Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: March 18, 2016
Canada 150 is a national font for our friends up north. Basketball players now have their own typefaces. America must close this “font gap.”
Published: March 17, 2016
WhatTheyThink attended a pre-drupa event for Highcon at their headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Yavne, Israel. We were able to get an early look at what will be on full display at the Dusseldorf trade fair. The takeaway is that in four short years Highcon has gone from a single machine to a full portfolio of digital finishing products.
Published: March 17, 2016
Kristy Cameron, Creative Manager of Brand Expression for Starbucks, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how the Starbucks mission statement drives the brand image and the inspiration it provides to creatives. The goal is to make sure that everything they do has that human touch to it.
Published: March 15, 2016
John Berthelsen, VP of Business Development of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the tools available from PGSF to promote career opportunities in the printing industry. PGSF needs your support in educating today's students about opportunities in the industry, which is facing challenges due to an aging workforce, many of whom are preparing for retirement.
Published: March 14, 2016
Richard Romano talks to Ricoh VP John Fulena about Ricoh’s wide-format equipment and current trends in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) printing market.
Published: March 11, 2016
The number of independent bookstores is up as the total number of bookstores is down. Frank talks about new and used books. He sees no future in used e-books.
Published: March 10, 2016
School Datebooks serves 12,000 schools in 14 countries. Jeff Bapst, VP of Production, is getting great results with production inkjet for its academic planners, introducing more color and reducing the amount of offset printing required.
Published: March 9, 2016
Richard Romano talks to Steven Moreno, CEO of My Prints, on the company’s emphasis on apparel and costume printing, and the advantages and challenges of digital dye-sublimation textile printing.
Published: March 8, 2016
At Lofton Label, Jimmy Rana obtains measurable benefits from using EFI's Radius enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to optimize processes through comprehensive data gathering and analysis.
Published: March 7, 2016
Lawrence Chou, CEO of MGX Copy, an online commercial printer with 100% digital printing, talks about his "dim the lights" operation, rather than lights-out, and their focus on the customer experience. The company recently added 4 Ricoh PRO C9110 digital presses to its production platform and has aggressive future expansion plans.
Published: March 4, 2016
Converting printed books to digital form is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Information is more accessible than at any time in the history of the world. Fat good it does.
Published: March 2, 2016
Andy Fetherman, Director of Digital Solutions for Muller Martini, reports that the company will be in Hall 2 at drupa 2016 as well as a significant presence in other exhibitors' stands. He encourages printers to take the time to investigate the future of finishing at the show.
Published: March 1, 2016
Max Arnold, CEO of Berlin-based Arnold Group, talks about the growing demand for one-stop shopping across the media/print supply chain, and the importance of MIS solutions to effectively run the business.
Published: February 29, 2016
Dick Ryan, VP of Sales & Marketing at Publishers Press, a web printer with 19 web offset and 4 digital presses, talks about solutions that fit into their workflow and that of their customers, including content management that does not require a siloed workflow and the future of inkjet for magazines.
Published: February 26, 2016
E-books are up and print books are down. Print books are up and e-books are down. What’s going on? Just a reflection of the contradictory nature of the book consumer.
Published: February 25, 2016
Nathaniel Grant, President of Graphics and Marketing (GAM), a Virginia-based family-owned business. talks about migrating from 100% offset to 100% digital. Their latest digital press uses white ink, adding significant capability.
Published: February 22, 2016
Jim Sinclair, Print Production Manager at Lions Club International, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the digital printing services he offers to the organization's 1.4 million members world wide. The shop is working with Ricoh Professional Services to expand print offerings to members and external organizations.
Published: February 22, 2016
Richard Romano talks to Fujifilm’s Terry Mitchell about the company’s latest J Press Inkjet Presses and the current state of, and trends in, production inkjet.
Published: February 19, 2016
Frank found another example of beautiful printing. It is from Model Offset in Puerto Rico and was sent by Suzette Jimenez, a former RIT student.
Published: February 18, 2016
David Murphy, VP of Marketing for HP PageWide inkjet presses, talks about why it is important to attend drupa 2016. HP plans to demonstrate new technologies across its graphics portfolio and will be occupying the entirety of Hall 17 (more than 5,000 square meters). At drupa, exhibitors are showing the promise of the future for the graphics industry. Be there!