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Frank Goes Back to the Futura

Frank saw the latest James Bond movie and—naturally—all he could think of was the typeface used on the promotional materials. Futura Black came out in 1929 and had a stencil look to it. It was part of the Futura geometric sans serif family, the hottest typeface of its day. Watch Video

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Duplo Stresses Workflow Automation for Successful Printing/Packaging Operations

Mistakes in the bindery are arguably the most expensive mistakes a printing/packaging operation can make, and with today's short runs and fast turn times, bindery waste is not an option for a profitable business. In this interview, Rick Salinas, Vice President of Marketing for Duplo, talks about all of the ins, outs and latest developments in finishing technology, including the importance of "beginning with the end in mind" when planning work and process integration across the entire workflow. Watch Video

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Duplexed Monochrome Printing with the Canon varioPRINT 6000 TITAN

Black-and-white production continues to be a large, stable, cost-effective segment of print production. In this video sponsored by Canon USA, learn about the Canon varioPRINT 6000 TITAN, the fastest monochrome production press in its segment. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Nathaniel Grant

This week, Warren talks to Nathaniel Grant, President of Gam and Chairman of the National Print & Sign Owners Association (NPSOA). Launched 10 years ago, the NPSOA has around 500 members nationwide, all owners of print and/or sign companies, and offers a venue for print business owners to talk about the trials and tribulations—and pleasures—of owning a print or sign business. Watch Video

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Curious About the Latest Research in Mask Efficacy?

Bryan Ormond, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, and his team received a grant from the CDC to take mask research to the next level. He explains it all in this video and also explains that you may be safer wearing different mask types in different conditions. We'll be back in touch with him as the research proceeds! Watch Video

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The Best Postcards’ Andrew Ettinger on Direct Marketing

Eric Vessels talks to Andrew Ettinger of The Best Postcards, which helps clients develop effective branding and direct mail and marketing. Ettinger shares his personal “origin story,” the highs and the lows, before landing on his feet at The Best Postcards. Watch Video

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Frank’s Tale of How the Pilgrims Pressed On

Frank tells the tale of how a printing press saved the Pilgrams and Thanksgiving. It involves an old Gutenbergian press, a less-than-seaworthy ship called the Mayflower, and Squanto, the one Native American who spoke English. Watch Video

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Elizabeth Gooding Offers Inkjet Insights

Cary Sherburne talks to Inkjet Insight’s Elizabeth Gooding about the latest trends in production inkjet. With physical installations down due to the pandemic, there has been increased activity on the software side, facilitating better remote vendor-customer and printer-client interaction. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Salem One’s Phil Kelley

This week, Warren talks with Phil Kelley of Salem One, which had been founded in 1987 by Kelley’s father as a true mom-and-pop shop in Winston-Salem, N.C. Phil came on board in 1997, not intending to stay with the company—but discovered he loved the business. He is now President and CEO. Watch Video

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LBS Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

There are not all that many companies in our industry, at least in North America, that have been continuously operating for more than a century. It takes a lot of flexibility to evolve with the times and not only survive, but thrive, for that long! Rob Mauritz, President and CEO of Des Moines-based LBS, shares his story. Watch Video

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Canon Partners Showcased at the thINK Forum

At the recent thINK Forum, representatives from Standard Finishing, Domtar Paper, Tecnau, Pixelle, Muller Martini, and Solimar Systems spoke about software, paper, and finishing solutions being showcased, and the value they bring as Canon’s solutions partners. Watch Video

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The Target Report Interview: Ed Cook of ECI Screenprint (Part 1)

Rod Bristol of Graphic Arts Advisors talks with Ed Cook, President of ECI Screenprint, a “boutique” industrial printer. Cook sold his business at the height of the COVID pandemic, and he talks about his reasons for, and experiences in, selling the company at such an inauspicious time. Watch Video

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Stefan Hunkeler on Postponing Hunkeler Innovationdays Until 2023

With most of the flagship equipment shows of 2020 and 2021 being postponed or cancelled, many in the industry were looking forward to Hunkeler Innovationdays in February of 2022. Unfortunately, this too has been postponed to February 2023. David Zwang talks to Stefan Hunkeler, President of Hunkeler AG, about this decision. Watch Video

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BrandVizion Makes Customers Visible

BrandVizion’s Kiley Gonzalez talks about the company, which produces all kind of signs and graphics, from vehicle wraps, to pop up displays, event branding, banners—they specialize in anything customized or outside the ordinary. Watch Video

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Tripping the Light Fontastic: We Just Hit the One-Millionth Digital Font

Frank talks type in this video and accompanying article, as he calculates that we have reached the one millionth font in the 36 years since the advent of the digital type age. Beginning with PostScript in 1985, graphic designers have had access to a steady stream of fonts of all kinds from designers around the world. Watch Video

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PCI Group’s Chris Kropac on Transactional Print Security

At last week’s thINK Forum, David Zwang spoke to Chris Kropac, owner and president of PCI Group, a family-owned business specializing in mission-critical transactional communications, with an emphasis on security compliance in health care, collections, financial, and insurance markets. Watch Video

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Allan Creel Returns to the Printing Industry with Acquisition of Fenske Media

Following the sale of his printing and publishing businesses last year, Allan Creel has decided to jump back in and found a terrific business opportunity in the acquisition of Fenske Media in Rapid City, S.D. The deal closed last week, and Allan is now President & CEO, with the four Fenske brothers staying involved as Vice Presidents. In this video interview, Allan provides the full story. Watch Video

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Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek Geek Out with Dan Gillespie

In the latest installment of the Print Geeks Interview Series, Resident Print Geeks Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek talk to Dan Gillespie of Alder Color Solutions about the importance of education in the graphic arts, and a growing dearth of experienced graphic arts employees. Watch Video

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Leveraging EFI Technology to Enter New Markets

Frank talks Ken Hanulec, VP of WW Marketing for EFI, at their recent “Ignite” press event. EFI inkjet printers print on plastics, ceramics, corrugated board, fabric, and other materials. These print systems—some of which are the size of a small house—allow commercial printers to enter new markets. Watch Video

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Back to In-Person with Americas Print Show

The industry is ready to get back to in-person events, and Americas Print Show will be a great opportunity. Scheduled for August 17–19, 2022, in Columbus Ohio, it promises to be an event chock full of opportunities to see the latest technology, hear from great speakers, provide education to staff, and network with your peers. Easy driving distance from a large part of the U.S. is also a key benefit. Hear Jim Cunningham of GMA and Ed Chalifoux of PIAS describe the key elements of this event. Visit www.AmericasPrintShow22.com for more details! Watch Video