Bischoff Design began April 1, 1988. It was a natural extension to the activist lifestyle led by Bill Bischoff during his high school days at Washington High in Fremont, CA. Bill was president of the art club in both his junior and senior years. In 1968, out of his desire to create visual graphics, he and several friends co-founded "Mirage", a light show to entertain classmates during high school dances.
Four years later, 1972, "Mirage" became "Mirage Entertainment" as a benefit show for a friend we had been injured in a car accident. After successfully raising $2500 for he medical needs, Bill and his friends saw the need to put together benefits for the Ohlone Veterans Club, Ohlone Jr. College Radio, and he United Farm Workers of America. Bay Area Acts hired included Elvin Bishop, The Sons of Champlin, Keith and Donna from The Grateful Dead, Country Joe, Quicksilver, Greg Kihn, David LaFlamme, Jane Fonda, Yesterday and Today, and Ron Thompson.
In 1997, Bischoff Custom Design won the Newark Chamber of Commerce Small Business award when he and his wife, Deborah, created and hosted the first Community Information Service Faire for non-profit agencies from Fremont, Newark, and Union City. The idea for the faire presented itself to Deborah and Bill when they were discussing how so many of their customers were philanthropic groups and how each could be of benefit to the other if there was a wayto make them aware of each other's services. Among accomplishing that, it also provided a place for the citizens of the community to gather under one roof and find out what services were available to them. With 57 different non-profits attending there was something for everyone. Among the groups in attendance were the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Tough Love, TriCity Eceology Center, Waster Management, The Lions, League of Volunteers, Await &Find, Senator Liz Figurosa, assorted City Council Members, and many other community groups.
Bischoff Design changed ownership in late 1999. In 2000, Bill and Deborah began Bischoff Custom Design and Screenprinting when they relocated to Modesto. They continue their sponsorship and support of 15 years for the TriCities Book Bucks program and 14 years for the Newark Music at the Grove. Over the past 7 years, they have supported or sponsored through discounts, labor, or donations local projects and non-profits, the Modesto Cattle Barons' Ball for 4 years, district school programs and clubs, several church fund-raisers, and continues this day supporting individual and community efforts to improve and enhance society.
Our client base has included Nordstrom, The Fremont Hub, Fremont and Newark Chamber of Commerces, NewPark Mall, Cisco Systems, The Argus & Oakland Tribune, numerous schools including UC Berkeley, Stan State, University of the Pacific, Modesto Junior College, Ohlone Junior College, and Chabot College.
As artists, Deborah and Bill continue to strive to improve their technological and artistic capabilities by trying to be 'the artists printers.' In 2007, Bill's design for Newark Days becomes the seventh successful design submission for their firm. Besides printing the tees and posters, in the past they have also created banners keeping in the designs theme.
Come in and see how they can create your next design, or as Bill likes to say, "Imagine With Us."