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Articles by Richard Romano

Richard Romano is Managing Editor of WhatTheyThink.  He curates the Wide Format section on WhatTheyThink.com. He has been writing about the graphic communications industry for more than 25 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than half a dozen books on printing technology and business. His most recent book is “Beyond Paper: An Interactive Guide to Wide-Format and Specialty Printing.

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Specialty Printing Moves Toward the Mainstream

Published April 11, 2018

Michael Johnson, VP of Marketing for Nazdar Source One, a distributor to the wide-format printing market, talks to Richard Romano at last month’s ISA Sign Expo about the business opportunities and profitability potential in specialty printing—printing on water bottles and other kinds of promotional materials.

Sign Research Foundation Data: High Value for Sign Makers and Buyers

Published April 11, 2018

Sapna Budev, Executive Director of the Sign Research Foundation (SRF), talks about the collaborative relationship between the SRF and the International Sign Association, and the value of the information gathered by the SRF. SRF research helps signmakers and sign customers navigate such issues as brightness standards and sign codes, calculate the ROI of a sign for a retailer, and determine the economic value of signage to a community.

A Wrap to Remember: Kennickell Group Turns Harbour Town Lighthouse Plaid

Published April 10, 2018

If you watch the RBC Heritage Golf Classic this week, pay attention to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. In a first-of-its-kind wrap project undertaken by Savannah, Ga.’s Kennickell Group, the 90-foot structure had its red stripes converted to plaid to commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary. Read on to find out more about the company’s dramatic growth in the wide-format market and how the unique project came about.

Direct-to-Garment Printing Becoming Popular and Profitable

Published April 9, 2018

Tim Check, Production Manager, Epson America, talks about direct-to-garment printing, particularly using the brand-new Epson F-2100 Series printer which can print directly on T-shirts, baby onesies, towels, and other kinds of fabric-based items. Garment printing is a growth area for not only traditional screen printers looking to print short-run items, but also for commercial printers who can complement other display graphics services they may be offering.

InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference to Highlight the Intersection of Industrial and Commercial Printing

Published April 9, 2018

Inkjet technologies have been blurring, or completely eliminating, the lines between commercial and industrial printing. But understanding new print applications and new print markets involves more than technology. We talk with Frazer Chesterman, Director of FM Brooks, which is bringing the InPrint Industrial Print Conference to Chicago next month, about the dwindling distinction between industrial and commercial printing and the opportunities that are emerging.

GMG Color Goes Beyond the RIP

Published April 5, 2018

Erik Schmitt, Director of Sales–Canada, for GMG Color, talks about the software tool set GMG Color has available for sign makers to create an entire workflow specific to the production of signage. He also talks about the importance of color management and the increasing trend toward automation.

Customers In Search of New Applications

Published April 3, 2018

Frank Malozzi, SVP, Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, talks up the hardware and software portfolio on display at last month’s ISA Sign Expo, and the increasing demand from traditional sign and display customers for new applications such as thermoforming.

Post-Reed, Communities Reevaluate their Sign Codes

Published April 3, 2018

The landmark 2015 Supreme Court case Reed v. Town of Gilbert turned a sign code issue into a First Amendment battle. Three years later, its effects are still being felt throughout the signage industry—for good or ill. Read on for some of the latest developments in signage regulations.

Canon Solutions America’s Océ Colorado Continues to Gel

Published March 29, 2018

It’s been more than a year since Canon Solutions America (CSA) launched the Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel-based wide-format printer. CSA was showing the machine at last week’s ISA Sign Expo, and Senior Marketing Expert John Kaufman provides an update on new features, new inks, and how it has performed in the market.

ISA's David Hickey On Sign Codes, Regulations, and Tariffs

Published March 28, 2018

David Hickey, VP of Advocacy for the International Sign Association, talks about the latest issues related to sign codes, impending OSHA regulations, and the potential impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on businesses in the sign and display industry.

Roland’s New Laser Foil Decorator

Published March 27, 2018

At the ISA Sign Expo 2018, Roland DGA introduced the DGSHAPE LD-80 laser foil decorator. Roland President Andrew Oransky talks about the new device and the opportunities it opens up for print service providers to offer unique, high-value printed specialty products.

HP’s Latex Rigid Technology

Published March 26, 2018

Last week, at the ISA Sign Expo 2018, HP announced its new Latex R, the company’s first Latex series to print on rigid media. Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager for HP’s Large Format Graphics Business, talks to Richard Romano about the new device line, its features and intended applications, and the product rollout schedule.

The Traditional Meets the Technological at Sign Expo 2018

Published March 26, 2018

The International Sign Association (ISA) Sign Expo 2018 was held in Orlando, Fla., last week. Channel letters, magnetic signage, neon lighting, LED displays, digital displays, 3D printing, and wide-format and display graphics in all their various incarnations were being showcased. Read on for some highlights from the show.

ISA Sign Expo 2018 Goes Beyond Signage

Published March 23, 2018

The ISA Sign Expo 2018 opened in Orlando, Fla., yesterday. Alicia Auerswald, VP of Marketing, Communications, and Membership for the International Sign Association (ISA), talks about some of the new technologies on the show floor, and the increasing need for sign shops to expand into other kinds of print.

“Don’t Put Pictures of Your Press on Your Website”

Published March 16, 2018

Print business owners need to have an effective “content strategy” for their websites and other online presences. John Foley, CEO of interlinkONE & Grow Socially, talks about the reasons for developing a content strategy, as well as some dos and don’ts for online content.

Latest WhatTheyThink Webinar Looked at the Current Economic Climate and Print Business Conditions

Published March 16, 2018

Last Wednesday, Dr. Joe Webb presented his quarterly economic conditions webinar, which included a look at the overall macroeconomic environment as well as current printing industry business conditions. Read on for a brief summary of what Dr. Webb discussed.

For SpeedPro Imaging Apex, Networking Is One of the Keys to Success

Published March 12, 2018

Less than two years ago, Mark Simmons left the retail world and launched a SpeedPro Imaging franchise in Apex, N.C. A knack for networking, a talented in-house designer, and a vibrant local business environment have helped drive Simmons’ success.

The Shapes of Things to Come: Direct-to-Object Printing Bridges the Gap Between Industrial and Commercial

Published March 6, 2018

New systems are emerging that can print directly onto three-dimensional objects, especially cups, glasses, and bottles, to serve what is emerging as a lucrative promotional drinkware market. In this feature, Richard Romano looks at direct-to-object offerings from Xerox, Inkcups, and Engineered Printing Solutions.

For This Print Business Owner, Collaboration Is Key

Published March 6, 2018

At the NPOA Owners Conference, Danny Paline, President of Five Star Printing and Signs, talks about the benefits of talking with other print business owners as well as the importance of a positive attitude.

Networking Is an Essential Tool for Digital Transition

Published March 2, 2018

Longtime NPOA member and first-time Owners Conference attendee Joey Reinhardt, President of Barbour Printing Services, talks about how advice and guidance from his peers has helped him steer his business from an offset to a digital environment, as well as how the association—and the Conference—are well-suited for a business of his size.

Kodak Aims to “Take Print Further” at Customer Event

Published March 2, 2018

At a “Taking Print Further” customer and media event this week in Rochester, N.Y., Kodak offered some forward-looking trend presentations, new product announcements for both cutting-edge and legacy systems, and customer panels. Read about Kodak’s commitment to the print industry.

Print Business Valuation 101

Published March 1, 2018

At last week’s NPOA Owners Conference, Paul Reilly, Partner at New Direction Partners, gave an overview of the dominant business valuation methods. Here, Mr. Reilly summarizes what print business owners need to know about business valuation—whether they are planning to sell their business or not.

”A Valuable Place to Be”—Learning from Peers and Presenters at the Owners Conference

Published March 1, 2018

Gerry Engelhart, President of Porath Printsource, discusses the top challenges he faces as the owner of a print business, as well as the new marketing and promotion ideas he gleaned from this year’s NPOA Owners Conference.

The Importance of SEO for Print Businesses

Published February 28, 2018

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about ensuring that your business gets found on Google when potential customers search for the products and services you offer. John Foley, CEO of interlinkONE & Grow Socially, talks about his session at the NPOA Owner’s Conference on the importance of SEO for print businesses—and how even small shops can make the time to effectively optimize their websites.

“Crowdsourcing” Solutions: The Advantages of Networking

Published February 28, 2018

Last week’s NPOA Owners Conference provided two days of sessions and networking for small and mid-size print businesses. Paula Fargo, President of Baltimore’s Curry Printing & Copy Center, talks about the challenges her business faces and the tangible benefits of events like the Owners Conference—especially interacting with peers.

John Henry on the Sixth Annual NPOA Owners Conference

Published February 26, 2018

John Henry, CEO of Mitchell’s Speedway Press and Conference Director for the National Print Owners Association, talks with Richard Romano about the benefits of the association and the Owners Conference, as well as some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Conference.

Expand Beyond Signage at the Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published February 20, 2018

ISA Sign Expo 2018 heads to Orlando next month, with four days of educational sessions and a packed exhibition floor. Richard Romano spoke with Brandon Hensley, ISA’s Chief Operating Officer, and Iain Mackenzie, ISA’s VP of Meetings & Events, about new show features and some returning favorites.

Signage—and the Superbowl—Mean Business for Twin Cities' Pixelwerx

Published February 19, 2018

Richard Romano talks to Adam Carver, President & CEO of Minneapolis' Pixelwerx, about his wide-format, signage, and specialty graphics business. Pixelwerx also recently acquired Canon Solutions America Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel wide-format printer.

The [Office] Space Age: Signs By Tomorrow Transforms the American Diabetes Association’s New Headquarters

Published February 12, 2018

Environmental or experiential graphics are a growing trend in signage, with sign shops using the latest display graphics technologies and substrates to transform office spaces. As a result, sign and display graphics providers are working more closely with interior designers and architecture firms. Case in point: Signs By Tomorrow’s interior graphics for the American Diabetes Association’s new headquarters.

The State of Labels and Packaging

Published February 6, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Print Business Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to label and packaging printing. Thus far, commercial plants don't see tremendous opportunities in digital label or packaging—but that may be changing.

Sixth Annual NPOA Print Business Owners Conference Will Offer Inspiration and Hands-On Training

Published February 5, 2018

The NPOA Annual Print Owners Conference sails to the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on February 22 to 24. The three-day event includes a dozen sessions that cover the waterfront of business, technology, and marketing issues important to small and md-size print business owners.

Highlights of the WhatTheyThink Printing Forecast 2018

Published February 5, 2018

WhatTheyThink’s Forecast 2018 report, by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano provides detailed analysis of the most recent Print Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2018.

Randy Herron On the Upcoming NPOA Conference

Published January 30, 2018

The National Printers Owners Association (NPOA) 2018 Conference will be held February 22 to 24, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. NPOA Chairman Randy Herron talks about the benefits of attending the conference.

Open Wide: The State of Wide-Format Printing

Published January 23, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Business Conditions Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to wide-format printing.

Thayer Long on NPES Rebrand and New Mission

Published January 17, 2018

Richard Romano talks to Thayer Long about the name change from NPES to Association for Print Technology, as well as the association's new mission to drive the industry forward.

This Point Forward: A Look Ahead at 2018

Published January 9, 2018

Personal voice assistants and the Internet of Things, wide-format graphics and specialty printing—what are some of the new (and old!) technologies to which we should pay attention and how will they affect us in 2018?

2017: A Look In the Rear-View Mirror

Published December 15, 2017

More industry consolidation in response to decreased demand. Yet, encouraging business conditions, and challenges with managing productivity. Meanwhile, inkjet continues to conquer the world and new print product and business opportunities emerge in strange new places. Let’s take a look back at the year that was.

Apocalypse Soon? Retail’s Troubles and What They Mean for POP Printers

Published December 5, 2017

Brick and mortar retailer has been struggling with foot traffic. According to early estimates all signs are pointing to more ecommerce, less in-person commerce this holiday season. What does this mean for retail graphics?

Xerox Sets the Page Free at NYC’s 92nd Street Y

Published November 13, 2017

The company’s unique rebranding project resulted in an anthology of current authors writing about work, a series of videos, and a book launch event with author readings at New York’s venerable 92nd Street Y.

Ink Migration and Food Safety Take Center Stage at Inaugural Radtech Packaging Conference

Published October 31, 2017

Radtech’ first UV+EB Packaging Conference last week featured suppliers, vendors, and brand owners surveying the current packaging landscape, with an emphasis on food packaging and safety.

“Industrial Printing” Takes Center Stage at SGIA Expo 2017

Published October 24, 2017

What turned out to be the penultimate SGIA Expo featured an emphasis on “industrial printing”—a nebulous but increasingly common term for what mainstream printing may be morphing into.

Winds of Change: SGIA Expo to Become PRINT United; New “Mega-Show” to Launch in 2019

Published October 11, 2017

New Orleans may have dodged a bullet when Tropical Storm Nate veered to the east, but strong winds of change were nonetheless buffeting the Ernest Morial Convention Center, as 2017’s SGIA Expo opened on Tuesday with the surprising—some even thought shocking—news that the long-beloved Expo was undergoing a major change.

EFI Previews SGIA Expo Plans

Published October 5, 2017

EFI's Sean Roberts provides a preview of what EFI will be showing at next week's SGIA Expo in New Orleans. A number of new products will be on display.EFI will also utilize virtual reality technology to provide booth visitors with an immersive environment to explore the company's portfolio of wide format systems.

Executive Summary: Mid-Year 2017 Business Conditions Survey

Published October 4, 2017

This executive report is based on the latest results of the WhatTheyThink print executive survey. It details the state of the industry at mid-2017 and looks ahead to what can be expected, economically and technologically, as we head toward 2018. The foundation of the report is the WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey of June 2017. This survey of more than 300 industry executives gauged their current business conditions, top business challenges, and planned investments for 2018. They also described how the volume for offset, color digital, black-and-white digital, and wide-format printing, as well as non-print-based services has changed.

SGIA Expo 2017 Heads to The Big Easy

Published September 19, 2017

Next month, the annual SGIA Expo heads to Bayou Country, with more than 50 educational sessions and one of the biggest show floors in the U.S. Here is a preview of what this year’s show offers.

Mid-Year Progress Report: 2017 So Far

Published August 27, 2017

We’re mercifully more than halfway through 2017. How is the industry faring thus far compared to last year? Our new Economics and Research Center report looks at the latest economic, technological, and cultural trends affecting the industry.

PIA Alliance Printer Panel Identifies Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Print Businesses

Published August 21, 2017

Last month, the PIA Alliance hosted a “Digital Think Tank” in New York City that brought together 150 equipment manufacturers, their customers, and other printers to talk about the latest technology and trends in digital printing and the industry in general. Here are the highlights.

That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities—Part 2 of 2

Published August 14, 2017

Canned beer isn’t your daddy’s tinny-tasting brew. As microbreweries move small-batch production from bottles to cans, it opens up opportunities for short-run can decoration.

That Can-Do Spirit: New Trends in Beer Consumption Open Up a Can of Opportunities—Part 1 of 2

Published July 31, 2017

Canned beer isn’t your daddy’s tinny-tasting brew. As microbreweries move small-batch production from bottles to cans, it opens up opportunities for short-run can decoration.

Know Your Codes: As Signage Becomes a Hotter Commodity, Printers Can Offer Regulatory Guidance

Published July 17, 2017

Helping customers navigate complex and constantly changing postal regulations has historically been a vital value-added service for commercial printers. The various rules and regulations regarding signage today provide an opportunity for sign printers.

Making Tracks: Signage, QR Codes, and Customer Journey Analytics

Published June 19, 2017

QR codes are great for “making print interactive,” but in today’s high-data marketing environment, they also have a more important purpose: making print measurable.

Six Big Mistakes That Aspiring Wide-Format Printers Can Make

Published June 4, 2017

Wide-format and specialty and specialty printing are where a lot of the action is today. But expanding into these new areas is not without its pitfalls. Here are some worth avoiding.

Specialty Printing and Events: Made for Each Other

Published May 30, 2017

Commercial printing is evolving into specialty printing, and opportunities abound—if you know where and how to look for them.

The Changing Specialty Printing Market: New Opportunities Big and Small

Published May 23, 2017

The same technologies that have enabled the proliferation of wide-format graphics are also profoundly changing the traditional specialty printing market. Here’s how print service providers can take advantage of the “nichification” of commercial print.

FESPA 2017 Showcases European Wide-Format Introductions

Published May 15, 2017

Last week, FESPA 2017 drew attendees from across Europe and beyond to see the latest in wide-format and specialty printing technology and applications.

Wide-Format: Shelter From the Coming “Third Wave”?

Published May 1, 2017

We are about to be hit by a “Third Wave” of technology disruption that will negatively impact the demand for print. Or will it? Not all print is created equal these days. Here are some suggestions for how to weather the storm.

What's Happening at ISA Expo 2017?

Published April 24, 2017

Richard Romano visits with ISA President & CEO Lori Anderson from the show floor to talk about the 2017 expo and breaking attendance records once again.

Print Is the “New Media” at ISA Sign Expo

Published April 24, 2017

Neon. LED. Channel letters. Wooden signs. Magnetic letters. Aside from dynamic digital signage, the “new media” in the sign industry is, strange as it may sound, print. The International Sign Association’s Sign Expo 2017 wrapped up last weekend. Here are some highlights from the show floor and beyond.

An Eye for Detail: The Many Layers of Digital Artist Bert Monroy

Published April 17, 2017

Berkeley-based digital artist Bert Monroy has spent more than three decades creating intricately detailed digital fine art. His most complex image is part of a new software retrospective exhibit at the Computer History Museum.

Changes Coming to EPA’s Hazardous Waste Regulations

Published April 10, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency made some changes to its “generator standard” regarding the safe disposal of hazardous waste. Here is what the printing industry needs to know.

Print To Play an Expanded Role at Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published April 3, 2017

ISA Sign Expo 2017 is back in Vegas, with four days of educational sessions, a packed exhibition hall, and some brand-new partnerships and colocations, including the Collaboration in Packaging Production (CPP) Expo.

New Strategies Start to Gel at Canon One Event

Published March 27, 2017

Earlier this month, Canon Solutions America hosted its annual analyst and press event in Boca Raton, Fla., debuting new wide-format technologies and market strategies.

Rocky Mountain High: Canon Debuts the UVgel-Based Colorado

Published March 9, 2017

At yesterday’s Canon One event in Boca Raton, Canon Solutions America officially launched the Colorado 1640, the first model in the company’s new line of roll-to-roll wide-format printers based on the revolutionary new UVgel ink technology.

Idealliance’s XCMYK Specification Improves Expanded Gamut Printing

Published March 6, 2017

For many people, color management is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one ever does anything about it. But new machines with new ink sets are turning what was always a tricky issue into an even trickier one.

SGIA Becomes an Association Partner with InPrint; Interview with SGIA President Ford Bowers

Published February 27, 2017

As interest in industrial printing gains momentum, the inaugural InPrint USA Industrial Print Show will take place in Orlando in April. We spoke with SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about industrial printing in general and the upcoming show in particular.

Top 10 Best New Business Opportunities

Published January 31, 2017

The next big communication disruption is upon us. There are many ways print businesses should respond, but focusing on specialty items is one way. This article cites IPMA and WhatTheyThink research to explore opportunities in-plants and commercial printing establishments are seeing in 2017.

EFI Reinforces Its Commitment to Inkjet at Connect 2017

Published January 24, 2017

Last week’s EFI Connect in Las Vegas saw some new product rollouts, status reports on recent product introductions, and an alternately lighthearted and frightening look at artificial intelligence.

Board Meetings: 2017’s Flatbed Printer Roundup

Published January 16, 2017

Our annual rundown of the current flatbed wide-format printer landscape.

Rolling Out the New Year - Rundown of Rollfed Wide-Format Systems

Published January 9, 2017

As we plunge headlong into 2017, let’s kick off the year, as we traditionally do, with a look at the current roll-to-roll printer landscape. Next week, we’ll look at flatbed printers.

Troy Story 3: Christmas Wrapping

Published December 23, 2016

The halls, they are decked, the silver bells, they are ringing, and throughout the land a festive Christmas spirit is finally descending upon us. It’s also the electric company’s favorite time of year, I would guess, and it’s always entertaining walking or driving around and seeing how extravagantly some homeowners festoon their homes—tastefully, garishly, and everything in between—with all manner of lights, inflatables, and giant electric snow globes.

Wide-Format and Specialty Graphics - What's Next in 2017?

Published December 19, 2016

Last week, we took a wide-format look back at 2016. What lies ahead for wide-format and specialty graphics printing in 2017?

When It Rains It Pours

Published December 16, 2016

We’re all familiar with the first telegraph message, the first phone call, and maybe the first message sent from one computer to another . But what about the first cellphone call?

That Was the Year That Was: A Wide-Format Look Back at 2016

Published December 13, 2016

2016 is almost over! Whew! So, what were the top growth areas for wide-format? What applications are ascendant? What technologies have emerged and evolved?

Live and In Person: Offline Marketing Strategies for Specialty Graphics Printers

Published December 5, 2016

Advice abounds for using social and other electronic media for marketing, but don’t ignore some “old school” offline marketing strategies.

A Trio of Hot Wide Format Application Areas for 2017

Published November 21, 2016

What wide-format and specialty printing products will be in demand in 2017? Sure, one could say “all of them,” but here are three particular areas to pay special attention to in the new year.

Agfa 3D Lens Technology Adds a New Dimension to Printed Signage

Published November 7, 2016

There was a time when I could describe lenticular imaging thusly: “You know those prizes that used to come in boxes of Cracker Jack, little cards that if you held it one way it displayed one image and if you held it another it would flip to another image?” It was a low-tech 3D effect or animation, kind of the analog equivalent of an animated GIF.

Wide-Format and Specialty Printing: New Opportunities for In-Plants

Published October 31, 2016

A recent state of the in-plant industry report finds that in-plant printing departments are well-poised to expand their wide-format and specialty printing options—not just for their parent organizations, but for outside customers, as well.

All Projects Great and Small: Benicia, Calif.’s ColorZone Helps Small Businesses Grow

Published October 18, 2016

When Joshua Feller bought a failing trade show graphics company in 2005, he had little idea that it was the start of a journey that would take him into the world of wide-format printing—and the burgeoning world of digital label printing.

FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson Talks About International Expansion

Published October 6, 2016

WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano talks to FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson about recent expansion into 5 countries in Central America, activity in Brazil and Mexico, and development in Southeast Asia.

SGIA 2016 Wrapup: This—and Next—Year’s Models

Published October 3, 2016

A collection of new products and product previews that were seen on the show floor at last month’s SGIA Expo.

CSA's Randy Paar Talks Flatbed Printing—and Previews a New Ink Technology

Published October 3, 2016

In this installment of WhatTheyThink's Thought Leadership Series, Canon Solutions America's Randy Paar talks about the most recent Océ Arizona flatbed UV printers, and offers a sneak peek at CSA's forthcoming new UVgel UV-based ink platform.

Ford Bowers on SGIA Expo 2016

Published September 21, 2016

On location in Las Vegas, Richard Romano talks to SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about this year’s record-setting SGIA Expo.

New President Andrew Oransky On What's Ahead for Roland

Published September 20, 2016

Richard Romano talks to new Roland DG President Andrew Oransky about his new role, Roland's activities in and out of the imaging industry, and his vision for the future of the company.

Larry Damico on Durst’s New Fall Lineup

Published September 16, 2016

Richard Romano talks to Larry Damico of Durst Imaging about the latest entries in the company’s flatbed and roll-to-roll wide-format printing equipment portfolio.

SGIA Expo 2016 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Published September 15, 2016

What happened at this year’s SGIA Expo may have happened in Vegas, but it’s not staying in Vegas. Our report from Day One of the show.

Automation and Wide-Format: Where Are We?

Published September 12, 2016

Whether it’s only a select few tasks or an entire production workflow, automation is slowly but surely coming to wide-format printing. How is that possible?

SGIA Expo 2016 Heads Back to Las Vegas

Published August 29, 2016

Next month, the annual SGIA Expo heads to its West Coast home at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Two of this year’s big topics are garment decoration and 3D printing—and it turns out they are not mutually exclusive. Here’s a preview of this year’s show.

Printing Industries Alliance Hosts Wide-Format Printing Panel

Published August 23, 2016

The Printing Industries Alliance hosted an all-day drupa recap at Manhattan’s Club 101. Among the day’s presentations and panel discussions was an extensive conversation about the current state of wide-format graphics and opportunities in the market for commercial printers.

The Cube-Shaped Canvas

Published August 15, 2016

In the latest installment of our occasional Wide-Format 101 series, we offer a general overview of wall, floor, and window graphics.

Mid-Year Progress Report: The 2016 Story So Far

Published July 25, 2016

The first half of 2016 is in the books. How is the industry faring thus far compared o last year? Our new Economics and Research Center report looks at the latest economic, technological, and cultural trends affecting the industry.

For This Wrap Cup Master, Competition is Education

Published July 11, 2016

This year’s FESPA Wrap Cup Master Jim Miller started in vehicle graphics at the age of 15, applying screen printed decals to his father’s Little Debbie truck. Today, Miller Decals installs vehicle graphics and other types of displays for more than 600 customers around the country.

Wide-Format 101: One for the Cutters

Published June 20, 2016

In the latest installment of our occasional Wide-Format 101 series, we offer a primer on basic finishing processes, specifically rollfed cutters and flatbed cutting tables.

Wide-Format at Drupa—That Was The Week One That Was

Published June 6, 2016

Drupa 2016 thus far has not had a lot of wide-format announcements per se, but corrugated—one point where wide-format and packaging meet—is playing a big role this year, with some major announcements.

Drupa 2016 from a Wide-Format Perspective

Published May 24, 2016

drupa opens at the end of this month and while drupa has not traditionally been one of the go-to shows for wide-format printing, as wide-format has become a hot topic in the general commercial printing market, it is taking a bigger role at this year’s show.

Lack of Speed Kills: Lessons from Durst’s Retail 2020

Published May 17, 2016

The biggest issue facing print buyers for retail brands is turn time and speed to market. How can print service providers best help retailers solve this problem?

DigitalEFX Wraps Owner Matt Richart On Vehicle Graphics

Published May 16, 2016

Matt Richart, owner of Lexington, Kentucky based DigitalEFX Wraps, talks to Richard Romano about his company’s origins and best practices for vehicle wrapping.

The Latest Latex Wideformat Printers

Published May 9, 2016

Last week, HP announced two new series of Latex printers, so this seems as good a time as any to offer a little “Latex 101” primer for those who may be new to the topic and technology.

BleuPrint Creative’s Scott Donovan on Digital Textile Printing

Published May 8, 2016

Scott Donovan, Principal Consultant at BleuPrint Creative and a textile printing veteran, discusses the technologies and the opportunities available in digital textile printing

Software for Wide-Format: Beyond the Creative Cloud

Published May 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, at Roland’s second annual ImagiNATION user conference, Giveme Help’s Mark Rugen ran down a list of some lesser-known image editing programs and other utilities for professionals doing design and production for wide-format graphics. Here are some highlights.

FastSigns’ Catherine Monson Talks with Richard Romano

Published May 1, 2016

President & CEO Catherine Monson talks about the latest news from FastSigns, trends in signage, and the growing demand for dynamic digital signage.

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