came to his surprise party, the look on his face was that of mild terror. It was priceless. He opened the box containing his gift, and the emotions that followed can be seen in the video. Excitement, anticipation, and nervousness were written all over his face. We walked outside to see if he indeed could see the colors of this beautiful world, and that’s the moment I could see, that his had life changed. It’s not only that he was going to be able to see colors never before witnessed, but he was getting to experience colors for the first time in his 36 years of life.
He explained that it was a little overwhelming when he first put the glasses on. When we asked what he saw, he had to take a second for his eyes to adjust and to gather his thoughts. He explains it as all the colors he once saw were now saturated so deeply that he was able to make out new colors he had never seen before. How do you explain the way you see color without trying to reference colors? Just try it. It’s hard!
The biggest thing he notices when he wears his glasses? Grass, bushes, and trees. “That’s green! That’s really green!” It has been almost 4 months since he got the Enchroma glasses, and it is still the variations among a cluster of foliage that he constantly mentions.
It is easy to take color for granted; after all, it is how we see the world every day. To someone who has never been able to see color correctly, it’s the subtle variations in skintone, the ability to distinguish dead grass from a yard, and the vividness of ordinary street signs that are remarkable to him. Stewart is now able to see the world as it really is and has been given a new, colorful perspective on life.
See the video of Stewart’s surprise here!
So many exhibits, so little time. After having a look through our 2017 portfolio of portable and modular displays, we see the evidence that there’s still nothing like MultiQuad® in the market. Good news there as we approach the 10th Anniversary of MultiQuad®.
So here are the top 3 MultiQuads® displays that we created for our customers in 2017.
1. Franke Foods
What’s to like?
- Well, it is full of coffee pots, there’s that
- Custom items are added like the storage closet
- Addition of a fabric header
2. RPB Safety
What’s to like?
- This entire 20′ x 20′ display fit in 2 crates
- Showcases galore
- Did we mention this exhibit broke down into only 2 crates?
3. Tomz Corporation
What’s to like?
- Interactive media table. Check it out here
- Custom curved feature
- Included product showcases and media monitor
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Industry veteran receives prestigious industry award
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — Dec. 5, 2017– Jay Burkette was given the 2017 Ambassador Award at EDPA Access 2017. Jay Burkette is the Vice President of ExpoDisplays and has over 30 years of trade show experience. He was honored for his contributions at the Annual Dinner on December 1 in a ceremony in Carlsbad, California. Each year, five different awards are given to recognize amazing work in the industry. The Ambassador Award acknowledges an EDPA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization and the industry.
Jay Burkette said of the honor, “I am not often at a loss for words, but at the recent bestowing of EDPA’s 2017 Ambassador Award, “I was totally caught off guard. To be recognized in this manner by your EDPA peers is an honor that I will not soon forget.” Jay resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife Suzie of 38 years. They have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. Jay is also an accomplished stained / fused glass artisan and regularly donates art for the annual EDPA Foundation silent auction, which provides grants, scholarships and financial support to those within the trade show industry.
Founded in 1954, The Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) is recognized internationally and serves thousands of professional members representing more than 300 corporations across 18 countries.
Since 1970, ExpoDisplays has been serving the trade show industry as an American Manufacturer. ExpoDisplays is a World-Class exhibit house in Birmingham, Alabama with a 47 year track record of creating extraordinary exhibits. ExpoDisplays is the manufacturer of the MultiQuad® exhibit system.
Procrastination? Last minute show? Emergency? We’ve all been there. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite fail-safe kits to keep up your sleeve just for the occasion. Because a quick decision still needs to be a smart one.
MultiQuad® 1060HD View Kit
- Perfect for a 10’x10′
Evolution® 9′ Flat Wall View Pop-Up
- Pop Up
- Clean, simple background
- QuickSet™ Light system
- Easy set up
ExpoLight™ Light boxes View
Whether massing a few of the same size, one of each size or using them as stand alone pieces, our back lit boxes are a simple but bright solution for the show floor.
Does it get any more simple than that?
Office Christmas parties aren’t boring obligations around here. At ExpoDisplays, it’s something we LOVE to do and believe it’s a wise investment into our employees and their families. Being a group of designers and makers of things raises the the level of expectation for our Christmas Event. Plastic bows and a tray of chicken nuggets just won’t cut it. We’re all about the theme.
This year’s Christmas Event was themed “Flapjacks and Flannels,” with red and black buffalo plaid adorning the guests, the interior, tables and pretty much every corner of our showroom. A big breakfast spread and the invitation for super casual jeans and flannels pumped up the attendance this year. Nevermind, this is how half of our employees dress every day. But it was nice to add the other half to the mix of us to that mix. The matching plaid parents and kids was a cute addition! Guests were greeted with a donut decorating table to tide them over until the buffet style meal began. With tons of sprinkles, M&Ms, frosting, pretzels the mess made by 68 kids was a yummy mess if anything. Here’s the complete menu for the event:
- Gouda Grits
- Waffle Bar with all of the trimmings
- Hashbrown casserole
- Donut bar
- Pancake dippers
- Bacon – of course!
The breakfast spread was an unusual twist to traditional office party fair. Games to keep the kids busy while they waited on Santa included a Santa Hat ring toss, Jingle Bell toss and a station to decorate ornaments. We set up a fun photo booth with props snagged on Amazon.
We decided in the spirit of giving that we would make available some of our cute printables we used for
the party. Who doesn’t like kitschy little signs and free downloadables, right? Take a look at some of the signs we had hanging around our showroom and feel free to download them for yourself!