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Archive for December, 2013

Large Format Printing: Focus on Digital Printing Trends

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I just found three articles on current trends in digital printing that I’d like to share with you. The news is most heartening.

Article #1: “Newsweek Print Edition Is Returning”

The first article is from The Huffington Post (12/04/13, by Joanna Zelman) and is called “Newsweek Print Edition Is Returning.” While one article on one news entity does not confirm a trend, I think in this case the information in startling, provocative, and reflective of the still surviving love of ink on paper. (more…)

Custom Printing: Benefits of Digital On Demand Printing

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I was reading NewPage’s This Is Ed #8 Digital Variables tonight, and I saw some important distinctions related to digital printing that I wanted to bring to your attention. First of all, as I’ve noted in prior blogs, print books like New Page’s This Is Ed series are free. They not only showcase paper companies’ best design work, but they also provide a wealth of information on various aspects of commercial printing. I encourage you to contact New Page or any other paper company and get on their mailing list for educational publications like this. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Uses for White Ink and Toner

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I just read an article in about white ink and toner. Although printing extends beyond the IT uses of laser printers, I think it is noteworthy that IT articles are now touting the benefits of white ink. (more…)

Catalog Printing: Creative Response to USPS Rate Increase

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes a challenge breeds creativity.

Tonight on IndependentRetailer.Com I read a 10/30/13 article by Gloria Mellinger about the upcoming proposed postal rate increase and its effect on catalog printing services and direct marketers. (more…)

Custom Printing: New Marabu Inks for Inkjet Printing

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

When you think about it, an inkjet printer is only as good as the inks it prints.

I just read an article in PackagingEurope (11/18/13, at, called “Marabu at Viscom 2013”) describing Marabu’s new ink offerings as presented at Viscom 2013, a noted visual communications trade show held in Dusseldorf, Germany, in early November. (more…)


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