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Highlights from FESPA 2024—Textile and Direct-to-Object News

In part 2 of his coverage of the FESPA Global Print Expo, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 19–22, European section editor Ralf Schlözer rounds up some textile and direct-to-object product launches and announcements.

Choosing The Right Partner: The Target Report Interview with Mike Kellogg, Century Direct

In this last of our four interviews with Mike Kellogg, he drives home the importance of having an industry-specific advisory group during the sales transaction of Century Direct to Content Critical Solutions. He shares how it's key to understand what you're selling and who you can sell it to. The right partner who knows the business of print, graphics, and mail, as well as the seller's aspirational points, helped them successfully cross the finish line.

February Shipments: Well, At Least It’s Seasonal

February 2024 shipments came in at $6.01 billion, down from January’s $7.04 billion—and right between February 2021 and 2022.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like drupa

Frank has been to every drupa event since 1972. A visit to drupa is an investment in the future of your company. It is a peek into the future of the printing industry. Some introductions will not be ready for prime time, but they will eventually make a difference. It is worth the trip.

Around the Web: Met Medics. Type Tenets. Bend’s Blockbuster. Insurance Inflation. Follicle Fashion. Humdrum Handset. Bee Bandits. Clever Cutlery. Collaborative Condiment.

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s book conservation lab. A new book lays out the  Universal Principles of Typography. 11 signs from around the country that evoke “pure Americana.” Mattel releases a team-based version of Scrabble. Physical media’s last stand. Car insurance premiums have sure kicked into overdrive. Textiles made from human hair may not be as creepy as they sound. HMD and Heineken introduce the Boring Phone. Battling the West’s “bee rustlers” would make for an interesting John Wayne film. Horatio Nelson’s “Knork.” Heinz and Mattel team up to launch “Barbiecue sauce.” All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Orlando Magic: ISA Sign Expo Comes to Town

Richard Romano reports on some new product launches/introductions at last week’s International Sign Association Sign Expo.

For Paragon Press, Variable Data Drives Digital Investment

In this video, sponsored by HP, Kevin Abergel speaks with Macy Flash, CEO of Paragon Press, a printing and direct mail company based in Louisiana. Once all-analog, the company’s variable-data needs impelled the company to go all-digital.

thINK Is Preparing for its 10th Anniversary!

Lori Messina, President of the thINK board, discusses thINK's preparation for its 10th anniversary and the support of its membership with an amazing annual event and a great web resource.

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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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February Shipments: Well, At Least It’s Seasonal
February Shipments: Well, At Least It’s Seasonal

February 2024 shipments came in at $6.01 billion, down from January’s $7.04 billion—and right between February 2021 and 2022. Full Analysis

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

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Around the Web: Met Medics. Type Tenets. Bend’s Blockbuster. Insurance Inflation. Follicle Fashion. Humdrum Handset. Bee Bandits. Clever Cutlery. Collaborative Condiment.

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s book conservation lab. A new book lays out the  Universal Principles of Typography. 11 signs from around the country that evoke “pure Americana.” Mattel releases a team-based version of Scrabble. Physical media’s last stand. Car insurance premiums have sure kicked into overdrive. Textiles made from human hair may not be as creepy as they sound. HMD and Heineken introduce the Boring Phone. Battling the West’s “bee rustlers” would make for an interesting John Wayne film. Horatio Nelson’s “Knork.” Heinz and Mattel team up to launch “Barbiecue sauce.” All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany. Read More

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

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Graham Judd on It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like drupa

I'm not sure how PI fits into running our Heidelberg platens and cylinder presses, our C&Ps, and our Meihle Verticals Frank. The intelligence is still the operator. Does PI contain common sense? I wonder. Reply

Gordon Pritchard on It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like drupa

Frank! You forgot to mention that beer is served at many of the drupa booths. Reply

Steve Johnson on Konica Minolta and FUJIFILM Business Innovation Explore a Potential Strategic Alliance in Multifunction Printer and Printer Areas to Optimize Procurement, Toner Development and Production Efficiencies

"Two leading companies" my eye! Konica Minolta's financial position is precarious at best, and has been so for some time. I am glad to see that they are taking a step to shore up their vulnerable supply chain. Reply

Pat McGrew on You Should Join a Printing Industry Association

Thank Patrick! Great advice for every printer! Find your tribe! Reply

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