A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.
AIGA, the professional association for design, seeks to “advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.” Founded in 1914, the association has more than 70 chapters throughout the US and its membership is open to professional and associate designers plus students and design faculty. Benefits include access to tools for inspiration, professional resources, education, and more, plus discounts on professional development tools and resources as well as products and services.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI )
ANSI is an organization that oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of thousands of norms and guidelines for businesses in various sector. Its Top Issues Tracking System allows members to monitor ANSI-led technical, standardization and policy-level initiatives in six areas of focus: energy, global supply chain, horizontal considerations, sustainability, technology, and workforce. It also participates in the accreditation of programs that assess conformance to standards—including globally recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems. Membership in ANSI provides access to information and business intelligence, discounts on many products and services, and more.
Association of Imaging Executives (AIE)
A division of PMA, the nonprofit AIE (formerly the Association of Professional Color Imagers) focuses on efficient operations, profitable retail strategies, and ongoing professional development for photo-imaging executives. The organization offers business services like newsletters, podcasts, and a grassroots PR network as well as educational programs, including high-level seminars and workshops, leadership training, and networking.
A voluntary standards-developing organization, ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) comprises more than 30,000 individual and corporate members from more than 120 countries, working through 141 technical standards-writing committees. Some 12,000 ASTM standards are used in industries around the world – including by wide format and digital inkjet print providers – to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. It also offers technical training programs for industry and government, as well as proficiency testing, interlaboratory crosscheck programs, and newly initiated certification programs.