Adding Value Through Workplace Design

Imagine employees walking into your building excited to be there because the workplace environment inspires them.

Imagine leaving a lasting impression on clients and business associates because the hallways and conference rooms made them feel like they were working with a very special company.

Well executed environmental graphics add value to a business

Especially when they have meaning.

For example, a client of ours was planning to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their new office. To commemorate the new Buffalo office, they wanted to create a custom wall sculpture that would somehow reflect the region.

Through some research on the area we learned their new building was in the vicinity of the factory where the Curtiss-Wright P40 Warhawk airplanes were built by Rosie the Riveters during WWII.

Focusing on that bit of history, we built a custom wing replica with historical photos and content incorporated into the piece.

It is well made, serves a purpose, and serves to better the company’s impact on their visitors.

So the point is, the unveiling to the employees was a huge success because it will now leave lasting impressions on those who work at, and visit the office.

People lined up to read the historical information, view the images up close, and take photos of the piece. The client told us “Wall art is a hit…looks wonderful. We had about 50-60 people for the reveal. The Buffalo history is very popular for people taking photos. Awesome job and thanks for a great design.”

Why wouldn’t you want to keep your company in the forefront of clients, employees and associates minds? POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS ARE INVALUABLE.

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Stainless steel wing ready for rivets, above. Finished piece, below.

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3 things to think of when considering an environmental design project

  1. Establish the end goal

Is it wayfinding graphics to direct people? To educate, commemorate, or inspire visitors or employees? Looking to add a wow factor to make a lasting positive impression?

Whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish with your design project, be sure that it stays focused with the end goal in mind.

  1. Have the design match the goal

Make sure what you’re seeking solves the problems at hand. After all, design is creative problem solving and if the design doesn’t solve the problem of the initial goal, it’s a fail.

  1. Be sure the project can be accomplished

Work with an innovative group, like us, that will go the extra mile to get the job done. People  that research, explore unique ideas, and design custom pieces to make an impression.

Our custom environmental art pieces meet the specific needs of our clients. Each piece is unique and designed with the end goal and audience in mind.

To set up a consultation call contact us at hello@secretvalleylabs.com

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We all have a choice

preventionfocus-logoWe all have the ability to choose, yet sometimes positive choices aren’t always clear. Our client, Preventionfocus, is dedicated to helping adults and children make positive choices that positively impact their lives and the community.

We just launched their new website – the third site we’ve created for them to keep their online presence current – with the goal of clearly describing their mission and services and promoting their value. The challenge was how to succinctly tell their story of focusing on prevention while being a portal to crisis services for those in need.

We’re not done just yet. Next in line are feature videos and photos showcasing their clients and programs and coordinating social media for maximum community outreach.

Learn more about SVML.

 

It Feels Good When Things Look Good

Last night a few of us from SVML went to the Todd Rundgren concert. He looked and sounded great, the band was tight and energetic and the crowd was having a good time. We had a blast.

What really hit me was the evidence of Buffalo’s ongoing renaissance. Its once defunct waterfront looked alive and inviting. Historic buildings have been renovated and the fusion of old and new architectural elements is successful. The beautiful old cobblestone roads have been restored and new walkways and roads have been built where necessary. Brightly colored Adirondack chairs dot the green grassy park area. The sleek sailboats and colorful kayaks filled the river entrance to Lake Erie. And the bright flags emblazoned with the Canalside logo (which is nice) fluttered in the lake breeze.

Seeing all those elements come together as a fresh Canalside brand made it exciting to be there. You felt like you were someplace special, as though someone (or a lot of someones) cared enough to invest the time and money into creating a new identity and brand. If they cared enough to put forth this effort, then it must be worthy of taking part in. That’s the importance of a strong, well thought out identity. When it looks good it feels important. And that makes people feel good. When you make them feel good, they remember.

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