Welcome to our Thorough Thirty-Seventh 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

POP-UP PRODUCTS OPENS IN JOHANNESBURG
Pop-Up Products have officially opened a branch in Johannesburg. The new office, which features an impressive showroom, was added to the Cape Town and Nambian branches after the company picked up continuous enquiries from clients in Johannesburg.

IDC ACQUIRES EQUITY IN INNOVATIVE TAXI BROADCAST CHANNEL, REDEFINING DOMESTIC COMMUTING JOHANNESBURG
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has acquired equity in the innovative taxi television channel, redefining the domestic commuting in South Africa. Taxi media owner Massiv TV and the IDC have announced a R60 million equity transaction by the Corporation. The deal will see the IDC acquire 24% of Massiv TV with a further percentage interest banked for an empowerment suitor. Massiv TV retains 51% of the business.

PACKAGING DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNERS
Nampak and the Design Indaba have announced the winning entries in the Packaging Design Challenge. The entries, submitted via YouTube, were assessed by the judging panel over a period of two days, using criteria such as manufacturing feasibility to validate the submitted designs.

IFRA COMPETITION TO HIGHLIGHT CROSS-MEDIA BRANDING, DESIGN
The objective of the fourth XMA Cross Media Awards is to present the best examples of design in print that combine different print and digital (online and mobile) channels to get their brand across, announced IFRA, the worldwide research and service organisation for the news publishing industry, earlier this week.

OUT OF HOME

3.2% GROWTH FOR AUSTRALIA’S OUTDOOR INDUSTRY IN 2008
The outdoor media industry in Australia grew 3.2 per cent in 2008 as net revenue reached $453.8 million (+/- R2.9 Billion) compared to $439.9 (+/- R2.8 Billion) in 2007. According to OMA CEO, Helen Willoughby, the industry achieved a very strong first half followed by a weaker second half. 

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY AT PORT ELIZABETH'S BAYWORLD
Tractor Outdoor has been awarded the exclusive sales and marketing rights for all the commercial signage opportunities at the Bayworld Oceanarium in Port Elizabeth. The site, which is situated along the beachfront in Humewood, consists of a 900sqm façade that faces Marine Drive. With a run-up of 300m and a daily traffic count of 34, 820 vehicles, this site is not only the largest and most iconic to have ever been secured and permitted in Port Elizabeth, but it is also situated in the popular beachfront district. 

 

KHOMANANI TAKES OVER JOZI WITH WIDEOPEN PLATFORM
Targeting South African citizens of all ages and races, living in and around, and commuting through downtown Johannesburg, the Department of Health’ has partnered with Wideopen Platform to promote its outdoor campaign entitled ‘Khomanani’ which aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS related issues and encourage people to have a positive attitude towards life. Branding nine prominent positions throughout Central Johannesburg over a 6 month period, the collective 2044.74sqm of striking orange communication is impossible to miss.

GAP IN THE BRAND ENGAGEMENT MARKET SNAPPED UP BY MALL ACTIVE
Understanding the mounting urgency for brands to be advertised in the right place, at the right time and most importantly to engage with consumers on a personal level, Primedia Unlimited has launched Mall Active, an activation platform which dovetails with subsidiaries Primall Media and Primedia Lifestyle. 

DETTOL CLEANS UP WITH ICON MEDIA
Household brand Dettol is making a big impression at Checkers Hypers, Checkers Supermarkets and Makro stores across the country. The Reckitt Benckiser product’s brightly coloured branding is splashed across the front, back and sides of shopping trolleys in the popular retailers to reiterate its message of cleanliness and hygiene.

BILLBOARDS, A BOOMING BUSINESS DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
These days, billboard advertising is one of the hottest sectors of the marketing industry and a booming and visible brand promotion business, particularly during the election campaign period. What was once made famous by the Egyptians over 3000 years ago is still a popular form of advertising today. 

NEW PRODUCTS

FABRIC FRAME & WINDSPIN UNIT
Display Mania has recently launched two new products including a brand new textile frame, the Fabric Frame and the Snap frame Windspin unit. The Fabric Frame is a single or double-sided system that can hold interchangeable textile or fabric prints. It can be custom made to any size. The Windspin has a double-sided snap frame for interchanging poster prints and features either a solid concrete base, or a plastic water base, or a sand filled base.

ECO-FRIENDLY INFORMATION SIGN SUITABLE FOR POP, MALLS, LIBRARIES & SHOW ROOMS
Vista System International has launched an environment friendly information sign that is very easy to install and update. The new eye catching sign is constructed in a way that allows breaking it down for shipping and minimum packing volume, thereby reducing shipping related energy use and cost.

NEW INTERACTIVE IN-MALL MEDIA
While fully branded expo stands improve the visibility and impact of in-mall promotional activity, marketers are discouraged because of the cost of producing the stand as well as the corresponding costs and logistics of moving their stand from mall to mall.

CAPTURE THE ATTENTION OF CONSUMERS IN TRANSIT
Out of home media company Urban Exposure is launching Submedia, an interactive media platform that converts still images to movie-like adverts through the speed of the viewer. ‘Transit advertisements are offering a novel way for advertisers to capture potential consumers without irritating them,’ asserts Submedia CEO Peter Corrigan.

SOFTWARE HINT
DIGITAL SIGNAGE

DIGITAL SIGNAGE: THE BILLBOARDS OF THE FUTURE
The first example of a ‘billboard’ appeared in an American railway station in 1835 and by 1870 three hundred companies existed to paint adverts and put them in the public eye. Today, technology has enabled companies to advertise without having to rely on traditional paper and glue.

LAMAR TESTING SOLAR-POWERED DIGITAL BILLBOARDS
Lamar Advertising is testing a new digital billboard technology that could provide a strong alternative to the digital billboards populating the world. Developed by U.K. and Israel-based magink, the proprietary digital technology uses solar power and light-reflecting digital ink instead of light-emitting diodes.

 

PROJECTS

VISTA SYSTEM'S DOUBLE SIDED PYLONS INSTALLED AT THE ‘AUTOMATIC UNDERGROUND OF TORINO’
Vista System International recently supplied its double-sided pylons to ‘Grafeco Srl’, for installation at the technical district of the ‘Automatic underground of Torino’. The main function of the signs was to effectively direct people to their destinations. Seen the huge dimensions of the district and its location, it has been necessary to use a noticeable and durable sign system that is also easy to update. Vista system was a natural choice for the client for its vandal free features, eye-catching design and ease of updating.

LUCITE® ICE INSPIRES LUXURY BATHING
Renowned bath manufacture and design company Mauersberger Badtechnik Betriebs GmbH have chosen Lucite® Ice in their latest and most innovative bath design. The new Well-Harmony bath takes its inspiration from the cool calm surface texture of Lucite® Ice to create a bath that exudes bathing pleasure and comfort.

SOME MOERSE COOL STUFF!

B-membrane Laptop/Desktop Hybrid
Concept computer designed by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee. No bulky monitors, just a UFO shape system that displays screen like a projector.

Fold Bergmonch Bike into A Backpack, Perfect for Camping or Hiking !
The Bergmonch bike is a unique device that is a compilation of innovation and utility. On the hills you can use this as an easy to carry backpack wherein in the valleys it is a multi-purpose vehicle that aids you to roam around here and there without an obstruction.

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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