HOW Design Live Is Coming to Chicago!


Are you attending the HOW Design Live show? So are we! Be sure to stop by the Active booth in the Exhibit Hall and say 'hello'. We'll be showing some of the ways we've helped designers bring their ideas to reality.

Gmund Colors is Coming to America (and Active)!


The Gmund Colors paper system is now available! As part of the American debut, Gmund is hosting workshops in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. The Chicago event will take place at Active on April 4th from 5-7. Come out and learn about the colorful possibilities of this paper system, view samples from around the world, and meet Gmund paper experts.

Visit the Gmund web site to register.


Active's Handwork Team Helps Baker 'Put a Bow On' Their Sales Materials


 Active’s handwork team is available to help our clients with hand-folding & assembly, kitting & packing, and other labor-intensive operations. Their capabilities go far beyond these ‘simple’ activities though – they’re also able to provide the final touch that makes your project special. (Read More)

Happy Holidays from Active!


In honor of Christmas, we'll be closed on Friday December 23 and Monday December 26. We'll also be closed on Friday December 30 and Monday January 2. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

Unveiling Our New Cutting System (and other 'boring' but very important investments)!



An air of excitement and anticipation filled Active’s Cicero plant early one morning last month when a series of trucks pulled up to our dock. After months of anticipation, what was once only a dream was becoming a reality – our new Polar N137AT 200 Cutting System had finally arrived.

Ok…ok…we admit it. Installing a new cutter cutting system isn’t the most exciting news. It’s not something that normally leads to press releases. Regardless of how exciting we try to make it sound, most people have trouble even feigning interest. But this actually is a big deal. (Read More)

Environmental Graphics Help the Erikson Institute Build Their Brand.


Erikson Institute is an independent institute of higher learning focused on early childhood education and development. They’re celebrating their 50th Anniversary and using this occasion as a way to educate the community about their mission. For help, they went to our client, Liska + Associates.
Liska decided that one facet of the campaign should take advantage of Erikson’s location. Their Chicago campus is located on a busy corner in the River North neighborhood. (Read More) 

Turning Wedding Trolleys into a Hyatt Promotion - In One Day


 If you were in Chicago in October, you may have noticed some brightly decorated trolleys cruising around the downtown streets. The trolleys, sponsored by Hyatt, were ferrying many of the 30,000+ Chicago Ideas Festival attendees between different venues. (Read More)

American Crew Had an 'Impossible' Deadline...but Active Delivered.



American Crew, a division of Revlon Professional Brands, was excited about its upcoming marketing campaign and needed to introduce it at a meeting of senior executives. The goal was to build excitement for the campaign across the company in both their US and European markets.

There was a problem – time. Photography was not completed and the meeting date could not be moved. (Read More)

39 Feet of Tire Tread


When our client, Ideation Studios, was creating the interior design for Gerald Subaru they created an interesting graphical element for an especially long wall - a 700-inch tire tread on a partial brick wall.
Active produced the tire tread graphic using printed grey vinyl and install the 38-foot continuous graphic.  

Origami Meets Commercial Print


A Miura Fold is a Rigid Origami fold developed by Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura. The Miura fold was not developed for paper folding – it was for rigid solar panels with hinges. It allowed satellites to carry folded solar panel arrays which were quickly ‘unfolded’ once in orbit. A Miura fold allows a large surface to be unfolded and folded with a simple pull on the opposing corners.(Read More)