Surfaces on Aluminum Design Blog

Dress Up Brushed Aluminum with Patterns Simple brushed aluminum provides a classic and clean look for decorated trim as well as nameplates and brand identification. While this is attractive, there is opportunity to capitalize the surface area to include intricate patterns and finishes. This opens ...
One Die, Three Distinctly Different Aluminum Trim Designs Automotive Aluminum Trim Design Inspiration Our Design team collaborates with OEM designers to bring their ideas and inspirations to life. Such is the case with the center stack consoles of the Volvo V40 series. While each shares common ...
This series of finishes features contrasting finish combinations brought together to create unique aluminum surfaces. The combination of black and silver in this series presents a high end look that is accented with inlaid border and bead effects. Intricate details are enhanced by the application ...
This particular finish features the juxtaposition of surfaces in order to create a customized aluminum finish.
Custom Patterns Many times a background pattern is specified based on its structure and how it works with the rest of the design.  Perhaps a linear or dot finish helps to blend the aluminum nameplate or trim with the product housing.  There are times, however, when a standard structure just doesn't ...
   
This aluminum trim piece features a brushed background with a decorative graphic that appears to be inlaid. The graphic is achieved by using selective engine turn. This creates an elegant look that dances with the light. The image is offset by a subtle printed drop shadow giving even more visual ...
This week, Gerald R Hoerres, the Graphic Arts Manager at Northern Engraving, is sharing the steps of pattern creation and the joy it has brought him to be involved in the process. There are several methods to design a pattern for aluminum, but this is one example that stood out to Gerald.
Organic finishes are a diverse category of patterns taking inspiration from nature, handcrafted surfaces and modern graphic effects.  Linear structures are popular as well as large scale graphic effects.  Random, imperfect and irregular details add interest to the surfaces which work well with the ...