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Conferences and Exhibitions

Coming events for 2005

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March 30-April 2
International Sign Expo
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

Organized by the International Sign Association (ISA), this conference and expo features 1500 exhibit booths from more than 500 companies in technologies related to signmaking, including digital printing equipment, media manufacturers, and service providers, as well as sign manufacturers.

The show's 'Discovery'educational series includes seminars on topics such as: 'How to Choose the Right Printer for Your Business,' 'Managing Human Resources,' 'Effective Sales Management: Getting the Most Out of Your Salespeople, 'Vinyl Graphics Installation,' and 'Signmaking in the 'Digital Era.''

Exhibit Hall hours will be from 9:30 am to 5 pm on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1st, and from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday, April 2nd. Show registration hours are Tuesday March 29: 2pm to 5pm; March 30: 10 am to 6pm; March 31: 7:30 am to 6pm; April 1: 8:30am to 6pm; and April 2: 9am to 4pm. (International Sign Association: www.signs.org)

April 19-21
PhotoImaging & Design Expo
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Sponsored by Studio Photography & Design and Digital Imaging Techniques, this conference and trade show was developed for creative illustrators and designers as well as commercial, portrait, and wedding photographers.

The three-day conference will feature content at various levels of difficulty and will include seminars, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops as well as networking events and live photo shoots.

The exhibit floor will feature the latest imaging equipment and supplies. (PhotoImaging & Design Expo: www.photoimaginganddesign.com)

April 27-30
Gutenberg & Digital Outlook
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA

The Gutenberg & Digital Outlook event will take place April 27-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Hosted by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), the three-day event comprises 40 educational seminars as well as a host of companies exhibiting their wares. GASC expects approximately 8,000 visitors to attend the event.

The theme for the event is 'Unlock Your Digital Potential,' and digital topics in the educational sessions will include: 'Color Management for Digital Pros,' 'PDF 2005,' 'Developing a Business Plan for Digital Print,' 'Getting Started in Digital Fine Art Printmaking,' 'Soft Proofing,' 'JDF Update: Is it Worth the Money?' 'Digital Prepress Futures,' and others.

Event exhibitors will run the gamut, say show organizers--from prepress software and hardware, to traditional and digital presses, bindery and finishing equipment, design and digital imaging software and hardware, and more.

Expo registration is $20 ($10 before April 1); fees for full-day seminar are $190 each ($150 before April 1), while fees for half-day sessions are $130 each ($90 before April 1). (Gutenberg & Digital Outlook: www.gutenberganddigitaloutlook.com)

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May 11-13
IRgA (International Reprographic Association) Show
Caesar's Palace
Las Vegas, NV

The International Reprographic Association Show (IRgA) showcases exhibitors in wide-format engineering output, wide- and small-format digital printing, laminating and finishing, scanning and archiving, digital file management, and facilities management. Attendees include reprographers, quick printers, service bureaus, corporate in-plant printers, photo labs, commercial printers, screen printers, and sign shops.

Educational programming for this event includes sessions on such topics as expanding your business, facing powerful competition, and selling large- and small-format color graphics. (International Reprographic Association: www.irga.org)

May 17-19
On Demand Conference & Exposition
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

Organized by Advanstar Technology group and held alongside the AIIM conference, the On-Demand Conference & Exposition is dedicated to technologies that 'personalize, manage, print, and deliver content,' says the expo's website. Typical attendees include print-for-profit, in-plant printers, marketing and communications professionals, operations and production managers, IT specialists, and corporate executives who want to understand the convergence of communications, digital information, and printing so they can communicate effectively and economically.

This year's expo will feature 'JDF,' 'Publishing On Demand,' and 'Storage and Networking' pavilions. (On Demand Conference & Exposition: www.ondemandexpo.com)

May 23-26
Seybold New York: Publishing Workflow & Content Management Conference
PDF/X Summit
Crowne Plaza Hotel
New York, NY

Seybold New York features a PDF/X Summit, which is a full day of tutorials to bring PDF creators up to speed on recent production requirements. Also featured is information on metadata organization, XML conversion, collaboration, queuing, and cross-channel content purposing. (Seybold New York: www.seybold365.com)

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August 18-20
Centro Banamex
Mexico City, Mexico

Going into its 8th year, imageWorld, held at the 7,128-sq m (76, 725 sq ft) Centro Banamex in Mexico City by ST Media Group International, is Mexico's largest trade show for the signmaking, screen printing, and digital printing industries. New this year--a seminar program in Spanish from field experts. (imageWorld: www.stmediagroup.com/imageworld)

September 9-15
Print '05 & Converting '05
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Held every 4 years and managed by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), Print and Converting is one of the largest trade shows held for printing, publishing, and converting technology. Print and Converting '05 will encompass 900,000 sq ft within Chicago's McCormick Place convention center and will occupy both the North and South Halls.

Attendees, which include printers, publishers, prepress managers, package designers, and advertisers, are expected from 75 countries to see a showcase of product introductions from a variety of manufacturers and suppliers in commercial printing, high-speed digital printing, wide-format printing, and converting technologies.

The 2005 educational program will consist of more than 80 seminars broken up into 15 categories--Business, Color, Converting, Digital, Financial, Mailing, Management, Marketing, Packaging, Pressroom, Pre-media, Production, Sales, Wide-Format, and Workflow. (Graphic Arts Show Company: www.gasc.org)

September 11-14
Seybold Chicago: Digital Publishing Workflow & Asset Management
DAM Summit
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Featuring a Digital Asset Management Summit (DAM) with tutorials for off-the-shelf as well as open-system repositories for publishers and brand managers, Seybold Chicago also features a curriculum covering up-front metadata, JDF tools, variable-data publishing systems, and direct marketing. (Seybold Chicago: www.seybold365.com)

September 21-23
VM+SD International Retail Design Conference
Fairmont Hotel
Chicago, IL

Sponsored by ST Media Group International, and in its 5th year, the VM+SD International Retail Design Conference plays to participants representing a wide cross-section of the retail design, visual merchandising, construction, brand marketing, and architecture industries. Keynote speakers offer advice, perceptions, and interpretations of current industry trends while an expanded VIP program offers networking opportunities. (VM+SD International Retail Design Conference: www.irdconline.com)

September 28-Oct 1
SGIA: Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Show
Earnest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

The Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Show presented by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), is expecting more than 450 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees for this annual convention and expo that features demonstrations of products for the sign industry such as new substrates, inks, technologies, processes, and new opportunities to save and make money. From P-O-P, signs, and decals to wide-format and T-shirts, the future of specialty graphic imaging can be seen at this show. (SGIA: www.sgia.org)

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October 20-22
PhotoPlus Expo
Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Aimed toward professional photographers, graphic designers, photo labs, and service bureaus, PhotoPlus Expo features more than 200 exhibitors for those in the photographic and imaging industries. Seminars are on topics such as large-format fine-art printing, color-management and Photoshop CS, digital workflow for professional photographers, and dealing with digital images after photo shoots. (PhotoPlus Expo: www.photoplusexpo.com)

November 29-Dec 2
Seybold San Francisco: Content Creation & Asset Management Conference
XML Summit
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Seybold's annual publishing technology conference features an XML Summit and focuses on new developments in editorial, design, and production workflow as well as asset management, XML tools, color profiling and management, cross-channel publishing, metadata tags, and asset archiving. (Seybold San Francisco: www.seybold365.com/sanfrancisco)

December 7-8
The P-O-P Show/StoreXpo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

The P-O-P Show/New York offers attendees a direct route to learning how to be successful at retail with exhibitors showing products such as in-store marketing displays, fixtures, signs and

P-O-P materials. The show is now co-located with ST Media Group's StoreXpo, which features exhibitors from mannequin, surfacing material, and wallcovering and flooring companies to give attendees a one-stop retail design experience. (The P-O-P Show: www.popshow.com; StoreXpo: www.storexpo.info)

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