SG BLOG - Big projects. Even bigger ideas.

When you do work on a huge scale, it's bound to be noticed.

Here on the SG blog, we like to talk about the projects and ideas that are currently creating a buzz in the industry.

 

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The Unveiling of the New Pacers Bike Share Program

SG produced the graphics and is a proud sponsor of the new Indy BikeShare program set to kick-off on April 22nd! This is the only “bike share” in the country sponsored by a professional sports team- the Indiana Pacers! All 250 bikes come complete with lock, front AND rear baskets, and a map and can be picked up at 25 different stations around Indianapolis. The SG Sponsorship bike rack will be located near the canal. #TheSGway #MayorBallard

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Cochran Exteriors

Sport Graphics recently had the opportunity to wrap another one of Cochran Exteriors’ trucks. SG designed, produced, and installed the graphics shown here. This one was special as Cochran Exteriors was recently named a PLATINUM Preferred Contractor with Owen’s Corning, one of only 220 companies in the US!!
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Thanks For The Memories

Antoine Bethea is now the third Colts player to receive the “Thanks For The Memories!” banner at Lucas Oil Stadium. The two-time Pro Bowl safety and fan favorite for eight seasons recently signed with San Francisco. Sport Graphics provided the new banner displayed outside of the complex. Thanks for the memories, Antoine Bethea! #TheSGway #ColtsNation

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Goals For Indy

Sport Graphics provided signage at the Emmis Communications building on Monument Circle, featuring an opportunity for fans to gather together in support of the event, the official welcoming of the team’s newest Corporate Partners and the rollout of an exciting contest centered around this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Indy Eleven has combined forces with its partners, community organizations and loyal fans to gather more than 100 official Goals for Indy sites, a listing of which will be made public the week leading up to the event.GoalsForIndy

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SG updates the Winner’s Circle new logo downtown

SG partnered with Essential Architectural Signs to update the Winner’s Circle downtown with their new logo.  Sport Graphics supplied the graphics for the Triple Crown Club sign, the Race Wagering Lounge sign, and the curved wall as you walk in.

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Zotec Partners

Sport Graphics had the opportunity to work with Zotec Partners at their headquarters in Carmel as they transformed office space into Zotec Partners University.  SG installed frosted vinyl along interior and exterior windows to block out any distractions from inside or outside of the building.  Door graphics and conference room graphics were also part of the package.

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Signage in Worthen Arena at Ball State University

Sport Graphics completed installation for the new signage in the Worthen Arena at Ball State University.

“Future recruits are going to be very impressed when they visit Ball State! I honestly can’t wait to show off Worthen Arena to our future volleyball recruits!”

-Steve Shondell, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Ball State University

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2014 NCAA Convention

The SG team designed and produced the signage package for the 2014 NCAA Convention. Installation is underway in San Diego with Creative Director Jenn D.

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2014 Supplier Show United Rentals Skywalk

United Rentals is in snowy Indianapolis this week for their 2014 Supplier Show.  Sport Graphics had the pleasure of supplying a Westin skywalk banner and escalator graphics inside the Indiana Convention Center.

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2013 Music City Bowl

SG did the graphics for the 2013 Music City Bowl at LP Field in Nashville, TN. Competing in this game, were Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.

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Indiana Grand

Sport Graphics recently installed this Grand Caribbean New Year signage for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

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2015 Men’s Final Four Logo

Let the countdown begin!! Sport Graphics designed the 2015 Men’s Final Four logo unveiled at a December event.

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Emens Auditorium at Ball State University

The front page of the Muncie Star displays signage done by Sport Graphics for Emens Auditorium of Ball State University. Emens Auditorium celebrates their 50th Anniversary.

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Stadium Lofts

These canvas prints were done by Sport Graphics, are now hanging in the hallway at Stadium Lofts. The ballpark hosted Pan Am Games baseball in 1987 and was a stand-in for Chicago’s Comiskey Park in the movie “Eight Men Out.” But in 1996, the minor league Indianapolis Indians baseball team moved from Bush to its current home Downtown at Victory Field. And a year later, Bush Stadium became the 16th Street Speedway.

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US Coast Guard Academy

Nitchman Field’s Soccer and Track area received some USCGA branding with mesh banners along the front and back of the grandstand. Sport Graphics designed, produced, and installed all of the signage at the facility.


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The Annual SG Thanksgiving Turkey Weigh-Off

Every Thanksgiving season, each SG employee is given a turkey, and then the weigh-off takes place & the heaviest turkey wins! SG donates over 175lbs of turkey to Second Helpings in Indianapolis.

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CMG Worldwide

Sport Graphics recently installed window perf on the outside windows of CMG Worldwide.

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana and with an office in Hollywood, California, CMG Worldwide secured its position during the 1970s as the premier company for representing the families and estates of deceased celebrities. Today, CMG Worldwide represents over 200 diverse personalities and corporate clients in the sports, entertainment and music fields.

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Loyola University

SG works to complete the installation process of Phase 2 at Loyola University in Chicago.

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Indy Eleven Jersey Unveiling

At the Rathskeller downtown, Sport Graphics provided the signage for Indy Eleven’s unveiling of the official Honda-sponsored team jerseys, which are supplied by Diadora, and Indy Eleven’s signing of its first player, goalkeeper Kristian Nicht.

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Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University

Sport Graphics recently did a signage installation at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Clowes Hall curated previous and newly created artwork from Hoosier artists to be part of a large mosaic of visual art that will adorn the south wall of the Clowes Main Lobby throughout the 2013-2014 season.

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The Children’s Bureau

Sport Graphics produced and  installed banners to the side of the Family Support Center Building, viewable from 65 South, for the Children’s Bureau.

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Valparaiso University Stadium Graphics

SG recently installed graphics for Valparaiso University’s soccer and football stadium. The new signage proudly displays the Crusaders’ student-athletes in action, throughout the stadium.

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Large Scale Train Installation at Purdue University

Sport Graphics designed and installed this large scale train installation at Purdue University, inside Mackey Arena. It features a multi-layered Purdue train logo, real wood slats and aluminum rails. Boiler Up!

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USA Gymnastics

SG began the relationship with them in 1983, upon their move to Indianapolis – started with four staff members and like our company, we grew together. We shared the entire third floor of the Pan Am building for many years after it was opened.  Sport Graphics was honored at their national convention a few years back for our support of their organization.

We provide many more services for USA Gymnastics, other than printed graphics -

• Inventories and provides order fulfillment to clothe all National Teams in warm ups, t-shirts, shoes, accessories, etc.
• Provides storage and shipment for USA Gymnastics Technical Materials, sold via Internet, telephone, mail and fax.
• Maintain the USA Gymnastics Technical Materials Web Store.
• Processes USA Gymnastics Member Club shipments on a weekly basis.
• Processes USA Gymnastics Safety Certification shipments on a weekly basis.
• Assist USA Gymnastics in gathering and shipping technical material to National and Regional Congress

We are thankful to have long-standing business relationships, such as this.

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Super Bowl XLVII numerals arrive

Super Bowl XLVII kicks off in royal fashion, as the numerals float down the Mississippi River on a barge, arriving in New Orleans. Hundreds of people gathered in the chilly evening at New Orleans’ riverfront Woldenberg Park to watch their arrival under the glow of fireworks overhead.

Great to see all of our hard work pay off! Great job SG team!

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SG Identity work

Sport Graphics offers a wide variety of creative services to all of our clients. One aspect of the creative process is coming up with a starting point for a client’s branding. We design logos for clients that deliver an impact and launch a new décor and branding experience for them.

NCAA® Logos
Sport Graphics is proud to provide a wide variety of services to the NCAA. For nearly 10 years, our partnership with the NCAA has grown from providing basic offset printing to a full suite of services, including large-format event décor, production and installation, fulfillment services, and graphic design for all of its projects, including 89 national championships each year. As the NCAA’s needs have grown and evolved over the years, so has our ability to meet them with the addition of new staff, equipment and capabilities … a partnership in the truest sense.

Here are just a few examples of some of the most recent logo work we provided to the NCAA®

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Loyola University Chicago
The inspiration for the design of the Loyola PNC student section inside the Gentile Center actually came from the new “wolf” we created within its existing brand. We saw attributes within the already-existing wolf logo that we modified and embellished – specifically, the eyes. The wolf eyes became a great focal point that we decided to build graphics around and will continue that theme in other areas on the Loyola campus.

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DePauw University
Sport Graphics created this logo for DePauw and is taking the new look and continuing to rebrand it throughout the campus and athletic facilities. DePauw Athletics Director Stevie Baker-Watson was impressed. “I look at this and think, ‘I don’t see this Tiger anywhere else, this is our Tiger.’ No one has the brightness and pop that this one has.
We won’t mistake it for anyone else’s.”

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WFYI Indianapolis
WFYI, the local Public Broadcasting System affiliate, is a client of SG and we provide all of the décor in and around its studios.

 

Sport Graphics – Look back at 2012

Sport Graphics elevates the brands of our clients by creating truly memorable graphics.

With a relentless focus on innovation and value, Sport Graphics uses exceptional start-to-finish processes under one roof to design, produce and install products that deliver impact, time after time.

Clients include: NFL, NCAA, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IHSSA, Ball State, Indiana University, Purdue, Notre Dame, Red Bull, USA Football, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, Finish Line, Big Ten, Horizon League, Indiana Sports Corp, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Community Health Network, Do it Best, WFYI, Loyola University Chicago, West Point and many more.

Super Bowl XLVI – Lombardi Trophy – 2012 Indianapolis, IN

Super Bowl XLVI – Lucas Oil Stadium – 2012 Indianapolis, IN

Red Bull MotoGP – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 2012

NCAA Final Four – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – 2012 New Orleans, LA

NCAA Final Four 2012 – New Orleans, LA

NCAA Women’s Final Four – 2012 Denver, CO

NCAA Women’s Final Four – 2012 Denver, CO

NCAA Women’s Final Four – 2012 Denver, CO

Michael Phelps Decor on the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, NE

Loyola University – Gentile Arena – Chicago, IL

NCAA Men’s College World Series – 2012 – Omaha, NE

USA Swimming 2012 Olympic Team Trials – Marriott – Omaha, NE

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – Springfield, MA

BIG TEN Basketball Tournament – 2012 Indianapolis, IN

Peyton Manning Banner – Lucas Oil Stadium – 2012

NCAA® 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Championships – Boston, MA

USA Football – International Bowl 2012 – Austin, TX

Big Ten Football Championship – 2011 Indianapolis, IN

Music City Bowl – LP Field – Nashville, TN

NCAA Men’s Frozen Four – 2012 Tampa FL

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indy 500 2012 – Indianapolis, IN

Super Bowl XLV – Cowboys Stadium – 2011 Arlington, TX

Super Bowl XLV – 2011 Arlington, TX.

Pan Am Plaza – NCAA® Final Four 2010 – Indianapolis, IN

Ball State University – Scheumann Stadium – Muncie, IN

University of Delaware – Delaware Stadium – Newark, DE

Indiana University – Memorial Stadium – Bloomington, IN

Indiana University – Memorial Stadium – Bloomington, IN

NCAA Men’s College World Series – 2011 – Omaha, NE

University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame, IN

Indiana University – Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center – Bloomington, IN

Notre Dame – Joyce Center – Notre Dame, IN

Purdue University – Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, IN

Super Bowl Village – Super Bowl XLVI – 2012 Indianapolis,

2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four

For the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four, we wanted to visually link the outdoor lifestyle of the Denver community with our décor design. Creating a playful, hand-crafted décor look helped the NCAA and SG reach that goal. Some materials, such as the Final Four program cover, were hand-made in house and shot in our studio to further capture the feeling of being hand-crafted. For the Final Four court design, we set out to further embody the nature-centric mindset of Denver and its residents. Creating an all-wood look with mountains and details stained or burned in was a way to incorporate that feeling. Sport Graphics is proud of our work during the past year for this amazing event and we are thrilled to represent the NCAA and Denver with our work.

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FDIC – Indianapols 2012

FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) is a convention held annually in Indianapolis. It is the world’s largest firefighter training convention with nearly 30,000 attendees. The 2012 conference was its 84th edition running and Sport Graphics is honored to play such a crucial role in this amazing event.

Our relationship with Pennwell Corporation’s events group of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which manages this event, has provided Sport Graphics with the opportunity to become a strong vendor partner and grow each year through this association.

Sport Graphics provides creative support, print production, fulfillment, installation services and warehousing. Our design team helps deliver high-end creative support for custom print needs while also providing prepress support for files-provided projects.

Sport Graphics coordinates with our partners, the City of Indianapolis and the Indiana Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium, to work through the logistics involved with installing large-scale event graphics and wayfinding elements throughout the city.

We are excited to be a part of the ongoing growth and increased visibility of this event each year.

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Sport Graphics is a proud partner of the NCAA® and the Final Four®.

We created this infographic to show off our work and explain the magnitude of SG’s role in one of the greatest sporting events in the world.

NCAA Men’s Final Four – Indianapolis

Sport Graphics is proud of the work we did at the Final Four® in New Orleans. The games have been played, but the excitement, look and feel of the event will live on. We talked with SG Creative Director Eric Folzenlogel about the project.

“One of the biggest challenges we had was how we would create a large event presence on the outside of the building. After much discussion and material testing, we received approval to apply graphics to the outside of the newly renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome siding. We applied 24, 24-foot-wide-by-30-foot-high large PSV graphics (six per side on four sides) that reflect the approved design of the event. As one of the first companies able to apply graphics to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we are proud to help represent the NCAA and the city of New Orleans with the designs.”

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Super Bowl XLVI – How Did You Do That?

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The opportunity to work with the NFL and the city of Indianapolis on Super Bowl XLVI was an exciting experience for the entire Sport Graphics team. The question most people want answered is how in the world did SG install the Lombardi Trophy on the JW Marriott? We created an infographic to give you some insight into the scope of the project.

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Super Bowl XLVI – Indianapolis

Sport Graphics transformed downtown Indianapolis with some eyecatching décor for the NFL’s biggest game.
The project was successful because of all the detailed planning and hard work from the SG staff, and its excellent relationship with the NFL. We are going to highlight some of our favorite decor elements and discuss how we approached each project and got the job done The SG Way.

Lucas Oil Stadium – Super Bowl XLVI

Let’s start with Lucas Oil Stadium, where Super Bowl XLVI was played.

We asked Noah Sarff, Vice President-Creative Services at Sport Graphics, to discuss each of the featured décor elements.

“Sport Graphics faced a unique challenge on the front of Lucas Oil Stadium. Due to properties of the glass used in the building, we were only able to apply graphics to the panels that open. The top and sides couldn’t be utilized, so a full-coverage graphic wouldn’t work. Our solution incorporated individual chrome letters and roman numerals, so the exposed glass became part of the design.”

JW Marriott – Indianapolis

What could be described as the most photographed image of Super Bowl XLVI was the gigantic Lombardi Trophy on the front face of the JW Marriott – truly an amazing sight to see downtown.

“Early into our design development, the NFL wanted SG to make a big impact with the JW Marriott. We knew the Lombardi Trophy would be the best way to achieve that goal. The end result is the largest building graphic ever done in Indianapolis.”

Westin Hotel Indianapolis – NFL Headquarters

“Since it was the headquarters hotel for the NFL, we wanted to do something that had never been done before at the Westin. The design team worked with production and installation staff to develop a special technique to achieve the desired effect of printing color on top of a chrome finish.”

Downtown Indianapolis Skywalk

Skywalks are not just for pedestrians! We needed to bring some action to those as well.

“The NFL knew right away that they wanted to utilize the entire network of skywalks downtown to promote the Super Bowl. Since none of the skywalks are the same shape or size, Sport Graphics worked to come up with a cohesive design plan that would look great on all six skywalks.”

Lucas Oil Stadium – NFL Team Banners

Don’t forget the other teams in the NFL when it comes time to decorate the Super Bowl stadium. SG was asked to display all 32 team logos.

“The Super Bowl is about more than just the championship teams to the NFL. The event is a celebration of the entire league, and each year we look for opportunities to display all 32 team logos at the stadium. At Lucas Oil Stadium, there just happens to be eight banners on each side of the stadium, so the placement was serendipitous.”

“Working with the NFL on Super Bowl XLVI is a dream come true for Sport Graphics. The NFL staff have a clear vision of what they want and understand the value SG brings to the table. They continually challenge us to push the envelope and create unprecedented event décor on a truly grand scale.”

Sport Graphics CEO/Owner Frank Hancock is proud of the entire SG team and looks forward to continuing to set the standard for event décor next year for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. “Our entire team was dedicated to making the city look amazing for one of the biggest events in the world. We did it the SG way and are proud of our accomplishments.”

Sport Graphics received noteworthy attention from both local and national media.

SG in The New York Times

SG in the IndyStar

Click Here to view the SG  Super Bowl XLVI Roman Numeral Time Lapse video