Pace Bus Uses Wall Graphics for a Fun, Creative Work Place


Creative wall graphics are a great way to create a fun and positive work environment. Gatesman designed a cool wall graphic for Pace Bus headquarters: a full-size bus which is wrapped around the door to a conference room. Active handled the production and installation of the graphic for Gatesman. (Read More)

Happy Holidays from Active!


We'll be closed December 25th and 26th for Christmas, and January 1st and 2nd for New Years. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Active!

Using High-Tech Printing to Promote an Ancient Art


Jim Bachor is a Chicago-based artist who works in mosaics.  He has an ongoing project to add some art to Chicago streets by filling potholes with mortar and installing a mosaics. Subjects of the mosaics can run from political figures to consumer brands.
Our client, Galambos + Associates, worked with Bachor to design a book showcasing these public arts projects. They were concerned that capturing the feeling and look of the mosaics wouldn't be possible.(Read More)

Helping Uber Drive Growth



In the eight years since its founding, Uber has already grown to nearly $6 Billion in annual revenues with operations in 528 cities worldwide. Crucial to Uber's growth is the recruiting and retaining of drivers.

To help prepare new drivers for success, Uber’s developed a series of driver education tools. Uber enlisted Active to help with the production and distribution of the materials to their American network. (Read More)

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)