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Balloon Walls & Graphics Made Easier & Faster

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Balloon Walls & Graphics Made Easier & Faster

Rouse Speed Graphics Alternatives to Precision Wall Techniques

by Graham Rouse

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“Making Things, Making Success  & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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Photo of Graham RouseINTRODUCTION

(1)  Do you build your balloon walls and graphics with a series of balloon garlands or balloon columns that are placed side by side?

(2)  Would you prefer to build those walls and graphics with half the number of balloons in half the time?

If so, you are in the right place!

 

COMPARE

Here are two balloon wall/graphics that look alike.  But!  You could build the one on the right in half the time and with half the balloons.

Picture of two "Tiger Paw" balloon graphics

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 double-ended balloons tied together in strings and then loaded into a Rouse Matrix framework (a Rouse Speed Graphic). There are no balloons hiding in the back, so you use only half as many balloons.

 

HALF  TIMES  5

With just a little imagination, you can see at least five ways this reduction in numbers of balloons will produce 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 room & fewer trips to carry balloons.

5)           Half as many balloons to dismantle, deflate & dispose of after your event means
—  Getting finished earlier.

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MAKING IT EASIER

Rouse Speed Graphics makes your whole project less complicated by reducing:    1) the number of balloons;    2) the number of assembly elements;  and    3) the number of construction decisions you have to make to complete your project.

 

1)     2  TIMES  EASIER  TO  HANDLE

  1. 504 balloons for the Rouse Speed Graphic
  2. 1008 balloons for the Precision Wall version

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2)     21  TIMES  EASIER TO ASSEMBLE

  1. 24 strings of balloons have to be prepared, kept and installed in proper order to build the Rouse Speed Graphic.
  2. 504 pairs of balloons have to be prepared, kept and installed in proper order to build the Precision Wall.

SPEED GRAPHIC ELEMENTS

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PRECISION WALL ELEMENTS

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3)     42  TIMES  EASIER  TO  ALIGN

A)  Rouse Speed Graphic strings  – 48 alignment decisions
There are 24 strings with 2 alignment decisions each.

1.  Put the string on the proper row.

2.  Start at the proper end.

B)  Precision Wall pairs – 2016 alignment decisions
There are 504 pairs with 4 alignment decisions each.

1.  Place each pair in the proper column.

2.  Place each pair in the proper stacking order.

3.  Properly orient balloons to the left or right side.

4.  Properly orient balloons to front or back.

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MAKING IT FASTER

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1)     “HALF TIMES 5”
(above) lists five ways you save with Rouse Speed Graphics.  Each of those ways includes savings of time.  Your overall project goes faster.
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2)     “MAKING IT EASIER” (above) lists three ways Rouse Speed Graphics uncomplicate your project, thereby also making it faster.
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3)     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.
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In this video clip Eduardo Seiti Yoshikawa loads a string of 52 Link-O-Loon 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.

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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 3 times faster when they use strings of double-ended balloons rather than pairs of round balloons.

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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 Link-O-Loons 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.

This is a stage backdrop bade with balloons and Rouse Matrix Builder frameworks at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005 by John & Johnna Perry

SPEED GRAPHICS – HANDS-ON -AUGUST 17, 2011
— For folks in the Lousville, KY USA area who would like to learn how John & Johnna Perry do this, they are offering a hands-on educational opportunity on Wednesday, August 17th. They have been using this technique successfully for years.
— They are eager to share this super fast way to build balloon walls with you!
— Contact Johnna Wright Perry through her facebook page or email her at johnna@52sweets.com .

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OTHER GRID PATTERNS

We have compared Rouse Speed Graphics with the “2 Balloon Duplet Square Pack” version of Precision Walls.  We call this version the “Honeycomb” version because it displays as a hexagon grid like bee hives. There are a couple of other popular balloon patterns associated with Precision Wall techniques.  We will publish ways to create Rouse Speed Graphic patterns similar to those  Precision Walls a little later.  Look for them here on Making It With Balloons Network (http://miwb.net).

Meanwhile,

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Precision Wall techniques have become popular, standard techniques since they were introduced by Steve Smith of Nashville, Tennessee in the USA a couple of decades ago.  Rouse Speed Graphics offers an easier and faster alternative.  It is an alternative that could well become the new standard.

 

OPTIMIZING YOUR SKILLS

As with any technique that is new to you, it will take a little practice to optimize your skills.  As you do get better, so will your efficiency and your profits.

Look for more blog articles, instructional posts, videos and classes for detailed training on Rouse Speed Graphics.  The basic process is straight forward, but there are tips, tricks and other details to get you to your best performance more quickly.  We look forward to sharing them with you.

One opportunity is coming up in Detroit, MI USA at the BALOONstitute convention September 20-22, 2011. A hands-on class on Speed Graphics is scheduled.  Check out BALLOONstitute convention plans at http://balloonstitute.com/2011 .

 

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 2011), 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.

For those of  you with a serious interest in the ins-&-outs of related Rouse technologies, here are relevant Rouse patent numbers and links to online copies of the patents:

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Thanks for reading/listening.  I am

Graham Rouse
Making It With Balloons Network
At http://miwb.net Your Resource Center For
“Making Things, Making Success & Making A Difference With Balloons”™.
© Graham Rouse 2011

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  1. Roger Fugii

    Thanks for post this wonderful material!!!I’ll visit this site every day for news!have a great weekend and God Bless you all greatly!

  2. admin

    Johnna Wright Perry
    — Thanks for the nice mention, Graham.
    — For folks in the Lousville, KY area who would like to learn how we do this, we’re offering a hands-on educational opportunity on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011.
    — Can’t wait to share a super fast way to build balloon walls!
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    — Contact Johnna Wright Perry through her facebook page or email her at johnna@52sweets.com .

  3. Mark Zettler

    Great stuff as always. It was such a treat (and honor) having Eduardo be part of the very first BALLOONstitute faculty last year in Las Vegas. So this year we are honored again to have you Graham and THE Queen Mary be part of BALLOONstitute #2 in Detroit, Michigan, September 20-22, 2011. Looking forward to working with you both once again and thank you so much for all your hard work getting our Web site up and running at http://BALLOONstitute.com/2011

  4. Mark Zettler

    And I forgot – you’ll be featuring a brand new product to the US in one of your classes…Introduction to Rouse Squared. MEET THE OPTIONS; HANDS-ON – Meet and get to know two brand new, square grid, balloon decorator systems and matching new techniques. One is soft. One is stiff. Both are square. They work together under three Rouse patents to place you on the forefront of balloon technology today.

    See more here: http://balloonstitute.com/2011/faculty.htm#gr-mqr

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