With newly laid carpet and a fresh coat of paint, we went to work with designer Karen Backe to fill the exhibit with dozens of graphic displays, each depicting personal stories that together represent the immigration experiences of Greek Americans.
Greek Story in America utilizes lightweight hanging graphics, hung from the ceiling by stainless steel hanging wire. Sintra board graphic displays were blocked and cleated along the walls to help give the exhibit dimension. Decorative cut vinyl wall graphics run along the base of the walls, livening up the space and acknowledging the overseas journeys Greek immigrants made. We also provided self-adhesive vinyl lettering and custom printed vinyl wall coverings for larger mural images.
One of the more impressive pieces of work we did was the huge map of the world. It utilizes 54″ wide custom printed self-adhesive vinyl. In order to create a composition this large we used our i-Cut digital die cutting to match cut separate pieces that could be precisely recombined onsite . Less obvious is that our team was able to precisely match the wall color to hide the edges of the vinyl, which can be seen on the map’s tiny islands and peninsulas.
The exhibit’s lighting is the result of a number of different types of light fixtures projecting different colors of light at different angles and intensities. This additional challenge put our color management skills to further test as we had to ensure a uniform sense of color across all of our graphics in the exhibit.
Throughout the process of graphic production, navigating the complexities of color and lighting, and managing the onsite installation, the job had to go off without a hitch in order for it to remain within the constraints of its budget. Our accomplisment of that is an example of high-quality project management providing premium product.
Contacting Benchmark Imaging & Display was the one call the National Hellenic Museum and their designer had to make to have this project come to life. You owe it to yourself to get in touch if you have a similar project on your to-do-list.
Next time you’re in Greek Town stop in and visit the museum. It’s a great way to acquire an appreciation of one of the many ethnic heritages that make Chicago such a great city.
We went to another company to create two banner displays. We only used them once before they fell apart. Needing the displays for an event in less than 3 business days, we received outstanding service right from the start. Their staff took the time to explain different options as well as show us examples of those options. Not only were they extremely helpful, providing regular updates via email and phone, Benchmark got the job done on time. Even with the rush, Benchmark’s pricing is very reasonable and we could not be more impressed with the quality of their work and amazing customer service. We were very happy with their efforts and we will definitely go back in the future.
Just wanted to let you know how much we absolutely love our banners! They are more beautiful than we ever imagined! We are so pleased with them. They had their debut at our Hearts of Valor Ball and they were spectacular!
Thank you on behalf of the graphic designers at the Chicago History Museum for your integral part in bringing our graphics to life for the Abraham and Juárez exhibits. We couldn’t have done it with out you!
Thanks for a great job. We go through handstands/cartwheels in the process, but you guys do great work! I like doing business with you and have recommended you to several people.
Thanks for all your work on this project. I appreciate your diligence to ensure successful delivery of a quality product. Brian tells me the graphic looks terrific.
Bill, I recieved the banner here in Iowa City, and I am very happy. Excellent look, and I am excited about how lightweight and easy to erect the apparatus is. I look forward to further collaboration between CTS and Benchmark in the future.
We were looking for a cost effective way to produce full color menu boards, and Benchmark had the answer. Their Flat Bed Printer delivered great color and detail, and, because the machine prints directly to the Styrene, we had no mounting or laminating expenses. We use these boards both indoors and out, and they really look sharp. To all this, add friendly service and fast turn-around, and you get a winning recipe with Benchmark.
I know I can rely on Benchmark to get the job done on time and on budget. It’s important for me to know that Benchmark keeps up with the latest technology and equipment to benefit my quality requirements and service needs. They are definitely my best source for graphics!
Our marketing firm suggested Benchmark. As soon as I saw the display panels, I could see why. The photos, even though they were blown up to a huge size, look crisp and clear; the colors are beautiful. Benchmark sent them quickly (they rushed to get them to us in time for an upcoming show) and the response we’ve gotten is extremely positive. I now will use only Benchmark – their quality is outstanding; their prices are reasonable..and they’re nice to work with!
My experiences with Benchmark Imaging & Display have always been pleasant. I have used other companies in the past for my tradeshow booths, but Benchmark is now my first choice. The sales reps are extremely helpful and attentive, plus the quality of the product is excellent.