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In our screen-obsessed society, it's no wonder that many marketers are incorporating multimedia elements into their exhibits. After all, sometimes all a design needs to stand out on the trade show floor is a wee bit of wizardry that positions the company as cutting edge – or complements its high-tech offerings. So to help you conjure your own creative concoctions, EXHIBITOR assembled six projects that no doubt caught the eyes of passersby. These multimedia models should give you insight into how to add some modest movement, a little light, and a sprinkle of magic to your next exhibit.By Linda Armstrong
PHOTO: Padgett and Company Inc.
Cisco Chandelier Exhibitor: Cisco Systems Inc. Show: Cisco Live Design: Mirror Show Management, Webster, NY, 585-232-4020, www.mirrorshow.com
Acting like a massive digital homing beacon for Cisco Live's nearly 30,000 attendees, this overhead lighting element was visible from across the hall. Comprising 24,000 glittering LED orbs, the "chandelier" was paired with rows of LED light rods that radiated dynamic patterns of color.
PHOTO: Michael Taft Photography
Wonder Wall Exhibitor: Faraday & Future Inc. Show: International Consumer Electronics Show Design: Pinnacle Exhibits, Hillsboro, OR, 503-844-4848, www.pinnacle-exhibits.com
This video viewing gallery served as a mesmerizing back-drop to Faraday & Future Inc.'s FF91 prototype coupe. More than 200 LED tiles comprised the ambient structure, which featured colorful, computer-generated patterns that danced behind the car and referenced the technology within it.
PHOTO: Cole Group Inc.
My Dear Watson Exhibitor: IBM Corp. Show: Radiological Society of North America Design: 3D Exhibits Inc., Schaumburg, IL, 800-471-9617, www.3dexhibits.com
IBM Corp. erected six 20-foot-tall, L-shaped elements to help convey the concept of cognitive pathways in artificial intelligence systems and draw connections to its Watson-related offerings. The ever-changing array of colors and patterns drew attendees' eyes and feet to the space.
PHOTO: 2LK Design Ltd.
The Writing's on the Wall Exhibitor: Royal Bank of Canada Show: Sibos Design: 2LK Design Ltd., Farnham, United Kingdom, 44-1252-727-727, www.2lk.com
Hoping to communicate key words from its mission statement, the Royal Bank of Canada opted for this integrated system of concealed lightboxes embedded in a central wall. The lights switched on and off in programmed sequences to highlight verbiage on the structure's surface.
PHOTO: Las Vegas Event Photography
Light Show Exhibitor: CenturyLink Inc. Show: Channel Partners Expo Design: 2020 Exhibits, Houston, 713-354-0900, www.2020exhibits.com
CenturyLink Inc. employed an irregularly shaped LED header to garner attention from aisles away. While the 6-foot-wide band offered a looping video, the structure underneath continued the light show via 12 light-embedded support beams and 192 illuminated tube-shaped fixtures.
Projection Driven Exhibitor: Epson Europe BV Show: Integrated Systems Europe Design: Messebau Tünnissen GmbH, Kranenburg, Germany, 49-2826-9045-0, www.tuennissen.com
To illustrate the brightness and versatility of Epson Europe BV's new laser projector, designers mounted a Formula One car to an exterior exhibit wall. The vehicle served as a dimensional surface for projection-mapped content, including videos, color washes, and more.