Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: August 1, 2017
Ron Sizemore, Partner at NYC-based Influence Graphics, describes his digital-only shop and a variety of wide format inkjet technologies. He describes the value of community events like Dscoop as a venue for innovation and inspiration that has helped him keep his company on a growth path.
Published: July 28, 2017
Frank takes us on a whirlwind tour of the history of recorded information and caps it with new discoveries that record information on bacteria DNA.
Published: July 27, 2017
Print MIS implementation is a never-ending process. Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about why the evolution of the Print MIS does not end after the initial implementation. The vendor releases new versions, your business keeps changing (new products, new workflows) - your Print MIS needs to evolve with your business forever.
Published: July 25, 2017
Ed Zumbiel shares his thoughts on Zumbiel Packaging's exciting new digital-flexo hybrid packaging press for folding carton production. The press includes the first installation of Kodak PROSPER 6000S production inkjet press for folding cartons production.
Published: July 21, 2017
Frank opines about blank comic books going back to print, paper made from stone, and all the waste generated by online retail. These are not related, except in Frank’s warped mind.
Published: July 20, 2017
Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson, software architect about how to protect yourself. One of the key questions that is often missed is "who owns what?" Where is the source code stored? If you own the software, you should have access to the source code under an account in your business name.
Published: July 18, 2017
Cece Smith, President of Toolbox Studios, worked for P&G for many years and brought her marketing expertise to SmithPrint. Now with her branding and marketing business operating as a sister company to SmithPrint, the two exploit the symbiotic relationship the two businesses offer to their respective clients. Smith cites her attendance at Dscoop as a key turning point for realizing how the two could be blended. She provides invaluable insight on how to create programs where print is not commoditized.
Published: July 14, 2017
While visiting EastPack, Frank is unsurprisingly drawn to a booth called "The Museum of Interesting Things" and talks to Denny Daniel who shows him some of the cool things in their collection.
Published: July 11, 2017
Ryan Smith, Vice President of Business Development at San Antonio based SmithPrint, talks about the company's unique relationship with its sister company, Toolbox Studios. The symbiotic relationship helps SmithPrint deliver cross-media services and variable data printing using its HP Indigo 7900 , HP Scitex FB 700 and its Heidelberg offset presses. Toolbox Studios also benefits from the ability to offer printing services along with her branding and marketing services.
Published: July 11, 2017
Laura DiSciullo, SVP of Marketing and Product Management at GS1 US talks about the history of GS1, they created the UPC barcode, and barcode and digital watermarks technology that is enabling active and intelligent packaging.
Published: July 10, 2017
Joakim Weidemanis, Vice President at Danaher, talks about the Danaher family of companies that play in the packaging supply chain, how they work together, the challenges they address, and where the company might go for future acquisitions.
Published: July 7, 2017
Frank provides a guided tour of EastPak 2017, complete with 3D printing, robotics, and invisible stealth companies.
Published: July 6, 2017
Google is judging you on multiple fronts as it pertains to mobile. Jennifer Matt interviews Kellie Rife, a front end web developer and user experience designer about how she thinks about servicing both audiences: Google and Your Customers.
Published: June 29, 2017
Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.
Published: June 29, 2017
Frank contends that he created the term “TWITTERS” and except for an S would be owed a lot of money. He shows examples from 1980 copies of TypeWorld.
Published: June 27, 2017
Fadal Iskander, VP of TPSi in Tulsa OK, reports his company has been offering digital printing since 1978. Today, the company has a robust portfolio of HP Indigo and wide format presses it uses to produce a variety of applications, from transactional printing to wedding invitations. Despite his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, Iskander has dedicated his career over the last 40 years to printing!
Published: June 26, 2017
Joe Lydic, Art Director at packaging converter ProAmpac, talks about how Esko HD Flexo has benefited the company in its analog to digital platemaking transformation. Its first commercial job earned the company a Print & Packaging award. ProAmpac was the first printer in the Western Hemisphere to be HD Flexo certified. He also talks about how Esko workflow helps the company be more efficient.
Published: June 23, 2017
Frank reviews a book called “Brand Luther” that tells the true story of an unknown monk who used printing to challenge the mightiest force on earth at the time.
Published: June 22, 2017
Your software should run your business, your people should run your software. Can you easily get to the trusted data of your business? Is it in a trusted system of record (Print MIS/ERP)? Or do you have to gather up data from many different sources to get to a version of the truth? Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about helping printers transition from people run business to a software run business.
Published: June 20, 2017
Anthony Narducci, President of O'Neil Printing in Phoenix, explains that the company has been operating in Downtown Phoenix for more than a century. But being a century-old company certainly doesn't mean they are old and stodgy! Narducci talks about its recent digital and wide format acquisitions and how they help O'Neil stay at the top of its game.