Graphic Design

Wall Graphics for Companies

Creating an engaging and friendly environment is important for any business to set the tone of their workplace. Designing an attractive setting for customers when they first come in by using creative wall graphics is a great way to welcome people. A happy workspace for your employees creates a positive atmosphere and is likely to boost productivity and morale.

At AKGraphics we have a vast experience designing wall graphics for all spaces. Any space big or small can be transformed from something plain and dull to something engaging and colourful. Whether that’s wall graphics, signage, or window vinyl, we will design it to suit your specific space. Create a workplace that represents you and your business and leaves a lasting impression for both your workers and customers.

We recently designed wall graphics for our own office here at AKGraphics. We wanted to introduce colour to bring life to the office and remove the blank white walls. By using bright colours and patterns we created a more engaging feel as you walk into the office. We designed a bespoke backlit circular frame featuring our company logo. Additional privacy was achieved by adding window graphics to our entrance area. We also designed new subtle wall graphics for our meeting room, by using white vinyl letters over clear perspex.

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Adrenaline HPL approached AKGraphics to develop wall graphics for their new Human Performance Laboratory, offices and gym. Adrenaline HPL had an established brand and logo so we focused on developing this branding for a range of interior office signage. As Adrenaline HPL share the building with other companies it was vital that clients were clear on the location of their office. Each and every piece of the signage reflects Adrenaline HPL’s branding. This attention to detail ensures that the overall look is extremely professional while remaining welcoming for clients.

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AKGraphics was asked to add colour and life to Ben Dunne Gyms, but the client also requested that the same design concept could be adapted for all Ben Dunne Gyms (whether large or small). Taking into consideration the new paint colours, the new interior graphics with vivid splashes of colour, swirls of curved lines and branded graphics we created a much fresher feel within the gyms. The final result for Ben Dunne Gyms was welcomed by all gym members. Once we completed one or two gyms it was easy for Ben Dunne Gyms to adapt the same design theme/concept and roll out the new interior feel to other gyms within the group.

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If you think your space needs a fresh new look, give us a call and we will design a creative new look and feel for your business! Call us today on 059 91 33633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie

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A Pop of Colour

We all have a favourite colour. As designers we know that colour is an element that can change how a visual is perceived.

So what’s your favourite colour? If you are like the majority of the population then your favourite colour is blue!

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deep blue sea water with white cloud over sky

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Row of colorful flip flops on old weathered blue painted beach decking. Space for copy.

Throughout our years working in design we have noticed that there is rarely a probably with the colour blue. However there can often be a problem with the colour green! In particular lime green! People just don’t seem to like that colour!

According to studies we subconsciously decide our favourite colour based on an object or elements around us that are that colour. For example, blue represents fresh water, oceans, and summer skies. This explains why people favour different colours. You favour a colour based on what you associate that colour with.

 

Many people hate the colour yellow also. Which is odd as yellow is often associated with happiness and joy. However a number of studies have shown that yellow can cause dizziness and nausea for this reason it is often used sparingly or strategically in advertisements.

You may even be afraid of certain colours! Chromatophobia refers to an irrantional fear of of certain colours. Have you a fear of any colours??

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Graphic Design for the Equine Industry in Ireland

Do you require creative innovative effective graphics for your equine industry based company or organisation?

Or do you need to up your game in relation to your current graphics for your equestrian service offering?
When choosing a graphic design company knowing that they have experience in your industry can help save time and money.
With over 24 years’ experience, we know a thing or two about offering a one-of-a-kind, tailored and personal approach that fits our customers’ needs. AKGraphics serves a wide range of markets but have a particular interest in producing high quality graphic design for the equine industry. With clients all over Ireland, AKGraphics are proud to be associated with some well know names such as Weatherbys Ireland, the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association and P.A. Solutions.

AKGraphics create creative design solutions specific to the equine industry that will appeal to your particular target market. We listen to our customers and we ensure that we understand their requirements before we begin any design projects. This approach results in a design solution that is above and beyond the current industry standard.

Whether you require a design for a logo, a race card advert, an online advertisement or large graphics for a show or horse truck consider AKGraphics for your professional equine graphics.

Below you’ll find examples of professional artwork AKGraphics created for some of our equine clients.

Punchestown is an important time in the equine calendar, Weatherbys Ireland required a race card advert design, screen graphics and promotional pull up banners for this event. Obviously before we designed any material for Weatherbys Ireland we made sure we understood the Weatherbys’ brand in full. When working with a new client we request a copy of their brand guideline so that we can review in full. We are then aware of the do’s and dont’s regarding the brand. AKGraphics ensures that our graphics adhere to brand guidelines as this creates consistency across different marketing material. We can improve current graphics but yet not go off direction which is important to remember. The next stage of any project is to gather the correct content. That content should consist of professional horse related photography and well written text. All photography supplied to AKGraphics will be reviewed by us to confirm if the images will scale to the print requirements required. We can also source unique photography for our clients if required. By controlling the imagery used a professional overall look can be achieved for every design. Regarding text content, we will review and read in full first to establish what the key message is. Your intended target market for these specific equine design projects should instantly be aware of your message. Once AKGraphics receives and reviews all of the project elements we can then begin the design presentation proposal for our client, creating some varied design options. In this particular case Weatherbys reviewed and shared the design options with their marketing team. Feedback is then required, AKGraphics welcome our clients feedback on any design presentation, as you the customer know your business inside-out and AKGraphics are the visual communicators to represent you in a way that reflects your business and services. Upon written approval of the chosen design concepts for the Weatherbys Ireland Race Card Advert, Screen Graphics and Pull Up Banners we then prepared the final artwork for the chosen printer plus provided final PDFs for email or web purposes. Producing visual results that represent Weatherbys Ireland in a professional manner in the Irish Horse Racing world was an interesting and creative process. Looking forward to partnering with Weatherbys Ireland in the near future.

Weatherbys Race Card Design by AKGraphics
Pullup banners for Weatherbys

AKGraphics build ongoing relationships with our equine clients, like any business trust is required in developing successful partnerships. AKGraphics work with many businesses to become their chosen graphic design company. We also partner with some businesses by offering an overflow service, these companies have in-house design teams but use AKGraphics on a regular basis to work on the overflow of design projects that can be required at busy times. The design and marketing departments in these companies trust the experienced AKGraphics team with their brand, safe in the knowledge that we will deliver on time and on budget. As you can imagine, this means that AKGraphics are just as comfortable working within existing brand guidelines as we are creating new ones.

Pull up Banner for Equine Industry Ireland

Another equine design project recently completed by AKGraphics, working in partnership with P.A.Solutions, was for IRTA Champions Dinner 2018. While P.A. Solutions role was event management for the IRTA, AKGraphics designed the detailed programme for The Champions Dinner plus the promotional wide pull up banners used for press photography on the night. AKGraphics also designed the detailed slide presentation which was displayed on the widescreen backdrop for the night, which consisted of roughly 90 different slides in total. This slick slide presentation was very visually enticing for the audience on the night, highlighting the many different equine awards and sponsors. Awards consisted of Champion & Leading National Hunt, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey, Champion Apprentice, Champion Conditional Rider, Champion Amateur Rider, Champion Lady Amateur Rider, Leading Flat Owner, Champion Flat Jockey, Champion Flat Trainer, Champion National Hunt, Champion & Leading National Hunt Trainer and Champion Amateur Rider. The top talent of the Irish Racing world was recognised by the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association so it was essential that the graphic design reflected the professional and celebratory nature of the event.

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Equine Event Background Design for IRTA

Equine Pull up banner design for IRTA

Other design work completed on behalf of P.A. Solutions includes design for business cards for the IRTA, a generic advert design for P.A. Solutions for use in various programmes etc., a pull up banner for P.A. Solutions and a promotional A5 brochure for the IRTA for the ITBA Expo 2018 in Goffs Sales Complex, Kildare.

IRTA Business Card design and Brochure design
A truly comprehensive 2018 Thoroughbred Wall Planner for P.A. Solutions was designed to A1 size as a double sided informative wall planner that highlights Ireland & UK equine events such as Race meetings in Ireland & UK, Point to Points, Horse Sales in Tattersalls Ireland & UK, Goresbridge, Goffs Ireland & UK, Arqana and Keeneland. Each event description on this wall planner is colour coded so that it is easier for the user to view each event per month. This is a great promotional tool for P.A. Solutions to distribute to its equine customers.
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Horse feed packaging for Equine Industry

AKGraphics have also redesigned the full packaging range for Gain Horse Feeds. For more information on the Gain Horse Feed packaging please click here.

AKGraphics provides bespoke design services for the equine industry, whether you are involved in Racecourses, Bloodstock Services, Showjumping, Breeding, Horses & Racing, Bloodstock Reports, Registration of Horses, Importing & Exporting of Horses or Racing News we will certainly be able to assist you. Just give us a call or email us to discuss your equine design requirement anne@akgraphics.ie 059-9133633.

AKGraphics service offering for the equestrian industry includes:

Brochure or Programme Design
Pull Up Banners
Exterior Banners
Display Graphics
Screen Graphics
PowerPoint Graphics
Sponsorship Graphics
Graphics for Trade Shows
Advertising – Print & Online Advertising
Leaflets or Flyers
Invitations
Menus
Flag Design
Brand Identity
Corporate Stationery
Campaign Graphics
Marketing Collateral
Promotional Material
Vehicle Livery
Reports
Annual Reports
Publications
Bespoke Requirements
Pitch Presentations in PowerPoint
Graphics for Social Media
Graphics for Web Banners

 

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Branded KeepCup with Your Company Logo

KeepCups are becoming extremely popular in Ireland and rightly so.
Since their launch in June 2009 over eight million KeepCups have been sold, diverting billions of disposable cups from landfill.
KeepCup are a brand of reusable coffee cups that are stylish, fun and colourful.

There are many different colour combinations available from KeepCup but for maximum impact KeepCups can be branded with your company or organisation’s logo. Bespoke KeepCups in Ireland are an impressive promotional item. They can be given to employees or clients and act as a constant marketing tool. In designing your branded KeepCup we will select a range of colours that will reflect your brand. The branded KeepCup will feature your logo but we will also discuss with you the options of including a message that supports your company’s brand. We will provide 3D mock-ups of your branded KeepCup which will allow you to make a decision on the proposed designs.

The minimum order quantity for branded KeepCups in Ireland is 240 units. Branded KeepCups can be given as a corporate gift but could also be sold as a souvenir in a gift shop, coffee shop or tourist attraction. The branded KeepCups are supplied in KeepCup packaging and are ideal for colleges, schools, cafes and businesses.

Contact AKGraphics on +353599133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie for more information or to order your branded KeepCups.

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Would you like an Annual Report that gets noticed?

AKGraphics loves to partner with businesses/ government bodies to execute striking annual reports or strategy documents. AKGraphics make engaging annual reports that people will actually view and read. Great design is AKGraphics’ priority, we are a Carlow based studio of talented creatives passionate about visual communication.

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To produce a compelling professional report or strategy for any business, AKGraphics needs to understand your business, your brief and your objectives. By truly understanding your organisation we can produce report designs that reflect your business and your brand.

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How do you make your annual report relevant to your shareholders and stakeholders?
Receiving a very polished and impressive report is always very well received by any stakeholder. By partnering with AKGraphics, who have experience in designing for business collateral for print and online, you will have a report to be proud of. AKGraphics build trust with our customers, understanding their needs with compelling communications, this allows us to deliver effective and creative design solutions. Powerful and effective visual communication needs original ideas and faultless execution. The AKGraphics visual communication team prides ourselves on our meticulous eye for detail as well as innovate thinking.

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If you are looking for a fresh perspective for your company’s annual report/ strategy report engage with AKGraphics for some innovative and original ideas. Get in touch with AKGraphics and we can talk about the possibilities for your report design.

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DESIGN FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

We’ve gathered up some inspiration for retail display that will help create impact for your products.

When diving into Retail Display, whether it be a Pop-Up Shop, Free Standing Display Unit, Shelf Space or Floor Graphics, there are many considerations you should make regarding design and the science of visual merchandising. Your sales space has to be efficient and productive as your retail display is effectively your main salesperson and focal point. Often, the more stylish, creative and outlandish your retail display is, the bigger lure you have over potential customers. The end goal is to make your business stand out from your competitors and the best way to achieve this is through strong and effective design.

FREE STANDING DISPLAY UNITS

Free Standing Display Units (FSDU) are the main tools used for Point-of-Sale which are utilised by retailers and marketing teams. Free Standing Display Units are perfect for displaying new products or a promotional offer. FSDU’s are also very effective in enhancing brand awareness among existing customers and new customers. Having a high quality Free Standing Display Unit not only raises your brand profile but also increases product sales. Free Standing Display Units are typically made for temporary use, however, the advantages of creating a bespoke, high quality display unit are far greater. Take Walsh Whiskey Distillery for example. Walsh Whiskey Distillery recently had bespoke Free Standing Display Units created to be displayed as part of their Pop-Up Shop in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport. The Pop-Up Shop remained on display in Dublin Airport for 2 months as part of a marketing campaign to raise brand awareness and increase product sales. However, after the 2 months passed, instead of discarding the Free Standing Display Units, Walsh Whiskey Distillery were able to reuse the display units in their own whiskey distillery based in Carlow. By Walsh Whiskey Distillery making the decision to make a high end Free Standing Display Unit and Pop-Up Shop, they not only made a lasting impression in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport during peak season, but they were able to make use of the display units again ultimately maximising their value for money.

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Example of how Walsh Whiskey Distillery has high quality bespoke Free Standing Display Units built to display in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport. Due to the quality of materials used and high end finish they were able to reuse them in their own distillery afterwards. Design by AKGraphics.

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Copper piping used on the Walsh Whiskey Distillery Retail Display Units. Design by AKGraphics.

 


HIGHLIGHTING SHELF SPACE FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Highlighting Shelf Space is another important aspect to considering when contemplating diving into Retail Display. Making you product stand out from the rest of your competitors can some times be a tricky task, however, by highlighting shelf space and creating a separate section for your products, you not only allow your product to stand out, but it also gives your brand a sense of superiority and prestige. Highlighting Shelf Space makes your brand look special, so special that it has its own section. This effect can be achieved by framing the shelf space with some branding, this would be the simplest solution as you are still using the existing shelves. Another solution to highlight shelf space is to have a box built into the shelf, this allows you create more interesting shelves and generally lets you customise your shelf space more creatively.

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Glenfiddich utilised their shelf space by having a box built into the shelves. This allowed them to create interesting and intricate shelves which enhances the display of their products. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


LARGE AND SMALL SCALE FLOOR GRAPHICS FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Another alternative option for retail display is creating floor graphics, or floor stickers, as some people refer to them as. Displaying your brand as floor graphics opens the door for your business to be very creative and innovative, whilst still maintaining the corporate style. Designs for Floor graphics that are large and very effective as they often cannot be overlooked. Floor graphics can vary in size, from large aisle-long graphics to small and medium sized floor stickers. Because the large floor graphics are often very eye catching, it means the smaller sized floor graphics often have to be more innovative – making the passer by to take notice and remember the message.

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Heineken used large floor graphics in this supermarket to promote the release of their new product, “Heineken Light”. The huge, aisle-long graphics are impossible not to miss. Design not by AKGraphics.

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Fox’s used a small floor graphic, however, by being innovative and creative they were able to get equal impact to a large floor sticker design. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


UNUSUAL MATERIALS USED FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Retail Displays are often made out of cardboard, however, a whole range of material can be used and considered as an alternative. Wood, metal, plastic, concrete and glass are just some of the materials that can be used to display your retail space. Often, for temporary display units cardboard is used which is limited in terms of what you can do with it. However, an alternative to this is Re-Board. Re-Board is a rigid paperboard, it is lightweight which makes it perfect for temporary display units, however, it is extremely strong which means it could be used for short and long term retail display units. Re-Board can be printed directly onto which allows you to mimic different material such as wood and metal. Re-Board could be used for both Free Standing Display Units (FSDU) and for Highlighting Shelf Space.

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Example of Re-Board used to create a tall Free Standing Display Unit (FSDU). Design not by AKGraphics.

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Example of how textures can be printed on to Re-Board to create a more expensive and exclusive finish. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


EXTRAVAGANT AND CLEVER RETAIL DISPLAY UNITS

Some Businesses can go over the top with their retail display, however, they often have a big reward. More extravagant retail displays and crafty retail display unit have more of a chance the passer by will take notice, remember and importantly tell others about it. Whether this is from just sheer size or a combination of huge scale, lights, unusual materials, clever marketing and effective design – the result is often the same, increase in product sales.

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Red Bull went for huge scale and innovative thinking and decided to build their own Formula 1 car out of Re-Board to display their energy drinks. This was both promoting their energy drink product and their car which races regularly in Formula 1.
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Hendricks used a mixture of witty marketing and unusual materials to successfully promote their gin in this display unit. A bathtub that dispenses gin caught many customers attention. Design not by AKGraphics.

Hendricks used a mixture of witty marketing and unusual materials to successfully promote their gin in this display unit. A bathtub that dispenses gin caught many customers attention. Design not by AKGraphics.

Hopefully some of the above ideas have grabbed your attention. If you required your own bespoke retail display design you can contact Anne on 059 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie

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Pop-up Shop Design – An Exciting Retail Venture

Through designing and creating the Walsh Whiskey Pop-up shop in Terminal 2 in Dublin airport we have gained the knowledge of how to go about this exciting retail venture. Here at AKGraphics we can help you through this process, we can collaborate our ideas together to get the most out the retail space. A “pop-up shop” is a short-term, temporary retail event that is “here today, gone tomorrow”. Pop-up retail is the temporary use of physical space to create a long term, lasting impression with potential customers.

It allows any enterprising individual to try out their ideas. It is a cheaper solution to all year rentals that reaches out to a new demographic. There is the possibility for online retailers to gain footfall particularly with the busier seasons.

Thinking of opening a pop-up shop but don’t know where to begin? We have gathered our inspiration sources that shows a variety of approaches for this creative retail solutions. The following are the top visual merchandising approaches that we are excited to use on these retail ventures. (Please note images below are to visual merchandising and display graphics only and are not showing design work from AKGraphics) You can view some of our visual merchandising for the Walsh Whiskey Pop-up shop here.

Dressing Bare Walls

Dressing up the Pop-up shop retail space can dramatically change this space. Well designed wall graphics can convert the bare walls into a whole new retail environment. Display stands can be created in keeping with the design of the wall graphics and branding to create a consistent shop appearance. The graphics can be fitted and finished in a variety of amazing techniques but can also be specifically designed to adapt to a new space.

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A New Space for the Brand

By changing the retail space the product is normally viewed it catches attention and can have a lasting brand impact. A short-term shop can take a product out of its normal sale space and offer a new light, most products are sold in shops with hundreds of other options, giving your product its own space really drives home the brand and all the products it has to offer. It’s the perfect space for a product launch event. It can also gain a new demographic and more footfall.

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Fashion Pop-up Shop Design

What to do when you’re facing a tight budget? Experiment with creative materials. It can display the fantastic workmanship that goes in to a Pop-up Store. Using simple display can create a different appeal. These three fashion Pop-up Shops use a very different approach using effective graphic design and visual merchandising.

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 How to Define the Shop in a Open Space

Kiosk-styled stands are the perfect opportunity to create a new Pop-up display, particularly in large open spaces such as airports and shopping centres. Using different structures really define the environment and subtle touches like floor graphics help to create this temporary retail space. By defining the space it creates a new retail environment that grabs the attention of passers by.

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Design of Visual Window Graphics

Visual window displays may be the first thing anyone sees and needs to have a lasting effect. This promotion display needs to right amount of pull to intrigue your audience and get foot traffic. Our attention span nowadays is short so this retail display needs to demand attention using text, colour, shape and engaging with the environment around. It can really highlight the product and create brand awareness.

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Weird and Wonderful

Sometimes pulling out all the stops can be a real pay-off. For these temporary retail ventures they created a new environment with an eye-catching appeal. These Pop-up shops and custom event furniture offer such different products but created a unique retail experience. These structures are movable and can be brought to any location. It is valuable retail opportunity that maximises the brand exposure.

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If you have an idea to create a Pop-up shop for your brand, but don’t know where to start you can contact us to arrange a meeting to have a chat about the different options. We can then put together a proposal and work with you to design a pop-up shop and create the perfect retail space that will create a buzz around your brand.

Contact Anne on 059 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie and we’ll take it from there.

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