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Richard Romano

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Premium Content For Rocken Graphics, Business Is On the Move

Published October 15, 2018

Gibsonton, Fla.’s Rocken Graphics has carved out a unique niche among print service providers: signage and tent graphics for traveling carnivals. We spoke with Kenny Smith, founder of Rocken Graphics, about how he got into this market, as well as how his product offerings extend beyond simple printed graphics.


Wide-Format and Specialty Graphics at PRINT 18

Published October 2, 2018

PRINT has not traditionally been a top venue for wide-format or specialty printing equipment announcements, but does showcase the latest technologies and the applications that can be produced on them, giving commercial printers concrete ideas for exploring new business opportunities.


Marketing Guru Seth Godin Kicks Off PRINT 18

Published October 1, 2018

Seth Godin’s keynote encouraged print service providers to eschew commodity printing and focus on selling products that are “remarkable.” “You don’t sell paper and ink,” he said, “you sell a feeling.” It was a fitting theme with which to open PRINT 18.


Darwill’s Inkjet Journey

Published October 1, 2018

Hillside, Ill.’s Darwill, Inc., is a 57-year-old direct mail and multi-channel marketing agency. From humble beginnings, the company has grown to be at the forefront of the industry—and one of the early adopters of production inkjet printing technology.


Premium Content Chicago’s Graphic Alliance Makes a Meal Out of Restaurant Signage

Published September 11, 2018

Graphic Alliance, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, started as a commercial print shop but quickly adopted wide-format printing and has carved out a substantial niche in restaurant graphics and signage. The company has also expanded into vehicle wrapping and is currently developing residential interior décor services. Richard Romano spoke with founder and CEO Eric Grossman.


Premium Content Success with Specialty Printing: Changing the Mindset

Published August 21, 2018

As we all know by now, there are very few surfaces, substances, and objects that can't be printed, and thus there is no end to the print products that a shop can offer. From posters and banners, to signage, to garments and other textile products, to garage doors, to...name it. But when approaching the vast new market for specialty graphics printing, two questions usually come to mind: Where do I start, and How do I sell it? Here is some advice.


Premium Content Full STEAM Ahead: Blue Ridge Fab Lab and 4-H Partner to Offer 21st-Century Learning—and Wide-Format Printing

Published July 30, 2018

The Blue Ridge/UA 4-H Fab Lab, based in Pinetop-Lakeside, Ariz., offers student-directed, project-centric STEM training for K-12 students. Thanks to a partnership with 4-H, the facility is available to students across the state. Part of student projects involves designing and printing informational flyers, posters, and other materials on wide-format printers provided by Roland DGA, a sponsor of the Fab Lab. We spoke with Kevin Woolridge, Co-Director of the Fab Lab.


Premium Content Graphic Arts Companies Feel the Pinch of Aluminum Tariffs

Published July 26, 2018

Last month, the Trump Administration levied a 10% tariff on imported aluminum and a 25% tariff on imported steel. At present, the tariffs are having the biggest impact on manufacturers of aluminum lithographic plates—although that may be just the beginning. Plate manufacturers are deciding how best to respond, while industry associations are helping to fight back.


Premium Content Technical Printing on the Desktop

Published July 10, 2018

Epson announced two new entry-level models in its SureColor T Series, designed for technical and AES (architecture, engineering, and construction) printing. These devices are targeted more to end users—architecture and design firms, SOHOs, etc.—than print service providers, which indicates the direction technical printing as market segment is going.


Premium Content Launched During the Great Recession, SpeedPro Marin Realized There Was “No Place to Go But Up”

Published July 2, 2018

When Steve Moran-Cassese decided to launch a print business in the midst of the Great Recession, he knew it could only grow—and he was right. A mix of the right equipment and picking up on hot new application trends early on has helped SpeedPro Marin thrive. And, somewhat ironically, the Bay Area’s booming economy has created its own challenges.


Too Cool to Part With: The Superfan Company Creates Special Print Projects for Superfans

Published June 27, 2018

Brittany Hodak co-founded The Superfan Company to make “cool collectible stuff for superfans”—coffee table books, deluxe packages for albums and DVDs, subscription magazines, fan boxes, metal commemorative tickets, limited edition tour books, and more, elaborate, print-centric items that help bring fans closer to a beloved musician or athlete. We spoke with Hodak about her own journey that started at a local radio station and led to The Superfan Company—and an appearance on Shark Tank.


Premium Content Annual IPMA Conference Looks at the Changing Face of the In-Plant

Published June 18, 2018

The 54th annual IPMA Conference provided a look at the current state of the in-plant printing department, with more than two dozen sessions and a vendor fair focusing on new opportunities such as interactive print and wide format, and overcoming top challenges such as outsourcing.


Premium Content Experiential Graphics Are a Growing Subset of Wide Format, But Can Require a Different Approach in Terms of Sales and Production

Published June 4, 2018

“Experiential graphics” are a form of interior décor that are becoming a fast-growing part of wide-format and signage. Pursuing that particular application requires a somewhat different strategy than traditional commercial printing—or even traditional wide-format printing.


Premium Content Textiles and Corrugated Take the Spotlight at FESPA Berlin

Published May 21, 2018

Textiles and corrugated were the two major themes of this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo. Here are some quick hits from the show.


FESPA Day 2: Whetting the Palate...

Published May 16, 2018

WhatTheyThink is live at FESPA Berlin 2018 on Day 2 of the show. Welcome to the concept of the microfactory.


FESPA 2018 Opens in Berlin

Published May 15, 2018

The FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 kicked off in Berlin this morning. Here is a quick teaser of some early show highlights.


Premium Content Wide Format: Now and Venn

Published May 14, 2018

What do we talk about when we talk about “wide format”? How is the term definitionally changing—and what does it even mean anymore? And more importantly, how does whatever we define as “wide format” play nice with other kinds of printing such as industrial, packaging, and commercial? And how can we navigate the “convergence” of these different print silos? Read on for more.


InPrint Reflections: Moving the (Digitally Printed) Goalposts

Published May 7, 2018

A major theme of last week’s InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference in Chicago was the emerging distinction between two specific kinds of industrial printing: printing as part of a larger manufacturing process and what we have often called specialty printing. The conference explored the differences between them, where the growth areas are, and what the drivers of that growth are. Read on for some reflections on the conference.


Premium Content Moving Pictures: Carbon Wraps Brings Art Alive

Published April 24, 2018

For about 15 years, Carbon Wraps Orlando has specialized in highly creative vehicle graphics. They took car wrapping to the next level when they worked with local artist Kurt Meister and Avery Dennison to wrap one of his paintings on a vehicle live at the ISA Sign Expo last March. Read on for more about the company and this unique project.


Premium Content In Praise of Data: How PRIMIR Industry Research Can Improve Your Business

Published April 12, 2018

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech), through its PRIMIR Research Unit and Market Data programs, provides a wealth of woefully underutilized industry research that can be of great practical use to all the links in the print supply chain—not just suppliers and vendors but print service providers, as well. Read on to see how.


Premium Content A Wrap to Remember: Kennickell Group Turns Harbour Town Lighthouse Plaid

Published April 10, 2018

If you watch the RBC Heritage Golf Classic this week, pay attention to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. In a first-of-its-kind wrap project undertaken by Savannah, Ga.’s Kennickell Group, the 90-foot structure had its red stripes converted to plaid to commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary. Read on to find out more about the company’s dramatic growth in the wide-format market and how the unique project came about.


Premium Content InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference to Highlight the Intersection of Industrial and Commercial Printing

Published April 9, 2018

Inkjet technologies have been blurring, or completely eliminating, the lines between commercial and industrial printing. But understanding new print applications and new print markets involves more than technology. We talk with Frazer Chesterman, Director of FM Brooks, which is bringing the InPrint Industrial Print Conference to Chicago next month, about the dwindling distinction between industrial and commercial printing and the opportunities that are emerging.


Premium Content Post-Reed, Communities Reevaluate their Sign Codes

Published April 3, 2018

The landmark 2015 Supreme Court case Reed v. Town of Gilbert turned a sign code issue into a First Amendment battle. Three years later, its effects are still being felt throughout the signage industry—for good or ill. Read on for some of the latest developments in signage regulations.


Premium Content The Traditional Meets the Technological at Sign Expo 2018

Published March 26, 2018

The International Sign Association (ISA) Sign Expo 2018 was held in Orlando, Fla., last week. Channel letters, magnetic signage, neon lighting, LED displays, digital displays, 3D printing, and wide-format and display graphics in all their various incarnations were being showcased. Read on for some highlights from the show.


Latest WhatTheyThink Webinar Looked at the Current Economic Climate and Print Business Conditions

Published March 16, 2018

Last Wednesday, Dr. Joe Webb presented his quarterly economic conditions webinar, which included a look at the overall macroeconomic environment as well as current printing industry business conditions. Read on for a brief summary of what Dr. Webb discussed.


Premium Content For SpeedPro Imaging Apex, Networking Is One of the Keys to Success

Published March 12, 2018

Less than two years ago, Mark Simmons left the retail world and launched a SpeedPro Imaging franchise in Apex, N.C. A knack for networking, a talented in-house designer, and a vibrant local business environment have helped drive Simmons’ success.


Premium Content The Shapes of Things to Come: Direct-to-Object Printing Bridges the Gap Between Industrial and Commercial

Published March 6, 2018

New systems are emerging that can print directly onto three-dimensional objects, especially cups, glasses, and bottles, to serve what is emerging as a lucrative promotional drinkware market. In this feature, Richard Romano looks at direct-to-object offerings from Xerox, Inkcups, and Engineered Printing Solutions.


Premium Content Kodak Aims to “Take Print Further” at Customer Event

Published March 2, 2018

At a “Taking Print Further” customer and media event this week in Rochester, N.Y., Kodak offered some forward-looking trend presentations, new product announcements for both cutting-edge and legacy systems, and customer panels. Read about Kodak’s commitment to the print industry.


Expand Beyond Signage at the Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published February 20, 2018

ISA Sign Expo 2018 heads to Orlando next month, with four days of educational sessions and a packed exhibition floor. Richard Romano spoke with Brandon Hensley, ISA’s Chief Operating Officer, and Iain Mackenzie, ISA’s VP of Meetings & Events, about new show features and some returning favorites.


Premium Content The [Office] Space Age: Signs By Tomorrow Transforms the American Diabetes Association’s New Headquarters

Published February 12, 2018

Environmental or experiential graphics are a growing trend in signage, with sign shops using the latest display graphics technologies and substrates to transform office spaces. As a result, sign and display graphics providers are working more closely with interior designers and architecture firms. Case in point: Signs By Tomorrow’s interior graphics for the American Diabetes Association’s new headquarters.


Premium Content The State of Labels and Packaging

Published February 6, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Print Business Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to label and packaging printing. Thus far, commercial plants don't see tremendous opportunities in digital label or packaging—but that may be changing.


Sixth Annual NPOA Print Business Owners Conference Will Offer Inspiration and Hands-On Training

Published February 5, 2018

The NPOA Annual Print Owners Conference sails to the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on February 22 to 24. The three-day event includes a dozen sessions that cover the waterfront of business, technology, and marketing issues important to small and md-size print business owners.


Highlights of the WhatTheyThink Printing Forecast 2018

Published February 5, 2018

WhatTheyThink’s Forecast 2018 report, by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano provides detailed analysis of the most recent Print Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2018.


Premium Content Open Wide: The State of Wide-Format Printing

Published January 23, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Business Conditions Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to wide-format printing.


Premium Content This Point Forward: A Look Ahead at 2018

Published January 9, 2018

Personal voice assistants and the Internet of Things, wide-format graphics and specialty printing—what are some of the new (and old!) technologies to which we should pay attention and how will they affect us in 2018?


2017: A Look In the Rear-View Mirror

Published December 15, 2017

More industry consolidation in response to decreased demand. Yet, encouraging business conditions, and challenges with managing productivity. Meanwhile, inkjet continues to conquer the world and new print product and business opportunities emerge in strange new places. Let’s take a look back at the year that was.


Premium Content Apocalypse Soon? Retail’s Troubles and What They Mean for POP Printers

Published December 5, 2017

Brick and mortar retailer has been struggling with foot traffic. According to early estimates all signs are pointing to more ecommerce, less in-person commerce this holiday season. What does this mean for retail graphics?


Xerox Sets the Page Free at NYC’s 92nd Street Y

Published November 13, 2017

The company’s unique rebranding project resulted in an anthology of current authors writing about work, a series of videos, and a book launch event with author readings at New York’s venerable 92nd Street Y.


Ink Migration and Food Safety Take Center Stage at Inaugural Radtech Packaging Conference

Published October 31, 2017

Radtech’ first UV+EB Packaging Conference last week featured suppliers, vendors, and brand owners surveying the current packaging landscape, with an emphasis on food packaging and safety.


“Industrial Printing” Takes Center Stage at SGIA Expo 2017

Published October 24, 2017

What turned out to be the penultimate SGIA Expo featured an emphasis on “industrial printing”—a nebulous but increasingly common term for what mainstream printing may be morphing into.


Winds of Change: SGIA Expo to Become PRINT United; New “Mega-Show” to Launch in 2019

Published October 11, 2017

New Orleans may have dodged a bullet when Tropical Storm Nate veered to the east, but strong winds of change were nonetheless buffeting the Ernest Morial Convention Center, as 2017’s SGIA Expo opened on Tuesday with the surprising—some even thought shocking—news that the long-beloved Expo was undergoing a major change.


Premium Content Executive Summary: Mid-Year 2017 Business Conditions Survey

Published October 4, 2017

This executive report is based on the latest results of the WhatTheyThink print executive survey. It details the state of the industry at mid-2017 and looks ahead to what can be expected, economically and technologically, as we head toward 2018. The foundation of the report is the WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey of June 2017. This survey of more than 300 industry executives gauged their current business conditions, top business challenges, and planned investments for 2018. They also described how the volume for offset, color digital, black-and-white digital, and wide-format printing, as well as non-print-based services has changed.


SGIA Expo 2017 Heads to The Big Easy

Published September 19, 2017

Next month, the annual SGIA Expo heads to Bayou Country, with more than 50 educational sessions and one of the biggest show floors in the U.S. Here is a preview of what this year’s show offers.


Premium Content Mid-Year Progress Report: 2017 So Far

Published August 27, 2017

We’re mercifully more than halfway through 2017. How is the industry faring thus far compared to last year? Our new Economics and Research Center report looks at the latest economic, technological, and cultural trends affecting the industry.


PIA Alliance Printer Panel Identifies Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Print Businesses

Published August 21, 2017

Last month, the PIA Alliance hosted a “Digital Think Tank” in New York City that brought together 150 equipment manufacturers, their customers, and other printers to talk about the latest technology and trends in digital printing and the industry in general. Here are the highlights.


Premium Content That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities—Part 2 of 2

Published August 14, 2017

Canned beer isn’t your daddy’s tinny-tasting brew. As microbreweries move small-batch production from bottles to cans, it opens up opportunities for short-run can decoration.


Premium Content That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities—Part 1 of 2

Published July 31, 2017

Canned beer isn’t your daddy’s tinny-tasting brew. As microbreweries move small-batch production from bottles to cans, it opens up opportunities for short-run can decoration.


Know Your Codes: As Signage Becomes a Hotter Commodity, Printers Can Offer Regulatory Guidance

Published July 17, 2017

Helping customers navigate complex and constantly changing postal regulations has historically been a vital value-added service for commercial printers. The various rules and regulations regarding signage today provide an opportunity for sign printers.


Premium Content Making Tracks: Signage, QR Codes, and Customer Journey Analytics

Published June 19, 2017

QR codes are great for “making print interactive,” but in today’s high-data marketing environment, they also have a more important purpose: making print measurable.


Premium Content Six Big Mistakes That Aspiring Wide-Format Printers Can Make

Published June 4, 2017

Wide-format and specialty and specialty printing are where a lot of the action is today. But expanding into these new areas is not without its pitfalls. Here are some worth avoiding.


Specialty Printing and Events: Made for Each Other

Published May 30, 2017

Commercial printing is evolving into specialty printing, and opportunities abound—if you know where and how to look for them.


Premium Content The Changing Specialty Printing Market: New Opportunities Big and Small

Published May 23, 2017

The same technologies that have enabled the proliferation of wide-format graphics are also profoundly changing the traditional specialty printing market. Here’s how print service providers can take advantage of the “nichification” of commercial print.


FESPA 2017 Showcases European Wide-Format Introductions

Published May 15, 2017

Last week, FESPA 2017 drew attendees from across Europe and beyond to see the latest in wide-format and specialty printing technology and applications.


Premium Content Wide-Format: Shelter From the Coming “Third Wave”?

Published May 1, 2017

We are about to be hit by a “Third Wave” of technology disruption that will negatively impact the demand for print. Or will it? Not all print is created equal these days. Here are some suggestions for how to weather the storm.


Print Is the “New Media” at ISA Sign Expo

Published April 24, 2017

Neon. LED. Channel letters. Wooden signs. Magnetic letters. Aside from dynamic digital signage, the “new media” in the sign industry is, strange as it may sound, print. The International Sign Association’s Sign Expo 2017 wrapped up last weekend. Here are some highlights from the show floor and beyond.


An Eye for Detail: The Many Layers of Digital Artist Bert Monroy

Published April 17, 2017

Berkeley-based digital artist Bert Monroy has spent more than three decades creating intricately detailed digital fine art. His most complex image is part of a new software retrospective exhibit at the Computer History Museum.


Changes Coming to EPA’s Hazardous Waste Regulations

Published April 10, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency made some changes to its “generator standard” regarding the safe disposal of hazardous waste. Here is what the printing industry needs to know.


Print To Play an Expanded Role at Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published April 3, 2017

ISA Sign Expo 2017 is back in Vegas, with four days of educational sessions, a packed exhibition hall, and some brand-new partnerships and colocations, including the Collaboration in Packaging Production (CPP) Expo.


New Strategies Start to Gel at Canon One Event

Published March 27, 2017

Earlier this month, Canon Solutions America hosted its annual analyst and press event in Boca Raton, Fla., debuting new wide-format technologies and market strategies.


Rocky Mountain High: Canon Debuts the UVgel-Based Colorado

Published March 9, 2017

At yesterday’s Canon One event in Boca Raton, Canon Solutions America officially launched the Colorado 1640, the first model in the company’s new line of roll-to-roll wide-format printers based on the revolutionary new UVgel ink technology.


Premium Content Idealliance’s XCMYK Specification Improves Expanded Gamut Printing

Published March 6, 2017

For many people, color management is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one ever does anything about it. But new machines with new ink sets are turning what was always a tricky issue into an even trickier one.


SGIA Becomes an Association Partner with InPrint; Interview with SGIA President Ford Bowers

Published February 27, 2017

As interest in industrial printing gains momentum, the inaugural InPrint USA Industrial Print Show will take place in Orlando in April. We spoke with SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about industrial printing in general and the upcoming show in particular.


Premium Content Top 10 Best New Business Opportunities

Published January 31, 2017

The next big communication disruption is upon us. There are many ways print businesses should respond, but focusing on specialty items is one way. This article cites IPMA and WhatTheyThink research to explore opportunities in-plants and commercial printing establishments are seeing in 2017.


EFI Reinforces Its Commitment to Inkjet at Connect 2017

Published January 24, 2017

Last week’s EFI Connect in Las Vegas saw some new product rollouts, status reports on recent product introductions, and an alternately lighthearted and frightening look at artificial intelligence.


Board Meetings: 2017’s Flatbed Printer Roundup

Published January 16, 2017

Our annual rundown of the current flatbed wide-format printer landscape.


Rolling Out the New Year - Rundown of Rollfed Wide-Format Systems

Published January 9, 2017

As we plunge headlong into 2017, let’s kick off the year, as we traditionally do, with a look at the current roll-to-roll printer landscape. Next week, we’ll look at flatbed printers.


Troy Story 3: Christmas Wrapping

Published December 23, 2016

The halls, they are decked, the silver bells, they are ringing, and throughout the land a festive Christmas spirit is finally descending upon us. It’s also the electric company’s favorite time of year, I would guess, and it’s always entertaining walking or driving around and seeing how extravagantly some homeowners festoon their homes—tastefully, garishly, and everything in between—with all manner of lights, inflatables, and giant electric snow globes.


Wide-Format and Specialty Graphics - What's Next in 2017?

Published December 19, 2016

Last week, we took a wide-format look back at 2016. What lies ahead for wide-format and specialty graphics printing in 2017?


When It Rains It Pours

Published December 16, 2016

We’re all familiar with the first telegraph message, the first phone call, and maybe the first message sent from one computer to another . But what about the first cellphone call?


That Was the Year That Was: A Wide-Format Look Back at 2016

Published December 13, 2016

2016 is almost over! Whew! So, what were the top growth areas for wide-format? What applications are ascendant? What technologies have emerged and evolved?


Premium Content Live and In Person: Offline Marketing Strategies for Specialty Graphics Printers

Published December 5, 2016

Advice abounds for using social and other electronic media for marketing, but don’t ignore some “old school” offline marketing strategies.


Premium Content A Trio of Hot Wide Format Application Areas for 2017

Published November 21, 2016

What wide-format and specialty printing products will be in demand in 2017? Sure, one could say “all of them,” but here are three particular areas to pay special attention to in the new year.


Agfa 3D Lens Technology Adds a New Dimension to Printed Signage

Published November 7, 2016

There was a time when I could describe lenticular imaging thusly: “You know those prizes that used to come in boxes of Cracker Jack, little cards that if you held it one way it displayed one image and if you held it another it would flip to another image?” It was a low-tech 3D effect or animation, kind of the analog equivalent of an animated GIF.


Premium Content Wide-Format and Specialty Printing: New Opportunities for In-Plants

Published October 31, 2016

A recent state of the in-plant industry report finds that in-plant printing departments are well-poised to expand their wide-format and specialty printing options—not just for their parent organizations, but for outside customers, as well.


All Projects Great and Small: Benicia, Calif.’s ColorZone Helps Small Businesses Grow

Published October 18, 2016

When Joshua Feller bought a failing trade show graphics company in 2005, he had little idea that it was the start of a journey that would take him into the world of wide-format printing—and the burgeoning world of digital label printing.


FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson Talks About International Expansion

Published October 6, 2016

WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano talks to FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson about recent expansion into 5 countries in Central America, activity in Brazil and Mexico, and development in Southeast Asia.


SGIA 2016 Wrapup: This—and Next—Year’s Models

Published October 3, 2016

A collection of new products and product previews that were seen on the show floor at last month’s SGIA Expo.


CSA's Randy Paar Talks Flatbed Printing—and Previews a New Ink Technology

Published October 3, 2016

In this installment of WhatTheyThink's Thought Leadership Series, Canon Solutions America's Randy Paar talks about the most recent Océ Arizona flatbed UV printers, and offers a sneak peek at CSA's forthcoming new UVgel UV-based ink platform.


SGIA Expo 2016 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Published September 15, 2016

What happened at this year’s SGIA Expo may have happened in Vegas, but it’s not staying in Vegas. Our report from Day One of the show.


Automation and Wide-Format: Where Are We?

Published September 12, 2016

Whether it’s only a select few tasks or an entire production workflow, automation is slowly but surely coming to wide-format printing. How is that possible?


SGIA Expo 2016 Heads Back to Las Vegas

Published August 29, 2016

Next month, the annual SGIA Expo heads to its West Coast home at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Two of this year’s big topics are garment decoration and 3D printing—and it turns out they are not mutually exclusive. Here’s a preview of this year’s show.


Printing Industries Alliance Hosts Wide-Format Printing Panel

Published August 23, 2016

The Printing Industries Alliance hosted an all-day drupa recap at Manhattan’s Club 101. Among the day’s presentations and panel discussions was an extensive conversation about the current state of wide-format graphics and opportunities in the market for commercial printers.


Premium Content The Cube-Shaped Canvas

Published August 15, 2016

In the latest installment of our occasional Wide-Format 101 series, we offer a general overview of wall, floor, and window graphics.


Premium Content Mid-Year Progress Report: The 2016 Story So Far

Published July 25, 2016

The first half of 2016 is in the books. How is the industry faring thus far compared o last year? Our new Economics and Research Center report looks at the latest economic, technological, and cultural trends affecting the industry.


For This Wrap Cup Master, Competition is Education

Published July 11, 2016

This year’s FESPA Wrap Cup Master Jim Miller started in vehicle graphics at the age of 15, applying screen printed decals to his father’s Little Debbie truck. Today, Miller Decals installs vehicle graphics and other types of displays for more than 600 customers around the country.


Wide-Format 101: One for the Cutters

Published June 20, 2016

In the latest installment of our occasional Wide-Format 101 series, we offer a primer on basic finishing processes, specifically rollfed cutters and flatbed cutting tables.


Wide-Format at Drupa—That Was The Week One That Was

Published June 6, 2016

Drupa 2016 thus far has not had a lot of wide-format announcements per se, but corrugated—one point where wide-format and packaging meet—is playing a big role this year, with some major announcements.


Drupa 2016 from a Wide-Format Perspective

Published May 24, 2016

drupa opens at the end of this month and while drupa has not traditionally been one of the go-to shows for wide-format printing, as wide-format has become a hot topic in the general commercial printing market, it is taking a bigger role at this year’s show.


Lack of Speed Kills: Lessons from Durst’s Retail 2020

Published May 17, 2016

The biggest issue facing print buyers for retail brands is turn time and speed to market. How can print service providers best help retailers solve this problem?


The Latest Latex Wideformat Printers

Published May 9, 2016

Last week, HP announced two new series of Latex printers, so this seems as good a time as any to offer a little “Latex 101” primer for those who may be new to the topic and technology.


Premium Content Software for Wide-Format: Beyond the Creative Cloud

Published May 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, at Roland’s second annual ImagiNATION user conference, Giveme Help’s Mark Rugen ran down a list of some lesser-known image editing programs and other utilities for professionals doing design and production for wide-format graphics. Here are some highlights.


ISA Sign Expo: Beyond Signage

Published April 25, 2016

If the ISA Sign Expo 2016 demonstrated one thing—and it demonstrated far more than one thing—it was that “signage” is part of a much larger graphic ecosystem than can include products and applications seemingly far-removed from signs.


Premium Content New Avenues of Success: Landaal Packaging Systems Thrives On Adversity

Published April 18, 2016

When the auto industry crashed and burned in 2007–2008, and their biggest client pulled most of their business, Michigan’s Landaal Packaging Systems saw an opportunity to reinvent itself with digital wide-format printing.


The Signs Are Good for Next Month’s ISA Sign Expo

Published March 28, 2016

Sign Expo 2016 comes to Orlando, with four days of educational sessions, keynotes, and a packed exhibition hall. As an added bonus, both Roland’s ImagiNATION 2016 and Durst’s Retail 2020 are colocated with this year’s Sign Expo.


Xerox Previews New Inkjet and iGen Offerings at Pre-drupa Event

Published March 21, 2016

A new iGen, new production inkjet models, and software solutions were pre-announced to Xerox customers and the media at a special event held last week at the Gil Hatch Center in upstate New York.


Premium Content A Closer Look at Digital Dye-Sublimation Printing

Published March 14, 2016

There are a number of different printing technologies used to print fabrics and textiles. One of the most common—and the one that is getting the most attention these days—is dye sublimation. What is dye sublimation printing, and what do you need to take advantage of the technology?


Premium Content Textile Printing 101

Published March 7, 2016

Digital textile printing is seemingly everywhere, and many sources tout it as a high growth area. New product announcements are also coming thick and fast. But what are the basics of digital textile printing? This week, we offer a basic primer on the topic.


Beyond-the-Box Thinking at Canon Solutions America Anniversary Event

Published February 29, 2016

Canon Solutions America hosted its third anniversary event last week in Boca Raton, Fla., highlighting the state of the market, new product developments, and customer case studies. In this feature, we focus on the company’s wide-format offerings.


Meet SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers—Part 2

Published February 23, 2016

On February 1, Ford Bowers took the reins as president and CEO of SGIA, succeeding Michael Robertson after nearly 33 years of service. In Part 2 of this two-part interview, we talk with Ford about the SGIA Expo, as well as the overall challenges facing the wide-format and specialty graphics printing industry.


Meet SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers—Part 1

Published February 16, 2016

On February 1, Ford Bowers took the reins as president and CEO of SGIA, succeeding Michael Robertson after nearly 33 years of service. In Part 1 of this two-part interview, we talk with Ford Bowers about his history with Miller Zell, his plans for SGIA, the role of the trade association in today’s landscape.


The Road to Wideformat Commoditization

Published February 8, 2016

Commoditization has come creeping into wide-format and specialty graphics, but does it mean the end of profitability?


Inkjet Ecosystems: Notes From EFI Connect 2016

Published January 25, 2016

EFI is integrating hardware and software for specialty printing applications, as well as making the most of its many recent acquisitions. Here are some wide-format-related highlights.


Wide-Format Quick Hits for January

Published January 19, 2016

Herewith a handful of recent new announcements that caught your Section Editor’s eye.


Premium Content What’s New(s) In Flatbed Wide-Format Printers?

Published January 11, 2016

Our annual rundown of the current flatbed wide-format printer landscape.


Premium Content What’s New(s) in Roll-to-Roll Printers?

Published January 4, 2016

Our annual rundown of the current rollfed wide-format printer landscape.


Premium Content Wideformat 2016: The Road Ahead

Published December 21, 2015

Last week, we took a wide-format look back at 2015. Now let’s switch directions. What can we expect in 2016? Before we answer that, though, what is 2016 likely to hold for the printing industry in general?


2016 Printing Industry Business Conditions Report

Published December 21, 2015

These are the results of the Economics and Research Center’s (ERC) survey conducted in October and November 2015.


Premium Content That Was the Year That Was: A Wide-Format Look Back at 2015

Published December 14, 2015

What were the top growth areas for wide-format in 2015? What applications are ascendant? What technologies are emerging and evolving?


Premium Content Wide Format: Evolving Applications and the Supply Chain

Published December 7, 2015

Digital wide-format printing is one of the most significant growth areas in the entire print industry. InfoTrends offers some of its data on the top-growing wide-format printing applications, and takes a look at how the supply chain for equipment, supplies, and consumables is changing.


Show Your Work: A Plethora of On- and Offline Channels Lets Specialty Printers Strut Their Stuff

Published November 30, 2015

From your own physical location—and website—to social media, to local business media, there is no shortage of options for showing off and promoting cool, creative projects you have completed.


Premium Content For SpeedPro of Central New York, Display Graphics Are Not Purely Academic

Published November 23, 2015

Four-and-a-half years ago, Bob Kelleher of East Syracuse’s SpeedPro Imaging of Central New York made the transition from software sales to wide-format printing and has never looked back.


SGIA 2015: The New Fall Collection

Published November 9, 2015

We wrap up our coverage of last week’s SGIA Expo 2015 with a look at a handful of the major new product announcements that were made at the show.


Print vs. Printers

Published October 28, 2015

There’s an important point that needs to be made upfront, boldly and italically: Print and printers are two distinct things. We all love print. But we love printers and the people who work in print businesses more.


SGIA Expo Heads to Atlanta

Published October 26, 2015

A plethora of educational opportunities, a packed show floor, and new product introductions are on tap for this ever-growing show.


Dye-Sublimation Printing Helps the USA Synchronized Swim Team Swim In Ink

Published October 13, 2015

St. Louis’ Triflare specializes in racewear for triathlon participants, swimmers, and other athletes—all produced digitally using dye-sublimation printing.


Cracked Rear View

Published October 6, 2015

We’re always trying to look at things—trends, technology, etc.—from a historical perspective. We try to compare new phenomena to older phenomena that we understand. That’s normal. History is cyclical, isn’t it?


The Cassavetes Project Opens at Canon Hollywood

Published September 29, 2015

In 1981, L.A. photographer Steve Reisch captured legendary director John Cassavetes and his stock company backstage as they rehearsed and performed an experimental series of plays. Unseen for 34 years, the images have been brought back to life thanks to a partnership between Reisch and Canon USA.


Wide-Format’s Expanded Presence at Graph Expo 2015

Published September 23, 2015

If it jets ink, it’s a hot technology, and while production inkjet got the bulk of the buzz at last week’s Graph Expo, wide-format and specialty printing continue to play a much larger role.


Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round—Or Not

Published September 9, 2015

The new UnSquaring the Wheel project from Chris Bondy, Wayne Peterson, and Dr. Joe Webb is a new methodology for transforming print businesses. And it is ideally suited for those looking to add wide-format printing.


Wide-Format: A Growing Presence at Graph Expo

Published August 31, 2015

As wide-format and specialty graphics play a larger role in the industry, they are also playing a larger role at general commercial printing shows like Graph Expo. Here is a preview of some things to look for at this year’s show.


“Experience Epson” Event Showcases a Wide Variety of Tech

Published August 11, 2015

“Our aim is to become a company that is truly indispensable to our customers,” said Minoru Usui, Global President of Seiko Epson, kicking off “Experience Epson,” a day of interactive demos of a cross-section of Epson technologies, from wide-format printing, to interactive whiteboards, to golf swing analyzers, to Augmented Reality-based headsets, to…well, you name it. The event was held last week in New York City.


Premium Content Wooden It Be Nice? Sacramento’s ARB Digital Specializes in Printing On Unique Substrates

Published August 3, 2015

From wood, to glass, to textiles, to animal pelts—and even to paper—ARB Digital takes on challenging projects, thanks to founder Alvaro Rodriguez’s background in tech support, color management, and software development.


The Great, Outdoors: Attention to Detail Goes a Long Way Toward Creating Effective Outdoor Graphics

Published July 13, 2015

New applications for outdoor graphics are appearing all the time, and new printing technologies are revitalizing some older applications. Some considerations if you are looking at outdoor graphics, and a look at one South Florida shop that has carved out a niche in the great outdoors.


The Big Wide Word: Marketing Tips for Wide-Format Shops

Published June 29, 2015

OK, so you’ve invested in wide-format printing capabilities, the equipment is up and running, the staff is trained, and you’re ready to RIP. How do you get work to run on that equipment?


EskoWorld 2015: Dreams for Tomorrow

Published June 22, 2015

The community of U.S. Esko users descended upon the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona earlier this week to sharpen their skills, answer questions, get product roadmaps, and network with Esko executives and engineers as well as a diverse group of their peers.


Premium Content Sew What? The New Skill Sets for Wide-Format

Published June 15, 2015

Printing is easy; it’s all the other stuff that can pose challenges. Producing wide-format output can require a different approach to traditional processes, from selling, to finishing, to transporting. What do you need to know before you take the plunge?


Magic Bus

Published June 9, 2015

If you happen to have been in Singapore recently—and who of us hasn’t?—you may have caught sight of a new wide-format backlit film that can be used for vehicle graphics. Called eLumiNEX, it has been given a shakedown cruise on a bus.


Digital Signage Assistants

Published May 20, 2015


Premium Content Challenges In Sizing the Sign and Display Market

Published May 18, 2015

By all accounts, the sign and display industry is growing by leaps and bounds. But getting accurate sizing data is fraught with difficulties—difficulties that have largely been caused by the very factors that are driving growth.


Premium Content Point/Counterpoint: The Business Case For (and Against) Digital Signage

Published May 4, 2015

Dynamic digital signage is becoming a hotter and hotter topic, and while there are ample opportunities for companies to get in on, if not the ground floor, than at least the mezzanine, it’s not to everyone’s taste. Here are some arguments for—and against.


Premium Content Growth Opportunities: A Conversation with SpeedPro Imaging President Boris Katsnelson

Published April 29, 2015

Founded 10 years ago, SpeedPro Imaging is a network of 120 franchises—or “studios”—located in 30 states that specialize in wide-format printing, from trade show and event graphics, to vehicle graphics, to wall murals, and beyond.


Premium Content Temporary Signage and “EMCs” Continue to Rile City Planners; What Aspiring Sign Shops Need to Know

Published April 22, 2015

There are growing opportunities for print service providers in signage—both printed and electronic—but it pays to do your homework when it comes to signage regulations.


ISA’s Sign Expo Goes Beyond "Sign and Display"

Published April 15, 2015

The International Sign Association’s Sign Expo took place last week in Las Vegas, NV. Richard Romano files his observations from the show.


HP’s New Single-Pass Printer Portfolio

Published April 9, 2015

Yesterday, on the eve of the opening of the ISA Sign Expo, HP took the opportunity to launch five new products in its high-end Latex and Scitex families. These are the HP Latex 370, the HP Scitex FB550 and FB750, HP Scitex 11000 Industrial Press, and HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press.


Premium Content Know Your Wide Format Inks!

Published April 1, 2015

Herein a basic primer on today’s ink options for wide-format printing, from solvent and eco-solvent to UV, from latex to dye-sublimation.


Generation Next: Mandel Graphic Solutions Keeps Evolving with Technology

Published March 18, 2015

After 123 years and four generations of owners, Milwaukee’s Mandel Graphic Solutions has thrived by staying current.


UV Printing: Good as Gold?

Published March 12, 2015

Experts identify new and expanding—and some unusual—markets for UV inks and coatings at day two of RadTech’s UV.EB West.


UV.EB West Showcases Current Trends in Radiation Curing Technologies

Published March 11, 2015

Ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing technologies have been around for decades, but have continually evolved and are well-suited for today’s modern print and packaging production processes.


Lla Llama

Published March 9, 2015

Not living anywhere near Arizona, I was unaware of the recent “Phoenix Llama Drama,” which is apparently not some new reality TV show. Rather, last month, a brace of the beasts escaped while—and I have to quote ABC News here—“making a therapy visit to residents at an assisted living facility.”


ISA Gears Up for Biggest Sign Expo Ever

Published March 4, 2015

New features, sessions, programs, and speakers at the upcoming International Sign Expo aim to educate present and prospective signmakers about the latest business and technology trends in this growing industry.


Instagrammers Can Get a Pizza the Action

Published February 27, 2015


Premium Content There Goes the Neighborhood: How To Cope with Commoditization in Wide-Format Printing

Published February 25, 2015

Improving technology is causing some wide-format applications to experience that dreaded word “commoditization.” How can print providers fight against it? Can they? Or—most importantly—should they?


Premium Content A Good Problem to Have? Managing Capacity When Volume Peaks

Published February 19, 2015

Capacity management has proven to be a challenge for many wide-format print businesses, especially as many jobs are specialized or customized in some way. What are the ways that shops are coping with this “pain point”?


Canon Solutions America Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

Published February 17, 2015

As you may have read elsewhere on WhatTheyThink, last week, CSA—né Océ—celebrated its second anniversary with a much-needed (for those of us encased in the frozen tundra of the Northeast) event in Boca Raton, Fla. CSA execs shared updates in the various business groups (Enterprise Managed Services Division, formerly Business Services Division; Large Format Solutions; and Production Printing Division).


Premium Content Technical Printing Sends Print-for-Pay Providers Back to the Drawing Board

Published February 11, 2015

Technical printing—graphics that serve the architectural, engineering, and construction markets—has been changing in both positive and negative ways, and “reprographics” shops are changing with the times. And it’s not always just about the equipment.


Magnum Force

Published February 6, 2015

There has been a surge of growth in what are called “large-format wine bottles.” Magnums, essentially (or would that be “magna”?), or wine bottles greater than 750ml. Indeed, popular sizes include 1.5 liters, 3 liters, and 6 liters. Now, obviously, some of these are intended for parties and other events with large gatherings, not a quiet romantic dinner for two, lest it descend into drunken anarchy (which depends on your approach to dating, I guess).


Premium Content Your Niche Or Mine?

Published January 28, 2015

How do you decide what kinds of wide-format or specialty printing products and services to add to your current mix? You can jump into a new niche application as a newbie, or organically expand into new directions. As it turns out, there is no right answer—but plenty of wrong ones.


Retail Trends in Wide Format

Published January 28, 2015

I was talking with the owner of a sign shop recently, and we got to talking about new technologies that sign and display companies were starting to utilize—I was thinking specifically of EFI’s SmartSign Analytics—but he happened to mention other new technologies such as “smart fitting rooms” whereby sensors in a clothing retailer’s fitting room mirror track RFID tags on the clothing you brought in to try on and suggests accessories or complementary items. Sound creepy? It does a bit, doesn’t it?


EFI Connect and the Imaging of Things

Published January 23, 2015

About 15 years ago—give or take—in a monthly humor column I wrote at the time for the late, lamented Micro Publishing News, I proposed the idea of a drive-through wide-format printer for vehicle graphics.


What Is Wide-Format?

Published January 15, 2015

As I was planning the 2015 editorial calendar for our Wide-Format section, I began by drawing up a list of topics that I had covered, topics that were heavily featured at trade shows like SGIA and ISA, and topics tend to get covered elsewhere in the industry press. And aside from the basic technological topics like “Roll-to-Roll Printers,” “Flatbeds,” “Finishing,” and so forth, the majority of the subject matter was on specific applications—and applications that were all over the map (and some even included maps!).


SGIA Webinar Considers Web-to-Print for Wide-Format

Published January 14, 2015

Web-to-print is not a new technology, but despite its many advantages, when evaluating solutions, be sure to ask some specific wide-format questions.


This Is the New Year and I Have No Resolutions

Published January 9, 2015

New year’s resolutions are ephemeral things. January 2, for example, is a kind of Black Friday for gyms and fitness centers, but by the end of the month, the crowds have returned to normal.


Wide-Format Roll-to-Roll Printer Roundup

Published January 7, 2015

In today’s wide-format market, flatbed printers are all the rage and, for certain applications, deservedly so. But the earliest wide-format printers were all rollfed (or roll-to-roll) devices, and it wasn’t until the early 2000s that flatbeds existed as a product category. Flatbeds emerged to take time and materials out of the “print-then-mount” process; after all, why not just print directly on the surface you want the graphic?


What Kind of Day Has it Been?

Published December 17, 2014

2014 has been a year of incremental—but substantial—improvements in wide-format systems. These improvements are creating ever more opportunities in a variety of applications. Here’s what to keep an eye on in 2015.


Business Goes Swimmingly for Digital Dye-Sublimation Printer

Published December 10, 2014

Epson’s beachwear “fashion show” highlights the possibilities of digital dye-sublimation fabric printing, and how it could change fashion design.


Rapid Digital Press Maps Out Wide-Format Success

Published December 3, 2014

With a little research, a clearly defined strategy, and fast, high-quality wide-format printing equipment, Phoenix, Ariz.’s Rapid Digital Press has carved out a successful niche in map and GIS printing applications, and is now poised for growth.


Mimaki Mini-Expo Hits the Spa City

Published November 19, 2014

Mimaki’s 25-city road show includes hands-on product demonstrations and educational presentations that highlight new features of, and top applications enabled by, today’s wide-format printing equipment. Here is a report from one stop on the tour.


SGIA Recap II: Chalk it Up to Experience

Published November 5, 2014

The SGIA Expo was about more than just new hardware—new substrates were also on display, as well as what keeps the hardware productive: color management, production, and RIPing software.


High-Wire Acts: Adventures at the 2014 SGIA Expo (Part 1)

Published October 29, 2014

SGIA Expo exceeded virtually everyone’s expectations. In Part 1 of our show coverage we look at some of the major hardware introductions.


7 Reasons to Look Forward to Next Week’s SGIA Expo

Published October 15, 2014

For those of us who cover wide-format and specialty graphics printing, the biggest show of the year is the SGIA Expo, coming up next week in Las Vegas. It can be tough, travel being what it is, to muster enthusiasm for far-flung trade events, but there is a great deal of value in getting out of the office and attending these kinds of shows. So in this “listicle,” here are the top seven reasons I am looking forward to next week’s show.


Roland to Kick Off First Ever User Conference

Published October 8, 2014

One day prior to the SGIA Expo, Roland DGA is launching their inaugural ImagiNATION 2014 user group conference, designed as an information exchange for owners and operators of Roland’s wide-format printing equipment.


Graph Expo to Showcase State of the Wide-Format Art

Published September 24, 2014

Graph Expo 2014 kicks off on Sunday. Every year, wide-format becomes a more conspicuous and important part of the show. Here is a rundown of some of the things you can look forward to on the show floor.


The ABCs of DDS: A Digital Signage Primer

Published September 10, 2014

Dynamic digital signage (DDS) is being touted as a hot opportunity for sign shops and other wide-format service providers. But where does one start? And how can digital complement print signage?


Premium Content Memjet Looks Back At Its First Generation Printheads—and Ahead to Generation Next

Published August 27, 2014

The first-generation Memjet-based devices have hit the market, and have helped wide-format inkjet conquer the speed challenge. What will second-gen Memjet look like?


Big Points: A “This Point Forward” Approach to Wide-Format Printing

Published August 20, 2014

Creating a printing business that can cope with a changing market for print and that is “future-focused”—is imperative as we hurtle toward 2020. If you’re a wide-format printer, you may be halfway there—but that’s no excuse for complacency.


HP Announces Additions to Latex Series at ISA

Published July 22, 2014

Xavier Garcia, VP & GM at HP, talks to Richard Romano at ISA about new additions to their latex series. They discuss new inks, the target market, and the main applications for the technology.


Premium Content Liquid Meddle: Digital Inkjet Makes Inroads in Industrial Printing

Published July 18, 2014

If you look around your home or office (or home office), you’ll notice numerous examples of what I’ve referred to in the past as “stealth printing,” printed materials that don’t fall into what we consider commercial printing, but is a huge market nonetheless.


Premium Content HP Scales Up Its PageWide Technology

Published June 23, 2014

At an event in San Diego, Calif., held June 9 and 10, HP announced that they are scaling up their PageWide technology for use in wide-format printers. PageWide made its debut in 2013 in the Officejet Pro X Series of desktop multifunction devices.


Premium Content Notes from a Safari: Nine Big Mistakes That Would-Be Wide-Format Printers Can Make

Published June 6, 2014

Unless you have been lost, you are all too aware that the market for print has been changing, changing dramatically, and not changing for the best. We’ve had this discussion for a long time, so we need not dwell on it here. As a result, many companies have looked to wide-format and other types of specialty printing as a compelling replacement.


Premium Content For O’Neil Data Systems, the Need for Speed Leads to an Inkjet-Driven Transformation

Published May 16, 2014

Next week, O’Neil Data Systems (ODS) will be hosting an HP-sponsored event at their Plano, Tex, facility, which will bring together vendors, customers, and printers from all corners of the digital printing ecosystem to see the company’s high-powered “data-driven publishing” in action, as well as showcase their own contributions to this expanding print market segment.


Premium Content ISA Sign Expo Showcases Dynamic Evolution of Sign Solutions

Published May 2, 2014

At the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo, the current state of dynamic digital signage (DDS) was reminiscent of a kind of “Cambrian explosion,” with a proliferation of solutions emerging.


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.


The Going Green Interview: SGP Board Member Theresa Vanna

Published September 20, 2013


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.


Happy Anniversary!

Published September 11, 2013


Two Sides Announces Eco-graphic Contest Winner

Published September 10, 2013


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.


Five Years On

Published August 22, 2013


Go Paperless? Not Just Yet

Published August 13, 2013


The Red and the Black

Published August 5, 2013


Above-the-Cloud Computing

Published July 24, 2013


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.


Second Canadian Facility Receives SGP Certification

Published July 17, 2013


The Two Sides Eco-Graphic Challenge

Published July 9, 2013


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.”


Green and Wide

Published July 2, 2013


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.


Chew Chew Train

Published June 28, 2013


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.


Two Sides Going Green Fast Fact

Published June 17, 2013


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.


Second Navitor Facility Achieves SGP Certification

Published June 10, 2013


Sustainability 101

Published June 3, 2013


xpedx Road Show Offers Data and Demos for Prospective Wide-Format Print Providers

Published May 30, 2013

WhatTheyThink's Richard Romano attends an xpedx wide format printer summit and comes away with the impression that a cutter stole the show!


Precious Fluids II: Wide-Format Inks Are Opening Up New Applications for Graphics Providers—And Vice Versa

Published May 28, 2013

In part I of this feature, we took a broad look at the different categories of inks available for wide-format inks. This week, we’ll take a closer look at how inks handle different applications (or perhaps vice versa) and, more importantly, how to think about ink in the context of choosing wide-format equipment, and how to measure and evaluate estimates of things like “cost per square foot.”


The Menagerie

Published May 23, 2013


SFI Launches Consumer Microsite

Published May 15, 2013


Precious Fluids: Wide-Format Inks Are Opening Up New Applications for Graphics Providers

Published May 15, 2013

There is, in some ways, a fundamental paradox when it comes to wide-format inks. There are more ink choices than ever, and yet for any given piece of equipment, you are generally stuck in a “one-cartridge-fits-all” situation.


4Over’s Sandy-Damaged Plant Now Fully Operational

Published May 7, 2013


What Is Sustainability?

Published May 3, 2013


The Shows Must Go On! Next Stop: FESPA London

Published May 1, 2013

Perched on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in the Docklands of London is the ExCel Centre, an exhibit space constructed in 2000 but retooled and overhauled for the 2012 Olympic Games, where weightlifters, fencers, boxers, and wrestlers grappled for the gold. Next month, the Centre will host competitors of a different sort.


With DDS, Graphics Professionals Sink Their Teeth Into Electronic Signage

Published April 10, 2013

The Las Vegas Strip is home to many things that you’d be hard-pressed find anywhere else—and, generally, that’s a good thing.


The Countdown to the International Sign Expo Continues

Published March 27, 2013

We have been previewing ISA’s International Sign Expo 2013. A fortnight ago, we looked at the educational opportunities to be had, and this week we will look at but the merest handful of the offerings on the show floor.


National Geographic Explores Their World

Published March 26, 2013



Published March 20, 2013


One Source of Deforestation: Chopsticks

Published March 19, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #43

Published March 18, 2013


Into the March of Madness

Published March 15, 2013


Cuckoo for Cocoa Mail

Published March 13, 2013


Countdown to the International Sign Expo

Published March 13, 2013

The International Sign Expo, coming up April 3–6 will feature more than 500 exhibitors, more than 40 educational sessions, and ample networking opportunities, all related to the “on-premise” signage industry.


I Am Curious Yellow Pages

Published March 12, 2013


Green Lady No More

Published March 11, 2013


SGP Partners with Re-nourish

Published March 6, 2013


iPhone App Finds Certified Papers

Published March 4, 2013


National Day of Unplugging?

Published March 4, 2013


Call for Nominations: William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award

Published March 1, 2013


Stone Paper

Published February 28, 2013


In Living Color

Published February 27, 2013


The Grandest Printers of All

Published February 27, 2013

Today’s superwides, which are proliferating in terms of number of models on the market, boast much better image quality, resolution, speed, and versatility than their forebears.


The Sharing Economy

Published February 26, 2013


Say What? A 3D Printer Outputs Human Ears?

Published February 25, 2013


GreenBiz Forum Highlights the Latest Trends in Sustainable Business

Published February 21, 2013


Digital Wallcoverings Transform Interior Décor

Published February 21, 2013

The idea of printing materials that go on walls is not exactly new. Wallpaper, posters, murals, and other items have been printed by traditional technologies for decades, if not centuries.


Foam Corps

Published February 20, 2013


A Screaming Came Across the Sky...

Published February 19, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #42

Published February 19, 2013


Consider the Box

Published February 13, 2013


Down Under, Renewable Energy Is Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

Published February 12, 2013


The Weather Channel Goes Rogue

Published February 11, 2013


Two Sides Facebook Page Now Live

Published February 11, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #41

Published February 11, 2013



Published February 8, 2013


SFI Announces Forestry Photo Contest

Published February 7, 2013


Tell Two Sides What You Think

Published February 7, 2013


"Green Teams" Save the USPS Money

Published February 5, 2013


Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Published February 4, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #40

Published February 4, 2013


CPI Releases "Paper Myths" Booklet

Published January 31, 2013


The First E-Reader?

Published January 31, 2013


Moving Pictures: Vehicle Wraps Take the Wide-Format Show On the Road

Published January 30, 2013

A walk down the street, a drive on the highway, or a trip on mass transit today provides ample opportunities to experience one of the hottest specialty graphics growth areas: vehicle graphics. From personal vehicles with custom graphics, to commercial vans and tractor-trailers, to buses, rail cars, and even planes, fleets of all kinds are becoming more picture-esque than ever.


The Challenges of Going Paperless in the Windy City

Published January 29, 2013


Electronics and Environment Roundup

Published January 28, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #39

Published January 28, 2013


Hello: Goodbye?

Published January 23, 2013


Unisource Joins EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership

Published January 23, 2013


AF&PA Paper Recycling Contest

Published January 21, 2013


Douglass Screen Printers Achieves SGP Certification

Published January 18, 2013


#Paperless 2013, Part the Infinity: Whine and Cheese

Published January 17, 2013


January Hymn: Looking Backward and Forward

Published January 17, 2013

Richard looks at the printing shipment trends that happened over the previous year, and provides a bit of analysis.


What Should We Be Worried About?

Published January 16, 2013


Brazil Fast Food Chain Debuts Edible Packaging

Published January 15, 2013


Hashtag Takeover

Published January 14, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #37

Published January 14, 2013


The Lead-Crime Connection

Published January 11, 2013


Going Green Will *Not* Go Paperless in 2013

Published January 11, 2013


Cross Words

Published January 11, 2013


Starbucks’ Latest Reusable Cup Gambit

Published January 10, 2013


Twin Threats to Wisc.’s Paper Industry

Published January 9, 2013


NJ to Charge for Shopping Bags

Published January 9, 2013


Is Print the True Green Tech?

Published January 9, 2013


Canadian Dollars: Vending, Vidi, Vici

Published January 8, 2013


UK Supermarket Chain Offers Christmas Card Recycling

Published January 8, 2013


They Send Letters

Published January 8, 2013


IL Book Printer Sued for Air Pollution

Published January 7, 2013


Apparent Resolution

Published January 7, 2013


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #36

Published January 7, 2013


Out On the Holiday

Published December 14, 2012


One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s Poisson

Published December 14, 2012


Ricoh's Graham Moore on Sustainable Initiatives

Published December 14, 2012

Graham Moore, Director of Business Development for Ricoh Europe, talks to Richard Romano about Ricoh being named one of 100 global sustainable companies, their sustainable initiatives, and their embrace of the three Rs.


Context Lenses

Published December 13, 2012


Telephone Lines

Published December 12, 2012


Cory Sawatski of CGX on workflow automation with Enfocus Switch

Published December 12, 2012

Cory Sawatski, Director of Print Technology for Consolidated Graphics, talks to Richard Romano about using Enfocus Switch to automate repetitive workflow tasks.


US GPO Achieves SGP Certification

Published December 11, 2012


Kevin Horey of Xerox on new technologies

Published December 11, 2012

Kevin Horey, Xerox VP of Production Products, talks to Richard Romano about new technologies recently introduced by Xerox, including the Nuvera line as well as workflow solutions.


Erasable Toner

Published December 10, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #35

Published December 10, 2012


Community Sustainability

Published December 6, 2012


"A Keyboard, How Quaint"

Published December 6, 2012


Sustainability a Key Factor for Consumers, Survey Finds

Published December 5, 2012


Workflow Automation and the Advantages of Enfocus Switch

Published December 5, 2012

Richard Romano talks to Andrea Mahoney, President of Tribay Enterprise and Ted Vahey, Owner of All Systems Integration, about workflow automation and the benefits of Enfocus Switch.


Applications that Stick: Magnetic Media

Published December 5, 2012

New developments, and at least one new system, are opening up magnetic media to entire new applications for small- and wide-format printers and installers. Vehicle graphics is one burgeoning field, as is magnetic signage, and even entire wall coverings.


3D Printing, Part the Second

Published December 4, 2012


Forge Graphic Works Achieves SGP Certification

Published December 3, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #34

Published December 3, 2012


Meet the Beetles

Published November 30, 2012


Carbon Auction Action

Published November 29, 2012


Forests In Danger

Published November 28, 2012


Share Wear

Published November 27, 2012


Student Packaging Design Competition Now Open

Published November 27, 2012


Paper Drives

Published November 26, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #33

Published November 26, 2012


Hungry Like the Wolf

Published November 23, 2012


Thought for Food

Published November 22, 2012


Looking at Clouds from Both Sides

Published November 21, 2012


The Twinkie Defense

Published November 20, 2012


Pulp Friction

Published November 19, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #32

Published November 19, 2012



Published November 16, 2012


Polar Expresses

Published November 15, 2012


Green Design: The Missing Link?

Published November 14, 2012


Eli Cloots of Enfocus on automating workflows

Published November 14, 2012

Eli Cloots, Director of Product Management at Enfocus, talks to Richard Romano about "islands of automation" in print workflows and how Switch is able to tie them all together.


Walgreens Debuts New "Green" Product Line

Published November 13, 2012


For Kimberly-Clark, Bamboo Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Published November 12, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #31

Published November 12, 2012


Look Into the Light: Miracle Cures On The Horizon

Published November 9, 2012

Richard Romano talks about UV printing from a technology standpoint, identifies where LED technology fits into the overall scheme of things, and looks to see what the future may hold for it.


Green People

Published November 8, 2012


Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Published November 7, 2012


SGIA Recap: EFI Leverages New Technologies to Boost Productivity, Image Quality

Published November 7, 2012

Although predominantly known as a workflow company-"Fiery" is essentially synonymous with RIPing-EFI was demonstrating at SGIA a couple of weeks ago its prowess in developing wide-format hardware, with models on display that showcased two of the company's new technological developments.


Falling Back

Published November 6, 2012


Yet Another Post About Sandy

Published November 5, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #30

Published November 5, 2012


Statue of Limitations

Published November 2, 2012


Triceratops, You'll Like It!

Published November 2, 2012


Printing’s Next Dimension

Published November 1, 2012


3M: Sustainability That Sticks?

Published October 31, 2012


Survey Says! Sustainability Is Top Trend in Packaging

Published October 30, 2012


Sandy In My Shoes Brings Memories of the Salty Air...

Published October 29, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #29

Published October 29, 2012


Next Monday: 23rd Consecutive Chicago Paper Show

Published October 29, 2012


No Whey!

Published October 26, 2012


That Was the Expo That Was: SGIA Recap

Published October 26, 2012

Richard Romano gives a walk through of SGIA Expo-held October 18-20 in Las Vegas- where every conceivable surface and object was printed on for his enjoyment.


Recycle Your Old iPhone

Published October 25, 2012


They Get Letters

Published October 24, 2012


Yes Print Day!

Published October 23, 2012


Newsweek Announces Green Rankings

Published October 22, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #28

Published October 22, 2012


Last of the Steam-Powered Trains

Published October 18, 2012


Viva Las Vegas: Getting the Most Out of the SGIA Expo

Published October 18, 2012

This week, today, to be precise, the annual SGIA Expo kicks off at the Las Vegas Convention Center and runs October 18–20. There is a tendency in pre- and post-trade show coverage to recite a litany of vendors, products, and specifications, but one of the important things to understand about the wide-format market is that it is all about applications.


Mickey Goes Green!

Published October 17, 2012


EPEAT Performance

Published October 16, 2012


Return Receipt

Published October 15, 2012


It’s Infection Prevention Week

Published October 15, 2012


Sacre Bleu!

Published October 12, 2012


Sanitized Telephones?

Published October 12, 2012


FTC Revised Green Guides Finally Appear

Published October 11, 2012


When the Sun’s Over the Lanyard...

Published October 10, 2012


Not In the Cards

Published October 9, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #27

Published October 8, 2012


Going Green Digest

Published October 5, 2012


HP Latex Inks Certified by UL Environment

Published October 4, 2012


Dave Tecson of CGX on Workflow Automation

Published October 4, 2012

Richard Romano talks to Dave Tecson, Workflow and Operations Specialist at Consolidated Graphics, about workflow automation and the challenges in setting these systems up.


SGP "Takes Action" to Promote Sustainable Printing

Published October 3, 2012



Published October 3, 2012


The Logfather

Published October 2, 2012


Dirty Data

Published October 1, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #26

Published October 1, 2012


Dead Salmon, Exploding Colons, and the Mathematics of Ponytails Honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

Published September 28, 2012


Intel Outside

Published September 27, 2012


Display Graphics on Display at Upcoming Graph Expo

Published September 27, 2012

The month of October brings a brace of major trade shows for the printing industry; October 7–10 brings Graph Expo, as it always does, to McCormick Place in Chicago, while October 18–20 brings the annual SGIA Expo to the Las Vegas Convention Center. WhatTheyThink will be on the prowl at both shows with video, actual written reports, and more.


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Published September 26, 2012


Of Rats, GMOs, and Bad Science

Published September 25, 2012


Forest, Trees

Published September 24, 2012


Exit Through Gift Shop

Published September 24, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #25

Published September 24, 2012


Of Organic Foods and Meta Analyses

Published September 21, 2012


Top Publishers Ally with SFI

Published September 20, 2012


Drops in Demand

Published September 19, 2012



Published September 18, 2012


PNEAC Announces 2012 "Environmental Publication of the Year"

Published September 17, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #24

Published September 17, 2012


Fit to be Dyed

Published September 14, 2012


Tough On Shoes

Published September 13, 2012


A Portrait of the Artist as a Wide-Format Printer: Learn to Think Creatively

Published September 13, 2012

In last week's feature, guest writer Dan Marx outlined five "essential truths" about wide-format printing, and in his introduction he mentioned that he's witnessed "a full-blown revolution: a complete movement away from old-school analog technology." Over the past several months, as I have spoken to equipment manufacturers and suppliers for these weekly features, as well as other analysts, one thing that always comes up is the fact that more and more traditional printing companies are expanding into wide-format printing


Intel, HP Collaborate on Most Energy Efficient Data Center

Published September 12, 2012


"Nice Dress; Where Did You Get It Printed?"

Published September 11, 2012


The Mariners Go Nuts

Published September 11, 2012


Making the Grade

Published September 10, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #23

Published September 10, 2012


My Friend Goo

Published September 7, 2012


Tissues of Lies?

Published September 6, 2012


Heating Up the Alphabet Soup

Published September 6, 2012


Duke of Oil 2

Published September 5, 2012


Two Sides Live!

Published September 4, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fast #22

Published September 4, 2012


The Big Squeeze

Published August 31, 2012



Published August 30, 2012


Duke of Oil

Published August 29, 2012


Beyond Paper: New Wide-Format Substrate Options

Published August 29, 2012

In last week’s feature, we spoke about flatbed wide-format printers, and remarked that one of their big selling points was that they could print on a bewildering variety of materials—increasing the number of applications that creative shops could develop, the more niches shops could carve out for themselves, and the better they could serve their clients.


Reissued CDs

Published August 28, 2012


Cold-Hearted Orb That Rules the Night

Published August 27, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #21

Published August 27, 2012


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Published August 24, 2012


Their Five-Year Mission...To Seek Out New Metrics

Published August 23, 2012


PrintCity Releases Print Edition of "Green" Industry Reference Book

Published August 22, 2012


Wide-Format Flatbed Printers Are On a Roll

Published August 22, 2012

Since the advent of the wide-format printing market in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the vast majority of the output devices on the market have been rollfed devices, printing on flexible substrates like paper or canvas that unfurled into the device, rather like a web press. The finished graphic was then often mounted onto a rigid material for display, installation, or other end use.


Cleveland Rocks

Published August 21, 2012


Clutching at Straw

Published August 20, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #20

Published August 20, 2012


Let There Be More Light

Published August 17, 2012


Nanu Nano

Published August 16, 2012


The Office [Paper]

Published August 15, 2012


This Just In: Everyone Confused by Eco Labels!

Published August 15, 2012


Dark Clouds and Silver Linings: The Latest Economic Data May Be Gloomy...But Data are Not Destiny

Published August 15, 2012

This week, we’re going to take a step back from our look at the nuts and bolts of wide-format printing technology and look at the industry and the economy from “20,000 feet”—and hopefully not have a William Shatner-esque experience.


Ricoh Suave

Published August 14, 2012


Metal Lithographer J.L. Clark Achieves SGP Certification

Published August 13, 2012


Unisource Acquires Pakit

Published August 13, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #19

Published August 13, 2012


Beak Performance

Published August 10, 2012


Sun Specs

Published August 9, 2012


Facebook Reveals Its Carbon Footprint

Published August 8, 2012


Digital Printer Chosen NH Green Business of the Year

Published August 7, 2012


Navigating the RIP Tide: Print Workflow Software Comes in All Shapes, Sizes, and Capabilities

Published August 7, 2012

Richard provides some features and issues to keep a special eye out for when looking at RIP's for wide-format printing.


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #18

Published August 6, 2012


There's a Fungus Among Us: Dell's New Packaging Options

Published August 6, 2012


Friendly Skies, Unfriendly Airports

Published August 3, 2012


Once In A...

Published August 3, 2012


Canopy Launches Search for Greenest Printer

Published August 2, 2012


Going for the Green

Published August 1, 2012


Office Depot Offers First Eco-Labels for Electronics

Published July 31, 2012


End Game: In Wide-Format Printing, Finishing is Where the Real Work Begins

Published July 31, 2012

Those new to wide-format printing—and even some veterans—often give short shrift to what happens to a print once it comes off press. In wide-format printing, however, the real added value is often in the finishing.


Learn from the Winners: TC Transcontinental

Published July 30, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fact Fact #17

Published July 30, 2012


Power Windows

Published July 26, 2012


Numbing Numbers on Climate Change

Published July 25, 2012


The Plastic Bag Debate: To Tax or To Ban?

Published July 24, 2012


Beyond the Pale: White Inks Offer Unique Wide-Format Challenges and Applications

Published July 24, 2012

Those of us used to traditional offset and digital printing rarely give the concept of white ink a second thought. After all, “white” is typically synonymous with the color of paper, so when we want something to be white, we design it with the absence of any color. (Tellingly, in Adobe InDesign, we select the color swatch labeled “Paper.”) There are situations, however, when—oxymoronic as it may seem—we need to specify the color white.


Learn from the Winners: Premier Press

Published July 23, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #16

Published July 23, 2012


Camp It Up with Outdoorsy iPhone Adapter

Published July 20, 2012


Rocky Road to Renewable Energy?

Published July 19, 2012


A New Label in Town?

Published July 19, 2012


Rinse and EPEAT

Published July 18, 2012


Unisource Re-Commits to Healthy Schools

Published July 18, 2012


One Little Victory

Published July 17, 2012


Wide-Format Printing Presents Unique Sustainability Challenges, Opportunities

Published July 17, 2012

The past five years have seen an increased discussion of, and emphasis on, the idea of “sustainability.” Sustainability can refer to many things, but one of the oft-discussed components of it is environmental sustainability. That is, what is the impact of a product or process on the environment, and what are the ways of reducing that impact?


Learn from the Winners: EarthColor

Published July 16, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #15

Published July 16, 2012


The Sound of Old T. Rex

Published July 13, 2012


Comic CERNs?

Published July 13, 2012


A/C Dicey

Published July 12, 2012


Paper Love

Published July 11, 2012


Seal of Approval

Published July 10, 2012


Learn From the Winners: DST Output

Published July 9, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #14

Published July 9, 2012


Scent to Press

Published July 6, 2012


Owed to Joy

Published July 6, 2012


A Tale of Two Packages

Published July 5, 2012


May the Fourth Be With You

Published July 4, 2012


Tree Huggies?

Published July 3, 2012


Learn from the Winners: Sandy Alexander

Published July 2, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #13

Published July 2, 2012


Treadmill to Oblivion

Published June 29, 2012


Farewell, Lonesome George

Published June 28, 2012


Grass Gas

Published June 27, 2012


RIT’s Whittaker Honored for Environmental Work in Printing Field

Published June 26, 2012


No-Print Day Post-Mortem

Published June 25, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #12

Published June 25, 2012


Day of the Locust

Published June 22, 2012


The Ecosystem that Jack Built...

Published June 21, 2012


Toshiba Cancels "No Print Day"

Published June 21, 2012


200 Hotels

Published June 20, 2012


Air Conditioning

Published June 19, 2012


Sprinting Into Sustainability?

Published June 18, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #11

Published June 18, 2012


The Trouble with Triffids

Published June 14, 2012


Print Will Survive Toshiba

Published June 14, 2012


Klaatu Barada Nikto!

Published June 13, 2012



Published June 12, 2012


Toshiba’s Hatchet Job

Published June 11, 2012


Two Sides Fast Fact #10

Published June 11, 2012


Gene Genies

Published June 8, 2012


Sustainability-Based Bonuses

Published June 7, 2012


Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Published June 6, 2012


Venus Envy

Published June 5, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #9

Published June 4, 2012


Tickling the Ivory

Published June 1, 2012


Rainforest Alliance Turns 25

Published May 31, 2012


A New Footprint?

Published May 31, 2012


Unisource Global Solutions Wins Two Awards for Sustainable Packaging

Published May 30, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #9

Published May 29, 2012


Oce Can See the Forest for the Trees

Published May 29, 2012


Happy Anniversary, Electron

Published May 25, 2012


Apple iGrid?

Published May 24, 2012


Longevity and Coffee: Grounds for Skepticism?

Published May 23, 2012


MIT's Interactive Sustainability Study

Published May 23, 2012


O2 Tracks CO2

Published May 22, 2012


International Paper Releases 2011 Sustainability Report

Published May 21, 2012


The Environmental Innovation Awards—How Tweet It Was

Published May 21, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #8

Published May 21, 2012


FatFonts Offers New Approach to Visually Representing Numbers

Published May 18, 2012


Water, Water Everywhere...

Published May 16, 2012


The Paperless Office Redux

Published May 15, 2012


New Testing Requirements Sour Manufacturers on Energy Star

Published May 14, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #7

Published May 14, 2012


Built to Spill

Published May 11, 2012


SGP On a Roll

Published May 10, 2012


Mohawk Reinvention

Published May 9, 2012


Games People Play

Published May 9, 2012


Award Announcement: Best Environmental Publications for Printers

Published May 7, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #6

Published May 7, 2012


Sic Transit Venus

Published May 4, 2012


E-Waste Not, Want Not

Published May 3, 2012


Honest Teasing On Facebook

Published May 2, 2012


For Better or Verse

Published May 1, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #5

Published April 30, 2012


Hoppy Days

Published April 30, 2012


Because It’s There

Published April 27, 2012


Bad Air Day

Published April 26, 2012


Next Year’s Models

Published April 25, 2012


WhatTheyThink Announces the Winners of the Fourth Annual Environmental Innovation Awards

Published April 24, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #4

Published April 23, 2012


Happy Earth Day!

Published April 22, 2012


It’s Not Your Earth Day Anymore

Published April 19, 2012


The Cloud and Carbon

Published April 18, 2012


A Failure to Communicate?

Published April 17, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #3

Published April 16, 2012


Ohio’s VMS is the Latest SGP-Certified Printer

Published April 16, 2012


A Night to Remember

Published April 14, 2012


Thank God It’s Friday the 13th

Published April 13, 2012


2nd Science & Engineering Festival

Published April 13, 2012


Let There Be More Light

Published April 12, 2012


The Vast Waste Land

Published April 11, 2012


In One's Cups

Published April 10, 2012


SGP Goes Down Under

Published April 9, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fact Fact #2

Published April 9, 2012



Published April 6, 2012


Baby Got Bacteria

Published April 6, 2012


A Different Kind of Madness

Published April 5, 2012


A Very GoodYear?

Published April 4, 2012


Sustainable Packaging Symposium

Published April 2, 2012


Five Days Left--There's Still Time to Submit Environmental Innovation Awards Applications

Published April 2, 2012


Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #1

Published April 2, 2012


What Are Words For?

Published March 30, 2012


The Boxer

Published March 29, 2012


Digitizing Trees

Published March 28, 2012


Going Green Welcomes Our Latest Environmental Innovation Awards Sponsors

Published March 26, 2012


Potent Unpotables

Published March 23, 2012


Rule Britannica?

Published March 22, 2012


(Not) Out of Africa

Published March 21, 2012


Above the Fold

Published March 20, 2012


WhatTheyThink Extends Environmental Innovation Awards Application Deadline

Published March 20, 2012


As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs

Published March 20, 2012


Green Eggs (But No Ham)

Published March 19, 2012


Environmental Refugees

Published March 16, 2012


Oh, the Places You'll Go Green

Published March 15, 2012


Infotrends's Barb Pellow's Observation on Graphic Communication Trends

Published March 13, 2012

Richard Romano and Barb Pellow from Infortrends discuss the upcoming trends of 2012 at how this year's drupa could affect that outcome.


Green Apples

Published March 12, 2012


Gas Pains

Published March 9, 2012


Greenpeace Follows "The Ramin Paper Trail" and Finds Protected Tree Fibers

Published March 8, 2012


There’s No Place Like Homerton

Published March 7, 2012


WTT's Environmental Innovation Awards: Apply Early and Often!

Published March 7, 2012



Published March 7, 2012



Published March 6, 2012


Kodak Listens to its Users at GUA

Published March 6, 2012

GUA President Tom Clifford shares the 17 year history of the GUA with Richard Romano and explores their partnership with Kodak over the years.


SoBe It

Published March 5, 2012


Miller Zell Graphics Center Earns SGP Certification

Published March 5, 2012


Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Published March 2, 2012


You Know the Drill

Published March 1, 2012


ATT Announces New Eco-Label for Mobile Phones

Published February 29, 2012


Current Fashion

Published February 28, 2012


Happy Meals?

Published February 27, 2012


Top Green Gifts

Published February 24, 2012


Four Ideas for Making an Energy Transition

Published February 23, 2012


Green IT

Published February 22, 2012


TAPPI Webinar on Sustainability of Print and Paper

Published February 21, 2012


The Paperless Office?

Published February 20, 2012


Small Wonders

Published February 16, 2012


Leggo My Lego

Published February 15, 2012


PaperKarma’s Gonna Get You

Published February 14, 2012


Free Green-e Re:print Webinar

Published February 13, 2012


The Power of Printers?

Published February 13, 2012


Scuffle in the Studio

Published February 13, 2012


No Dis-Carding Allowed

Published February 10, 2012


Love Is in the Air

Published February 10, 2012


The Fingers Have Nowhere to Walk...

Published February 9, 2012


Alma Matters

Published February 8, 2012


Eco-Label Primer

Published February 7, 2012


How Green Is Your Media—Finland Edition

Published February 6, 2012


Light On One’s Feet?

Published February 3, 2012


“Clean” Energy May Not Be as Green As We Thought

Published February 2, 2012



Published February 2, 2012


Top Sustainability Reporting Trends

Published February 1, 2012


More Panda-monium

Published January 31, 2012


Print Gets a Dear John Letter

Published January 30, 2012


The Fourth Annual WhatTheyThink Environmental Innovation Awards Have Begun!

Published January 30, 2012


Lords o’ Leaping

Published January 27, 2012


Higher Gas Prices Due to Elimination of Ethanol Subsidies?

Published January 26, 2012


Weather Or Not...

Published January 25, 2012


WWF Seems to Rethink Anti-Paper Stance

Published January 23, 2012


European Parliament Cracks Down on E-Waste

Published January 23, 2012


Turn the Page

Published January 20, 2012


In Every Dream Home...

Published January 19, 2012


The Winters of Our Discontent

Published January 18, 2012


Oy Vegas

Published January 16, 2012


Forbidden Fibers

Published January 16, 2012


Armageddon Postponed

Published January 13, 2012


Walmart Launches The Green Room

Published January 12, 2012


Packaging Innovation Helps Save Strawberry Waste

Published January 11, 2012


Two Sides U.S. Site Now Live

Published January 11, 2012


The Big Green Easy

Published January 10, 2012


FESPA's Planet Friendly Printing Guide Now Available to Non-Members

Published January 9, 2012


Some, Um, Creative Ways to Help the Environment

Published January 9, 2012


PIA’s William D. Schaeffer Award

Published January 9, 2012


Happy Holidays

Published December 20, 2011


Employees Must Wash (But Not Dry) Hands

Published December 14, 2011


Durban: Deal or No Deal?

Published December 12, 2011


As: Time Goes By

Published December 12, 2011


Third-Party Environmental Audits On the Rise

Published December 5, 2011


Printer Paul Quyle Loses Battle with Cancer

Published December 5, 2011


GreenBottle to Launch First Paper Wine Bottle

Published November 29, 2011


COP17 Kicks Off in Durban, South Africa

Published November 29, 2011


Google Kills Green Energy Program

Published November 29, 2011


Made With the Wind

Published November 22, 2011


Black Friday Approacheth

Published November 22, 2011


The Road to 2050: Whither Sustainability?

Published November 22, 2011


Inkjet De-Inking a Topic to Dye For

Published November 15, 2011


A Solution for Climate Change: Get Old?

Published November 14, 2011


Puma Tries On Compostable Clothes

Published November 14, 2011


Meet the Beetles

Published November 8, 2011


Gimme Shellter

Published November 8, 2011


In Space, No One Can Hear You Wait

Published November 8, 2011


Whither Consumer Sustainability?

Published November 8, 2011


2012 Aveda Environmental Awards for Magazines

Published November 2, 2011


Welcome Back, Victoria

Published November 1, 2011


Direct Mail Overseas: A New Opt-Out Scheme

Published November 1, 2011


Greetings On Demand

Published October 25, 2011


Print Certification Across the Pond

Published October 24, 2011


Green Clouds for Google

Published October 24, 2011


Can Trees Offset Our Carbon Production?

Published October 17, 2011


New Apple Mobile-to-Print App for Greeting Cards

Published October 11, 2011


GreenPrint Software for Networked Printers

Published October 11, 2011


When in Portland...

Published October 11, 2011


When You Care Enough to Send the Very Sustainable

Published October 3, 2011


One More SGP-Certified Printer

Published October 3, 2011


We Get [Spam] Comments

Published September 29, 2011


Sustainability--The Designer's Perspective

Published September 27, 2011


22nd Consecutive Chicago Paper Show

Published September 26, 2011


...By Any Other Name

Published September 19, 2011


From Mill to Museum

Published September 19, 2011


SGP Celebrates Third Anniversary with New Look, Video Series

Published September 14, 2011


This Just In (Shameless Plug)

Published September 7, 2011



Published September 6, 2011


Sunrise, Sunset

Published September 6, 2011


Design Students Reimagine Discarded Sterilization Packaging

Published August 31, 2011


Definition of "Sustainable Packaging" Revised

Published August 30, 2011


I Talk to the Wind

Published August 30, 2011


Premier Press Latest SGP-Certified Plant

Published August 25, 2011


CSI: Brazil?

Published August 23, 2011


How to Recognize Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away

Published August 23, 2011


Green Red Alerts

Published August 16, 2011


Recycled Paper Packaging: Economics and Environmentalism

Published August 16, 2011


Plastic Disclosure Project to Debut Next Month

Published August 16, 2011


Greening the Apple

Published August 9, 2011


Rewritable E-Paper In Development

Published August 8, 2011


Printers and Certified Paper

Published August 5, 2011


Nice Is Nice in the Fall

Published August 3, 2011


Green Cigarettes?

Published August 2, 2011


It's Not Easy Being...

Published August 1, 2011


Carbon Nation

Published August 1, 2011


Easter Everywhere?

Published August 1, 2011


Tracking E-Waste at MoMA

Published July 27, 2011


Is Zero Waste Really Zero Waste?

Published July 26, 2011


W[h]ither the Phone Book?

Published July 25, 2011


A Newbie's Guide to Renewable Energy

Published July 25, 2011


AIGA Extends Deadline for (Re)Design Awards

Published July 25, 2011


Report from Down Under: The Accidental Environmentalists

Published July 18, 2011


Lego Plays Well with Forests

Published July 18, 2011


New Report Finds Record Paper Recycling Rates, Sustainable Virgin Fiber Sourcing

Published July 15, 2011


Dell Adds Staples to Recycling Program

Published July 11, 2011


GreenBlue Offers Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

Published July 11, 2011


Inkjet Printing Could Be a Boon for...Solar Energy?

Published July 7, 2011


Vax ev Made from Its Own Packaging

Published July 5, 2011


Puma's Compostable Shopping Bags

Published July 5, 2011


Call for Entries: AIGA (Re)design Awards

Published June 30, 2011


PolyCello Becomes First SGP-Certified Canadian Printer

Published June 27, 2011


Learn From the Winners: Monroe Litho

Published June 27, 2011


Q&A On Sustainability

Published June 27, 2011


Learn From the Winners: Standard Register

Published June 20, 2011


Two Sides Comes to This Side of the Pond

Published June 20, 2011


Review of Paper Scorecards

Published June 13, 2011


Learn From the Winners: EarthColor

Published June 13, 2011


Sustainability in 7

Published June 6, 2011


Learn From the Winners: Patient News

Published June 6, 2011


2013 Will be Sustainability "Tipping Point"?

Published June 1, 2011


Paper: Helping Grow Forests

Published May 30, 2011


"Now, It's Garbage!"

Published May 30, 2011


Learn From the Winners: PrintingForLess

Published May 30, 2011


Updated Green Report

Published May 23, 2011


Two Sides On the Radio

Published May 23, 2011


Environmental Innovation Awards

Published May 23, 2011


Wish You Were Here

Published May 18, 2011


Social Networking Vending Machine

Published May 18, 2011


Agri-Fiber Paper

Published May 16, 2011


Speech-Powered Cellphones?

Published May 16, 2011


RIP Green Marketing?

Published May 16, 2011


New Life for Old Books

Published May 9, 2011


That Old College Try II

Published May 9, 2011


New Mac "Rogueware" Alert

Published May 7, 2011


PaperPhone: The Smartphone of the Future?

Published May 6, 2011


Environmental Impacts of Electronic Devices

Published May 2, 2011


The Old College Try

Published May 2, 2011


Happy Anniversary To Us

Published April 22, 2011


WhatTheyThink Announces the Winners of the Third Annual Environmental Innovation Awards

Published April 22, 2011


Green Peeves

Published April 21, 2011


The Benefits of Corporate Sustainability

Published April 18, 2011


Welcome to "Green Week"!

Published April 18, 2011


New RIT Monographs Look at the Environmental Impact of Print

Published April 11, 2011


SFI Fires Back

Published April 11, 2011


"Zero Waste" in the Data Center

Published April 4, 2011


The Eco-Label Battle Continues

Published April 4, 2011


Sustainable Business: Poll Positions

Published March 28, 2011


New PBS Documentary Bags the Question

Published March 28, 2011


Environmental Innovation Awards Application Deadline Extended

Published March 28, 2011


PrintCity Releases New "Carbon Footprint" Special Report

Published March 21, 2011


Environmental Go-To Logos

Published March 21, 2011


Paper and Print Fight Back

Published March 21, 2011


The Green Roundtable, The Final Chapter

Published March 14, 2011


Green Highlights from the Print UV Conference

Published March 14, 2011


Print UV Conference Keeps Printers, Vendors All On the Same Wavelength

Published March 11, 2011

The Fourth Annual Print UV Conference brought printers and vendors together to pool their knowledge, share tips, techniques, and processes, and solve problems. Two days’ worth of sessions showcased new ink and substrate developments, case studies, and a plethora of panel discussions and interactive Q&As.


Past Environmental Innovation Award Winners: EarthColor

Published March 10, 2011


Green Plastics?

Published March 7, 2011


Meet Our Past Environmental Innovation Award Winners: AllpakTrojan

Published March 7, 2011


The Green Roundtable-Part 2

Published March 7, 2011


This Just In: iPad 2 Coming This Month

Published March 2, 2011


Graphics of the Americas Keynote Speaker, Session Presenters Look to Future of Media

Published March 1, 2011

Knight Foundation director of digital media John Bracken gave the keynote address at Graphics of the Americas last week in which he discussed the future of media and journalism in the age of social media. Other sessions focused on traditional print business issues, as well as integrating new and social media initiatives.


FESPA's Green Day

Published February 28, 2011


The Green Roundtable-Part 1

Published February 28, 2011


FESPA’s Global Business Forum “Green Day” Takes the Long View of Sustainability

Published February 28, 2011

The FESPA Americas’ Global Business Forum devoted a half-day suite of sessions to sustainability in the printing industry, offering perspectives from equipment vendors, commercial printers, certification organizations, and independent consultants—as well as a keynote address from Nike.


UV Printing Comes Alive at Upcoming Print UV Conference

Published February 23, 2011

The upcoming Print UV Conference in Las Vegas will offer a wealth of information and resources about the technological, environmental, and business opportunities to be had with UV printing. Sessions run the gamut from new inks and substrates to selling and marketing UV-printed products.


BASF Ecolabel Database

Published February 21, 2011


PIA's William D. Schaeffer Award

Published February 21, 2011


Graphics of the Americas 2011 Heads North to Orlando; Increases Focus on Wide-Format

Published February 18, 2011

Next week’s 36th annual Graphics of the Americas show, colocated with FESPA Americas, increases its focus on educational programs for present and prospective wide-format service providers. The show also retains its focus on traditional printing, as well as content creation via the colocated Cre8 Conference targeted to graphic designers and publishers.


Green vs. Sustainable

Published February 14, 2011


UL Goes Green

Published February 14, 2011


Océ Print Business Forum Envisions the Future

Published February 9, 2011

Océ’s Envision the Future Forum, held last week in Houston, TX, drew on keynote presentations, strategy sessions, networking opportunities, and a print shop tour to help printers understand which aspects of print are growing, get a sneak peak at some cutting-edge “interactive print” applications, and develop business strategies for success.


Announcing the Third Annual WhatTheyThink Environmental Innovation Awards

Published February 8, 2011


Going Green Goes GoA

Published February 8, 2011


Open Thread

Published February 7, 2011


The Latest in Black Liquor

Published February 7, 2011


Down in the Mall

Published January 31, 2011


Strategies for Green Marketing

Published January 31, 2011


Paper Trail?

Published January 28, 2011


New Industry Business Conditions Study Now Available

Published January 26, 2011


Revised SGP Certification Criteria

Published January 24, 2011


Greening Print Marketing

Published January 24, 2011


Green Advertising

Published January 24, 2011


Upcoming FESPA Americas 2011 to Offer Unique Hands-On Events for Screen, Textile, and Wide-Format Printers

Published January 18, 2011

FESPA Americas 2011 comes to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, in February, and offers business strategies, market trends, new technologies, and unique hands-on workshops for commercial printers, wide-format specialists, and screen printers. The Wrap Cup Masters is an open competition where contestants vie to wrap a variety of vehicles right at the show.


ConVerd Enviroboard

Published January 17, 2011


Green IT

Published January 17, 2011


Sustainability 2011

Published January 17, 2011


Open Thread

Published January 17, 2011


We Get Comments

Published January 17, 2011


Green Predictions for 2011

Published January 10, 2011


Cash for Recycling

Published January 10, 2011


Meet the EFPA

Published January 10, 2011


iPad Report 1.1

Published January 6, 2011


Happy Holidays from Going Green

Published December 22, 2010


E-Book vs. P-Book, Round 2

Published December 22, 2010


A Good Problem to Have

Published December 20, 2010


2011 Forecast: Looking Forward and Back

Published December 18, 2010


Countdown to FESPA Americas 2011

Published December 14, 2010

Set to open February 24th, FESPA Americas 2011 is the best opportunity the print industry gets to bring its international community together. We’ve highlighted six special features of the show that promise to entertain and enlighten.


P&G's Zero-Waste Manufacturing Initiative

Published December 13, 2010


Cancún Update

Published December 13, 2010


WWF Jumps the Shark

Published December 13, 2010


Starbucks Pilot Program Caffeinates Recycling Program

Published December 6, 2010


Cancún Update

Published December 6, 2010


All About Bioplastics

Published December 6, 2010


A New Shopping Season, a New Flood of E-Waste

Published November 29, 2010


Practice What You Print?

Published November 29, 2010


WiFi's Bite is Worse Than Bark?

Published November 23, 2010


MNN Sees Green with Green

Published November 22, 2010


Dell Computer on Sustainable Packaging

Published November 22, 2010


Countdown to Cancun

Published November 22, 2010


FESPA Brings Global Wide-Format Printing Expertise to the U.S.

Published November 19, 2010

For the first time ever FESPA Americas will be held in the United States. FESPA has existed for almost 50 years, and this years’ event promises not to disappoint. Richard Romano has laid out all the details you need to learn more about the organization, the event and its history.


I, Pad

Published November 16, 2010


FTC Green Guide Tweetchat

Published November 15, 2010


Whither the Phone Book?

Published November 15, 2010


Greenbuild Expo Comes to Chicago

Published November 15, 2010


FTC's Green Guides

Published November 10, 2010


Can Cloud Computing Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Published November 8, 2010


While You Were Art

Published November 5, 2010


A Note from Our Friends at Unisource

Published November 5, 2010


David Pogue on E-Books

Published November 4, 2010


Print Business Shopping Lists

Published November 4, 2010


National Geographic: One Magazine’s Carbon Footprint

Published November 3, 2010


Finch Paper and MWV Win AF&PA Sustainability Leadership Awards

Published October 31, 2010


Packaging: Making the [Biode]grade

Published October 28, 2010


Sustainability Starts at Work or Home

Published October 26, 2010


Meet The Blogfather Part II

Published October 25, 2010


Graph Expo 2010: Back to the Future

Published October 5, 2010

Bo Jackson (yes, THAT Bo Jackson) was a keynote speaker. Offset presses seemed completely absent. Throngs of passionate spectators showed up at a time when some experts say the industry is perched for the second half of the double dip. Richard Romano reports on a Graph Expo that, so far, is full of pleasant surprises.


Graph Expo Opens!

Published October 3, 2010


Updated E-Book Primer Report Now Available!

Published September 7, 2010


New Business Conditions Report Now Available

Published August 3, 2010



Published July 18, 2010


Ipex Post-Mortem: International Social Networking - In the Flesh

Published May 27, 2010

So you thought you might like to go to the show? If so, you discovered that the best thing about trade shows like Ipex, Drupa, Print, and Graph Expo isn't necessarily checking out new products and technologies - although that helps. Instead, these shows are forums for the original social networking.


Thought for Food

Published May 21, 2010


Could Happy Days Be Here Again? Optimism at Ipex Portends Potential Industry Renaissance

Published May 20, 2010

"Smiles, everyone, smiles!" That's not something one has heard at a printing industry trade show in rather a long time, but this year’s Ipex—which opened Tuesday, May 18, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK—is one of the happier occasions I (or many) can recall in a good long time.


Live from Ipex: Presstek Unveils New DI Press

Published May 19, 2010


Live from Ipex

Published May 19, 2010


On User Groups

Published April 12, 2010


Kodak's User Group: Paneling

Published April 12, 2010


Playing Media Twister for Fun and Profit, or A Pizza the Action

Published March 30, 2010

This week’s excerpt from the forthcoming book, Disrupting the Future: Uncommon Wisdom for Navigating Print’s Challenging Marketplace by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano, takes that general idea a few steps further, and offers six concrete strategies for making the transition from a “printing company” to a new communications logistics management company. The goal is to minimize risk, which is actually a key attribute of successful entrepreneurship, while creating a new relationship with the marketplace that others can’t seem to see.


Unleash Your Inner Artist: Six Strategies for Success

Published March 25, 2010


Carve the Stone Away: Creating vs. Finding Opportunities

Published March 17, 2010

This week’s excerpt from the forthcoming book, Disrupting the Future: Uncommon Wisdom for Navigating Print’s Challenging Marketplace by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano, looks at one vital issue for the “renaissance” of the printing industry, pun intended: to think like an artist.


Disrupting the Power of Print

Published March 10, 2010


The Grapes of Wrath: The Brand Protection Conference Offers a Sobering Look at Wine Counterfeiting

Published March 1, 2010

At the Brand Protection Conference, the hands-on demonstration of wine label counterfeiting draws some sobering conclusions about brand protection, fraud prevention, and digital printing.


Graphics of the Americas Takes On New Dimensions

Published February 26, 2010

Graphics of the Americas keynote speaker looks at the future of interactive displays--it's all very touching.


Print Across and Down

Published February 23, 2010


35th Annual Graphics of the Americas Comes to Miami Beach

Published February 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again, when graphic arts snowbirds flock to the Sunshine State to take in the pastel-hued wonders of South Beach—and learn about the latest developments in graphics and printing.


Social and Antisocial Media

Published February 18, 2010

I was meeting with my accountant last week, and since I am always curious as to what other professionals and businesses outside the printing industry are doing, the subject of social media came up—LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, et al., and he just sighed and said, “You know, I just don’t want to do any of that.” This same feeling was echoed by an old friend of mine who is the editor of Police magazine—and is echoed by a lot of people in various types of businesses.


A New Decade?

Published January 12, 2010


Look to 2010—Because You Really Have No Choice

Published November 20, 2009

This week, WhatTheyThink published our latest graphic communications industry forecast report, cleverly titled Print and Creative Forecast 2010, a look back at the year that was and, naturally, a look ahead at the year that will be. I worked on it with Dr. Joe Webb, whose Economic and Research Center data provided good chart-fodder for our quantitative analysis and forecast.


Speaking of Networking...

Published November 12, 2009

Last Saturday was the twice-yearly Toastmasters District 53 Conference. I had been one of the two “co-chairs”—i.e., organizers—of the event, which was a long, nine-month process that was not unlike giving birth. The planning process generated seemingly terabytes of e-mails, an endless stream of phone calls (curse you, cellular technology!), and several reams of notes and other hard-copy documents.


Chaos in Control

Published November 6, 2009

There is no shortage of books on the market about the sea change in media, as the world continues its inexorable march from offline to online, a topic that, bookwise, is perhaps rivaled only by the supposedly imminent destruction of the world on December 21, 2012. (I wouldn’t expect that to be a particularly brisk Christmas shopping season.) But while 2012 will not be the end of the world as we know it (however fine we may feel), the changing media landscape is the end of the world—the end of the old world of mass media and mass marketing, and of a time when marketers could dictate the message.


At Next Week’s Print Buyers Conference, Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention

Published October 30, 2009

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Print Buyers Conference, which I found a compelling and enlightening mix of educational sessions, exhibitors representing printers across all markets and categories, and networking opportunities. Today’s installment of the Creative Corner will provide a preview of the 4th Annual Print Buyers Conference, and feature a chat with Margie Dana, guru (guress?) of print buyers, head of Print Buyers International, and the tireless organizer of the show.


Graphic Design Goes Mobile? iPhone Apps for Creatives

Published October 22, 2009

Whilst a primary component of the Creative Corner will be hardware and software reviews, I need to say a word or two at the outset about star ratings. It’s common in just about any review you read to see a product’s quality expressed as some number of stars, computer mice, or some other appropriate icon—or perhaps even an upward- or downward-pointing thumb, for those who like their ratings decidedly binary. (I always liked the San Francisco Chronicle’s movie review ratings which feature a cartoon viewer either falling out of his chair agog with enthusiasm, falling asleep bored, or something in between.)


Transpromo's Evil Twin?

Published October 18, 2009


Introducing the Creative Corner

Published October 15, 2009

Welcome to the first installment of WhatTheyThink’s “Creative Corner,” a weekly feature/column targeted toward graphic designers (print, Web, and beyond) and other creative professionals. In this space each week, I’ll be presenting business tips, hardware and software reviews, sales and marketing strategies, emerging technologies, and graphic communications and media trends.


I Have an App for That

Published October 8, 2009


How Green Is My Media?

Published September 1, 2009


Business as Unusual

Published July 15, 2009


Being Content with Content

Published May 20, 2009


Industry Association’s New Logo Imbued with Magical Powers

Published April 1, 2009


Brand Protection Conference Showcases Latest Anti-Fraud Technologies and Strategies

Published March 2, 2009


Faking It

Published February 27, 2009


Clipping Coupons

Published February 27, 2009


Crisis? What Crisis? Graphics of the Americas Draws Crowd to South Beach

Published February 27, 2009


Cultural Differences

Published February 26, 2009



Published February 26, 2009


The Club is Open

Published February 26, 2009


A GALA Night in Miami Beach

Published February 26, 2009


Southbound Again

Published February 20, 2009


Premium Content Kodak and Digital Printing: The Last Word

Published February 13, 2009


Graphics of the Americas to Provide Educational Sessions, Print Buying Boot Camp, Winter Reprieve

Published February 13, 2009


Graphic Design: A Recession-Proof Industry?

Published February 10, 2009


Big Deals

Published December 18, 2008


New Zealand's Most Wanted?

Published December 2, 2008


Novel Publishing Idea

Published November 20, 2008


Looking Fine in ’09?

Published November 17, 2008


ad:tech Day Two: Redefining Creative...and Our Businesses

Published November 6, 2008


ad:tech--day two: no capital letters allowed

Published November 5, 2008


Crisis? What Crisis? Optimism On Display at ad:tech New York

Published November 5, 2008


ad:tech Where the Eyes Are?

Published November 4, 2008


ad:tech Stop the Servers!

Published November 4, 2008


Liveblogging from ad:tech NY

Published November 4, 2008


Jet Pilot

Published October 13, 2008


Hacking [at] Esquire's E-Ink Cover

Published September 24, 2008


Dedicated Followers of Fashion

Published September 23, 2008


Hyperlinking Print—and Reality

Published September 19, 2008


Solo Napoleon

Published September 2, 2008


Creative Freelancer Conference--Day 2

Published September 1, 2008


Solo Acts

Published August 29, 2008


Tome Raider

Published July 31, 2008


Wish You Were Here

Published July 17, 2008


Green Thoughts

Published July 16, 2008


Wandering the Floors at NEXPO—Part 2

Published May 9, 2008


At NEXPO’s Capital Conference, Newspapers Seek New Ways to Remain Relevant

Published May 8, 2008


Premium Content New Fujifilm Offerings to Help Newspapers Cope with Changes in Industry

Published April 15, 2008


Counterfeiting and Brand Protection: A Conversation with Security Printing Expert Dick Warner

Published February 22, 2008


33rd Annual Graphics of the Americas Comes to Miami Beach

Published February 7, 2008


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