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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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It’s Infection Prevention Week

Published October 15, 2012

Sacre Bleu!

Published October 12, 2012

Sanitized Telephones?

Published October 12, 2012

FTC Revised Green Guides Finally Appear

Published October 11, 2012

When the Sun’s Over the Lanyard...

Published October 10, 2012

Not In the Cards

Published October 9, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #27

Published October 8, 2012

Going Green Digest

Published October 5, 2012

HP Latex Inks Certified by UL Environment

Published October 4, 2012

Dave Tecson of CGX on Workflow Automation

Published October 4, 2012

Richard Romano talks to Dave Tecson, Workflow and Operations Specialist at Consolidated Graphics, about workflow automation and the challenges in setting these systems up.


Published October 3, 2012

The Logfather

Published October 2, 2012

Dirty Data

Published October 1, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #26

Published October 1, 2012

Intel Outside

Published September 27, 2012

Display Graphics on Display at Upcoming Graph Expo

Published September 27, 2012

The month of October brings a brace of major trade shows for the printing industry; October 7–10 brings Graph Expo, as it always does, to McCormick Place in Chicago, while October 18–20 brings the annual SGIA Expo to the Las Vegas Convention Center. WhatTheyThink will be on the prowl at both shows with video, actual written reports, and more.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Published September 26, 2012

Of Rats, GMOs, and Bad Science

Published September 25, 2012

Forest, Trees

Published September 24, 2012

Exit Through Gift Shop

Published September 24, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #25

Published September 24, 2012

Of Organic Foods and Meta Analyses

Published September 21, 2012

Top Publishers Ally with SFI

Published September 20, 2012

Drops in Demand

Published September 19, 2012


Published September 18, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #24

Published September 17, 2012

Fit to be Dyed

Published September 14, 2012

Tough On Shoes

Published September 13, 2012

A Portrait of the Artist as a Wide-Format Printer: Learn to Think Creatively

Published September 13, 2012

In last week's feature, guest writer Dan Marx outlined five "essential truths" about wide-format printing, and in his introduction he mentioned that he's witnessed "a full-blown revolution: a complete movement away from old-school analog technology." Over the past several months, as I have spoken to equipment manufacturers and suppliers for these weekly features, as well as other analysts, one thing that always comes up is the fact that more and more traditional printing companies are expanding into wide-format printing

"Nice Dress; Where Did You Get It Printed?"

Published September 11, 2012

The Mariners Go Nuts

Published September 11, 2012

Making the Grade

Published September 10, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #23

Published September 10, 2012

My Friend Goo

Published September 7, 2012

Tissues of Lies?

Published September 6, 2012

Heating Up the Alphabet Soup

Published September 6, 2012

Duke of Oil 2

Published September 5, 2012

Two Sides Live!

Published September 4, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fast #22

Published September 4, 2012

The Big Squeeze

Published August 31, 2012


Published August 30, 2012

Duke of Oil

Published August 29, 2012

Beyond Paper: New Wide-Format Substrate Options

Published August 29, 2012

In last week’s feature, we spoke about flatbed wide-format printers, and remarked that one of their big selling points was that they could print on a bewildering variety of materials—increasing the number of applications that creative shops could develop, the more niches shops could carve out for themselves, and the better they could serve their clients.

Reissued CDs

Published August 28, 2012

Cold-Hearted Orb That Rules the Night

Published August 27, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #21

Published August 27, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Published August 24, 2012

Wide-Format Flatbed Printers Are On a Roll

Published August 22, 2012

Since the advent of the wide-format printing market in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the vast majority of the output devices on the market have been rollfed devices, printing on flexible substrates like paper or canvas that unfurled into the device, rather like a web press. The finished graphic was then often mounted onto a rigid material for display, installation, or other end use.

Cleveland Rocks

Published August 21, 2012

Clutching at Straw

Published August 20, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #20

Published August 20, 2012

Let There Be More Light

Published August 17, 2012

Nanu Nano

Published August 16, 2012

The Office [Paper]

Published August 15, 2012

Dark Clouds and Silver Linings: The Latest Economic Data May Be Gloomy...But Data are Not Destiny

Published August 15, 2012

This week, we’re going to take a step back from our look at the nuts and bolts of wide-format printing technology and look at the industry and the economy from “20,000 feet”—and hopefully not have a William Shatner-esque experience.

Ricoh Suave

Published August 14, 2012

Unisource Acquires Pakit

Published August 13, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #19

Published August 13, 2012

Beak Performance

Published August 10, 2012

Sun Specs

Published August 9, 2012

Facebook Reveals Its Carbon Footprint

Published August 8, 2012

Navigating the RIP Tide: Print Workflow Software Comes in All Shapes, Sizes, and Capabilities

Published August 7, 2012

Richard provides some features and issues to keep a special eye out for when looking at RIP's for wide-format printing.

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #18

Published August 6, 2012

Friendly Skies, Unfriendly Airports

Published August 3, 2012

Once In A...

Published August 3, 2012

Going for the Green

Published August 1, 2012

End Game: In Wide-Format Printing, Finishing is Where the Real Work Begins

Published July 31, 2012

Those new to wide-format printing—and even some veterans—often give short shrift to what happens to a print once it comes off press. In wide-format printing, however, the real added value is often in the finishing.

Going Green Two Sides Fact Fact #17

Published July 30, 2012

Power Windows

Published July 26, 2012

Numbing Numbers on Climate Change

Published July 25, 2012

Beyond the Pale: White Inks Offer Unique Wide-Format Challenges and Applications

Published July 24, 2012

Those of us used to traditional offset and digital printing rarely give the concept of white ink a second thought. After all, “white” is typically synonymous with the color of paper, so when we want something to be white, we design it with the absence of any color. (Tellingly, in Adobe InDesign, we select the color swatch labeled “Paper.”) There are situations, however, when—oxymoronic as it may seem—we need to specify the color white.

Learn from the Winners: Premier Press

Published July 23, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #16

Published July 23, 2012

Rocky Road to Renewable Energy?

Published July 19, 2012

A New Label in Town?

Published July 19, 2012

Rinse and EPEAT

Published July 18, 2012

Unisource Re-Commits to Healthy Schools

Published July 18, 2012

One Little Victory

Published July 17, 2012

Wide-Format Printing Presents Unique Sustainability Challenges, Opportunities

Published July 17, 2012

The past five years have seen an increased discussion of, and emphasis on, the idea of “sustainability.” Sustainability can refer to many things, but one of the oft-discussed components of it is environmental sustainability. That is, what is the impact of a product or process on the environment, and what are the ways of reducing that impact?

Learn from the Winners: EarthColor

Published July 16, 2012

Going Green Two Sides Fast Fact #15

Published July 16, 2012

The Sound of Old T. Rex

Published July 13, 2012

Comic CERNs?

Published July 13, 2012

A/C Dicey

Published July 12, 2012

Paper Love

Published July 11, 2012

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