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Archive for May, 2022

Custom Printing: The Power of Promotional Items or Tchotchkes

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

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About twenty years ago I was given a foam-rubber BlackBerry. It was a Congressional Quarterly promotional item (also known as a “tchotchke” or “swag” or “give away.” I had my own real BlackBerry at the time, so this exact-size toy was really quite intriguing. The keys were slightly raised. The colors were accurate (blue and silver). And it even had a message on its foam-rubber screen.

Commercial Printing: A Smattering of Paper Options

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

In the early ‘90s I realized I didn’t know much about commercial printing paper other than the few paper stocks I was using for textbooks. I had already been in the printing and publications field since high school (managing two yearbooks), so it was time to remedy my ignorance, particularly since I had just been promoted to production manager/art director at the government education nonprofit foundation where I worked. (more…)

Custom Printing: Offset Printing Is Still Alive and Kicking

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

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From all the hype online about digital this and digital that, you would think that only presses like the HP Indigo or Kodak NexPress were in demand–that offset printing was in its death throes. (more…)

Book Printing: An Approach to Book Page-Spread Design

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

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My first job straight out of college, back in 1980, was editor-in-chief of a small community newspaper. I made almost no money, but that was ok because it was great fun and a tremendous learning experience. I even sold ads, laid out the paper, and delivered 50,000 copies of the tabloid every two weeks. (more…)

Top Points to Consider Before Picking a Printing Company

Monday, May 9th, 2022

When you need printing services, it’s vital that you choose the right company. There are many factors to consider, such as price and quality of printing.


Custom Printing: Printing Directly on Kraft Paper Tubes

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

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A client of mine came to me this week with a question, “Can you print directly on kraft paper tubes?” She is the senior VP of design at a firm that makes, packages, and sells lip balm. She didn’t want to print and affix labels to the cardboard tubes. (more…)

Establish a Market Presence Through Online Prints

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Not many businesses on the planet can survive without online document printing services, especially now that digital marketing has become so important. Digital marketing knowledge is necessary for brands to grow and avoid getting lost among other brands. Marketing also creates a need for digital prints in today’s world. One way to establish a strong presence in any market is to use unique designs and prints on corporate business cards. (more…)

Tips For Finding The Best Brochure Printing Company

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

We all know that firms employ various techniques to market their enterprises, and brochures are one of the most effective. You can use them to enlighten potential clients about your products and services. (more…)


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