KgraphXDesigns Inc.

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"Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries."

-Neville Brody

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ID Craze

Posted by k on January 17, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I have always been fascinated with IDs. In high school and college, I look forward to receiving my school ID. Now that I am in a position to actually make one, I am thrilled to share the ID designs I make. What makes it more fun is the fact that I can actually produce the ID I design. We recently invested on a business package for printing PVC type IDs. This includes a laminating machine, ID cutter and PVCs. Our new pigment ink printer is a great match. Here are some of the ID designs I produced recently.

While I produce IDs, the selling point here is still the design. The latest design I made was from merely a lowres logo of the client. There is so much challenge in making this one. First I had to reproduce and make a high resolution copy of the logo. I am so tempted to remake it. I could not. The logo is a really old one that the client would rather keep. After making the hi res copy, I used the color scheme from the logo to make the theme for the ID. Some parts of the logo were also used to come up with the design. Another great output from us yielding to another happy client.

We bought a new toy

Posted by k on January 9, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Printing has never really been part of the vision when I put up KgraphXDesigns. It has always been all about digital designs. But these designs look good too when printed. And so naturally we would get a printer.

Our first one was Brother DCP 195C. It was a 3-in-1 printer-scanner-copier that was just being introduced back then. The inks were costly, although among the competitors, Brothers' was still the cheapest. I had to have the printer convert to continuous ink supply system (CISS). Maybe the CISS then was not as good as it is today that in only after a few months, the black ink got clogged. We then purchased a better CISS dye ink printer in Epson T13. This was among the standard business ink printers at that time. I chose dye ink over pigment because of my fear of clogging the printer head again. I sticked to the instructions of regularly printing and cleaning the head. With some googling I was able to make the printer last very long. it is still operational upto now after over six years. But the print today fades off quickly. It also cannot tie up with the ID/bag tag printing package we purchased recently. Hence, the decision to buy a new printer. Our new printer is another Epson: the L360 3-in-1 printer.

It is good to know that this CISS printer is not a "converted" one, because Epson itself provided for the CISS bins. I saw from the box that the inks are cheap at 200+ pesos per bottle, but actually this is still a bit costly for my standard. Anyway I had to make sure that I can use the new printer to showcase our designs in IDs and now even in shirts so I chose to use pigmented inks for our new printer. Pigmented inks fade way longer than UV dye inks. Pigmented inks are necessary for PVC ID printing and tshirt printing (to guarantee longer life).

The salesman explains that pigmented inks are not necessarily winners in terms of printing. Dye inks in fact produce more vivid output. I noticed this the first time I tried printing on our new L360 printer. The output is lighter. But ofcourse all it takes is adjustment in the design to cope with this little shortcoming. I am all in all very happy with this new buy. Our designs will certainly stand out through this new toy.

Revisiting my gadget history

Posted by k on January 5, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I made this poster some three years ago to feature some of the mobile phones and gadgets I have acquired since I was capable of purchasing my own goodies. Forward to today, I cannot anymore tell how many and which gadgets I have had in all. They say technology changes in a fast pace. This is so true. I used to wonder how the mobile phone companies of the past two years earn despite the tight competition. But the number of companies even grow. People are really into new gadgets.

I had my gadgets replaced before to purchase new and better ones. But after some while I lost the meaning in getting something slightly better than what I have. Maybe it goes with age. As we age we seek importance and do away with the superficial. Today, the gadgets I have are as follows: (1) a dual core Acer laptop that I use for digital and print designs; (2) a Gionee Elife 5-inch octacore smart phone that I use mainly for taking pictures; I share this one with my wife too; (3) and a MyPhone bar cellphone I got for 499 pesos. That is my mobile phone.

I won a smart phone last Christmas in our raffle. It is a Cloudfone with very basic specifications but still a smart phone. I chose to give it to my mom instead of using it over my bar cellphone. The reason being I do not have a need for the features other than sms and call capability and long battery life. I am happy with my MyPhone.

How many gadgets do you have? I still see myself getting new ones in the future but for now I use my gadgets for what I need them for.

KgraphxDesigns looks promising this 2017

Posted by k on January 5, 2017 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

2016 was a good year. It was very good. Anytime there is demand for design it is good because I know something wonderful is coming out of the new requirement. Among the great works from 2016 were posters from our usual partner, the JAG Center for Professional Development. The company is based in Bicol but distance was never in the way of our partnership. We have provided good posters that made wonders for the their business. Another regular client for the year 2016 is PAREF Southridge School. I am personally thrilled that KXD have influenced the school so much this year and it has effected in positive ways. There have been less "bad graphics" in the school this year. Before 2016 ended, there is MM2P foundation to wrap what has been a big year. The end of the year signaled the start of new partnership with MM2P.

What makes 2017 exciting is our venture to new tools. Before the year ended, we bought this ID printing business package that makes us produce bag tags and IDs. While there are many similar businesses around, ours are a couple of notches higher in terms of quality because of the designs we provide. In fact, I bought the package not for the production of ID itself but the promise of more designs that now will reside outside of the digital screen.

We are purchasing a new printer soon. This will allow us to transfer our designs permanently to the tags and IDs, and even to shirts. I have only thanks to everyone who continue to appreciate our works. We promise just better designs soon.