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Branded Games for Team Building / Induction Day Activities

Team building / induction games can be customised however you would like in order to fit into your company’s ethos, and relate directly to the culture at your office. 

Team building is important when a new employee joins the company but is also important for existing employees. Most people have been to an awkward induction day at some point in their careers: the icebreaker exercises are tired and overdone and most of the day is filled with paperwork. The key is to make sure the day isn’t all about business and policies; it’s also about team building, engagement and having fun. Make your orientation as innovative as your company is with fun customised games, we have some suggestions below.

    1. Fully Customised Giant Board Game – Floor Snakes and Ladders

Wouldn’t an induction day be more fun if new staff learned about the company by playing a unique branded board game? Of course, it would, and we can make that happen by designing a custom board game the is specific to your company. Here is a giant board game we created for an MSD Carlow for use during induction days. The game was completely customised using the company’s brand colours, logo and bespoke illustrations. The playing cards all include information relevant to the company and the job the new employee would be doing. It is based on the well know game snakes and ladders. The cards correlated to usual rules of ladders leading up the board and snakes moving you back down the board. When the player landed on a snake a card with something negative that could lead to reduced productivity at work was read out. When the player landed on the ladder to climb up the board a positive card was read out that again was in relation to MSD.

Corporate game ranked giant snakes and ladders

The board itself featured custom illustrations, MSD Carlow wanted to promote their location and so we included bespoke illustrations of historic sites and interesting facts about Carlow such as the Dolmen and Carlow’s connection to Elvis.  We also created illustrations that were relevant to the work the company does.

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As well as the board itself we created many bespoke elements for the game. One such element was spot prize card holders, these were created as 3D replicas of the MSD logo. As shown below the piece held an envelope with a spot prize card inside.

Bespoke game prize holders Ireland

The spot prize cards were designed to be fun, using bright colours from the MSD brandguideline along with elements from the giant snakes and ladders game.

custom branded game prize card

Another custom element we created to accompany the branded game were game instruction cards. Each card was branded with the MSD logo and colours. If a player landed on a certain space on the board a card would be read out. Two sets of cards were printed, one set for staff and the other set for the person running the induction day.

game cards for corporate game

As a twist to the traditional Snakes and Ladders game with sankes in fixed locations on the board MSD requested “surprise snakes”. The purpose of these snakes during the induction day was to point out how sometimes errors occur that are completely unpredictable. This keeps the players on their toes and reminds them not to be complacent in their roles in the company as at any moment something could go wrong that they would need to deal with. The person running the game could throw in a giant “surprise snake” at any point during the game which would result in a setback for the team. We designed the giant snakes to match the snakes printed on the board. We also ensured they were made to be durable and machine washable. They were branded with small tags which featured the MSD logo and care instructions.

Giant snakes and ladders game design

Another element we produced was an interactive dice. This involved AKGraphics creating graphics to be displayed on an iPad for use during the game.

Branded digital dice design

Custom digital dice design

The final design element used with the corporate board game was a PowerPoint presentation that would be displayed in the background. We created graphics to match the board so that all players could see the progress of the game on a large screen.

Snakes and ladders game screen design

The feedback from our client was great. All of the new employees were happy to get involved with the game and found it very enjoyable. Bespoke corporate board games should be designed with maximum fun in mind and we certainly enjoyed this design project!

Although the end result is fun we ensure that we view each project here in AKGraphics from a practical point of view. This means that we take the time to research different materials and production processes to ensure the end product looks great and is suitable for repeated use. Just some of the practical issues we considered during this project:
Non-slip surface for board
Ease of assemble of board
Ease of storage of all elements
Clear sealant over graphics on board
Lamination on cards to minimise wear and tear
Machine washable snakes
Light team markers for easy movement
Digital Dice to avoid high production cost of large custom dice

Induction day giant game Ireland

During an induction values can be difficult to communicate. By using a game format, you can present your companies values as a fun exercise. Using a customised board game that is customised to your company’s reality is one fun and interesting way to help new and existing employees learn more about the company. You could also choose to completely customise the entire game experience. Having every aspect of the game reference the scenarios an employee may face in their work day.  Making up a unique game with branded dice tokens and even customise the cards shape could help employees to learn and remember important information this is called game-based learning. This is a very interactive and fun way to learn. Gaming to learn is a captivating and interesting means to learn in a working environment, considering how employees get bored of the regular classroom training. To help new employees get to grips with a new company, why not create a bespoke Induction Board Game. By creating a customised game your vision and values will be clear to all – communicating them in a creative and engaging manner helps everyone to remember them. This could be a giant-sized game as per the MSD game above or a standard sized game to be played at a desk.

 

      1. Induction Day Scavenger Hunt

One key part of an induction is usually a tour of the building. Office tours can be pretty boring. Yes, it’s important to know where the printer, canteen and marketing department is. However, it could be engaging and fun. Why not add some fun to the experience by turning a tour into a scavenger hunt? Clues could be provided by current staff so it is a great way to encourage the new staff member to introduce themselves. To facilitate this idea AKGraphics would design and create a custom map of your company’s premises. In addition to the map design we would design bespoke clue cards branded with your company’s corporate identity. The result would be a fun branded scavenger hunt for your company.

 

      1. Branded Drafts / Checkers / Chess Game

If designing a new board game seems overwhelming why not keep it simple? Brand an existing game where only the board and team markers would be branded. We would use your company colours and logo on the board with an option of having the game pieces branded too. Below is an example of the game checkers branded in the company colours and using business relevant game pieces.

Branded game for company games

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By basing your game on a classic game like chess / drafts / checkers your employees will already be familiar with how to play the game. This speeds up the process and as they are familiar, they will be comfortable and jump straight in. This type of customisation would be quick to design and could be produced relatively quickly here in Carlow.

      1. Customised Connect Four with company logo

Four in a row or Connect Four would be a great corporate branded team building game. The below example is made from wood which give a very high-end look to allow for display in a reception area.

Bespoke giant connect Four Game Ireland

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      1. Bespoke Guess Who Game

Another classic game which would be perfect for a fun induction activity would be Guess Who. This classic game could be completely customised so that each character would represent a different role in the company. This would be a fun was for new employees to learn about the different activities and roles that people perform in the company. Below is an example of a giant guess who for SSE.

Giant Guess Who Game design Ireland

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      1. Company Branded Spin the Wheel

Another element that could add some fun to your team building or induction activities is a branded spin to win wheel. This could be customised with your brand colours and any text you would like. It doesn’t have to be a prize wheel; the text could provide information about the company. Here is an example that is branded for Tropicana.

Prize Spin Wheel branded with company logo

Image for inspiration only – Design not by AKGraphics

      1. Corporate Branded Playing Cards

You could choose something more straight forward and small scale by simply branding a deck of cards and encouraging employees to play together at break and lunchtimes, this would encourage employees to bond. We would brand each card with your company logo on the back of each card with the option to further brand and customise the face of each card.

Branded Playing cards with company logo

Image for inspiration only – Design not by AKGraphics

Team building is not just for new employees even the best teams can benefit from team building exercises; they’re a great way of improving communication, morale, motivation, productivity, helping employees to get to know each other better, and learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses. Team building activities can be used by any business, large or small, to promote better teamwork in the workplace, and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is one of the key factors associated with a company’s success.

Team building / induction games can be customised however you would like in order to fit into your company’s ethos, and relate directly to the culture at your office. Depending on the nature of your company, different games may work for you better than others. Get in touch with us to discuss even more ideas. Working together we can create customised solutions for your company that enhance training through the use of game-based learning. Get in touch with AKGraphics today. Contact Anne on 059 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie

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Tips for Successful Ribbon Cutting Events, Product Launches and Promotional Events for your Company

Tips for Successful Ribbon Cutting Events, Product Launches and Promotional Events for your Company

So you are organising an event for your company, and you are thinking that it will be overwhelming, expensive, time-consuming … the list goes on.

However despite all of the hard work involved, these events are a very effective way to connect with your customers and suppliers. You can use events such as product launches to promote your new product successfully by ensuring that everything runs smoothly so that you make the best possible first impression. You can also use the event as a way of generating publicity and press coverage which can include social media mentions, online articles, printed reports in local or national newspapers and of course local and national TV. When you consider what a great opportunity for publicity your event can be you will want to make sure that you get all elements of the event to look fantastic and AKGraphics can help you with that.

Event Graphics Dublin Carlow by AKGraphics

So, what can we help you with? We think it’s a good idea to really focus on the most important elements of your event. Within the last 8 weeks we have worked with a number of our clients to make sure that their launches are a success and you will see some examples of our design work for them in our tips below.

TOP TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR EVENT IS A SUCCESS & LOOKS GREAT

1. Set the tone with INVITATION DESIGN

Your invitation design will set the tone for your event and it should depict the atmosphere of your event. AKGraphics will also discuss your options on the different types of invitations that are appropriate for corporate events.

For example you might not want or need to send physical invitations by post. In that case an online custom invitation is an ideal solution. They allow you to send and track the invitations quickly and easily. Plus once the digital invitations are received your intended delegates can rsvp immediately online. If you are organising an event whether large or small, online email invitations are a great tool to consider. Recently, AKGraphics designed an email invitation for UCD, which greatly helped the success of their event.

Digiital online invitation design Dublin Carlow

However if your event has a more formal feel a beautifully designed printed invitation may be a more appropriate option. AKGraphics will design your bespoke invitations and we will also present options on print finished such as foils and custom or unusual shapes. These special touches will ensure that the recipient of your invitation is eager to attend your event. Paper types and coloured envelopes can also add a special feel to your custom designed invitation. Below is our invitation design for Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting event. You can read more about this event invitation design here.

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Of course if your event is open to your entire target market an open invitation in the form of a flyer, newspaper advert and online adverts will ensure that you reach a large audience. In this case the newspaper advert or online advert design needs to catch your target market’s attention and it needs to tempt them to attend your event. An effective example of this type of engaging and informative invitation design can be viewed below, where AKGraphics designed this invitation for Keenan’s Open Day.

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2. Give out branded items that your attendees will take home with them

Although your event may only last one day or a few hours you will want the positive impact of the day to stay with your target market for longer than that.

It might be essential to give the attendees something, for example at a recent seminar for UCD Bord na Gaelic each delegate needed a printed schedule to follow the times and topics of each speaker. AKGraphics designed this booklet so that it was clear, concise, welcoming and informative. UCD were also able to use the design on a large presentation on a screen as a backdrop at the event. Read more about our bespoke branded items that helped make UCD’s event a success.

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Another nice option for events is to give the attendees a gift to take home. For the Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting, AKGraphics designed a custom gift bag which were given to each attendee after being filled with a variety of branded gifts, including a custom designed box with whiskey tasting glass. Gift bags can be designed by AKGraphics to be any size and to match to your branding, in the case of Walsh Whiskey the bag also featured a copper foil to add a touch of luxury and prestige.

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3. Brand your event with a range of DISPLAY SOLUTIONS these will all appear in photos / videos taken at the event

Of course items used to dress your event space will make the area look nice but the true role of these display items is to brand your event. You must remember that there will be many photographs taken at the event and possible even videos. It should be your aim that your company branding comes across in these photos and that the overall look of the event is memorable for all the potential customers attending.

At the recent ribbon cutting for Walsh Whiskey Distillery working alongside a PR company AKGraphics designed many of the display solutions that enhanced the launch day. These included large branded flags, temporary signage for the ribbon cutting, permanent signage which featured custom crafted oak elements. Also used were displays featuring the many different Whiskey box packaging designed by AKGraphics also. The ribbon cutting event received heavy press coverage which is always important when promoting a new product or service.

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If your event is taking place in a venue other that your own premises it will be important to focus your display solutions on portable options that you can use multiple times at different events. This means that you will get more use out of these display options. At the Keenan open day event that we worked on we designed flags and display boards. These are an ideal solution to add instant branding to any area and the  flags and boards could be seen on the coverage from the RTE News.

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If your event was carefully planned and executed well you will see the benefits in a stronger relationship with your target market, better brand awareness through the press coverage you will receive and increased product or service sales. Take for example the press received by the Keenan Open Day event which featured on the Six One news and Nine O’Clock News on RTE. The Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting event also received impressive world-wide press coverage and publicity from a number of different outlets.

AKGraphics is a graphic design agency with over 22 year experience and because of this we are the ideal company to help you with some or all aspects of your event. From start to finish we will ensure that your event looks great and your attendees are left with positive memories associated with your brand. Contact us now on +353 59 9133633 or email Anne to discuss the different design options for your event.

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Tradeshow Graphics – Custom PVC Graphics for Irish Lime

Our custom Tradestand PVC graphics for Irish Lime (Clogrennane Lime) can be seen below. This included marquee design and custom  display design for their stand at Ploughing 2015.

If you are interested in having custom Tradestand Graphics designed to showcase your product, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: anne@akgraphics.ie or call 059 913 3633

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Marquee Design Irish Lime

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Present your product professionally with a 3D mock up

Whether you are pitching an idea for a new product or experimenting with new packaging design ideas for an existing product, a 3D mock-up is a useful tool to wow your target market visually. A 3D mockup (digital mock up) helps put your mind at ease by giving you a feel of how your product will look much earlier than when it is on the shelves.

The packaging design can be discussed and decisions on the design can be made more quickly. It also allows your intended customer to comment on your proposed product. By getting direct feedback from your exact target market you can make any changes needed to the packaging design before it goes into production.

AK Graphics can design and create your 3D mockup, helping you to:

  • save on photography and physical packaging mock up costs
  • see how your product will look on the shelves
  • get a visual of your product more quickly than with a physical mock up, which can be used in promotional material
  • visualise your packaging concept more easily
  • receive instant feedback from your customers regarding your proposed product packaging

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Here is an example of a 3D mock-up that was designed from scratch. The client needed the mock-ups in a hurry for a very specific international trade show, so the best solution was to design 3D mockups. Starting with a basic cube you can see how effective a 3D mock up can be. This mock up was made to test how this new product would be received on the market. The photorealism adds to the presentation of the product. In order to meet the extremely tight deadline, AKGraphics made the decision to design a digital 3D mockup of the hydro monitrix full product range instead of producing physical boxes. Once the client had approved the completed packaging design, we then produced photorealistic mockups of each box. AKGraphics designed promotional flyers using these 3D mock-ups, which were printed in time for the event. This solution allowed our client to make a professional presentation in a short time.

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For presentation of the product at the trade show AKGraphics designed packaging, leaflets, presentation boards for display units and a PDF presentation.

 

Additional promotional material where a 3D mock up could be used…

– print advertising/online advertising

– portable pull up banners

– print material

– presentations/ PDF or powerpoint

– vouchers

– flyers/ brochures

If you are interested in having a 3D mock-up designed to showcase your product, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: anne@akgraphics.ie or call 059 913 3633

 

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What is an infographic?

Infographics are visual representations of information that you see everyday without realising. The washing instructions on your clothes tag, following the illustrated instructions for building your flatpack furniture, reading a map and even crossing the road at the light of the green man – these are all infographics.

Infographics are used to communicate information quickly, clearly and attract and maintain attention. They are particularly effective when you have a lot of text or number heavy content.

Without knowing the term infographics you might refer to these as; graphs / piecharts, illustrations, clip art, icons, symbols or information design but it’s up to us to understand that you mean infographics!

Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer 

Instructional infographics were designed for Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer, to be found within the designed User Manual to visually describe how to use this product.

AKGraphics designed the full packaging suite for Goboof. Our infographics illustrated the product’s many features; using the product, cleaning the product etc. The infographics for the downloadable User Manual were simplified to be used as web icons on www.goboof.com also.

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University College Dublin

In AKGraphics we often design infographics for various Annual Reports to make complicated information or statistics visually attractive and easier to comprehend.

This is evident in our Annual Report designs for UCD Report of the President; 2013 and 2014. By using well designed infographics, important facts and figures quickly communicate a strong message. Condensing text content and applying good design with strong colourful graphics makes an annual report more digestible for its intended target market. We’ve also created information graphics for the Annual reports of UCD College of Business (UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School) in 2013 and 2014.

Infographics can have other uses like for web graphics, added to powerpoint presentations, email newsletters or on social media – and even many more!

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Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd (CRH Group)

Illustration infographics were designed to graphically visualise the complex step-by-step production process for Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd.

This design request was part of a large display graphic stand AKGraphics designed for Clogrennane Lime for the National Ploughing Championships.

By designing an illustrated infographic solution of how Clogrennane Lime production works step by step this resulted in an eye catching graphic display for the audience attending their stand at the NPA Show.

Clear, effective well-designed communications makes a salesman’s job much easier at a busy trade show where high volumes of traffic exist, plus it can be a great talking point for a sale also. Strong infographics can captivate an intended audience quickly.

This particular infographic has been used for web graphics and also in a poster display, making the infographic very worthwhile for the client as it had multiple uses.

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 The Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection requested AKGraphics simplify text heavy statistics and a year’s worth of facts and figures regarding the full spend within each Department for 2014. The request from the Department was to illustrate an easy-to-read two-page solution of these statistics for the 2014 downloadable Annual Report.

The result from AKGraphics was a friendly colourful A3 sized infographic to portray all the information in a simplest way that made the information understandable for all ages. Key to the design of this detailed infographic was to illustrate all the different types of people that the Department of Social Protection assists on a daily basis in Ireland. Additional individual statistics were also created as infographics for The Department of Social Protection for use in house in powerpoint presentations or on social media.

Click here to see the annual report and our ‘2014 in review’ infographic on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

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Carlow Warehousing

Colourful, impactful website infographics were created for Carlow Warehousing, a logistics and e-commerce fulfilment company, to visually present the smart technology offered within their vast expanding company.

AKGraphics designed the new website and also a promotional brochure to market Carlow Warehousing to a wider audience. These infographics were used as a web banner on the new website. AKGraphics also created other web graphics used on the site.

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Infographics are great for your business because they have so many varied uses, in reports, promotional material, web graphics, display graphics, apps, online newsletters, powerpoint presentations or even PDF presentations.

AKGraphics apply strategic thinking to develop an effective infographic by working as a team. We make sure everything fits together seamlessly as demonstrated within all of our work. If you would like to discuss infographic design in more detail, please do not hesitate to call Anne on 059 9133633. To see more samples of AKGraphics’ work click here to browse through our portfolio and check out our infographics section.

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Multifunctional Podium for Tradeshows

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Using a cleverly designed podium to hold and display your tablet at tradeshows creates an easy, clean and professional way to present your specific products or services. By changing the top the same podium can also be used as a competition box or simply used as a meeting point or display table. The podium itself is lightweight, easy to assemble and gives a huge opportunity and space to apply your company or business branding. All artwork is easy and quick to change meaning you can keep the one podium and change the design as often as you like. Call us if you require more information!

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