“2 STEPS TO EASIER & FASTER
WALLS, MURALS & GRAPHICS”
—— “JustRouseIt” ——
By Graham Rouse
“THERE HAS TO BE AN EASIER WAY!”
Have you ever thought to yourself, “There has to be an easier way to make these walls, murals and graphics than all the garlands and columns that I am using now”?
If so, you are not alone. And, the answer is, “Yes, there is an easier way”.
Here are two steps you can take to produce easier and faster walls, murals and graphics MadeWithBalloons™
(1) The First Step.
Build Single Layer Graphics MadeWithBalloons™
Here are two balloon wall/graphics that look alike. But! You could build the single layer version on the right with half the number of balloons in one quarter the time.
ON THE LEFT
The “Tiger Paw” on the left is made with balloon columns nested together (a Precision Wall). For each balloon you see in front there is a second balloon behind it that you do not see.
ON THE RIGHT
The “Tiger Paw” on the RIGHT is made with a single layer of balloons in a honeycomb (hexagon) grid. There are no balloons hiding in the back, so you use only half as many balloons.
A. 5 BENEFITS FROM HALF THE BALLOONS
With just a little imagination, you can see at least five ways this reduction in numbers of balloons will produce beneficial savings for you.
1) Half as many balloons to design, plan & prepare for means
— Fewer pages of drawings and instructions to make & follow.
2) Half as many balloons to buy, ship & store means
— Less money spent on balloons, shipping & storage.
3) Half as many balloons to inflate, size & tie means
— Less labor to do the job.
4) Half the space needed to gather, transport & display balloons means
— More working space for your crew & fewer trips to carry balloons.
5) Half as many balloons to dismantle, deflate & dispose of after your event means
— Getting finished earlier.
B. OPTIONS – SINGLE LAYER TECHNIQUES
There are at least four approaches to constructing single layer graphics MadeWithBalloons™:
Attach balloons to a backing surface or frame
Stick, tie or weave balloons together into a sheet
Push connected balloon through frames
4. Hold balloons in openings of grid frames
Each approach can bring you advantages from the list in “A.” above. All four of these approaches have a variety of options within them . But, only one option wins the prize for being the fastest for tight designs of 500 plus balloons like the tiger paw logo design in the photo above. We call that option the FAST technique or “Speed Graphics”.
(2) The Second Step.
“Speed Graphics” MadeWithBalloons™
A SPEED GRAPHICS DEMONSTRATION
Rouse Speed Graphics™ employs a patented system for loading balloons in grid openings. That system makes your project go even faster. Watch this 80 second video. It demonstrates just how exceptionally fast balloon loading CAN be with Rouse Speed Graphics.
In this video clip Eduardo Seiti Yoshikawa loads a string of 52 double-ended balloons into a Rouse Matrix Builder framework in 45 seconds. That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons per hour!
Another decorator using Precision Wall techniques, would have to load their balloons at a rate of 8,000 balloons per hour to keep up with Eduardo since it takes twice as many balloons to make the same graphic with Precision Wall techniques.
B. PRODUCTION SPEEDS
This demonstration by Eduardo is exceptional. We have found that rates of 1,000 to 1,500 balloons per hour for single rows of balloons is closer to a “normal top speed”. All of our tests, however, show decorators load balloons in Rouse Builder and Banner frameworks 2 to 4 times faster when they use strings of double-ended balloons rather than pairs of round balloons.
C. ANOTHER EXAMPLE
The picture below shows a stage backdrop at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005. It was designed and built by John & Johnna Perry of Balloon Designs by Up Up & Away Balloons in Kansas City, Missouri. I timed John working on the floor, loading a string of double-ended balloons into this backdrop, at a rate of 1200 balloons per hour. Rouse Speed Graphics is a technique John and Johnna continue to use to make their work go faster. It can make your work go faster as well.
D. THE FINE PRINT & THE FUTURE
This balloon display system is the patented invention of Graham Rouse and requires the use of Rouse authorized components. Currently (August 2015), in locations where USA patents apply, that means using official Rouse Matrix Systems frameworks with balloons of your choosing. This is subject to change, so do check back here on http://miwb.net, at http://www.rouseinternational.com or http://facebook.com/RouseMatrixPage for updates.
(3) The Summary.
Now you know the 2 steps to easier and faster balloon walls, murals and graphics.
First, use single layer graphics to cut your number of balloons in half.
Second, use official, Rouse Matrix, Expand-And-Load, balloon frames with double-ended balloons tied into strings to dramatically increase the speed at which you can load balloons into your designs.