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February '18

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16 • February 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Get the latest industry news from Tony Kindelspire five days a week by signing up for our eNewsletter at sdgmag.com. Look for the red "Get the eNewsletter" button on the home page. Have industry news to submit? Contact Tony at tkindelspire@nbm.com. British Sign Award Winners Announced The 2017 British Sign Awards were announced recently at a ceremony in Britain. Organized by the British Sign Graphic Association, the annual awards are meant to recognize the outstanding work by sign companies in the UK. Following are three of the 2017 winners, along with descriptions provided by the BSGA: Sign of the Year: The Storyhouse, signage by isGroup The signage formed part of a £37 million ($42.3 million) transformation of a 1930's art deco building into a new cultural center. isGroup also worked with Applelec to deliver the exterior signage, which includes illuminated venue signs and traditional cinematic graphics along the feature-lit main canopy. Wide-Format Project of the Year: Birmingham University by DMA Signs The entry from DMA Signs for a 70-meter (76-yard-wide) mesh ban- ner to hide re-development work on the Grade 1 listed Old Library building at the University of Birmingham. The digitally printed banner—the largest of its kind in Europe—was installed by a rappelling team using a ban- ner tensioning system developed so that, over time, the banner will not sag or distort. Retail Signage Award: The Lounge by Castleton Signs Castleton Signs won for the work done at a flag- ship showroom for The Lounge Co., part of a group that includes Parker Knoll, G Plan and Duresta. Based on the minimalist, corporate black and white palette, Castleton provided the stylish external and internal signage over two floors. To view photos of all the winners, visit http://britishsig- nawards.org/2017-winners. 3M Boosts Investment in U of M 'Driven' Campaign St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces a new $8 million investment in the University of Minnesota's "Driven" cam- paign. This brings 3M's total investment in that program to $26 million over a 10-year period. According to the company, the Driven program is helping build a pipeline of high-performing and diverse global talent, integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into K-12 education, and prepare students to succeed in sci- ence and business. "This gift reflects our ongoing commitment to the University of Minnesota, and STEM and business educa- tion," says Kim Price, president, 3M Foundation. "Investing in our stu- dents today ensures a solid founda- tion for our scientists, business lead- ers and community of the future." Daktronics Installs Centerhung Display at Loyola University Brookings, South Dakota- based LED display manufacturer Daktronics announces its instal- lation of 10 displays inside Gentile Arena, on the campus of Loyola University Chicago. The unique focal point of the installation is the LED "Space Ring" display, a single ring-shaped display hanging above the center of the court. It features 10-millime- ter line spacing and measures 4´ x 81´ in circumference. The new main display will be mounted on the east end of the arena and measure nearly 10´ high x 24´ wide. The main display will feature 6-millimeter line spacing for excellent image clarity and contrast for student-athletes and fans throughout the arena. Two auxiliary displays—one mounted on each side of the main display—will each measure approximately 8´ high x 19´ wide. These displays will feature 10-millimeter line spacing and provide supplemental information to the main display while providing versatility to the entire event production. Idealliance Expands International Network The Alexandria, Virginia-based International Digital Enterprise Alliance, better known as Idealliance, announces the expansion of its international network with new offices in Dublin and Madrid. That brings to nine the number of international affiliates, as the new locations in Ireland and Spain join those in China, Korea, India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Brazil. Idealliance has opened five new international affiliates just in the last four months. This fall the global non-profit launched Idealliance Pakistan in Karachi, Idealliance Latin America in São Paulo and Idealliance Middle East/North Africa in Dubai. Idealliance affiliates offer companies in their geographic areas the Idealliance training and related educational and business management services, including certifications, consulting, webi- nars and other educational programs. Topics the Idealliance can assist with range from informa- tion on specifications to color management, process control and workflow efficiency.

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