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July Shipments: Down, Down We Go

In a year that continues to surprise, July 2023 printing shipments came in at $7.04 billion, down from June’s $7.40 billion.

Frank Talk on Type with Allan Haley

Frank interviews type expert Allan Haley, who has spent a lifetime with letters. From Compugraphic to ITC to Monotype Imaging, he has been involved in and reported on typographic developments. As the number of typefaces grows, his job is getting bigger.

Around the Web: Type Trolls. Coin-Op Canvas. Signage Syllabus. Inertia Inquiry. Invisible Island. Brady Blunder. Cereal Slump. Avocado Aficionado.

Copyright trolling comes to typography. Paper checks are going the way of the landline and the fax machine. A vending machine for art prints. Inside Los Angeles Trade Tech College’s (LATTC) Sign Graphics program. A new paper argues that we’ve gotten Newton’s First Law of Motion wrong all these years. Why not visit Null Island, which lives up to its name. De-extincting the Tasmanian tiger. Pink Floyd fans can attend a listening party at which they can have their brainwaves monitored, for some reason. Who would have thought that buying the Brady Bunch house would be “the worst investment ever”? Apparently breakfast cereal is on the way out. Shake Shack is hiring a “Chief Avocado Officer.” All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

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New HP Latex Printer Line Targets Small and Mid-Size Print Businesses

This week, HP launched the “entry-level” Latex 630 series, aimed squarely at small and midsize print service providers. We take a look at some of the new features and capabilities.

Discover Print Logistic Customizers—Groundbreaking Tools Designed to Revolutionize Apparel

In the world of e-commerce, providing exceptional and personalized shopping experiences has become a must. Once, personalized offerings, intuitive user experience, and seamless returns were the hallmarks of a standout online store. Now, they are the expectations of modern consumers. In this space, we’ve written a great deal about personalized, customized and on-demand production of textiles and apparel to meet these consumer demands. In this article, compliments of textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan, we take it a step further—giving consumers even more power to customize their own designs, and avoid the increasingly undesirable requirement to purchase mass-produced clothing.

GEW's Approach to UV Curing Systems for Label Converting

Robert Rae, Managing Director, Sales, at GEW talks about its approach to UV curing systems for label converting. GEW specializes in the design and installation of UV LED systems including new installations and retrofitting into existing press systems.

Is Video Production Expertise Passe? AI-Generated Video Is Here

We all know the power of video in marketing. But who has the time and money to invest in video production? The good news is, maybe you don’t have to. If AI can write your emails, finish your texts, and write your web copy, maybe it can create your videos, too. Heidi Tolliver-Walker experiments with AI-generated video.

We All Live in a Maintenance World

There are many costs associated with running a print shop. There are machine costs, consumable costs, labor, building, and utility costs. Another cost that is sometimes buried in the numbers is the cost of maintaining the equipment. Pat McGrew explains how maintenance practices and schedules should be part of the company’s Standard Operating Procedures.

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The new 2023 Specialty Digital Ink and Toner Embellishment Study provides detailed analysis of how current users of digital ink and toner embellishment technologies are utilizing them, what the response from customers has been, how satisfied print providers have been with the sales and profitability of these jobs, where the challenges lie, and their general feelings about the future of digital ink and toner embellishment technologies.

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Printing Outlook 2023 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2023 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 2023 and beyond.

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July Shipments: Down, Down We Go
July Shipments: Down, Down We Go

In a year that continues to surprise, July 2023 printing shipments came in at $7.04 billion, down from June’s $7.40 billion. Full Analysis

Commercial Printing Establishments—2010–2021
Commercial Printing Establishments—2010–2021

According to the latest, recently released edition of County Business Patterns, in 2021 there were 15,592 establishments in NAICS 323111 (Commercial Printing except Screen and Books). This represents a decline of 26% since 2010. In macro news, inflation is alas up. Full Analysis

European Print Volume Trends
European Print Volume Trends

European section editor Ralf Schlözer takes a break from the Europen country-by-country look at turnover and employment to provide a bigger-picture look at print volumes in Europe pre- and post-pandemic.   Full Analysis

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Joe Treacy on Frank Talk on Type with Allan Haley

Allan, congratulations on your amazing, influential career! Reply

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on Is Video Production Expertise Passe? AI-Generated Video Is Here

@Louis. You can create better videos for free, but if you want to export them without the watermark, then you need to upgrade. In the initial AI generation, the quality of the videos was somewhat better, and it didn't have the repetition that these … Full comment Reply

Bernard Cameron on CMYK Distributors Launches CMYK Color College On-site Training Program

As a fellow student, I can relate to some challenges that i faced in college. However, one valuable resource that has helped me navigate these challenges is Storyboard That, which offers a wide range of educational tools. For those facing difficultie… Full comment Reply

Bernard Cameron on Phoenix Challenge Foundation - College Students Excel at 2022 Competition

As a fellow student, I can relate to some challenges that i faced in college. However, one valuable resource that has helped me navigate these challenges is Storyboard That, which offers a wide range of educational tools. For those facing difficultie… Full comment Reply

Robert Godwin on Is Video Production Expertise Passe? AI-Generated Video Is Here

AI generated videos and other content is an impressive use of search engine relevancy. There are many articles on how to create prompts that will deliver better targeted results. It is important to understand that none of the content is original. Thi… Full comment Reply

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