Bringing Home the Rockies

Bringing Home the Rockies

We’re a product design company that designs and manufactures custom products for brands all over the world. We partner with companies of all sizes to help them create products for their marketing and gifting needs.

Every year, the Boise Ad Federation holds the Rockies, an award ceremony that celebrates achievements in art and design done by companies and individual creatives in the Treasure Valley. Winners can win a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award for each category, and categories include everything from printed campaigns to video content.

We love doing great work for our clients, regardless of whether we win awards or not, but when these amazing projects do win awards, it’s the icing on the cake! This year, our projects for these companies located in Idaho won 2 gold awards and 3 silver awards. Keep scrolling to see some snapshots of these fun projects!

Gold & Silver Award: Mill 95

Project: “We’re Here for the Hops” Sales Collateral (gold) and Illustrated Poster (silver)

As a hop producer, Mill 95 plays a crucial role that many are unaware of outside of the industry. To help with this, they wanted to design a set of branded print pieces that would create brand awareness and be cool enough to be kept around after the job of educating the consumer was done.

This is why we created a poster that illustrates (literally) the process of producing hops. From receiving the bales from the farm to distributing them to craft brewers, the poster encapsulated the important pieces of the process in a way that many breweries would display as a cool poster. This piece truly shows Mill 95’s expertise and authority in their field.

Gold Award: 44 North Vodka

Project: Seasonal Point of Purchase Merchandise

44 North Vodka needed a series of custom products to promote their Idaho-grown vodka to consumers during the upcoming winter. These product giveaways consisted of snowboards, shot skis, neck gaiters, and beanies. An on-brand, winter-themed design delivered an aesthetic that created desirability while also conveying that 44 North Vodka is an Idaho-grown company that produces its vodka right here in Idaho.

Silver Award: Micron

Project: Employee Holiday Online Store

What’s the most efficient way to give your employees a holiday gift? Well, when you’re a global company with thousands of employees, the answer is an online store! This store allowed Micron to easily and efficiently give their employees access to a selection of awesome products that would be delivered straight to their door.

Silver Award: J.R. Simplot

Project: Avocado Week Kit

Every year Simplot celebrates “Avocado Week” where the sales staff does a big push to sell all of their avocado products. To help motivate and inspire their sales team, we teamed up with Simplot to create an avocado themed product kit. The kit included an avocado shaped notepad and branded pen, an embroidered hat, custom card deck, and an avocado themed box to package all of the items.

Transitioning Back to Office Life

Transitioning Back to Office Life

WHAT TO DO WHEN WFH BECOMES WFO (WORK FROM OFFICE)

For many of us, working from home has been our reality much longer than we ever anticipated. With that, we’ve developed new rhythms and routines that don’t include an office, a commute, or our coworkers. However, now that companies around the world are beginning to move their workforce back to the office, we all have the great challenge of transitioning back–but that doesn’t mean we have to leave all of our work from home perks behind. Check out the list of products below for some great ideas on how to help your team transition back to the office with maximum success.

1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

We all love being able to control the noise level of our environment, whether that’s complete silence or some fun music. With these headphones, you can tune everyone out while tuning into your focused workflow.

2. Slippers

After nearly a year of fuzzy socks and blankets, working from the office can feel a little … chilly! Keep your feet warm and cozy up with these stylish slippers perfect for the workplace.

3. Desk Plant

It always helps to have a little nature within reach, and a desk plant is the perfect way to do this. Air plants are low maintenance and require very little watering, making them the perfect desk companion.

4. Planner

Now that we’re all back to juggling multiple responsibilities with school, work, and vacations, the right planner makes tracking all of these dates easy! Plus, we can customize your journal with dates, reminders, or quotes perfect for your team.

5. Zen Stacking Stones

We all need a break sometimes! Relax your mind with these fun stacking stones that also help build your focus. That’s what we call a win-win!

To order any of these products for your team, contact us at (208) 996-0906. Need more product inspiration? Check out our last new product blog post with more ideas for you to look through.

Project Highlight: Champions Gym Pitch Kit

Championing a Successful Sales Pitch

Client: Sony Pictures Television

Services used for this project: Ideation, Creative Design, Fulfillment and Warehousing

We’re a product design company that designs and manufactures custom products for brands all over the world. We partner with companies of all sizes to help them create products for their marketing and gifting needs.

Pitching an idea for a new TV show is a daunting, pressure-filled task. It requires you to be able to cast vision for the show and also sell the idea that a particular network should invest money into making the vision a reality. So, what do you use to tell the story? A pitch kit, which is exactly what we built for the sales team at Sony Pictures Television to pitch the idea for their new show, Champions Gym.

The show was a comedy in the same vein as The Office, but with a fitness twist. As this was being pitched to various network executives, we had to create a kit of products that would relate to the fun spirit show and be usable beyond the presentation. The final kit included practical items like a gym towel, spandex shorts, workout tank, pen, fanny pack, water bottle and wrist weights, as well as items that played into the comedic nature of the show like a medal, a mint tin with a steroids-parody label, sticker, and temporary tattoos. A video brochure was included so the recipient could watch a fun clip about the show any time before or after the pitch. All of the items went inside a custom box with a magnetic enclosure. Funny gym photos were laid out across the inside of the box to help illustrate what the show is about.

After the boxes were done, we shipped them internationally, making sure to get them to Sony’s sales associates in time for their meeting. As these meetings were held virtually due to the pandemic, our final touch for their presentation was creating custom Zoom backgrounds. From creating product to building custom graphics, we provided support to Sony’s team at every level.

Spring Forward into a Summer Filled with Fun

Spring Forward into a Summer Filled with Fun

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THESE WARM DAYS IS JUST A PRODUCT AWAY

As the chill in the air subsides and brings warmer days, we’re all thinking about the good times ahead. Whether that means putting together a fun outing for your team or running an initiative to encourage your employees to be more green, you’re going to need some branded products! And if you’re in need of some inspiration, like we all are from time to time, then check out the list below.

1. Hydroponic Garden

Within this small pod is everything you need to start growing your own herbs hydroponically. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or completely new to growing things, this product will be a welcome addition to your home.

2. Reusable Produce bags

Have you ever gotten home from the grocery store and been shocked to see how much plastic and packaging is used on even the smallest piece of fruit? These reusable produce bags are the perfect solution to help cut down on waste. Made of a soft cotton, they’re easy to stash away but are also strong enough to hold over 6 lbs of potatoes!

3. Hammock

Relaxing anywhere is only 2 trees away with a hammock! Lightweight and packable, you can truly bring this product with you anywhere you go whether that’s high in the mountains or right in your backyard.

4. Cold Brew Maker

Warm days mean cold coffee! And if you’re looking for a nearly foolproof way to make great coffee from home, this cold brew maker is perfect. Plus, it comes in multiple sizes, so you can get one for the workplace, as well as your home office.

5. Picnic Basket

Upgrade your next trip to the park with this picnic basket. Whether your meeting with clients or treating your team to a day out, this basket has all of the space you need and includes a cutting board, silverware, and a wine opener.

To order any of these products for your team, contact us at (208) 996-0906. Need more product inspiration? Check out our last new product blog post with more ideas for you to look through.

Project Highlight: Simplot Avocado Week

The Freshest Avocados on the Block

Client: J.R. Simplot Company

Services used for this project: Creative Design and Warehousing

We’re a product design company that designs and manufactures custom products for brands all over the world. We partner with companies of all sizes to help them create products for their marketing and gifting needs.

Every year, Simplot celebrates “Avocado Week.” This week-long event is a time where their sales staff pushes their best-selling and new avocado products. To help motivate and inspire their team members during the event, Simplot wanted to create a kit of products that their people would utilize during the week.

We collaborated with Simplot to create an out-of-this-world avocado illustration that embraced the fun spirit of the event. The branded products included an avocado-shaped notepad, a branded pen, an embroidered hat, a custom card deck, and an avocado-themed box to package the items.

This kit was a fun, creative gift for their internal team, and the high quality of the items ensured their use well after the event was over.

5 Products You Need for your Next New Hire

5 Products You Need for your Next New Hire

WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

A new hire, whether it’s someone right out of college or a seasoned career pro, means that a lot of decisions have to be made. You want to make sure that you do everything in your power to make sure they start off their first day on the right foot.

Well, that’s where we come in! We know exactly what products you should get for your new hires to kill it on their first day! From a branded sweatshirt to keep them warm or a smart notebook that can easily transfer their notes to the computer, these products make it easier for them to focus on what matters in their new role.

1. Portable Charger

For better or worse, technology is a necessary part of just about every job. This portable charger has all of the cables you need in one place! Now you have access to power for all of your devices wherever you go, even if that’s just your couch. (We see you, WFH peeps!)

2. Smart notebook + Pen

Have you ever had a favorite notebook that you wish you could use forever? Well, now that dream is a reality! The Rocketbook notebook has pages made of a special material that allows you to write on them, scan those notes into your favorite app using your mobile device, and then fully erase the page with a damp cloth. Environmentally friendly and futuristic? We’re sold!

3. Cotopaxi Backpack

With one-of-a-kind colorways, Cotopaxi backpacks are the next bag your collection needs. Each bag in their Del Día line is hand assembled with unique color combinations that flow from the creativity of the worker who builds them. In a world filled with uniformity, Cotopaxi shows that you can break the mold and still stay on-brand.

4. Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt

The Reverse Weave Collection by Champion is a nearly century-old line made of fabric that is cut on the cross-grain. This means that the garments in this line don’t shrink vertically and stay true to length. With special details like double-stitched seams and mobility panels, these garments are pieces that combine style and comfort, lasting for years to come.

5. Phone stand

How many times have you tried to prop up your phone while doing something, and it immediately falls over? That frustration is eliminated with this sleek phone stand. From video chatting to turning off your alarm in the morning, this stand makes accessing your mobile device easy!

To order any of these products for your team, contact us at (208) 996-0906. Need more product inspiration? Check out our last new product blog post with more ideas for you to look through.

Project Highlight: Utah State University Graduation Kit

Celebrate Good Times … At Home!

Client: Utah State University

Services used for this project: Creative Design, Manufacturing, Shipping, Fulfillment, and Distribution

We’re a product design company that designs and manufactures custom products for brands all over the world. We partner with companies of all sizes to help them create products for their marketing and gifting needs.

In 2020, colleges and universities had to figure out how to educate students remotely. With in-person ceremonies cancelled, the staff at these institutions had to figure out a way to make their students feel celebrated from a distance. Our solution to this problem was a graduation in a box.

Utah State University (USU) came to us looking for a completely custom graduation kit to send to their students. We worked with them to develop a series of products that included a pop socket, license plate cover, sticker set, and more. Each item was fully branded to match USU’s colors and featured unique illustrations. They also included hashtags on a few items to encourage students to share photos of their kit and thoughts about the experience on social media.

Once all the pieces were selected, our logistics team took care of receiving the items, packing them into kits, and shipping them to the students’ doors, so USU’s staff didn’t have to worry about a single thing.

These photos were shared on Instagram using the hashtag #USUGrad2020.

What was the outcome of this initiative? Check out the following testimonial about these kits from our client:

The graduation kits have been so well received by our graduates, and they are often referenced by administrators as the type of effort that we should all be aspiring to as we strive to reassure our students that their experiences matter to USU.

The quality was excellent, and your guidance to ensure we selected meaningful gifts was invaluable. I really appreciated your advice and willingness to work within our budget constraints while still producing a quality product. And when our timing was tight, you found solutions that met our deadlines.

During a time of so much uncertainty and confusion, it was wonderful to have a reliable partner. I always knew that I could count on you to respond and give honest feedback.

I continue to receive positive feedback from graduates, their parents, and the campus community. I’ve even had some current senior students and their parents indicate they might prefer a graduate kit to a traditional commencement.

New Products to Reach Your Goals

The Perfect Products to Help You Crush Your Goals

NEW YEAR? NEW PRODUCTS TO MAKE REACHING YOUR GOALS EVEN EASIER

It’s a new year, and everywhere you look, someone is trying to convince you to uproot your old ways and start some new healthy habits. While we’re definitely in support of health, we know just how difficult it can be. That’s why we believe that incorporating new things into your life should be as seamless as possible. And these products help you do exactly that!

1. YOGA MAT AND FOAM ROLLER

It’s easier to stick to your fitness goals when you have great equipment. A quality yoga mat and foam roller are two important pieces to help you exercise and recover well. Plus, with simple branding added, you guarantee that whoever uses these items will think of your brand fondly when they look back at the progress they’ve made.

2. SHAKER BOTTLE AND WATER BOTTLE

Staying hydrated and energized is super important whether you’re getting ready to start a workout or just want to live a healthy life. With these branded bottles, you have the option to fill them with pre-workout, a protein shake, or just plain H2O. The choice is yours!

3. RESISTANCE BANDS

Lightweight and easy to use, resistance bands are a great way to increase the intensity of your workouts from anywhere. They’re great for beginners and pros alike as they come in a variety of strengths. Plus, they’re inexpensive which makes them a great tool that nearly anyone can have access to.

4. WATER FILTER

Although water is highly accessible in most areas of the world, the quality of that water is another story. With a quality water filter, you can remove dirt and toxins from your drinking water in order to keep yourself healthy.

5. GOALS JOURNAL

One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to get organized. Though this may seem like a daunting task, with a goals journal, it’s easier than you think! With this product, you can take organization one day at a time and focus more easily on what needs to be done. You’re one step closer every day!

To order any of these products for your team, contact us at (208) 996-0906. Need more product inspiration? Check out our last new product blog post with more ideas for you to look through.

Name Brand: The Enemy of Intangibles

Name Brand: The Enemy of Intangibles

From click to ship, we design, manufacture, and deliver custom branded products for brands all over the world. We partner with companies of all sizes to help them create products for their marketing and gifting needs.

We are thankful for every company that chooses to partner with us, and we wish we could feature every project we work on! However, in the spirit of brevity, we decided to compile a few to give you a snapshot of what this year entailed. We’ll continue to feature more of our favorite projects in future blog posts, so stay tuned!

Project Highlight: Sony VIP 90s Throwback Kits

A Throwback to the Classics

Client: Sony Pictures Television

Services used for this project: Ideation, Creative Design, Shipping, and Fulfillment

We take a creative approach with solving problems for brands looking to grow. From individual products to full campaigns, we make it happen.

Sony wanted to celebrate their classic shows from the last few decades in a premium gift that would go to their VIPs. The challenge was finding a way to bring these shows together in a cohesive way through design and product selection. Though each show was released in a different era, we united them using a “throwback” theme and pitched a kit that included 90’s-themed candy, a RetroViewer with reels, and a decorated box. These items gave recipients strong feelings of nostalgia while also highlighting the shows that were featured.

After the items were chosen, our team began design the box, RetroViewer, and reels using their assets. The challenge was taking these already-designed pieces and merging them into a new format. By doing our research and understanding the needs of the client, we gave them a kit that blew their socks off. The box and reels featured images from the shows, so the recipients felt completely immersed in the experience of these classic titles.

These kits impressed the sales and marketing staff to a degree that had not been done before. Our client raved about how well-received the gifts were and how well it made them look to other departments at Sony. In the past, these teams have been disappointed with the quality their vendors have provided them. In comparison, the quality of our kit stood out so much that they decided to partner with us more in the future. We love when we’re able to make our clients look good.

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