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“Surf the Musical” Launches Marketing Campaign for Vegas Production

May 9th, 2012 by Erin Peters
Surf the musical

“Surf the Musical” might be hitting the stage in Las Vegas this summer, but the ‘60s surfer love story has Coachella Valley roots.

Graphtek worked with the producer of “Surf the Musical,” a full-time valley resident, to create the original artwork and website for the highly-anticipated musical hitting the stage at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas June 11, 2012. The producer worked with our agency previously and knew our creative resources and capabilities would create the perfect branding for the production.

Even more important for our client was the ability to be involved. By working with a local marketing agency, our client was able to have the hands-on interaction that one only gets by working with a local agency. His creativity wasn’t diluted by emails or Skype chats. Instead, he could come directly to our office to work with our creative team, going from concept to implementation without delay.

Because of our client’s accelerated schedule, we had to move very quickly to get “Surf the Musical” ready for its summer debut. The artwork for this project needed to span the generations to bridge the gap between ‘60s music and modern times. Not only did our artwork need to be multi-generational, but it would require the versatility to work in a variety of formats, ranging from video displays to traditional print.

While the project originally explored using royalty-free images and photography for marketing, we quickly realized that neither would be capable of setting the right tone for the project’s ‘60s surf vibe. It soon became clear that original illustrations would create the ideal face for “Surf the Musical.”

The illustration also needed to encapsulate the laid back vibe of California beaches in the ‘60s, and we needed an illustrator with just the right style to bring the concept to life. With Graphtek’s vast network of creative talent, we were able to quickly locate the perfect illustrator for the project.

As we worked to evolve the concept into an illustration well-matched for the show, Brooke was born. From her blonde hair and blue bikini to her red surfboard and quintessential tan, Brooke is the epitome of ‘60s surfer girl. The illustrated Brooke is now the face of “Surf the Musical” and adorns billboards, taxi cab toppers , video screens and printed materials.

As the face of SurfTheMusical.com, Brooke can also be seen on the Graphtek-designed site. Graphtek’s in-house creative team also drew inspiration from ‘60s surf culture to develop the logotype, which incorporates surf-style lettering and a chrome finish. With a solid website and versatile artwork in its marketing arsenal, “Surf the Musical” is ready to hit the Planet Hollywood stage on June 11th.

From branding and artwork to web design and SEO, our one-stop marketing agency has the creative resources and marketing expertise to grow your business. Discover how Graphtek can fulfill your marketing needs by contacting us today!

BIGHORN Golf Club uses new technology with redesign.

March 16th, 2012 by Erin Peters
BIGHORN Golf Club

BIGHORN Golf Club, a gorgeous landmark located at the base of the mountains in Palm Desert, came to Graphtek Interactive for a website redesign. Their old site was created using Flash technology, which does not work with any mobile Apple products such as iPhone, iPod & iPad. They needed their site to be visually beautiful, yet functional across all platforms. Utilizing emerging technologies, such as a fully customized Content Management System (G|CMS) providing high level access to a broad range of media including high-definition images, responsive elements, dynamic content windows, custom video, and database connectivity to both members and non-members alike. Designed by Ed and Paul, implemented by Israel.

Database Dynamics launches new website designed and programmed by Graphtek

March 6th, 2012 by Erin Peters

Graphtek Interactive, Palm Desert, CA, is please to announce the launch of the Database Dynamics website. Designed and programmed by Graphtek Interactive, the new Database Dynamics website will be used as a an informational platform for casinos looking to increase traffic and cross-marketing opportunities within the casino itself. More specifically, Database Dynamics provides customizable and interactive gaming experiences targeting the interests of sports enthusiasts and Reality T.V. fans.

To learn more about Database Dynamics, please visit their new website now.

To contact Graphtek Interactive to learn more about their Internet design, programming and marketing services, please click here.

The Art Place in Palm Desert gets a site refresh

March 2nd, 2012 by Erin Peters
The Art Place Palm Desert

The Art Place in Palm Desert, famous for their monthly Art Walk’s, refreshed their site as part of their monthly G|ROI program with Graphtek Interactive. Part of our ROI program is evaluating the current website and it was time to refresh after reviewing our analytics. In this new design, we utilized rich colors and organized the site in an easy-to-use format where users can easily find what they are looking for and it highlights all the stores in the center. Designed by Paul and implemented by Chris.

Introducing the Graphtek Interactive Content Management System, G | CMS

February 29th, 2012 by Erin Peters

It’s a bird it’s a plane, no, it’s G | CMS

Our proprietary system, G | CMS is a powerful, scalable and customizable content management system that provides non-programmers a comprehensive set of tools to create, edit and manage pages on their websites. If you can send an e-mail…(read more)

Costa’s nightclub at JW Marriott Desert Springs launches new website

February 20th, 2012 by Erin Peters
Costa's Night Club

Costa’s, The Desert’s Hottest Nightclub, contracted Graphtek Interactive to create an interactive website that would allow users to sign up to be “on the list” and give loads of information on upcoming events as well as join the mobile club.  Designed by Paul and implemented by Israel.

I think I need a logo, so now what? Part 2 of 2

January 9th, 2012 by Erin Peters

A guide to understanding the role of a logo and choosing a logo design service that’s right for your business (cont.)

How does a logo get designed?

As mentioned earlier, the pricing structure for logo design services range greatly – this is due in large part to the professional reputation and experience of the design firm or design professional, in addition to the services provided during the logo creation process. In the logo design business, the expression “you get what you pay for” is true to a large degree. How much more you should pay for one service over the other is entirely up to you – and therefore it’s up to you to fully understand Read the rest of this entry »

I think I need a logo, so now what? Part 1 of 2

January 2nd, 2012 by Erin Peters

A guide to understanding the role of a logo and choosing a logo design service that’s right for your business

“Your logo is often the first impression made on a prospective customer. It’s on your sign, your business cards, your ads…it will literally be everywhere. If your logo isn’t making the right impression or is not resonating with your target audience, you could be hurting your business.”

Imagine for a moment that you’re thinking about having a logo created for your business. For the sake of argument, let’s also assume that you’re not a marketing specialist, advertising guru, or world?renowned graphic designer – and to top it all off, you don’t know a thing about the logo creation process. Where would you turn for guidance? Where would you start gathering the information you need to make an informed decision? Chances are good, before too long, you’d find yourself sitting in front of a computer searching every nook and cranny of cyber space for the Holy Grail of logo design.

On September 16, 2010 a Google Search produced 69,400,000 results for the search criteria “logo design service” – 14,700,000 results appeared for “logo design services” – “logo design agency” resulted in 8,430,000 results – and when the term “logo designers” was entered, 3,520,000 results were served up in a mere 0.19 seconds. Needless to say, unless your brain is a supercomputer, wading through 96 million search results is a daunting, if not impossible task – an abyss of information that’s likely to leave you baffled, confused and frustrated.

The purpose of this article is to empower you with information – to shed light on the role of a logo, its relationship to your brand, and what to things to consider when choosing a logo design service to fit your needs and budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Social Media Right for Your Business?

December 7th, 2011 by Erin Peters

Evaluate your resources and your audience.

In today’s always connected, always plugged in – and dare I say “status update obsessed” society – selling social media packages have become all the rage in the Internet marketing industry. The popularity and reach of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Foursquare (to name a few) have paved the way for a revolution in online marketing. Initially, a means to stay in touch with friends and family, social media sites are now being used as tools by Internet marketing firms to promote a client’s brand – to help sell their goods and services. In fact, a new industry of service providers has emerged to help marketing firms and individuals manage multiple social media efforts at the same time. While this evolution is great news for industries selling the dream of taking a brand “viral”, it presents an interesting question that Read the rest of this entry »

Productivity: What we’re using around the office – Nozbe

August 19th, 2011 by Mike Cheley

Like most organizations, the management and staff and Graphtek Interactive are always looking for ways to improve efficiency and workflow around the office. When we do stumble upon new technology or a service provider that makes life a bit more manageable, we feel it’s only right to share what we’ve learned with our clients and friends.

This month, we wanted to let you know about a Web-based time and project management application called Nozbe™. Whether you work independently or collaborate with a team, Nozbe can…READ MORE