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What are Plinths, Pedestels and Podiums?

Many customers don’t understand the terms plinth, pedestal or podium, and we’re often asked to explain what we mean.  It’s understandable as they’re quite similar really but used in slightly different ways.

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The Plinth 

Technically speaking, a plinth is a heavy base supporting a statue or vase.  Consider for a moment those statues you’ve seen in museums and grand homes featuring perhaps a king or queen set in marble.

In the world of Display, a plinth is a simple stand onto which a product might be placed as a means to display it, draw attention to it or place it at waist height.  Display plinths tend not to be heavy, unless they need to carry a heavy object or because they’re made from timber for aesthetic reasons.  Our basic plinths weigh just a few kilos each, but will support over 70kg in weight themselves. 

Displays 2 Go - Plinth timberAs these plinths get bigger and higher, then they also serve as a desk or small demonstration table.  As part of an exhibition kit, these plinths are often placed at the front of the stand as a meet-and-greet station.

Displays 2 Go - Anchor Exhibition stand with plinths

At Displays 2 Go we have a whole range of these plinths, made from various materials and in various sizes and configurations.

If we look at what materials we use, you have the option of covering your plinth with a branded wrap, usually made from graphic vinyl and attached to the plinth using hook and eye velcro.  This is a cost effective solution but the vinyl panel needs to be stored carefully and can suffer from wear and tear quite quickly.  These basic plinths are made from 5mm extruded polypropylene, whilst the tops are made from 12mm melamine mounted to MDF.

The next option to consider is a fabric based plinth.  These feature a 360 degree fabric wrap placed over a lightweight frame with a solid top.  They’re washable, super lightweight and last for years.  They fit into a small case so they’re easy to transport as the plinths fold flat and require no tools to assemble.  Often we sell these as part of a total fabric based exhibition solution, including a branded SuperWall at the back and then these plinths with a consistent complimentary design.

If the plinth is not going to feature high impact graphics, then we also stock a range of timber, glass, mirror finish and acrylic plinths, plus options to light an acrylic plinth to really stand out from the crowd!

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The Pedastel 

The pedestal tends to be a number of plinths working together, either joined or placed next to one another.  For instance, Displays 2 Go offers four plinths at differing heights which together make up our Staircase Display Pedastel, or a number of hexagonal plinths which fit together to form the Hexagon Pedastel.  The pedestal is perfect as a walk around display, in a window or against a wall.

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The Podium 

Sometimes the pedestal is not very high and is designed to be a branded box to stand on.  We call these podiums, and we can create these for events and media moments too.  We can make them any size and with specific branding that you require.

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At Displays 2 Go we can custom build any design you require,  so give us a call and let our expert team guide you into what would best suit your campaign.  You could also take a look at our Pinterest showroom for more ideas and images.

 

 

 

Fabric Displays – Can you tell the difference?

fabric_1Fabric display systems not only set the benchmark in flexibility and portability but give an exceptional finished appearance that is second to none.

Fabric displays have been used at the majority of trade shows in the US and Europe for many years. It’s fair to say that in the Southern Hemisphere we’ve been a little slow to take up this wonderful technology, but we have certainly caught up now and the industry has seen an explosion of ideas and design concepts.

At Displays 2 Go we believe the concept represents a genuine revolution in portable display and we would like to share with you the key benefits.

Portability

Who needs an exhibition stand that is heavy and cumbersome to move, takes hours to put up with boards and panels and comes with a book of instructions? No thanks! As an example of the new wave of portable displays, our SuperWall is built with simple, light weight aluminium tubing that’s incredibly strong. It’s also a snap lock system that folds up into a bag and is easily transportable. The fabric graphic slides over like a pillow case and presents superbly.  You can throw it in the back of your car or take it on the plane as carry-on luggage. Watch this video to see how easy it is to construct.

Seamless

Mainland Cheese RoadshowBeing fabric means the graphics do not need to be printed onto separate board or panels.  Instead, a huge graphic can be printed and supplied in one large piece – with no seams!  Anyone with experience in exhibitions or visual merchandising will tell you how time consuming and cumbersome it can be trying to line up separate graphic pieces to achieve a seamless display.

 

Light Reflection

You arrive at the exhibition show and are quickly taken to your spot which is right next to a bright sunny window. Your initial thoughts are “great, some fresh air” but as you start setting up you realise that you cannot even read the company logo due to the light reflecting off your stand! Well, luckily this is not the case anymore as fabric displays have the added benefit of minimal reflection of lights and camera flashes so they are very versatile and can be positioned in a greater variety of environments than traditional stands.

Re-skinning

Re-skinning an existing fabric display is simple to do and very cost effective. Simply unzip or otherwise release the original fabric and replace with a new skin, keeping your content up to date and fresh. You can even print different messages on each side, so no need for your stand to be shy and pushed against a wall; enjoy the freedom of exhibiting in the best areas, not merely the areas that are suitable for your stand.

Weird and Wonderful Shapes

funky fabric structure 1The beauty of fabric displays is that they can be used in all manner of shapes and sizes, from portable plinths, to tables, and other massive display structures.  They can even be used to disguise unsightly hardware you may need to hire for an event. If you have an unusual shape that needs branding, then Lycra fabric could be the way to go – its stretchiness and ease-of-use means it can be cut-to-size and wrapped around almost anything.

 

Print Quality and Colour

D2G - Dye Sublimation2Using fabric allows the user to access print technology known as dye sublimation, which can deliver extraordinarily vibrant, impactful graphic reproduction. It’s perfect for throwing in your washing machine as the inks are permanently part of the fabric, making it both colour fast and colour safe. Dye sublimation uses water-based inks, and fabrics are up to 90% recycled, making it one of the most eco-friendly display solutions available.

Damage

When products leave our production workshop we know they may need to withstand some harsh treatment, and that’s where fabric can be your friend. It will not peel, scratch or dent in the same way traditional graphics can, meaning it can withstand a high level of mistreatment from your staff or freight forwarders without compromising the finish of your display.

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Most people have a pre-conceived notion when it comes to the the word LYCRA, but this is simply way off the mark these days.  Sure, cyclists in Lycra don’t necessarily show off the fabric to greatest effect but portable displays in Lycra are another matter entirely, and the colour reproduction on this fabric can be stunning. Our Lycra skins are designed to slide over our range of pedestals, portable tables and towers, giving our clients the flexibility to change the graphics on-site and in seconds! Lycra is not only stretchy and very hard wearing, but it’s very easy to use and gives an exceptional finished appearance.  It’s so good that you probably would not be able to tell the difference between traditional display boards and a Lycra display. Take a look below – which one do you think is Lycra?

 

 

Lights, Exhibition, Action!

D2G - Lighting Exhibition StandWhether you are planning a new design for your exhibition stand or you just need to update your old stand,  lighting should be an important consideration. It is a flexible sales tool that can not only influence where people look but how long they stay on your stand.

There are some that say proper lighting can increase awareness of your exhibition stand by 30-50%.  Strong lighting works like a beacon to draw people in where as soft lighting can be seen as more ‘relaxing’, a place where you can sit and learn more about the product.  The important thing is to know what message you are trying to portray and what feel you want on your stand. It maybe that you have different areas that require different lighting so make sure you design the stand to suit your needs.

D2G LightsIt’s not only the intensity and brightness of the lights that can have an affect on atmosphere but colours are just as important to evoke a mood. A strong white or yellow light shouts “look at me” whilst a blue soft light can say “come and talk to us” have a coffee and a chat! In a crowded, competitive exhibition hall you’d be surprised how much impact you can create with good lighting.

You can also use your own lighting to neutralise the effect of natural light shining through a window.  The most common time this can be an issue is when you have a display that backs onto a window on a sunny day, causing light to pass through your graphics and compromise their appearance. You can use your own lighting to shine on to the display, and thereby neutralise the effect of the light through the window; provided your lights are stronger, the problem is immediately eliminated.

Top Tip

Don’t solely judge your lighting by looking at your stand from 10m away. It’s good to get in there, walk around your stand and experience it.

Your decisions around lighting should be made with your audience in mind. A young crowd will expect a more daring approach compared to an older, more traditional audience. Our Plinths with Lighting are really effective and with  a click of a button you can change the colour and mood of your display instantly. However,  be aware of sensory overload – you don’t want to drive people away after you have worked hard to draw them in!

Types of Lighting

We found some really useful tips from Kaitlin Colston, on her hello endless.com blog,  which we’d like to share with you.

Spotlights

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Spotlights are brilliant for providing a focus on key messages and drawing attention to products. Use them to create a ‘hero’ element within your stand whilst also creating light and shadow thereby giving visitors a more dynamic and dramatic visual experience.

Soft Lamps

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Use soft lamps and more ambient light sources when you want to create a warm inviting atmosphere, that encourages your visitors to relax and talk.

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Use up-lights to create atmosphere and provide some perimeter lighting to create depth and interest. If you have a colour theme, then consider using the up-lights to emphasise and compliment your theme. Up-lights are an effective way to create that ‘WOW’ factor.

Gobo’s

A gobo is a beam of light with a metal stencil over it that creates a pattern. They can project any pattern or design or company logo. Project gobo’s onto walls, ceilings and floors to add visual interest and create a dynamic atmosphere.

D2G - Gobo Exhibition

Light shows

Grab attention with a light show where a number of lights constantly move or flash in a repeating sequence. This can be a dramatic way to herald an awards ceremony or speeches – a dramatic way to quieten a crowd and build excitement.

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Electrics and Current Draw

Working out your electrical needs can be really hard. You’re expected to know what you want when you book your stand, but things change and you may need to make changes when you enter the exhibition hall. Suddenly everyone’s talking amps and volts and none of it seems to make any sense! At Displays 2 Go, we understand lighting and we understand electrics. Let us help you define a lighting scheme and then work out how much power you need on your stand. Our service-led approach means we can complete the paperwork for you and work with the exhibition organisers to ensure your stand is perfect.

We have a full range of LED lighting so we can reduce your amps consumption and keep the on-site electricians happy. We also stock a wide range of other lighting options including the Circular Tower Pop-Ups to make sure we create the effect you require.