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Professional Associations and Resources

(February 2005) posted on Mon Feb 07, 2005

A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.

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National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)

Formed in 1998, NAPP is a trade association for Adobe Photoshop
education, training, and news. It is led by Photoshop
experts, authors, consultants, trainers, and educators.

Networked Graphics Production (NGP)

NGP is an industry-wide initiative for automating the entire print
production process by creating an efficient, collaborative environment
"?from idea to delivery. This integration is a result of
industry-leading companies working together to define, develop,
test, and implement plug-and-play systems that are built using
open standards, such as JDF.

Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA)

Trade association for companies selling out-of-home advertising.

Photo Marketing Association (PMA)

Unites diverse professionals in the imaging industry; representing
more than 18,000 members in 100+ countries. PMA membership
is open to any firm doing a substantial portion of its
business in photo-imaging retailing, processing (digital and silver
halide), or service work.

Point of Purchase Advertising Institute (POPAI)

With more than 1000 members in 18 countries, this trade association
of the P-O-P industry promotes and advances P-O-P
advertising through research, education, trade forums, and legislative

PrintImage International
(formerly National Association of Quick Printers)

A trade association for the quick and small commercial print
industry; members also include graphic-arts companies, educational
organizations, and supplier firms. Offers conferences,
research, programs, products, seminars, and discounts from
suppliers and consultants; as well as Print Owners Boot Camp
and PrintImage Owners Conference.

Print On Demand Initiative (PODi)

PODi is an industry consortium that promotes interoperability
through standards in digital printing technology, especially PPML.

Professional Digital Imaging Association (PDIA)

PDIA is an independent, member-directed organization that provides
practical information and education about preparing,
proofing, printing, protecting, finishing, displaying, and selling
digital images. Members include professional/amateur photographers,
graphic designers, and digital-graphics producers.

Professional Photographers Association (PPA)

This association for professional photographers, with more than
14,000 members in 64 countries, provides education, professional
recognition, conferences, advocacy, competitions, and business
discounts. Also credentials imaging professionals and educators.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
(formerly Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Association)

International association of screen printing, digital printing,
embroidery and pad printers, and suppliers. Provides publications,
industry surveys, management resources, government
safety issues, and information about the market. Hosts the
annual SGIA Convention & Exposition for companies servicing
the digital and screen-printing markets.

Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)

Association of designers of environmental and architectural
graphics who often incorporate 3D, large-format graphics into
their work. Members also include fabricators, artisans, suppliers,
students, educators, and allied professionals. Provides
resources for design specialists in the field of environmental
graphic design, architecture, and landscape, interior, and industrial
design. SEGD members are leading designers of directional
and attraction sign systems, destination graphics, identity programs,
exhibits, and themed environments.

Specifications for Web Offset Publications (SWOP)

Plays an active role in the acceptance, usage, and certification of
various proofing systems.

Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA)

TSEA is aimed at marketing and management professionals who
use exhibits to promote and sell their products, as well as to
those who supply them with products and services. Provides
education, advocacy, promotion, communication, service, and
member-only discounts.


Xplor is a professional association for those involved the
design, production, and distribution of variable-data documents,
ranging from high volumes of statements, bills, insurance
policies, and personalized direct mail to very customized
marketing materials.