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AGAM’s PX8000 Snowflake Holiday Greeting

Using a universally accepted icon of the holiday season, I created a paper craft snowflake cleverly based on two PX8000 extrusion profiles. A secondary design component, a "barn door" card, was developed to surround and protect the paper craft snowflake inside the envelope. After the card is open, it subtly reveals the paper craft PX8000 snowflake behind a translucent holiday insert sheet.

This year AGAM decided to re-think the company holiday greeting card.  We had noticed in the past few years that electronic greeting cards had disappeared and that the traditional mailed card had become more blended. It was time to re-think the process. Design is differentiation, and being the person in charge of this project, I wanted to convey several important core principles of the AGAM brand promise:  sophistication, exclusivity and originality.

This was a beautiful opportunity to remind our clients that AGAM is a company that truly embraces both creative collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking.

Utilizing a simple slit on either the top or bottom of the two PX8000 extrusion profiles, the two printed components slide together to form its unique snowflake assembly. On the right side of each PX8000 extrusion profile are word cloud designs.With a universally accepted icon of the holiday season – a singular snowflake –  I created a paper craft snowflake cleverly based on two PX8000 extrusion profiles.  Well known within AGAM, the PX8000 extrusion is very significant as it was the first signature AGAM product early in the company’s history. In fact, the PX8000 profile shape still exists in the company logo even today.

Starting in late October, I had a very basic idea of the paper craft snowflake and created several prototypes.  Crude and hand-cut, these early prototypes helped me discover that the assembly aspect of the paper craft was more than a good idea — it was completely possible to produce.  As time went by, these early prototypes became more advanced and possible messages began to take shape on the cards.  And both paper stocks and translucent envelopes were being evaluated.

Early Holiday Card Snowflake PrototypesBy mid-November, final metallic Pantone colors had been selected, the word cloud messages had been carefully crafted and the project was ready for press.

The Final PX8000 Snowflake DesignCareful attention was paid to the snowflake’s paper selection. A stock was needed that not only could be strong enough for the paper craft to stand up on its own, but also able to hold a rich metallic PMS solid extremely well during printing.  Since heavier ink densities tend to become difficult for presses to hold fine typographical detail, the stock needed to allow for truly excellent coverage.

A secondary design component, a “barn door” card, was developed to surround and protect the paper craft snowflake inside the envelope.  The “doors” open in the front of the card from the middle (one to the left and one to the right). After the card is open, it subtly reveals the paper craft PX8000 snowflake behind a translucent holiday insert sheet.

As with any offset ink-based print project, the devil is in the details.  With all the fabrication subtleties of this project, it took a collaborative team of very experienced press operators and production specialists to print, emboss and laser die cut both the paper craft snow flake and its related “barn door” card.  And while laser die cutting is more expensive and time-consuming than other traditional die cutting processes, it gave the snowflake a truly precise and technical look.  When something looks effortless and simple, it usually means that a lot of thought went into every aspect of the design experience.

With its modern and stylish metallic ink with a contrasting orange logotype, precision laser die cut shape and most importantly — its innovative modular design — the paper craft holiday greeting card serves as a reminder of AGAM’s unwavering commitment to deliver sophistication, exclusivity and originality to our clients.

Never settle for average when you can achieve the extraordinary.

If you have any questions about the card feel free to email or leave a comment.

Justin Worsley
jworsley@agam.com
Multimedia Designer
AGAM
http://www.agam.com
1-800-645-0854

AGAM will be at EXHIBITOR2012

AGAM will be at EXHIBITOR2012

AGAM’s booth at EXHIBITOR2012

 

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale projects. AGAM now functions out of a vast, 110,000 square foot production facility located in Elkridge, Maryland. Since the move, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained production specialists, AGAM provides fast turnaround schedules and precision fabricated products for all our clients.

AGAM Works to Create Booth for EXHIBITOR2012

In six weeks, AGAM will be exhibiting at Exhibitor2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gearing up for a trade show is no little feat around here. But, because we manufacture an aluminum modular display system, it is pretty much guaranteed that we are going to have a cool booth right? Right! All the materials (minus the SEG fabric) and resources are available at our plant. From brainstorming to designing, building to shipping, it all happens right here.

Contributions to the Unique Design of the EXHIBITOR2012 Booth

Over the past couple of weeks, the booth has been design and the building process has begun. Another unique factor that plays into the creation of our booth is that everyone at AGAM will have contributed to the final product in some way.  Whether it is lending an innovative idea during the planning process or making a part during the building process, the final product is a team effort.

Our booth is 20 feet by 30 feet, featuring a hanging cube expanding our exposure and it is 20 feet high. We have 2600 square feet of SEG fabric graphics, backlighting, product kiosks, demo products, and a sample table featuring our extrusion portfolio. Our goal is to ensure that visitors gain quality insight on the services, innovative products and solutions that AGAM has to offer.

If you’re attending Exhibitor2012, March 5–7, 2012, come on by, we are at booth #1663. AGAM employees, Oscar, Theron, Troy, Tamas, and Justin will be present as well as Founder and President, Xavier Decludt. Stop by, we would love to meet you. See you in Las Vegas!

AGAM Can Help Build the Exhibit of Your Dreams

As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Employee Spotlight: Dan, Industrial Designer

At AGAM we offer unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale aluminum modular construction projects using our AGAM aluminum modular system. We lead the aluminum modular design industry with our efficient construction, innovative customizations, and customer service. And we couldn’t accomplish any of this the many talented members of our team. We appreciate their hard work and today we are spotlighting, Dan, a recently hired industrial designer who is learning all the ins and outs of the AGAM Group and our vast 110,000 square foot production facility.

Meet Dan, AGAM Industrial Designer

At AGAM our team is a strong mix of experienced team members and young talent. We do seek to hire the best and the brightest industrial designers and do not shy away from new graduates. New graduates provide innovation and are often educated in the latest techniques. Dan is a new graduate who we are happy to welcome to the AGAM team.

In this post, Dan will tell us about his recent experience joining AGAM.

AGAM Employee Spotlight: Dan, Industrial Designer

Meet AGAM’s new Industrial Designer, Dan.

Joining AGAM as a New Industrial Designer

Recently I was offered the opportunity to join AGAM as their new industrial designer. I jumped at the chance to start my career after graduation. I moved down to a great place in the city of Baltimore, which happens to be a short commute to the AGAM office in Elkridge, Maryland.

I was very anxious to begin working as an industrial designer. After studying for five years and preparing for the real thing, had me “chomping at the bit.” I wanted to get on the computer right away and start designing with CAD. However, at AGAM there is a particular rite of passage you must complete before you begin the type of work that you were hired for.

Every AGAM employee must spend a week in the plant to gain insight of how production is completed in-house. I had never worked in a manufacturing plant before, but with several summers of experience working in construction under my belt, I was not afraid to get my hands dirty. In fact, I enjoyed learning the processes, which go into AGAM’s long list of products.

Joining AGAM as an Industrial Designer

I learned about the machines and how they are used, this one is a punching press, used to punch holes in the extrusions.

Dan’s Thoughts After His First Few Weeks at AGAM

I think I gained a first-hand understanding of everything AGAM does in the plant. However, a few weeks later, I am finding out that there are several more processes, so much background experiences, and an abundant amount of knowledge that I will still be learning for a long time. I found this experience very helpful as I have now transitioned into the office and began my work as a designer.

Getting to know everyone in the office has also been quite significant to my experience at AGAM. I have particularly appreciated learning more about the people who fabricate the designs and cut lists issued by the office.

The AGAM atmosphere is easy-going with a high level of professionalism still being maintained. This type of environment fosters a good morale, enticing everyone to work efficiently and effectively. There is an open line of communication between all employees at AGAM, who all have the same goal: to provide our clients with fully engineered solutions.

Joining AGAM as an Industrial Designer

I spent time in the parts room, learning about them, how inventory is managed and how orders are fulfilled.

AGAM Aluminum Modular System Can Help You

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With the AGAM System, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you are looking to make improvements to any environment, such as a conference room (as in our case), AGAM has a solution for you. Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

AGAM’s booth at the SGIA Expo, October 19-21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Every year at the SGIA Expo, hundreds of exhibitors showcase a broad range of equipment available in the special printing and image technology market. The SGIA Expo brings thousands of attendees from around the world who want to get acquainted with leaders in the industry. The Expo was in New Orleans, Louisiana where AGAM exhibited alongside industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard, Emerson, and Fujifilm.

 

AGAM at the SGIA Expo

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Laser Cutting and Powdercoating all done at AGAM Plant in Elkridge, MD

AGAM’s booth is an example of what can be accomplished using the AGAM System. We designed, manufactured, and assembled our entire booth (excluding the printing of the SEG fabrics) at our new 110,000 square-foot plant right outside of Baltimore, Maryland. We do all of the cutting, punching, tapping, welding, bending, drilling and powder coating at our plant.

Therefore, the possibilities are almost endless at AGAM. Simply send us a sketch of your idea, and we will help you engineer your design with our system (free of charge, it is part of our service). We will then provide you with a quote. Once you have approved the quote, AGAM Aluminum Modular System will manufacture the design and send you a Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) kit. Alternatively, if you have already worked with AGAM and only need a few extra extrusions/parts we are happy to supply those as well.

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Pliko, a tool-free collapsible SEG fabric display.

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Mizo, a snap-together SEG display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGAM Interacts with Attendees at the SGIA Expo

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Ettiene, AGAM’s Vice President of the Western Region, shows an attendee how we used SEG fabric corners to create the hanging cube above our booth

During the expo, AGAM had the opportunity to meet hundreds of these attendees, ranging from exhibit builders to fabric printers. Many attendees enjoyed handling our extrusion samples and imagining the display possibilities.

Our newest extrusions, the FH1490 Extrusion, and the FH1490 End Plate, which are used to create seamless Silicone Edge (SEG) fabric corners, have many capabilities. As an example of AGAM’s newest extrusions, we created a standing cube display and hanging cube above our booth.

 

Thanks for Stopping By and Come Visit AGAM Today

AGAM Attended SGIA Expo 2011

Xavier, AGAM’s President, talks with attendees about engineering their design idea with the AGAM System.

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the Expo. If you were overwhelmed by all the possibilities of the AGAM System, we would like to invite you to come visit us anytime and take a behind-the-scenes tour of how we fabricate and manufacture our products. AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

 

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AGAM Honors Employees for 15 Years of Service

Happy 15th anniversary Debbie, Tamas, and Troy!

Fifteen years ago, after moving into a new, larger building, AGAM was looking toward expansion and growth. Debbie Seidlitz, Human Resources and Accounting, Tamas Kocsis, Vice President of Design and Engineering, and Troy Holland, Vice President and General Manager, were the driving force of leading AGAM into the future. Their outstanding character and professional quality held AGAM together through tough times.

AGAM Moves Forward Despite Tough Times

While business slowed, and times were tough when the recessions hit in 2000-2001 and 2007-2008, AGAM was able to come out stronger and ready to embark on a very long period of substantial growth.

Throughout the difficult times, the company always looked beyond the short-term, never losing faith in our collective ability to build a better future. Debbie, Tamas and Troy, the three individuals who have been with the company for fifteen years, have also been part of the driving force for the business. These three people continuously push AGAM forward through strong leadership and guidance.

New and Improved AGAM

Flash forward a few more years and AGAM has recently relocated to a bigger, better building of gigantic proportions. Our current space measures 110,000 square feet! That is three times the size of our old building. As our business continues to thrive, AGAM believes our organization is better than ever.

AGAM is now ready to embark on the next fifteen years of growth together. AGAM’s ability to listen to customers, adapt to new demands, design novel products, and to be a “people company” are keys factors in our driving success.

To thank Debbie, Tamas, and Troy for their many years of dedication and service, we celebrated their fifteen-year anniversary with an event of epic proportions! With a little creativity, AGAM was able to incorporate some of our products and extrusions in the celebration, giving the event a personal and unique touch. Below are some of the highlights of our festival!

AGAM employees made this from the AGAM system as part of the festivities surrounding the event.

One game that was played, AGAM Jeopardy with all questions focused around AGAM and it’s history.

 

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AGAM Makes Front Page of Exhibit City News

AGAM Makes Front Page of Exhibit City News

Photographed by Exhibit City News, AGAM’s EuroShop Booth

“No matter what vision an exhibit designer has for the layout of a booth, there is an engineered aluminum extrusion that can help bring it to life.” And that is certainly the case with the AGAM Aluminum Modular System. We proudly showcase concise elements of our exclusive sustainable modularity while excelling in creativity.

On June 30, 2011, AGAM was featured on the front-page of Exhibit City News, the nation’s magazines that solely focuses on the meeting, convention and tradeshow industries.

AGAM’s custom-designed booth for the global trade fair, EuroShop, also made an appearance in this front-page article by means of a photograph that was taken on the showroom floor in Germany this past spring.

Straight from the Source — Let’s Talk with President of AGAM, Xavier Decludt

The Q & A below is an excerpt from the Exhibit City News story that featured key professionals in the aluminum extrusion industry. Our very own President, Xavier Decludt, discussed the trends, technology, and benefits of extrusion-based exhibit systems. Let’s see what he had to say:

What are the benefits of using an extrusion-based exhibit construction system?

Decludt: Extrusions can be used to implement any design or feature element can be imagined and recent design trends are making it a sought after solution for the modular industry. Extrusion can be integrated into existing material and be added on for a larger booth. Another major benefit of extrusions is a much lower operating cost for material handling, labor and freight.

How has the integration of fabrics/graphics changed over the last five years?

Decludt: Many conventional graphics are being replaced by silicone edge graphics (SEG) and new extrusions are always in development. Fabric is lightweight, durable and portable, which reduces the amount of metal that is visible. When fabrics are folded, they take up less storage space. When this is combined with the slim profile of extrusions, exhibits become a lot easier to handle.

What new products and design solutions is your company offering?

Decludt: Pliko is a no-tool folding frame that features a minimalist design and clearly defined edges. The 108-inch by 92-inch graphic area maximizes graphic exposure and the slim frame structure virtually disappears.

We also have a new FH 1490 extrusion system that can accommodate graphics inside and outside the cubes. If you hang such cubes, you double your graphic exposure without any additional hardware costs, and if you suspend such cube, your free valuable floor space is available for product presentation and customer interaction.

We have also developed the FH hybrid system, which has the ability to use a fabric frame or convert it for to a hard panel without acquiring new aluminum.

How has technology affected the extrusion industry?

Decludt: We have invested heavily during the past three years in building, machinery, equipment and software. We are one of the very few manufacturers able to offer a wide array of services to the trade, with more than 50 machines under one roof. Our customers come to us with unique design requirements to stand above the crowd, and we are able to respond quickly and efficiently to most of their challenges, giving them the competitive edge needed in today’s market place.

Can an extrusion system be used to build just about any design a client is looking to create?

Decludt: Extrusions are not always the best solution to a custom design, but the modularity of Aluminum Systems reduces design and engineering costs, and time to market is essential – only a modular system achieves that.

AGAM System Provides Fast Customized Solutions

AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Raising the Curtain on our New AGAM Blog

Clap. Clap. Clap…We are proud to introduce and welcome you to AGAM’s blog.  Here’s where you’ll find the latest and greatest news on everything about AGAM – from new products and cool projects to interviews with AGAM employees (yes, there are wildly interesting people running around here).

Along the way, you’ll hear from many AGAM team members from several different facets of the company including our industrial designers, project coordinators/managers, multimedia specialist, marketing coordinator, production manager, vice president, and the president of AGAM.

We hope this blog will open the lines of communication with our customers, keeping you informed of AGAM’s ever-expanding capabilities and services we provide to assist you with your next project.

And of course, we’d love getting your feedback on AGAM and this blog — and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future.

So bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague or add our RSS feed to receive the latest news from AGAM.

Until next time …

Jen

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