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Commercial Printing Establishments—2010–2020

According to the latest, recently released edition of County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 16,283 establishments in NAICS 323111 (Commercial Printing except Screen and Books). This represents a decline of 26% since 2010. In macro news, inflation is flat!

Invitation to Frank

Frank found two books of engraved invitations that graced the counters of small printers throughout America from the 1960s through the 1980s. For weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations, and other memorable events, you went to the printer down the street and ordered them from these books. Today, much of the printed engraved invitation world is ordered online. Unless you use Evite.

Around the Web: Test Test. Silly Stickers. Perilous Plants. Cola Cartridge. Raincoat Reservoir. Parasol Power. Better Buds. Spider Sleep. Dog Dudes.

Your expired COVID tests may have been given an extension. An epidemic of really bad forged car inspection stickers. When in the UK, visit The Poison Garden—but carefully. The Cana is a countertop “beverage printer” that can replicate many different flavors using a single cartridge. “Celebrate rainy days” with a rainwater harvesting coat. A solar-powered umbrella that can be networked. Graphene-enhanced earbuds. New evidence that spiders may dream. The World Dog Surfing Championships. Another roadside attraction…or two. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Direct-to-Plane Printing?

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed a prototype robotic inkjet printing system that can print directly onto three-dimensional surfaces—specifically, airplanes. Richard Romano spoke to SwRI Senior Research Engineer Branson Brockschmidt about the project. 

Textile Sustainability Spotlights S/S 22—Innovations and Insights

In this article, compliments of textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan, we take a look at textile sustainability innovations and insights, with a focus on the supply chain, greenwashing, and truly sustainable initiatives.

Selling Features to Your Print Business Software Vendors

Doing a little more work on feature requests can have an oversized impact on the likelihood of getting into a product roadmap.

AR Has Reached a Tipping Point: Now What?

Augmented reality has reached a tipping point, and it’s one that is increasingly affordable, accessible, and highly relevant to even the average print shop. AR has become a way to offer solutions and help your clients sell products and engage audiences in real, practical ways.

Spoonflower: One Year Later

Shutterfly acquired Spoonflower one year ago. Senior editor Cary Sherburne checks in with the company for a progress report.

A moment of levity. View Today's Dilbert Dilbert Cartoon Strip

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Printing Outlook 2021
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Printing Outlook 2022 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2022 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2022.

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Commercial Printing Establishments—2010–2020
Commercial Printing Establishments—2010–2020

According to the latest, recently released edition of County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 16,283 establishments in NAICS 323111 (Commercial Printing except Screen and Books). This represents a decline of 26% since 2010. In macro news, inflation is flat! Full Analysis

June Graphic Arts Employment—The Production/Non-Production See Saw This Month Favors Non-Production Workers
June Graphic Arts Employment—The Production/Non-Production See Saw This Month Favors Non-Production Workers

In June 2022, all printing employment was up +0.2% from May. This time, it was production employment that was down (-0.8%) and non-production employment that was up (+2.3%). Full Analysis

Printing Establishments—2010–2020
Printing Establishments—2010–2020

According to the latest, just-released edition of County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 22,225 establishments in NAICS 32311 (Printing). This represents a decline of 18% since 2010. In macro news, Q2 GDP declined -0.9%. Full Analysis

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Recent Discussion

Rich Ramirez on Direct-to-Plane Printing?

Excellent article. Very exciting stuff! Reply

Patrick Henry on Direct-to-Plane Printing?

About six years ago, Heidelberg introduced an inkjet-based, direct-to-three-dimensional-object printing system it calls Omnifire: https://whattheythink.com/news/83101-new-heidelberg-digital-printing-system-provides-color-custom-cost-effective-prin… Full comment Reply

Corry Casler - PressWise on Selling Features to Your Print Business Software Vendors

I think I need to send our Director of Product Management a box of brownies! Reply

David Scott on QR Codes as a Problem-Solving Tool

I thought this one was great: Having it go to the app store to make downloading easy. I don't know how many times I have seen "download our app", then have to search through to find the correct one. I wonder what other ways these can make our … Full comment Reply

Irvin Press on Industry Public Relations Pro Craig Kevghas Passes Away

I just found out about Craig today (did not catch the original post), and am just stunned. I was working in a small ad/design firm back in 1986 when I pitched and won the ECRM advertising account. One of the first people I met there was a young Cr… Full comment Reply

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