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Save the Printers! Major Ukrainian Print House Hit

In the Ukrainian city of Charkiw, dubbed “The City of Print,” Faktor Druk survived the first round of attacks in 2022. One of the largest printing houses in Ukraine, it remained open, albeit at reduced capacity—until yesterday, when the company was hit by a Russian rocket, killing staff and damaging production considerably. Donations to help the victims and rebuild production are welcome.

Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing—2010–2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2021 there were 578 establishments in NAICS 322212 (Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing). This category saw a net decrease of 18% since 2010. In macro news,inflation in April eased a bit.

Around the Web: Colour Compendium. Distributor Dilemma. Mail Man. Eel Edification. Softee Search. Atmosphere Antics. Gooey Gold.

Another tome for those building a color reference book library. Small Press Distribution abruptly closes, leaving small publishers in the lurch. Deloitte’s brand new Global 2024 Gen Z and Millennial Survey is out. Meet Reginald Bray, “The Human Letter.” A livestreaming portal connected New York City and Dublin—for a bit. Everything you ever wanted to know about eels. Find the nearest ice cream truck with the Mister Softee app. The James Webb Space telescope finds a distant exoplanet has an atmosphere, of sorts. Reese’s introduces an Olympic medal-shaped peanut butter cup. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Minimalist Packaging: A Focus on Sustainability and Smart Design

Minimalist packaging is not a fleeting trend. It involves using the fewest possible elements to package a product while still effectively protecting and presenting it. This article explores how minimalist packaging design is impacting every layer of the packaging food chain, including brand owners, designers, converters, digital equipment manufacturers, and consumers.

Keypoint Intelligence's German Sacristan on "pre-drupa" Industry Survey

Richard Romano talks to Keypoint Intelligence's German Sacristan about the results of a recent "pre-drupa" survey Keypoint conducted. What are the top and persistent industry challenges? What are print businesses' investment plans? And what is their interest in AI?

CBM Labeling Challenges Looking for a Solution

Heid Tolliver-Walker looks at SkinDip’t, a Maryland-based provider of CBD products, and their unique labeling challenges.

The Essence of Strategy

In the second installment in his Smart Strategy Insights, Wayne Lynn explains how “strategy” is figuring out how to overcome the obstacles that stand between where you are and where you want to go.

Four-Color Offset Press Gifted to Women’s Press Collective Is Put to Good Use

A shop run entirely by volunteers in the Bronx is teaching its members to print for the greater good with the help of friends in the printing industry.

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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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Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing—2010–2021
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing—2010–2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2021 there were 578 establishments in NAICS 322212 (Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing). This category saw a net decrease of 18% since 2010. In macro news,inflation in April eased a bit. Full Analysis

March Shipments: We Got Good News and Bad News
March Shipments: We Got Good News and Bad News

March 2024 shipments came in at $7.24 billion, up from February’s $7.04 billion—and yet the worst March the industry has had. Full Analysis

Paperboard Container Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2021
Paperboard Container Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2021 there were 1,895 establishments in NAICS 32221 (Paperboard Container Manufacturing). This category saw a net decrease of 15% since 2010. In macro news, early Q2 GDP predictions are bullish. Full Analysis

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Around the Web: Colour Compendium. Distributor Dilemma. Mail Man. Eel Edification. Softee Search. Atmosphere Antics. Gooey Gold.

Another tome for those building a color reference book library. Small Press Distribution abruptly closes, leaving small publishers in the lurch. Deloitte’s brand new Global 2024 Gen Z and Millennial Survey is out. Meet Reginald Bray, “The Human Letter.” A livestreaming portal connected New York City and Dublin—for a bit. Everything you ever wanted to know about eels. Find the nearest ice cream truck with the Mister Softee app. The James Webb Space telescope finds a distant exoplanet has an atmosphere, of sorts. Reese’s introduces an Olympic medal-shaped peanut butter cup. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

Around the Web: Aromatic Ads. Planted Plantagenet. Boat Brouhaha. Writing Removal. Print Preference. Gabbing Greenery. Organic Optics. Tank Trade. Waffle Wear.

The first scented billboard. Uncovering the remains of Richard III. Ordered to hide your boat from public view? Build a fence and paint a boat on it! Eliminating inaccessible graffiti using spray-painting drones. Costumed park rangers in Illinois act out the cicada emergence. Video of plants “talking” to each other. The winner of the annual Ugly Muppet Toy Pageant. The James Webb Space Telescope discovered complex organic chemicals surrounding two protostars. Red Lobster is closing locations and auctioning off their equipment. Eggo launches waffle-themed sneakers. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

Around the Web: Type Tome. Thames Type. Plato’s Plot. Bubbler Button. Gold Graphene. Quantum Quandary. Cryptic Creature. Cicada Swarms. Sriracha Shortage.

A new book looks at the 20th-century rise of typography. A dedicated designer retrieved the presumed lost Doves Type. A new AI-related Internet term is the new “spam.” AI helps find Plato’s burial spot. The Verge pays tribute to the water fountain button. The Australian Olympic Team will be sporting graphene-enhanced apparel at the Paris Olympics. A new image captures atoms behaving like waves, the hitherto unseen basis of quantum mechanics. NASA researchers have created an animation that takes the viewer into the black hole. The decades-long search for the Mongolian death worm. Prepare for trillions of cicadas to emerge, if they haven’t already. A pepper shortage is causing Huy Fong to cancel shipments of sriracha until the fall. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

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Patrick Henry on Frank's drupa Advice

Frank, the brat vendors at the Messe who give you the sausage and the bun separately must have missed your point about integration! But thanks for a nice, upbeat introduction to the show. It's going to be memorable. Reply

Alvaro Mantilla on Frank's drupa Advice

Automation + Integration + Embelishments... according to Frank, the things to see in Drupa. Stop at Hall 17 and you will see all three... plus many more! Reply

Mark Vruno on Frank's drupa Advice

TRIVIA - I'm sure Frank knows this: The word "drupa" is short for druck and papier: print and paper. But in what year was the very first drupa held, my friend? (No "Googling" allowed!) Reply

John Zarwan on Minimalist Packaging: A Focus on Sustainability and Smart Design

can't dispute the trend, but I have two comments. First, the primary purpose of packaging is to protect the product. Everything else is secondary. It's been my unfortunate experience (especially with online orders) with product damage as a result of … Full comment Reply

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