SERVICES KIT 2017
AKJOHNSTON is a personal signature that we place on our work that represents a higher standard for our diverse clientele. It is our ‘raised bar’ mentality that acclimates our clients to having greater expectations for design, service and integrity. Together, we partner with our clients to grow their business with ours, which has kept us thriving since foundation in 2008 by executive director and producer, Austin Knight Johnston.
T H E C O N C E P T, T H E V I S I O N , T H E B R A N D
With humble beginnings as a technical production firm, AKJOHNSTON Group has quickly became the 'go-to' for events and marketing campaigns with a vast range of design, creative, production and management services inhouse. Since its inception, AKJOHNSTON Group has expanded out of its original 900-square foot facility into 18,000 square feet of production facilities and Studio space. Its second Los Angeles office, opened in 2016, offers the ease of two doors located off the world-famous Sunset Strip for unparalleled access for its exclusive clients.
DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
Whether you are organizing a corporate function, preparing your next big marketing initiative or designing your next charity gala, our studio team specializes in impeccable luxury event design and superior project management. Event planning and production is our passion and our vast in-house resources allow us to deliver truly spectacular turnkey events and shows. Our creative team understands the need to conceptualize, design, produce and deliver world-class experiences, dynamic creativity with unparalleled service. Dedicated to ensuring the success of your unique event, our studio meticulously oversees every detail; from decor and lighting to audio-visual, even logistics and entertainment. Our studio can integrate seamlessly into your team to assist with everything from initial strategy development and research, to fabrication, installation and activation.
The creative idea mill at the AKJOHNSTON Group collaborates a team of designers from many disciplines to ensure that our thinking is out of the box, yet structured from an understanding of applied needs, experience and engineering. One source, many resources. Our firm is regularly called on by its clients to present unique ideas for brands, activations, events and trade shows both locally and nationally. Our maintenance of top-tier production teams and designers oversee every aspect of the entire process - from initial development and strategic planning, to concept design, rendering, drawing, and preliminary engineering - and through the actual production and execution, we handle it all. With all of these necessary resources in-house, our firm is able to offer a truly turnkey product to our clients. No worry. No hassle. We offer every in-demand service to meet our clients ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.
CONCEPT + EFFECT
Creating immersive brand experiences has become a key focus and talent of our firm, taking ideas, brands and products to a new level by reimagining the way consumers interact and connect with our clients. By embodying the brands image within every element of production, we are able to create unforgettable experiences and environments that create or enhance the synergy between your brand and the consumer. AKJOHNSTON conceptualizes and produces a vast portfolio of brand-sponsored experiences and events. Working side-by-side with our clients, our creative staff is able to take ideas from concept to reality with resources like printing, fixture manufacturing, production and rentals, in order to execute with absolute control to yield impeccable results on-time and on-budget. With additional focus on experiential marketing campaigns, our firm is able to create experiences that leave lasting impressions on your target market and clientele. Our cohesive approach to experiential marketing by offering both physical and digital platform experiences tailors each facet of your campaign to attract new interests and enhance the interests of an existing target market. By developing strategies and executing effective interactive branding campaigns, we are able to connect your consumer intimately with the core elements of your product or brand.
you truly were
TOO GOOD to us.
there is that we could have created the footprint that we did without your professional
M A R K E T I N G M A N AG E R
YOUR DEDICATION to the project and
S TAG I N G
Consoles, microphones, speakers
Decking, stairs, pool coverings,
Show drape, backdrops and
and line arrays all engineered by
runways and a variety of stock
canopies in a variety of sizes and
the best in the business.
F LO O R I N G
Conventional, LED, moving lights,
Full show furnishings and
Custom carpeting, hard floor,
key lighting and everything in-
chandeliers for corporate or
show floor and custom designs.
F LO R A L
Flat Screens, LED walls, and
Set dressing, light fixtures, trees,
Custom in-house centerpieces,
projectors, seamless switches and
foliage and practical props
floral structures, walls and
D I G I TA L C O N T E N T
FA B R I C AT I O N
Menu selections, client liaison,
Motion graphics, corporate videos
Fixture builds with in-house
budget management, on-site
and beyond-HD graphics.
wood, metal, print, sew and
LO G I S T I C S
Live events, film, television, photo
Digital photo booths, iPad kiosks,
Full vehicle fleet, freight
shoots and marketing.
touch screens and kiosks.
management and asset
C AT E R I N G
PRINT & CUT
For print, signage, graphics and
In-house large format, dye
Staffing, permits, plans and
sublimation and die cutting.
plenty of show support.
C R E AT I V E
PRODUCTION Projection & Display Technologies Audio/Visual (Live & Recorded) Broadcast (Web, Network, Satellite)
Staging & Set Design
Budget Management & Administration
Culinary Direction & Procurement
Video Production (Turnkey)
Venues (Sourcing & Procurement)
Security & Staffing
Contract Negotiations Decor
Design & Renderings Blueprints & Floorpans Corporate Identity Consultation Custom Fabrication Display & P.O.S. Design Decor
Event Design Event Rentals, Soft Goods, Expendables
C A PA B I L I T I E S
Fire & Safety (Permits & Approval) Graphic Design & Invitations Insurance
Experiential & Event-Based Marketing
Lighting Design & Implementation
Logistics (Trucking, Travel & Support)
Power Supply & Distribution
Brand Development & Positioning
Programming (Talent & Stage Management)
Red Carpet & Arrivals
Trade Events & Publications
Trade Show Displays
Graphic Design Interior Design Motion Graphic Design Production Design Project Management Print & Electronic Media Retail Store & Fixture Design Signage Design & Production Vehicle Wraps
Rigging & Infrastructure
…just wanted you to know how much I
APPRECIATED everything. I’ve worked with
BIG and SMALL and you definitely to me today.
STOOD OUT. CEO
Having worked with top tier talent, AKJOHNSTON specializes in VIP artist procurement and management focusing on creating the perfect sound and feel for your event. With a wide network of exceptional artists, we can assist from the contract negotiation to day of VIP talent services.
Kesha Steven Tyler
Sir Richard Branson
George W. Bush
The Dalai Llama
Florida Georgia Line
Dick Cheney Colin Powell
Jamie Lee Curtis
Queen Noor of Jordan
Alanis Morissette Deadmau5
Kaley Cuoco Taylor Dayne
I N F L U E N C E R S & TA L E N T A C Q U I S I T I O N
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Creating a fresh and bold menu that blends seamlessly with the feel of an event is a true art. With an eye for detail and vast culinary knowledge our team will help select an exquisite menu that embodies the style of the event and excites the palette. Having worked with many menu styles and parameters our team will advise on the most suitable choices for your guests count and event type, we will act as the liaison between entities to ensure the flow of service is perfectly coordinated and flawlessly executed.Â
‘CARRY’ BY AKJOHNSTON
Working with countless companies and brands we develop uniquely-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts that speak directly to you, your client and your brand. Focusing on an elevated experience for the recipient with a tailored brand-driven esthetic, each gift is the ultimate in luxury that will leave a lasting impression. We start by fully understanding your vision to ensure each of our recommendations speak to the story the gift is telling. We then fashion a one of a kind piece with refined branding and carefully crafted details for a polished finished product.
A K J O H N S T O N R E N TA L S
Creating an iconic event begins with iconic style. With a sophisticated eye AKJOHNSTON Group has curated a robust selection of timeless furniture and dĂŠcor focusing on an upscale esthetic to fit a wide variety of corporate events. Transcending styles, we can compliment any event dĂŠcor with pieces from our collection, creating a cohesive and tasteful overall look and feel. Our inventory features pieces from designers such as Kartell, Herman Miller, Eames, Knoll and many more.
L A R G E F O R M AT & DY E - S U B P R I N T I N G
AKJOHNSTON’s in-house print and cut department supports a variety of different aspects of each of our projects. From die-cuts to large graphic fabric stretch prints, our facilities can accommodate a vast range of custom print needs. AKJOHNSTON offers the following in-house services for clients:
P R I N T C A PA B I L I T I E S
Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) | Fabric LED Light Boxes • Banners • Barricades • Canvas Prints • Floor Decals • Posters Standees • Wall Coverings • Window Clings • Die Cuts • Retail Signage • Outdoor Signage • Event Signage • Trade Show Banners • Vehicle Wraps
From conventional to crazy, we can build it! Â With full-time skilled trade carpenters, metal and acrylic craftsmen and a dedicated fabrication facility, we are able to build small and large sized assets from props to tours, buses to shipping containers, full sets to individual scenic elements.Â
C U S T O M FA B R I C AT I O N
Quick. Light-weight. Budget-friendly. Moddim three-dimensional panels fasten together to create a truly unique backdrop solution for all your show needs. Debuting in six bold patterns, the 18â€? matte finish tiles create a stunning design element on their own, or extraordinary effects can be produced by integrating theatrical lighting or video projection. Scalable for any size venue or function, Moddim has the flexibility to be used in scenic elements. With an option to be painted for a more permanent set, the possibilities are truly endless with the newest addition to both audio-visual and special event industries.
B R A N D S T H AT T R U S T U S
Hoag Hospital Foundation Humane Society of the United States
American India Foundation
Richard Nixon Library
Boy Scouts of America
Shady Canyon Golf Club
LG Louis Vuitton
March of Dimes
Ernst & Young
University of California
University of Southern California
Venetian-Palazzo Las Vegas
Össur Americas Paul Frank
Westmont College WeWork
SELECT CLIENT LIST
With a vision to create world class experiences that seamlessly blend design with technology, AKJOHNSTON Group Founder and CEO, Austin Johnston has been a transformative force in revolutionizing the experiential marketing and event production industry by large. Stemmed from an uncompromising entrepreneurial instinct and personal style, Johnston has built a firm in less than a decade that focuses on innovation, quality and design in balance, which has quickly earned a world-class client list and countless industry accolades and awards.
AUSTIN K. JOHNSTON, FOUNDER AND CEO
Armed with a personality and experience with technical production and lighting, Johnston set out in 2004 founding an event lighting, audio and video company, leading it from small business into nearly 100 events annually. Following the sale of the business in 2007, Johnston set to design and integrate systems for attractions and theme parks for a major national firm. Gaining experience with themed entertainment clients in Orlando and California, Johnston returned to his ‘calling’ by founding AKJOHNSTON Group in 2008 to offer a broad range in-house capabilities list with delivered with distinctive class and character. With the industry taking note, Johnston has been named as a top influencer in our industry by Collinson Media, he has earned an influencer in Orange County nod, named a top 40 Under 40 Innovator and has engaged and hosted keynote speeches nationally for CMP accreditation, for Microsoft Small Business and Hilton Worldwide.
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BEAUTIFULLY with grace,
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