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Archive for October, 2013

Large Format Printing: After You Print It, What Next?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Large format inkjet printers are all the rage these days, with environmental graphics, vehicle graphics, and point of purchase signage sprouting up all over the nation. The custom printing process seems rather straightforward, albeit increasingly fast and accurate. But what happens after you print your job? (more…)

Large Format Printing: Cosmetics Environmental Design

Friday, October 25th, 2013

In addition to installing “standees” and large format print signage at movie theaters, my fiancee and I install environmental displays for a high-end cosmetics firm. As an example of large format printing, custom screen printing, and the overall marketing effect of a sophisticated environment, I have found these installations to be very instructive. (more…)

Book Printing: Print Brokering Book Case Study

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

An associate of mine is an importer/exporter. He has a source in China for LCD books: small marketing booklets with a video screen imbedded in the inside back cover, along with speakers, volume controls, rechargeable batteries, and all the other components needed to play one or more videos (or replace the videos as needed). (more…)

Commercial Printing: Primer on Folding and Scoring

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Often as designers and print buyers, we’re so focused on the page design or the texture of the press sheet that we forget the physical properties of the custom printing paper itself. Here are some thoughts on paper folding and scoring, two elements of your print job that will be essential, but invisible to the reader, if done correctly. (more…)

Printing Technology: NewPage’s Book on Interactive Print

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Periodically I get a copy of This Is Ed from the NewPage Corporation, a paper manufacturer. I’m a voracious reader of anything related to printing technology, particularly when it’s free. And as a paper manufacturer, NewPage goes to great lengths to showcase its paper products through educational publications. (more…)

Large Format Printing: An Animatronic Dinosaur

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

My fiancee and I installed an animatronic standee tonight for Walking with Dinosaurs. The standee comprised an 8-foot by 10-foot by 3-foot box covered in printed foliage. At the center of the structure, a huge, three-dimensional dinosaur eye peered out of the flora. An internal motor made the eyeball shift back and forth in a natural—and perhaps slightly eerie—manner. (more…)


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