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Five more ways to stretch even a large project budget

In our last blog, we shared five ideas that could help you get more from your next project budget. In many cases, a simple adjustment can save your client some serious cash or create enough savings to fund some additional elements that will take your design to the next level.


The first five ideas we shared were just a start, so let’s cover five more that can help you save money without sacrificing impact. Some of our clients with projects upwards of $80 - $100 thousand have used these ideas for great outcomes.


1.      Consider the viewing distance.  


To create the highest-quality large format prints, we slow the print speed to ensure the sharpest application of ink. However, if you have a project that’s only visible from a great distance, it may be completely acceptable to raise the speed of printing. You won’t notice any difference in final results once they’re displayed, but you will notice a difference in the cost. If you’re at all worried about the outcome, we can always create a sample for an on-site check.


2.   Eliminate the second side.


Free-standing signs or design elements are typically printed on both sides. However, if those elements are positioned in a spot where the backside gets little or no viewership (think of signs close to a wall or exit door) it’s a smart budget move to simply skip printing the back and let the clean substrate stand on its own.


3.   Build in extra time for shipping.


If your schedule allows, padding the time needed for shipping will pay off budget dividends if there are any last-minute production or delivery issues. If you do run into a delay, it can save any costs associated with rush-charges and installation rescheduling.  We always place an AirTag tracker in our shipping containers as well – it’s just another way to add some “timeline insurance.”  


4.   Never skimp on site assessments or press checks.


Even seemingly straightforward projects hold surprises. Invest in site assessments that include exact measurements and clearly identify every site barrier or room element that needs to be factored into the design, such as outlets, odd angles or uneven surfaces. If you don’t have a reliable source for site assessments, your printer should be able to perform them or provide an in-market recommendation.


5.   Choose the appropriate stretcher.


We always place printed canvases on high-quality stretchers for the best stability, and many of our clients prefer thicker sticks to create the depth they like. However, if you can accept a thinner stretcher bar – again depending on location and display time – this can be an acceptable way to trim your expenses. And if you don’t know the kind of stretchers your printer uses, be sure to ask.


Whatever project you design, your printer should be able to provide additional cost-saving ideas beyond the basic ten that we’ve shared. New techniques and technologies are always being added, so keep asking questions. Budget concerns and cost saving ideas should always be part of your planning stage – and if it’s not being included in the discussion, don’t be shy about bringing it up!




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