Exceeding Expectations

Method-1 and Mercedes have a long-standing relationship that includes many amazing interior projects. Over the years Mercedes has come to us for help to transform their After-Sales Experience showroom, their Body Shop Café, their Visitor Center and their MBUSI cafeteria. We have worked together on each of these projects with great success and continue to transform their spaces with both technology and functionality.

In May of 2019, Mercedes contacted us about a potential project that would be unlike any other we had done for them in the past. They wanted to host a very large training event in Birmingham, AL and it would require transforming spaces both inside and outside. This event had previously only been held at a training facility in Germany. The event would be focused on employee training for the Mercedes AMG class of performance vehicles. These vehicles are tuned in a specific way that allows for additional power and sets them apart from a “normal” Mercedes vehicle.

Needless to say, we were very intrigued by both the size and scope of the event. Honestly, who wouldn’t be excited about the opportunity to work on this project. It’s the best of the best from Mercedes and it was an opportunity to stretch the limits of our capabilities to heights that even we didn’t know.

The event was to take place at two locations within Birmingham. The hands-on training would happen at Barber Motor Sports Park and the classroom training at Ross Bridge Resort. These locations are approximately 12 miles apart and would need to be transformed to become two separate, yet cohesive AMG branded facilities. The vision was that attendees would recognize the same branding in both locations and that branding would truly transform the two locations into what looked and felt like an AMG facility.

After having multiple site meetings with management from Mercedes Birmingham, Atlanta and Germany to discuss the event we felt as though we had a firm understanding of what would be required  to make this event successful.

Once we were all in agreeance on the plans for the project, our design team went to work!! We were able to utilize designers from both our custom interior division as well as our tradeshow division in order to create branding that would be fluid for both inside and out.

Between the two locations, we designed, fabricated and installed hundreds of components. We as a team worked simultaneously in both locations to ensure that the timelines were met for this week long event. It had to be flawless to be an accurate representation of Mercedes and we made that happen.

Graphics and furnishings included the following:
– Tension fabric arches and structures, Large format mesh banners, SEG fabric walls
– Vinyl on glass and cars – Banner stands – 3D foam letters at various sizes
– Large format fabric banners – Faux plants
– Furniture in the restaurant @ Ross Bridge 
– Accent Battery powered LED up-lighting – Accent lighting for cars
– 80” monitors on rolling carts
– PA systems for training modules

This event turned out to be a very successful one for all involved. The team at Mercedes AMG was thrilled with how everything looked as well as how smoothly the weeks’ events ran. We at Method-1 were proud to step back and look at the overall accomplishments of our staff. We knew that we had stretched the limits of anything we had done prior and we had superseded our own expectations.

Flite, Fabric Podium/Counter

ExpoDisplays has changed the game this week with the launch of their new Flite, a Fabric Podium/Counter for Silhouette and Voom. This new podium is lightweight and could not be easier to set up. It provides a solution to tradeshow exhibitors who would like to showcase a high quality elegant podium that complements their fabric display.

The podium features a dye-sublimation printed fabric graphic that gives a guaranteed exceptional color execution. This podium is both sleek and stylish, and with its pop-up style assembly you don’t even have to apply the fabric. It stays attached to the podiums aluminum frame structure at all times.
With a total weight of 21 lbs, it’s hard to believe that this podium measures 42”W x 39.5”H x 15.5”D. So much style in such a convenient design. The new podium transports in it’s own compartmented carrying bag and has a 2 year warranty.

This podium is now available for order. For all details visit expodisplays.com.

Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity

Birmingham, Alabama-based ExpoDisplays has announced its 50th anniversary as a national, leading designer and manufacturer of portable, modular and custom trade show exhibits.

Since its inception in 1970, ExpoDisplays has set the industry’s pace in creative design, innovative new products and state-of-the-art manufacturing systems. ExpoDisplays builds the finest quality products for the serious exhibitor.

ExpoDisplays has experienced exceptional growth and development recently and is now over 100 employees strong.  Owner Jeff Culton believes that this growth will continue as the economy continues to grow and businesses increase their trade show schedules.

Over the past 50 years, ExpoDisplays has been successful at evolving with the industry while pushing creativity to the next level. This has allowed the company to flourish.

ExpoDisplays works collaboratively with its clients and resellers  to design, build, manage and set up trade show exhibits both large and small. The company offers product availability in portable, modular and custom exhibits. The ExpoDisplays team of employees consists of extremely talented and creative designers, administrators, managers, installers, graphics production specialists and sales and marketing professionals. ExpoDisplays is an EDPA Certified company. 

For more information on ExpoDisplays and their products and services please visit https://expodisplays.com/

Contact info:

Name: Melissa Johnson

Organization: ExpoDisplays

Address: 3401 Mary Taylor Rd Birmingham, AL 35235

Phone: 205-439-8200

 

Top 3 Custom Projects of 2019

20x20 custom design1. Mizzen + Main

Known for their  performance technology in menswear, this 20′ x 20′ exhibit for Mizzen + Main blends the company’s legacy of tradition and classic style with the modern elegance of today’s design. The open layout of the design was conducive to foot traffic as well as staff attendee interactions and was an incredible experience for all who entered.

 

 

2. Ocean Mist

As the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the country, Ocean Mist’s custom exhibit proved to be a polished, welcoming and functionally efficient space that reflects their brand’s personality and commitment to their customers.

 

3. Oil Gear

Since 1921, the world’s most demanding hydraulic control applications have relied on Oilgear high-performance fluid power solutions. We knew we had to create something equally as impressive when it came to their trade show exhibit. This double-deck exhibit commanded attention and was filled with large, striking graphics while housing private meeting areas for client consultations.

Top 3 Portable/ Modular Projects of 2019

1. DS&L

Interested in battery powered lighting in a trade show booth? How about lighting that doesn’t require charging for the entirety of the show? If you answered yes, then read more about this show stopping 10′ x 20′ MultiQuad® booth that we completed in 2019.

 

2. Cerro Wire

Hybrid designs are the new normal in trade show exhibits. Cerro Wire creatively features 2 of our best selling products, MultiQuad® and ExpoLight™, to showcase their diverse products and services.

 

3. International Code Council

This towering 20′ x 50′ exhibit, created for International Code Council features bold messaging that broadcast across the trade show floor. Using MultiQuad®, the exhibit showcases the modular design flexibility of the structure while creating an inviting environment for attendees.

3 Ways to Display Product at a Trade Show

 1. Showcases

Heavy, complicated displays and customized vitrines could be a thing of the past with easy to assemble, portable showcases like these. MultiQuad® has a simple, portable solution for displaying items.  Whether it’s pens, koozies, manikins or safety gear as used by RPB Safety, MultiQuad® has you covered.

Product Showcase

 

2. Shelving

Set up a  versatile, fabric backwall at any trade show, marketing event or retail sale in minutes.  Include these simple waterfall shelves for easy display.

shelf for fabric wall

 

3. Pegboard

This versatile accessory offers plenty of  merchandising options to show products within plain view and easy reach of your target audience.  This merchandiser’s sweetheart has just about every option available for merchandising your product.  Customized pegboard, slat wall, shelves, and showcases.  What’s not to like?

Peg Hook

 

 

Set up a quick phone call with a trade show specialist to see which solution is right for you.

800-477-3976

 

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Top 3 Portable /Modular Displays of 2018

  1. Cerro Wire 

    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  

  2. SWARCO 

     

    20x30
    16′ high towers in a modular display?   Yes, you can.  It’s super-light, too.  We’ll be honest, we love fabric, too…but what do  you do if you have items to store and display on the show floor?  This towering MultiQuad® could be your answer.  Read More  

  3. EXPODISPLAYS

    Excuse us, if we’re tooting our own horn here.  But this inline MultiQuad® has it all.  If you’re merchandising product on the show floor, this portable/modular workhorse is for you.  Slatwall, pegboard, shelving…  Read More  

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An American Treasure

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.   Bob HopeThe 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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Stewart’s Colorful Surprise

by
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!

 

 

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