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Modernistic, Inc.: Educating for Sustainability

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Modernistic encourages clients to print green.

Founded in 1938, Modernistic (modernistinc.com) was originally a die-cutting company. It eventually morphed into a screenprinting company, and 10 years ago the Stillwater, Minnesota-based company began getting into digital printing.

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Setting Green Records

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Pyramid Visuals creates a green street graphic.

What better way to gain some “green street cred” than by partnering with Greenpeace, the international environmental organization?

In December of last year, Greenpeace International and Avaaz, an international civic organization, wanted to deliver a message bearing one million signatures to the European Commission – the executive body of the European Union (EU) – in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the first-ever Citizens’ Charter against genetically modified crops.

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SunDance Graphics: Value Engineering

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SunDance Graphics promotes its sustainable approach.

SunDance Graphics in Orlando began as an art-publishing company 10 years ago. Then, about five years ago, it was purchased by the family of the company's current director of operations, JohnHenry Ruggieri. The new owners began doing some commercial printing and formed a separate commercial-printing division just over three years ago; more recently, they created a multichannel marketing division as well.

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Green is Good

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Print providers turn to sustainable production because it's "the right thing to do" for the enviornment and for their business.

It seems like every kind of business is "going green" these days, from SUV manufacturers to your local supermarket. The term usually encompasses some combination of lowered consumption of resources and reusing or recycling as much as possible.

Print shops are no exception: Across the country, digital print providers are embracing the principles of sustainable printing. The basic approach includes paying more attention to the supplies they use, trying to print as much as possible on sustainably-produced substrates, and utilizing environmentally sensitive inks.

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Design Collisions

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How to avoid vehicle wrap disasters.

I sometimes wonder why we all chase vehicle-wrap jobs, when we know there are certainly more profitable, less stressful jobs to be had.

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Drum Wrap, Please

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Iconography wraps a piano and drum set with decorative graphics.

In celebration of the 2011 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annual tradeshow, Roland Corporation – the maker of digital musical equipment and sister company to Roland DGA – set out to showcase its instruments with a bang.

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Light Air's Images Take to the Slopes

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Light Air prints graphics for the Rossignol Demo Tour.

As the winter season got underway at mountain resorts across Europe late last year, sports-equipment manufacturer Rossignol was readying for its Rossignol Demo Tour – a 10-country, multi-resort alpine roadshow that allows skiers and snowboarders to test for free the company's latest equipment.

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LexJet Moves to New Sarasota Offices

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“A unique opportunity to design the space to our customers’ needs.”

LexJet has moved its Florida headquarters to new offices in Sarasota. The company’s new office space, located just a block or two from its former headquarters is: 1605 Main Street, Suite 400, Sarasota, FL 34236.

“We had the unique opportunity to design the space to our customers’ needs, which was our number-one priority,” says Art Lambert, LexJet founder and CEO. “Our next and equally important priority was making it as employee-friendly as possible. After all, happy employees mean happy customers.”

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Sign Museum Auction Goes Online

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Donated products and services, equipment, and materials to be auctioned off.

The American Sign Museum will hold its annual fundraising auction of donated sign products and services online, beginning at midnight on April 1, 2011.

This is the first time the museum’s major fundraising event has gone online. For the last seven years, the museum’s auction has taken place at the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo in silent-auction format.

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Artexpo New York Launches Online Marketplace

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Artexpo.com allows artists to sell fine-art reproductions year round.

Artexpo New York has announced the beta launch of its new website, artexpo.com, an online marketplace offering year-round access to artwork by artists and publishers.

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