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New Proposal Stresses “Economy of Language” to Save Printing Costs

Published April 1, 2014

Last week, the mainstream media were abuzz with the results of a new study—conducted by a 14-year-old-high school student—that found that the U.S. Government could save $400 million by switching typefaces from Times New Roman to Garamond. While the results of this study have not gone without legitimate criticism, that hasn’t stopped others from proposing initiatives that would save the government even more money through changes in typography.

 

Signs of the Times—and Times of the Signs: Countdown to the International Sign Expo 2014

Published March 28, 2014

The ISA International Sign Expo 2014 is coming to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this April 23–26, with educational and networking sessions starting on the 23rd and the trade show itself starting on the 24th. (Each year, the Sign Expo alternates between Las Vegas and Orlando.) Some new features of the show debuted in Vegas last year, and will thus be new to an Orlando—and thus a largely Southeast U.S.— crowd.

 

Premium Content ...But Is It Art?

Published March 7, 2014

It was a sunny morning Southern California. An ocean breeze was blowing in from nearby Redondo Beach, and as the freight train next door—the bane of our existence—clattered endlessly and rattled the building, we gathered in the first floor conference room of the Torrance offices of Micro Publishing News magazine to evaluate the hundred or so submissions to what, back in 1999, was our Seventh Annual Digital Art contest.

 

Premium Content E Pluribus Unum: “Butterflies & Buffalo” Project Uses Wide-Format Graphics to Document and Celebrate American Cultures

Published February 10, 2014

In this age of poor-quality cameraphone images and unflattering “selfies,” it’s easy to forget how powerful high-quality, professional photography can be.

 

Premium Content New CapEx Report Shows Substantial Interest in Investment in Wide-Format Capabilities

Published January 30, 2014

Our own Dr. Joe Webb has just published the results of his latest survey of commercial printers and their planned investments for 2014—Strategies for Management’s 2014 U.S. Commercial Printers Capital Investment Survey and Forecast.

 

Premium Content Phoenix’s AZ Pro Uses Vehicle and Fleet Graphics to Keep on Truckin’

Published December 16, 2013

From so simple a beginning. Avondale, Ariz.’s AZ Pro Signs and Graphics, based just outside Phoenix, started nine years ago with a 21-inch plotter—and has seen no less than double-digit growth every year, even during the recession years.

 

The Importance of Data in 1:1 Marketing and Variable Data Printing

Published December 5, 2013

Richard Romano joins us from the Xerox Gil Hatch center where he talks to Shelley Sweeney, Vice President of Service Bureau and Direct Mail about the importance of data in 1:1 marketing and VDP and how to market it.

 

Interstate Graphics Feels the Heat with New Thermoforming System

Published November 20, 2013

At the SGIA Expo in Orlando several weeks ago, EFI garnered a Product of the Year award for its GS Pro-TF thermoforming system. Interstate Graphics Inc. (IGI), based in Machesney Park, Ill.—just outside Rockford—was the first company to install the GS Pro-TF.

 

Graphics Canada Marks Its 50th Anniversary By Looking to the Future of Print

Published November 18, 2013

Graphics Canada is held every two years and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, says Dan Mustata, show manager for Graphics Canada, “we’ve brought together more features, more conferences, and more colocated events than ever.”

 

Strategic Content Imaging Uses Automation and Production Inkjet to Live Up to Its Name

Published November 13, 2013

It’s less about belts and gears and more about software,” says Ron Diaz, press operator at Secaucus, N.J.’s Strategic Content Imaging (SCI), summing up what he sees as one of the primary differences between digital production inkjet and traditional offset printing. “We have to move four gigabytes of data in a very short period of time.

 

SGIA Wraps Up Successful Orlando Expo

Published November 6, 2013

At the beginning of day one of the SGIA Expo, SGIA President Michael Robertson had announced a pre-registered attendee count of around 21,000. By Friday morning, the third and final day of the Expo, the count had topped 22,400.

 

Soft Signage: Ready for the Mainstream?

Published October 25, 2013

Digital textile printing began in earnest in the 1990s, but technology, market, and supply chain challenges have kept it from going truly mainstream. However, all of these challenges—technology, market, and even supply chain—are gradually being overcome, and digital textile printing.

 

SGIA Highlights the "Shining Star" of the Printing Industry—Day 1: The Quickening

Published October 24, 2013

Day 1 of SGIA and WhatTheyThink is on the ground in Orlando and Richard Romano has you covered with the latest from the show as we kick off what is said to be near record crowds.

 

HP's Joan Perez Pericot on their Latex series and the 3000

Published September 26, 2013

Joan Perez Pericot, Category Manager for HP Scitex, talks to Richard Romano about the success of their Latex Series and their newest addition - the 3000.

 

Wide-Format Goes Mainstream at Print 13

Published September 20, 2013

Wide-format printing has always been an endeavor for the highly creative, and it would be hard to find someone more creative than Armstrong.

 

Dave Lewis of Prolist on Their Success in the Mail Service Industry

Published September 9, 2013

Dave Lewis, VP or Sales and Marketing at Prolist, speaks with WhatTheyThink's Richard Romano about their business and their success in the mail services business and relationship with HP and MCS.

 

Lisa White of Think Ink on their broad ink selections

Published September 6, 2013

Lisa White, General Manager of Think Ink, talks to Richard Romano about their ink portfolio, working with HP, and the MCS Falcon System.

 

Glenn Toole of MCS on the Falcon System

Published September 5, 2013

Glenn Toole, VP of Sales and Marketing for MCS, talks to Richard Romano about the company and the Falcon System. Falcon is the latest MCS technology developed in cooperation with HP.

 

Jim Kelley of HP On Thermal Inkjet Technology

Published September 4, 2013

HP's Jim Kelley joins Richard Romano again at the MCS facility to talk about the Falcon system - getting into more about the printheads and other technical details.

 

HP's Jim Kelley on the MCS Falcon System

Published September 3, 2013

Jim Kelley, Strategic Alliance Manager at HP, speaks with WhatTheyThink's Richard Romano about the MCS Falcon system at their facility in Gaithersburg Maryland.

 

HP Scitex's Ken VanHorn on Launching a New Color Pack

Published July 22, 2013

Ken VanHorn, HP Scitex Category Manager, talks to Richard Romano about the release of two new inks - orange and light black - that enable printers to print better skin tones and corporate colors.

 

The East Enders: Report From FESPA London 2013

Published July 3, 2013

The DLR (Docklands Light Rail) train wended its way through London’s East End and the Docklands and pulled into the station for London’s ExCel Centre. The conductor announced, “Customs House for the ExCel Centre. If you’re going to FESPA 2013, please alight here.”

 

Production Inkjet Heads to Scotland

Published July 2, 2013

A week or so ago, the news went around that Glasgow, Scotland’s Bell & Bain placed the world’s first order for the Fujifilm Jet Press 540W.

 

HP's Ken VanHorn on the Scitex FB10000 Launch at FESPA

Published June 25, 2013

Ken VanHorn, Category Manager for HP Scitex, talks to Richard Romano about the announcement of the Scitex FB10000 at FESPA. Ken talks about HDR and other technical specifications.

 

Road Trip: A Visit to EFI’s Inkjet Solutions Facility

Published June 14, 2013

This is Part I of what will be an occasional series of manufacturer “Experience Center” visits.

 

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