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Proposed Ban on Carbon Black Raises Red Flags for New York State Printers

Patrick Henry explains how a lack of understanding on the part of lawmakers could have a potentially devastating effect on printing and packaging companies in the Empire State.

Technology Review: Sustainable Innovations at FESPA Amsterdam 2024—Pioneering Eco-Conscious Print Solutions

FESPA Amsterdam 2024 displayed a marked emphasis on sustainability and eco-innovation, further highlighting a significant pivot in the industry’s trajectory. So says textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan in this review of the technology on display at the show.

It's All in the Prep! The Target Report Interview with Mike Kellogg, Century Direct

Mike Kellogg of Century Direct discusses the journey to identify what would make a transaction work for all the stakeholders involved. During this third of four interviews, he shares how important maintaining company culture and opportunities for the existing employees played into the process. Preparation, solid partners, and ongoing diligence were required to see the transaction through.

Johnson’s World: Big Virgo Energy

Johnson’s World looks to the stars for inspiration for promoting the efficacy of print.

Around the Web: Publishing Posters. Pyrotechnic Packaging. Mock Media. AI Aide. Agile ANYmal. Tail Tech. New Nova. Silent Solo. Dairy-esque Dye.

A new book celebrates the short-lived “literary poster” craze. A new zine looks at the art of fireworks packaging design. One of the most game-changing technologies in the history of civilization was affordable artificial light. A social media platform that doesn’t actually exist. A new wearable AI device. A four-legged dog-like robot can do parkour moves, freakishly enough. Jet suit racing is now a thing. A prehensile stabilizing tail for floating astronauts. Another upcoming celestial event. The decline of the guitar solo. Apparently it’s a real thing: Velveeta Hair Dye. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Lean Manufacturing for Today’s Businesses

Lean manufacturing is a well-recognized and powerful practice that can help optimize productivity and reduce waste. Despite the gradual improvements in our industry's supply chain, problems still exist. This article explores how PSPs can navigate today's business priorities and refine their supply chain to address the current business climate.

Eclipse-Themed Merch Got You Thinking?

For many of us, watching the April 8, 2024, eclipse was a wonder of nature, a rare and spectacular event to tuck into the memory bank. For marketers, however, it was a rare and spectacular event of another kind…the money-making kind. Heidi Tolliver-Walker rounds up some of the astronomical tie-ins.

How Sustainable Are Your Fashion Choices?

It’s no secret that the fashion industry has multiple sustainability challenges. Fashion brands are aware of their unsustainable practices, and some are making substantial changes. But dramatic change will not be driven by the collective conscience of the fashion industry, but by consumers. Cary Sherburne explains how consumers can make more sustainable fashion choices.

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Printing Outlook 2024 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The Printing Outlook 2024 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2024 and beyond.

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Assorted Publishing Establishments—2010–2021
Assorted Publishing Establishments—2010–2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2021 there were 726 establishments in NAICS 511199 (All Other Publishing). This category saw a net decrease of 39% since 2010, although establishments spiked from 2020 to 2021. In macro news, estimates of Q1 GDP are running around +2%. Full Analysis

Tales from the Database: These Are Not the Applications You’re Looking For
Tales from the Database: These Are Not the Applications You’re Looking For

Drawing on six years’ worth of Print Business Outlook surveys, our “Tales from the Database” series looks at historical data to see if we can spot any particular hardware, software, or business trends. This issue, we turn our attention to specialty printing—or any printing beyond traditional offset or digital commercial work. Full Analysis

February Graphic Arts Employment Remains Generally Flat
February Graphic Arts Employment Remains Generally Flat

Overall printing employment in February 2024 was little changed from January, with production employment down -1.0%, while non-production employment was down -0.6%, with net employment down -0.1%. Full Analysis

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Around the Web: Publishing Posters. Pyrotechnic Packaging. Mock Media. AI Aide. Agile ANYmal. Tail Tech. New Nova. Silent Solo. Dairy-esque Dye.

A new book celebrates the short-lived “literary poster” craze. A new zine looks at the art of fireworks packaging design. One of the most game-changing technologies in the history of civilization was affordable artificial light. A social media platform that doesn’t actually exist. A new wearable AI device. A four-legged dog-like robot can do parkour moves, freakishly enough. Jet suit racing is now a thing. A prehensile stabilizing tail for floating astronauts. Another upcoming celestial event. The decline of the guitar solo. Apparently it’s a real thing: Velveeta Hair Dye. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

Around the Web: Eclipse Eats. Wood Work. Modifier Methodology. Checkout Change. Wi-Fi Weirdness. Electronic Eyewear. Kangaroo Collisions. Bus Battle. Stick Status.

Eclipse-themed food and beverage items for Monday’s event. Cardiff, Wales’, Printed Festival 2024, this June. A new 3D printing ink based on wood waste. Did you know that there is a “royal order of adjectives”? Amazon is ending its “Just Walk Out” checkout—which wasn’t actually an automated system. What does the term “Wi-Fi” stand for? LCD lenses that can turn sunglasses into reading glasses. Volkswagen is working on an electronic device to avoid car-kangaroo collisions. New York City’s acrimonious “tour bus battle.” The James Webb Space Telescope takes a close look at galaxy I Zwicky 18. Instagram’s “Official Stick Reviews” rates actual sticks—and is more popular than you would think. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

Around the Web: Packaging Preferences. Cover Conundrum. Impressive Impressionists. Dial Dilemma. Timepiece Trouble. Rockin’ Roads. Drone Danger. Tarantula Tempura. Sun Snacks.

Pentawards’ annual packaging Trends Report is out. When a company appears on the cover of a popular magazine, what signals does it give the market? More than two dozen new works have been added to the OED, 23 of them from Japanese cooking and art. Really? If you’re in France this summer, celebrate the 150th anniversary of Impressionism. Bad UI design on an ice cream thermostat. New options for non-wrist-based watches. Time Out lists the “30 Coolest Streets in the World.” “AI drone that could hunt and kill people built in just hours by scientist ‘for a game.’” Different ants have different flavor profiles, we are horrified to tell you. Appropriately, SunChips has an eclipse tie-in product. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

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Justin Marks on Markzware Announces Pre-Release Launch of FlightCheck 2022 for Mac

I have that app, and it's a good one. I remember how excited I was when I found out that they would be able to get it on Mac, and it was very helpful for me. In general, I'm very satisfied that some time ago, I decided to switch to Mac because I have… Full comment Reply

Steve Johnson on Johnson’s World: Big Virgo Energy

Printing and publishing were synonymous during most of the letterpress era. Some great works (such as Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac) were written and published merely to fill open press capacity. Reply

Mark Vruno on Johnson’s World: Big Virgo Energy

Good read, Steve! Reminds me of how, in Europe, most printers also were publishers in the 19th century and before. In America, however, there seems always to have been a distinction between the two types of companies: father R.R. Donnelley (printer) … Full comment Reply

Mark Vruno on Frank's Book of the Month

Thanks for the rec, Frank! Adding to my reading list . . . . Reply

rachel Bates on Eclipse-Themed Merch Got You Thinking?

The insights shared in "Eclipse-Themed Merch Got You Thinking?" underscore the immense potential of event-driven marketing. Special events like the 2024 eclipse offer unique opportunities for brands to engage with their audience through themed mercha… Full comment Reply

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