3 Imaginative Trade Show Exhibits that Showcase Creativity and Craft

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Group Delphi’s clients are known for their caliber of creativity in their respective industries. This sets a high bar for the kind of exhibit designs our team needs to bring to the table. Fortunately, Group Delphi’s creative department is composed of an awarding team of artists and artisans who rise, time and again, to the toughest creative challenges.

Jelly Belly Showcases Sweetness

What if Willy Wonka took his factory and minimized it for easy transport from trade show to trade show? That’s one way to frame how we approached our work with Jelly Belly to create a nostalgic candy store for the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago.

Though the colorful candy showcase certainly was the main attraction, the durable-yet-lightweight structure became the star. Group Delphi created properties that were durable enough to withstand cross-country travel from show to show while housing the exhibit in our Fort Wayne, Indiana, location to cut down on transportation costs.

See our sweet work with Jelly Belly.

Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed

Fluorescent blues, greens, and yellows dot the landscape. Sea turtles swim and starfish spin in the otherworldly lighting. No, you haven’t fallen off a cruise ship — you’ve crossed over into the Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed.

Created for the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, we brought live animals and interactive experiences together in a 3,150 square-foot space. Group Delphi blended graphics, 3D-designs, and video to realize the vision of the museum, integrating extensive AV hardware systems — all while the rest of the aquarium remained open to visitors.

Dive into the Twilight Zone.

Monsters University Gets Schooled

When Pixar asked us to showcase their visual effects software Renderman for SIGGRAPH, we knew that we were in for a learning experience — literally. We created a theater set in a classroom at Monsters University, with a “chalkboard” playing Renderman for attending “students.” The space featured stone pillars covered in ivy, pun-filled collegiate flyers, as well as the popular humanoid eyeball, Mike Bukowski, from the “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University” movies precariously balancing it all. This creative classroom got high grades: we won Best Modular and Custom Exhibit for Design and Build, as well as Best Graphics in the Exhibitor’s Portable Modular Awards competition.

Tour the classroom — right this way.

Are your trade show exhibits on the petite side? Get creative with our guide on How to Make the Most of Small Trade Show Spaces.

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