American Diabetes Window Graphics

Challenge: Installing a 30-foot-long vinyl timeline graphic showing the history of the American Diabetes Association on a large glass partition in the association’s new headquarters 

Customer: Signs By Tomorrow – Rockville

Application: Window Graphic

Solution:IMAGin® B-FREE® JT5798M BF Dusted 3.1-mil matte translucent vinyl window film

Project Summary:

Signs By Tomorrow – Rockville, a 15-employee, family-owned business located in Rockville, MD, celebrated 25 years of business in 2017. Appropriately, they soon found themselves working with another local organization to celebrate history. When the American Diabetes Association decided to install a timeline showing their organizational legacy within a brand-new 78,000-square-foot headquarters in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA, they turned to SBT for their graphic installation expertise.

“The American Diabetes Association wanted to bring a bit of the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ when they moved into their new two-floor office space,” explained Lori Garber, Operations Manager & Senior Graphic Designer for SBT. “We were chosen to install a window graphic on a 30-foot-long folding glass partition between their conference room and breakroom that would depict the organization’s history through a visually appealing timeline. We then chose B-Free dusted vinyl bubble-free window film from Mactac®, as we have used Mactac products as our go-to standard for years. We knew the dusted vinyl look would work well for this project, and besides, Mactac’s product was more cost-effective than the brand the architect had initially specified for the project.”

One of the most challenging aspects of the project was coordinating the installation, as SBT employees were far from the only contractors working in the space. Various teams had to build the walls, install the glass partition and design the timeline before graphic printing or installation could even begin. Once the time came for the SBT team to spring into action, however, they printed the graphics in-house on its HP L360 printer and easily installed the IMAGin JT5798M BF dusted window film.

“By using Mactac vinyl, we were able to offer our customers a more affordable product, and we were very satisfied with the performance,” Lori Garber said. “It looked great! The American Diabetes Association team loved the timeline and feedback was all-around positive.”


Features and Benefits

How It was Utilized by

Signs By Tomorrow – Rockville


JT5798M BF is a 3.1-mil translucent, matte dusted, polymeric PVC film designed for solvent-based inkjet printing. The product is coated on one side with a microstructured, repositionable, permanent, clear acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive and is supplied with 80# Polycoated, layflat liner. The microstructured adhesive allows for the increased speed of dry application on windows with no air bubbles or wrinkling. It also eliminates the messy clean-up of wet-application fluids.

It was printed with a timeline showcasing the history of the American Diabetes Association and was then installed on a large glass partition between a conference room and breakroom.