Who are these guys??

Austin, TX Graphic Design

Explicit Graphics was founded in 2003 by freelance graphic artist Shaun Detmer. What once was childhood sketching has grown to become a cut-throat force of design prowess based in Austin, TX. Through years of trial and error, endless studying and research, and working with a wide variety of clients, Explicit knows what you're looking for in a designer, and knows what it takes to set you apart from the pack. If you're tired of the same ol' cheap VistaPrint products and "my cousin knows Photoshop" looks that don't give your project the shine it deserves - come play ball with us.

We've established key relationships with local to international printing facilities and supply chains to maximize your bang for the buck. We've also teamed up with some top level developers to create powerful web projects with unlimited potential. Get that big budget look and feel, that "wow" factor of commercial ad agencies, those business cards and flyers that actually convert a prospect into a customer, that website that actually works and shows up in search engines. All of this and more, at a surprisingly low cost tailor made to fit your budget.

The Goon Squad

Austin, TX Graphic Design

Shaun Detmer - Graphic Design

Shaun Detmer   //   
The one who started this whole shebang. Artist of many mediums from pencil & paper to the digital airbrush on the Wacom tablet to oil painting and all the way back to the spray can.

  • Owner / Operator / Champion
  • Expert in Branding / Color Theory / Print
  • Front End / User Interface Web Designer
  • Vinyl Graphics / Sign / Banner Installation

Andy Howard, Software and Web Developer

Andrew Howard   //   
Brought on in 2011 as an applications and back end developer. Knowledge base includes SAP, SageMAS, and general ERP/MRP theory. Graduating in Spring 2013 with a degree in C.I.S. and Business Admin.

  • Certifications in C++ / Java / DBA
  • Microsoft SQL / .NET / V.S. 2010
  • Standalone Business Applications

Ian Johnson, Senior Developer

Ian Johnson   //   
When the going gets tough, the tough call Ian. If there were a black-ops team of .NET developers, this guy would be on it. When you have a project that requires unreal dev abilities, our solution is a phone call away.

  • .NET / ASP / TFS / SDLC
  • Entity Framework
  • Sophisticated Web Applications

The Equipment

Austin, TX  Graphic Design Equipment

When it comes to equipment, we are firm believers in "you get what you pay for." In selecting our weapons of choice, compromise is never an option. Don't bring a knife to a gun fight!

  • Adobe Master Suite CS6
  • FlexiSign-PRO 10
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012

  • Wacom Cintiq Graphics Tablet
  • Way too many computers
Vinyl Plotters
  • Graphtec CE5000-120
  • Master 48 Vinyl Cutter

Wide Format Printers
  • Mutoh Spitfire 65 Extreme
  • Mutoh Valuejet 1614

While other printing companies have completely switched to laser or digital printing, we have remained committed to the superior quality of offset lithography for most of our products. We employ offset printers with high resolution 200 lpi (4800 dpi) screens for crisp, clear photos and increased color gamut. Our prints have rich, smooth solids without the streaking found in lesser quality prints. With offset printing your company image will look and feel more professional.

Our offset printing is done exclusively on using Waterless printing technology. We use Soy-based inks and waterless printing technology to reduce our impact on the environment. Waterless presses provide better image definition and a broader color spectrum when compared to standard offset presses. Further, it is a chemical-free process that requires less paper waste, so it is much better for the environment. We have a partnership with the only major printing company that exclusively uses waterless printing, a practice superior to conventional lithographic printing with regards to both print quality and concern for the earth. All of the paper we use comes from trees harvested under the Sustainable Forest Initiative. It is also FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) approved and processed without environmentally harmful bleach and chlorine agents. Our recycled paper is made from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that is PCF (Processed Chlorine Free) and Green Sealâ„¢ Certified. What's your current printer have to say about that?

What's good equipment if you don't know how to use it? We've mastered the presses and formulated the perfect color inks to breathe new life into every design we send to print. Your reds are vivid, your blues aren't purple, and your blacks almost absorb the light around them. Explicit Graphics' exclusive UltraBlaq™ ink formula provides the richest, darkest blacks in the industry, while retaining the ability to print fine details with no blur. We also are the first to bring Spot Gloss coating and Spot Foiling for business cards and flyers to Austin, TX. We keep overhead costs low and are able to offer more than any local printer you'll find, and in most cases it's cheaper than the prices they offer on inferior products.

We would love to put all of the above and more to work on your next project.

What do they say about us?

"Shaun knows what I need before I even finish my sentence. Our shop is dedicated to quality, so we expect the same from any of our vendors. Explicit Graphics meets or exceeds those expections on a routine basis. We're both in it to win it."
    - Hit Bhatpuria, Annihilator Customs

"Explicit Graphics has come through like a boss on even the wildest of requests. From full graphics on a car, to highly detailed accents on one of our wild audio installs - they've got this."
    - David Agenend, Sideways Autosalon

"From our new banners for the shop, to our super-slick new business cards, Explicit is the place."
    - Mike Lynch, Uprev Engine Management

"Our new logo and website provided a bold and refreshing look for our company. It allows us to truly represent ourselves as the innovative leader of touch technology."
    - Kelly Leff, Touch International

"The website Explicit has built was beyond our expectations. Super clean, user friendly, and makes our competition look like some real bums. We look forward to our next project with Explicit."
    - Gary B., TI-Pacific Limited