At last count, Google listed more than a trillion – that’s a one with 12 zeros after it – URLs in its index. That’s a lot of competition for shops to differentiate themselves amid a sea of virtual competitors.
Print shops successfully working with fine artists have been able to master not only the skills and technologies necessary to create nearly identical duplicates of their clients’ artwork, but they’ve also aced the test when it comes to attracting clientele seeking out a “fine-art friendly” print provider.
Years ago while I was in college, one of my accounting professors – one of the country’s foremost experts in white-collar fraud – informed us that he was going to spend the class period talking about fraud and how it might affect us during the course of our careers. We were somewhat surprised when he told us that during the course of our careers we would no doubt be witnesses to fraud and may even find ourselves susceptible to its temptations.
For the past decade, I’ve had a “mad scientist” vision of creating two inventions for our industry: a time machine and an anti-gravity machine. We all could use the time machine to satisfy customers who want their prints yesterday, or to travel to the future to see if that six-figure piece of equipment we plan to buy will be obsolete in six months. And, because we are all painfully aware that trouble (among other things) flows downhill, we could use the anti-gravity machine to reverse the flow and deliver it back to those who created it in the first place.
For a few weeks last autumn, television came alive in Midtown Manhattan’s Cassa Hotel and Residences, when Showtime Networks collaborated with leading designers, technology partners, and print providers to transform the top three penthouses of the 48-story building into a showcase of digitally printed, multimedia graphic displays. Inspired by seven of the cable network’s leading original series, the Showtime House 2010 featured innovative décor items emulating the style and persona of each program, and highlighting the integration of technology and creativity.
German for “flying day,” the celebrated Flugtag event sponsored by Red Bull encourages average, untrained people to test their ability to fly. Even though the human-powered flying machines rarely achieve a height of more than a few feet from the 30-foot deck, daredevils everywhere continue to take the risk.
For the past three years, Louisville-based USA Image has swung wide its doors each winter for an open house gala, and 2010 was no different. The four-hour event allowed current and prospective customers to enjoy the print provider’s hospitality while browsing a sampling of the variety of projects the shop can produce, including hanging banners, fabric backdrops, floor graphics (featuring the company logo), vehicle wraps, and much more.
CET Color has signed an agreement with PrintLat to distribute the former company’s line of wide-format UV digital printers and routers into the Latin American market.
“CET Color is becoming quite a force in the UV wide-format digital printing market,” says David Pachon, president of PrintLat. “Our partnership with them will enable us to expand our offering and round out our portfolio of products. CET Color will assist us in providing innovative print solutions to companies while lowering their cost of ownership.”
Paradigm Imaging Group, the supplier of large-format scanning and printing solutions, tradeshow displays, and graphics, has been appointed distributor for SID Signs International Distributor Corporation in North America. Based in Miami, SID Signs is a provider of wide-format printers and related products, including UV, solvent, and eco-solvent printers, as well as cutting plotters, routers, laminators, consumables, and more.
X-Rite has nearly doubled the locations this spring where it will be offering its Fundamentals of Color and Appearance (FOCA) one-day seminar that instructs on how to evaluate and approve colors. The seminars are geared toward pre-media and digital pressroom personnel as well as manufacturing specifiers, quality-control and assurance professionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers, and others.