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Behind the Scenes at the Heidelberg Print Media Center

As Heidelberg continues to broaden their press and postpress offerings, keeping up with the constantly changing Print Media Center is challenging and fun. David Zwang catches up with Jeff Powalisz, Director of Demo Room Operations, Heidelberg US, from the Demo Room. Watch Video

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WhatTheyThink Member and FASTSIGNS Co-Brand Owner Richard Helmey

Richard Helmey, a co-branded FASTSIGNS Owner from Houston, Tex., talks about being a member of WhatTheyThink and how he got started as a FASTSIGNS co-brand location. Richard also talks about some of the applications his business has worked on. Watch Video

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All Frank's Almanacs

Frank talks about almanacs (or almanacks) and shows a collection of them from the 1800s to the 2000s. Almanacs became popular in England in the 1700s and were published in the Colonies by the likes of James Franklin and his brother, Ben. These were well-thumbed publications and few have survived fully intact. Watch Video

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Getting to Know Budget INKS at the FASTSIGNS Annual Convention

Budget INKS President James Schall talks all things color and inks with WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels. James was an exhibitor at the recent FASTSIGNS Annual Convention and talks about the event and the new product they brought and launched at the show. Watch Video

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Subscription-Based Graphic Design?

easel.ly Founder and CEO Vernon Southward talks to Eric Vessels about his unique business model of providing graphic design services by subscription and how he is helping small print business thrive with professional design services they may otherwise not be able to afford. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Classic Color's Jeff Hernandez

This week, Warren has a candid print industry conversation with Jeff Hernandez, Vice President of Classic Color, one of the top UV print shops known, among other things, as the printer of Sappi's UV sample paper books. Jeff speaks his mind about what the industry should do—and learn. Watch Video

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ISAIC Continues to Drive Skills, Innovation for the Sewn Products Industry

In this interview, Jennifer Guarino shares an update on the activities at ISAIC in Detroit, where they focus on innovation and talent development for the sewn products industry. Their unique approach to workforce management has helped attract many young people to the industry, with an average age of 31! Watch Video

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Mimaki Continues to Innovate in Digital Textile Printing

In this interview, we catch up with Victoria Harris, Senior Textile Segment Specialist, Mimaki USA, who updates us on the latest developments from Mimaki for textile printing, from a new entry-level dye-sub printer to its unique dual-ink model, and more. She also talks about changing demands in North America as brands look to mitigate the supply chain issues driven largely by the pandemic. Watch Video

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Using Virtual Design with Kristen Dettoni

In the latest episode of the Print Geeks interview series, Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talk to DesignPoolPatterns.com's Kristen Dettoni about the advantages of having ready-made vector art designs for the commercial interior design space. Watch Video

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Frank Makes Book

Frank talks to Adi Chinai, president of King Printing in Lowell, Mass., about the current state of book printing. This was apropos, as he delivered the second edition of Frank’s “History of the Phototypesetting Era.” The book industry is doing well and print books are outselling ebooks by a mile. Watch Video

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Matthew Sheridan Geeks Out Over New Color Measurement Instrument Technology

In the latest installment of the Print Geeks Interview Series, resident Print Geeks Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talked with Matthew Sheridan, Founder and CEO of Nix Sensors, about how portable battery-powered, Bluetooth-enabled spectrophotometers are changing the landscape of color measurement in a fairly disruptive way. Watch Video

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Business Transformation at Core Publishing Solutions

Todd Roth, Vice President of Operations, Core Publishing Solutions, a Thomson-Reuters Company, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the transformation their plant has undergone since Sherburne's visit in 2016, driven by increasing demand for digital content in the legacy legal publications business. Today, about 70% of Core Publishing Solutions' output is commercial and educational publishing, a significant transition from its legacy business, which the company still continues to support. Watch Video

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BMC.fashion Brings Ultra-Automation to Apparel Manufacturing

In this interview, Kirby Best talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his latest venture, BMC.fashion. This vertically integrated and highly automated factory will include two Kornit digital textile printers, Gerber cutting, and 120 sewing stations. Kirby explains how he has applied all that he has learned over the years about on demand manufacturing to create a unique, highly automated and very innovative factory, including a unique process for training sewing talent that should make it easy to attract and retain this valued asset. Watch Video

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King Pro: Custom Screen Printing with a Personal Touch

Dani Diarbakerly has leveraged her experience with screen printing into her own business. She offers a wide range of screen-printed apparel products including direct to garment, screen printing on blanks, and a cut-and sew operation, as well as embroidery. She believes the best approach to the business includes a personal touch to make sure that customers receive exactly what they are expecting, including design assistance where needed. Watch Video

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Digital Print from Heidelberg Is Growing

David Zwang talks to Dan Maurer, VP Product Management, Digital Print at Heidelberg US. Heidelberg has been selling digital presses for more than 11 years, and they are expanding their efforts and offerings. Watch Video

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Three Things Printers Should Be Doing in 2022

Marco Boer, Vice President of IT Strategies, talks about key trends he has been seeing in the industry, as well as his top three things printers should be doing in 2022. Watch Video

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Introducing Grant Fitz, EFI’s CFO

Grant Fitz, CFO of EFI, talks about his history in the industry, his two years at EFI, his background in the automotive industry, and how he is an “engineer at heart.” Watch Video

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Alon Bar-Shany on How Transformations Are the Key to Success

David Zwang speaks with Alon Bar-Shany who has been on the front line of digital print and packaging transformation for more than 25 years. At HP, ultimately rising to the GM of HP Indigo, he was one of the leaders in the transformation of the printing industry to digital printing, and now is taking what he has learned and transforming other industries. Watch Video

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Frank Waxes Nostalgic

Frank takes a quick tour of the world of paste-up artwork in the days of offset printing. Using wax and rubber cement, we used to assemble type and line art on boards called mechanicals. These were shot in graphic arts cameras to film. It is now a forgotten world in the age of electronic page preparation on computer screens. Watch Video

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Catherine Monson on FASTSIGNS’ Terrific 2021

Kelley Holmes talks with Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands, at the FASTSIGNS Convention, which opened this week in Grapevine, Tex. FASTSIGNS' parent company Propelled Brands has been putting together a family of business-to-business and service-oriented franchisors with the recent acquisitions of NerdsToGo My Salon Suite. The jewel in the crown is FASTSIGNS, which had a banner year in 2021, expanding to 761 locations in eight countries. Watch Video