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Richard Romano

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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.

 

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