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Graphicsland, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Tinley Park, IL. We started in business in 1973 and incorporated in 1979 as “Feil Productions, Inc.” During the 80’s we started using the trade name “Graphicsland” and changed our corporate name in 2008 to “Graphicsland, Inc.”
Here at Graphicsland we aim to make high quality graphic output available to the general public through innovative online design technologies, innovative order processing, and extraordinary customer support.
At Graphicsland we want to become the industry leader for online custom designed bumper stickers, the industry leader for online custom designed POP short term signage, and the industry leader for research poster printing.
We will empathize with each other and our customers in order to be better servants.
We will do everything more quickly than necessary.
We will keep our internal and external procedures and processes as simple as possible.
We will recognize outstanding performance in our employees and suppliers.
We will foster an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect.
We will remain flexible in order to meet the changing demands of the marketplace.
We will communicate openly and honestly with each other and our customers.
Meet our team.
President & CEO
Jerry is the president and CEO of Graphicsland Inc.
Sharon has been with the company (and married to Jerry) for 36 years. She oversees the bookkeeping & accounting activities.
Matt has worked for Graphiclsand for 14 years. When he is not overseeing the daily operations he can be found working with Jerry. Together they work on ways to streamline the company and come up with new products and ideas.
Director of Client Services
Will has been with Graphicsland for 4 years. Before joining our organization, he spent his days honing customer service/managerial skills at Starbucks and learning the value of being a self-starter in the Executive Recruiting world. His favorite things about Graphicsland include: the culture, the mix of skills on both the creative and business side that would benefit direct contact with customers. One of his fondest things about Graphicsland and one of the most stressful was when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012. There were dozens of packages that we knew would be delayed. So, before FedEx even notified us, we began going through all of our orders to see which ones were on their way to trouble areas. We then contacted the customers to get alternate shipping addresses and offered to reprint and reship their orders free of charge to ensure that they would get their orders as soon as possible. Looking back it was a great example of proactively working together as a team here to take what could have been a mess and turning it into a positive customer experience. One thing that on Will’s desk that he could not live without would be his Terry Redlin coffee mug.
Justin has been with Graphicsland for 5 years. Before joining our organization, he was attending school for graphic design. Justin was attracted to Graphicsland due to the multi-faceted environment that had an eclectic array of employees. Additionally, the dynamic culture that was paving way for future online customization and top quality printing was exciting to him. One of Justin’s favorite things about Graphicsland are the monthly marketing lunches. The one thing on his desk he couldn’t live without would be his speakers. They sing to him, literally.
Jessica has been with Graphicsland for 4 years. Before joining our organization, she was attending school full time and working in technology. Jessica was attracted to Graphicsland because she felt the experience would be a good addition to her degree. She enjoyed working here and has continued to grow within the organization. The one thing on her desk she couldn’t live without would be her computer, of course!
Murphy has been with Graphicsland for 5 years. He was in high school when he applied for a summer job and has been here ever since. Murph loves the work environment, atmosphere and people at Graphicsland. He has so many favorite things about working here and most involve around coffee. If you ever hear the coffee bean grinder running, you know Murphy is making it happen.
Sandy has worked for Graphicsland for 10 years. Before joining our organization, she had a background in banking.
Sign Production Manager
Tony has been with Graphicsland for 7 years. Before joining our organization, he went to school for Graphic Design and was a sandwich artist. Tony was attracted to Graphicsland when he saw an opening for a sign helper and he felt this was a perfect way to get solid hands on experience in the design world. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland was when he was promoted to Sign Production Manager. The one thing on his desk that he couldn’t live without would be pens. Tony must have 10 pens on his desk at all times because they go missing. He usually leaves them in his back pocket and they end up at his home.
Pre-Press Operator & Sign Associate
Matt has been with Graphicsland for 7 years. Before joining our organization, he worked as a Graphic Designer for several agencies. Matt was attracted to Graphicsland due to the close nit teamwork environment. He has enjoyed working for a smaller organization, allowing him to learn various jobs that he may have not been able to in a larger organization. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland was when we had a record year in sales. The entire company worked very hard and celebrating our achievements was rewarding. The two things on Matt’s desk he couldn’t go a day without would be the photo of his wife and daughter. They inspire him to work hard and do his best every day. Lastly, his bright orange coffee mug that supplies a good jolt every morning.
Before working at Graphicsland, Becka went to school and graduated with a Digital Design/Art degree. She was attracted to the company because of the opportunity to expand her experience in the art field, and the comfortable work environment is a big bonus. She couldn’t go a single day without her tea.
Sticker Production Manager
Drew has worked at Graphicsland for 12 years. Before joining our organization, he was a student at the American Academy of Art. Drew was attracted to Graphicslands great people, work environment, flexibility, location, ultimate room for growth and future development. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland is when we break production and sales records. For Drew, he keeps it simple and basically could not live without his desktop mouse.
Sticker Press Operator & Photography
Marty has worked at Graphicsland for 12 years. Before joining our organization, he worked in kitchens around the south suburbs as a sous chef. Marty was attracted to Graphicsland because he was looking for work in the graphic arts industry and the organization was close to home. One of his favorite memories at Graphicsland would be the Halloween parties every year. His desk at work is pretty barren but the thing he couldn’t go a day without would be seeing a photo of his daughter.
Sticker Press Operator & Design
Jeff has been with Graphicsland for 10 years. Before joining our organization, he was a full time student at a local university. Jeff was attracted to Graphicsland due to the proximity of his home and the hopes he could work for an exciting organization. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland has been watching the company grow into a printing powerhouse. The one thing on Jeff’s desk he could not live without, his computer, it’s where the magic happens.
Pre-Press Operator & Designer
Karen has been with Graphicsland for 4 years. Before joining our organization, she was working as a freelance graphic designer and stay-at-home mom. Karen was attracted to Graphicsland because there was an opportunity to learn multiple roles within a fun and creative organization. One of her favorite things about Graphicsland are the Christmas parties because they are always a great time. The one thing on her desk she couldn’t live without is her computer, of course!
Breyton has been with Graphicsland for a year and a half. Before joining our organization, he was going to school full time and working at a movie store. Breyton was attracted to Graphicsland due to the fun and friendly environment. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland was when we broke the record for the most orders shipped in a day (446). The one thing on Breyton’s desk he couldn’t go a day without would be his pen.
Luke has been with Graphicsland for 7 years. Before joining our organization, he worked for various groups in their technology departments. One of his favorite things about Graphicsland was when he upgraded from 2 monitors to 3! The one thing on his desk he couldn’t live without would be his MakeSigns.com putty buddy.
Front End Web Developer
Kevin started working at Graphicsland in 2014. Before joining our organization, he has a background in design and website development. Kevin was attracted to Graphicsland due to the atmosphere. The one thing on Kevin’s desk he can’t live without is coffee.
Back End Web Developer
Erik started working at Graphicsland in 2014. He has a background in software development and loves working with new technologies. Erik was attracted to Graphicsland’s awesome people and work environment. The items on Erik’s desk he couldn’t live without are his bobble heads.
Jess started working at Graphicsland in 2014. Before joining our organization, he has over twenty years of experience in Marketing, Merchandising, Education, Branding, Sales and Training. Jess was attracted to Graphicslands ample opportunity to grow as an organization. Additionally, he found working for a smaller organization appealing because Graphicsland functions as a family with integrity, care, passion and energy. The one thing on his desk that he cannot go without is the color orange. Jess is obsessed and everything from pens, post-it notes, notepads, sanitizer and more adorn his cube.
35 years of history.
In the beginning Graphicsland was started as “Jerry Feil Productions” in 1973 by Jerry as a college student. The first projects for Jerry Feil Productions were designing audio-visual training programs for a popular audio retailer as well as producing many radio and TV commercials. In 1978, Sharon and Jerry were married and the company was incorporated as “Feil Productions Inc.”
In 1982, we purchased our first office condo, located on Oak Park Ave in Tinley Park. At 1200 square feet, the condo seemed enormous. At the time, we only had one computer, an Apple II.
In the 80’s, we incorporated video production to our capabilities and expanded our technical training clients. We produced over 100 programs for Commonwealth Edison, including training programs used by all employees of ComEd nuclear plants.
The 80’s brought another innovation – computers. We began creating graphics and 35mm slides using computers rather than traditional typesetting and paste-up.
During the 90’s, personal computers were much more prevalent. Our customers were creating their own graphics using Harvard Graphics and PowerPoint and 35mm slides were widely used in presentations. We developed easy ways to send files via modem to us for converting into slides. During this time we started using the name “Graphicsland” while our corporate name remained “Feil Productions, Inc.”
Toward the late 90’s, as 35mm slides were on the way out, we saw business start to decrease and asked, “What do we do next?” Many of the slide service bureaus added wide format printing services to supplement their business. While pondering ways to bring wide format printing to the end user, we came upon the idea for a web site where you could interactively design your own signs and banners, and have them printed inexpensively with a quick turnaround. It hadn’t been done before, but we were able to create a software engine to create graphics instantly online. We launched a website called MakeSigns.com and went into business doing online signs.
The growth of the business in the 2000’s has been strong and steady. Associated markets include printing of scientific research posters for universities and hospitals. We’ve also developed marketing alliances with several franchise organizations, allowing their store owners to create custom promotional signs from corporate approved templates. We purchased additional office space in Tinley Park in 2001 and 2003. We purchased our own office building in 2005.
As we looked to utilize the online design software engine in other markets, bumper stickers came to mind. If there was a way to print a single bumper sticker that could survive weather conditions, there would be a new market. After a number of months of R&D, we finally figured out a proprietary way to print stickers, and launched Makestickers.com. This was right before 9/11/01. The events that have unfolded since then have caused Americans to be more vocal than ever in expressing their views. Many of them found our web sites and made their views known in the form of bumper stickers. Others have used our stickers to promote their band, school or business. A quirky little idea for an online web site has resulted in thousands of customers and the sale of millions of stickers.