Welcome to our fabulous Thirty-First Issue of Signal - the e-mail publication for signage, design, and media news. We will be bringing you news from all around SA and the world, biweekly.
SHOWS & HAPPENINGS

ISA OPENS 2009 SIGN DESIGN COMPETITION
The International Sign Association has issued a call for entries for its 2009 Sign Design Competition. The contest judges actual sign projects designed and installed in 2008. Winners will be recognised and winning submissions will be displayed at the ISA International Sign Expo 2009, to be held April 15-18, 2009, in Las Vegas.

LOCAL SIGN INDUSTRY SUPPORTS BIRDS OF PREY
Practical Publishing recently visited the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre to hand over a cash donation of R5000 to owners Mark Holder and Mark Bett. The money was raised with help from members of the local signage industry, at the 6th Annual PSD Charity Golf Day held earlier in the year.

ONE WEEK TO VISCOM FRANKFURT 2008
In one week viscom frankfurt 2008 will open its doors and offer you the following highlights...

OSRAM OKTOBERFEST 2008
The OSRAM annual Oktoberfest was hosted at the Midrand Head Office on the 10th of October. This event has become one of the highlights on the OSRAM calendar and is much anticipated by all customers.

THE SYTECH SUPPLIES CORELDRAW X4 WINNER
With over 1000 online entries and approximately 400 business card entries at Sign Africa, the Sytech Supplies ‘creative empowerment’ campaign, in conjunction with software giant Corel, concluded at the end of September. Sytech Supplies has announced that the winner of the CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4 is Sheraz Sabjee of Artworx Studios in Durban. 

OUT OF HOME

SOUTH AFRICAN MANUAL FOR OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CONTROL - DRAFT FOR COMMENTS
The National Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is inviting all interested and affected parties to comment on the Draft Revised South African Manual for Outdoor Advertising Control (SAMOAC) which is now available on the Department's website http://www.deat.gov.za

APRILIA MOTORCYCLES CONTRACTS COMUTANET TO PROMOTE ‘THINK BIKE’
October is National Transport Month and ‘National Commute on Your Scoot Day’ was on 3rd October 2008. Aprilia Motorcycles commissioned ComutaNet to add to a nationwide motorcycle safety awareness drive with its Think Bike Coffee Stop Challenge.  

WORLD'S LARGEST STRIDING MAN FOR JOBURG SKYLINE
‘Stepped out in style' on the Southern Life Centre, Johannesburg, has been the new Johnnie Walker Striding Man icon, the largest striding man building wrap in the world. The billboard spans three sides of the 35-floor skyscraper in the CBD, is the size of 70 rugby fields end-to-end and is visible from many angles in the city. The wrap covers almost the entire building's surface, except for the windows, with a total visual impact of 11000sqm.

PRIMEDIA OUTDOOR SECURES NAMIBIA'S FIRST BUILDING WRAP
Following many months of co-ordination between various partners, to create awareness around the country's Diamond Centenary, Primedia Outdoor has secured Namibia's first building wrap.

FORD CHOOSE SKYBOARD S320 FOR NEW AD CAMPAIGN
Ford Motor Company has chosen the SkyBoard S320 for their new Ford Fiesta advertising campaign in Barcelona, Spain. The new media SkyBoard S320 is the most complete resource for outdoor advertising in motion, allowing you to choose where and when your giant banners are to be displayed.  

HISTORY MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST TOTAL SUBWAY WRAP
History (the cable channel previously known as the History Channel) is making history with the first full exterior and interior wrap of a New York City subway to promote the upcoming third season of its show, ‘Cities of the Underworld,’ hosted by Don Wildman.

NEW PRODUCTS

VISTA SYSTEM'S VANDAL PROOF SIGN SYSTEM NOW OFFERS AN EVEN BETTER PROTECTION AGAINST SIGN VANDALISM
Vista System International now offers an even better solution for the common issues of sign vandalism and abrasion. Vista System design team has recently modified the side channel on it's extrusions to add a special mechanism designed to grip and hold the insert in place, this new mechanism greatly improves the hold of the insert to the sign itself.

SOLAR GARD® WINDOW FILM SAVES UP TO 30% IN ENERGY-RELATED COSTS
With rising energy costs and shrinking capital expenditure budgets, facility managers must evaluate the most cost-effective solutions for reducing energy consumption. One of the most cost-effective, flexible solutions is Solar Gard® window film. Building managers can learn more about Solar Gard at the Energy Solutions Expo, 8-9 October 2008 in London, Stand D195.

OPTEK DEVELOPS VERSATILE LED MODULE STRIPS FOR SIGNAGE AND CHANNEL-LETTER APPLICATIONS
Providing solid state lighting design engineers with a flexible and scalable lighting solution, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a series of LED module strips for signage and channel-letter applications.

SEE-THROUGH FABRIC
Tri Vantage (USA) is presenting eight graphic fabrics designed for one-way, see-through applications. The company designed the media for POP, posters, room partitions and other applications that require printed media that’s transparent on the other side.

NEW MACTAC® STREETRAP FILM FOR CONCRETE AND ASPHALT
MACtac® StreetRap is an 85µ white matt calendered PVC film coated with an aggressive clear acrylic adhesive. It is designed for outdoor sidewalk and parking lot floor graphics and sticks to flat or slightly rough pedestrian traffic surfaces like concrete and asphalt.

NEW MACTAC® OVERLAMINATE FILM WITH GLITTERING EFFECT
MACtac® PERMAfun Crystal Gloss is a clear cast PVC overlaminating film coated with permanent acrylic adhesive. Its glossy finish and light refracting additives makes it ideal when glamour and luxury effects are needed e.g. on P.O.S. displays of luxury products, on car body parts and on shop windows for Christmas graphics.

COLLAPSIBLE EVENT BIN
The Collapsible Event Bin from Adapt Marketing is ideal for event branding. The set includes branded collapsible event bin, 5 interchangeable bin liners, carry bag and Metal pegs.

SCANNING PERFECTION MADE EASY WITH EPSON
Epson continues to deliver quality to home scanning with the introduction of two new scanners: The Epson Perfection V300 Photo and the Epson Perfection V30 scanners.

SPORTS EVENT KIT
If you've ever been in a position where you've had to plan a sports event and requested quotes for several different items from different suppliers and the associated effort and potential headaches involved, the new Sports Event Kit will be a welcome relief.

NEW HP DESIGNJET Z3200 PHOTO PRINTER DELIVERS GALLERY-QUALITY PRINTS TO CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS
HP has announced the new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, expanding HP’s professional printing portfolio for creative professionals and print service providers (PSPs) by delivering long-lasting gallery-quality prints in black and white and colour.

LEADER PRESTIGE® SNAP DOOR SIGNS
The Leader Prestige system is the unique design of slightly curved faced signs, combined with micro snap side profiles, allowing for fast and simple information change, combined with non-compromising elegance.

EXTRUDED PLEXIGLAS® TUBES WITH LARGE OUTER DIAMETRES
Extruded PLEXIGLAS® tubes in greater diameters will give designers fresh scope to realize their ideas. The tubes are particularly suitable for transparent, seamless displays in furniture, exhibition booth and store fixture construction, and for large-format lamps.

SOFTWARE HINT
DIGITAL SIGNAGE

C-NARIO’S DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLATFORM SELECTED TO DISPLAY JACKPOT METER AT CASINO DA MADEIRA
C-nario has announced that the company’s digital signage platform has been implemented in Casino da Madeira, located in Funchal, capital of the Madeira Islands of Portugal. C-nario’s solution enables displaying the jackpot amount throughout the casino gaming floor and in nearby hotels.

GUERRILLA BILLBOARDS FOR SURPRISE AD ATTACKS
In a world where everything is mobile, even billboards are starting to move in surprising ways.  

C-NARIO IMPLEMENTS DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLATFORM IN SHANGHAI AIRPORTS
C-nario has announced that it has implemented the company’s digital signage software platform in Pudong and Hongqiao Airports in Shanghai, China. C-nario’s Messenger and Universal Player solutions manage an array of more than 200 displays in both airports. JCDecaux Momentum Shanghai Airport Advertising Company Ltd. operates the displays.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO OPENS REGISTRATION FOR FEBRUARY 24-26, 2009 SHOW
Digital Signage Expo (DSE), Interactive Technology Expo (ITE), and Out-of-Home Network Show (OOHNS), the industry’s premier International Conference Summit and Trade Show, and the only place where digital signage and interactive technologies are exclusively showcased all in one place has opened registration for all three co-located shows at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.  

PROJECTS

DIGITALLY PRINTED WORLD RECORD JIGSAW ATTEMPT PUTS FESPA WORLD EXPO ASIA-PACIFIC ON THE MAP
FESPA will attempt to create the world’s largest ever digitally printed jigsaw puzzle at FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific (BITEC, Bangkok, 28th – 30th November 2008), in collaboration with the Thailand Exhibition and Convention Bureau (TCEB) and digital wide format specialists Fujifilm Sericol, Industrial Cutting Services Co. Ltd (ICS) with Zünd and Halifax Vogel, all of which are sponsoring the jigsaw initiative.

MADICO FOCUSES ATTENTION ON ARMANI WITH INNOVATIVE LUMISTY® VIEW CONTROL FILM
Thanks to the innovative attributes delivered by its glazing enhancement films, Madico Graphic Films was recently called upon by BAF Graphics Ltd, to supply Lumisty® view control film for a promotional campaign at the UK stores of global fashion company, Armani Exchange.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!

Lockup: Lockable Coffee Cup
So you’ve been nagging your co-workers to get rid of the disposable coffee cups at work but some people are complaining about hygiene issues and not wanting to do other people’s dishes. The simple sustainable solution: Lockup..

T-Shirt For The Traveler, Built In Phrase Book
The tee shirt has a phrase book printed on it: point a finger at the pictogram you need and then point it twice at the question mark, which means, "Where is it?"

FUNNY SIGNS
They lurk everywhere - just waiting to catch us unsuspecting. On street corners, on the sides of buildings, on cars and even in the middle of veld - watch out, they will leave you laughing helplessly...

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