Category Archives: fablon and vinyl signs

Race to the finish line

Over the last year we have been commissioned to create graphic artwork and print for many commercials. This one is a Virgin Train Commercial shoot at Olympic Park and Finsbury Park in April 2016, featuring our design on quite a large scale.
Here are some stills from the production and a few graphic design details and photos from the shoot.

Virgin Trains Commercial screenshot
Virgin Trains Commercial
Finish-line-stanchion
Graphic Design for Finish stanchion banner
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Designs for stanchion banners and barriers in shot
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Graphic design of all banners, barrier graphics and flags
barrier-graphic
Graphic design for 100 metres of barrier signage

Our client was the production designer Nick Foley-Oates, who initiated the layouts, which we took over and turned into the finished designs for the Start and Finish Stanchion Banners, Banners Flags and hundreds of metres of Barrier Banners.

As ever the time available for printing and finishing was compressed into a couple of days, so it really was a race against time to get them to the location for the shoot!

O2 – Be More Dog – Tail Wag commercial graphics

Earlier this year we were commissioned to design and print a wide range of props, signs and graphics for the O2 be More Dog commercial.

Here is a selection of graphic designs and stills from the production:

O2 commercial Odeon cinema visual
O2 commercial Odeon cinema visual
Still from production
Still from production
Mosaic sign design
Mosaic sign design for Butchers shop
Butchers shop sign at the location
Printed and mounted Butchers shop sign at the location

We designed and printed graphics for the van, Butchers Shop exterior and interior, Odeon cinema, Cafe Nero, Music venue and Italian restaurant.

Acme Graphics have supplied graphics props for commercials over the past 15 years.

Why is cut vinyl lettering referred to as ‘Fablon’ ?

We receive many requests to design and make ‘fablon’ signs, but the general term we use is cut vinyl letters for signs. So where does the confusion arise?

The free online dictionary has an entry for Fablon as:

1. a brand of adhesive-backed plastic material used to cover and decorate shelves, worktops, etc, and for handicraft purposes.

Which identifies Fablon as a brand name for sticky backed vinyl, it normally comes in decorative effect finishes like wood grain or marble. We use sticky vinyl from a number of manufacturers including Metamark, Mactac and 3M, but it is mainly flat matt colours, although we do stock metallic and frosted effect vinyl as well.

The artwork is created on the computer in Adobe Illustrator and saved as vector ‘outline’ paths. Then the design is sent to the vinyl cutter, the blade follows the path and cuts the lettering or design. We then weed out the unwanted part and apply the design to foamex or foamboard.

So that clears up the confusion, Fablon is vinyl, it is just one brand name among many that has become ubiquitous like ‘Hoover’ the carpet or to ‘Google’ something. Regardless of the definition, it is a fantastic material for making graphic props for film and television.