In the wide-format digital print world, it’s rare to find a formally trained artist specializing in commercial print work. That’s where Bill Louf, owner of ImageMaster (imagemastersedona.com) in Sedona, Arizona, breaks the mold. His was a long road from the New England School of Photography to custom digital printer, and the evolution was entirely organic.
I can remember a time in the 1990s where our focus was on subjects like: “Will this material have bubbles in it?” “Will it hold up to car washes?” “Will we be able to install it without wrinkles?” And, “Is this high-end vinyl really worth it?”
During the past several months we have all listened to or read from the various “experts” regarding their thoughts on the great recession we’ve recently endured. I’ve realized, as I’m sure many of you have, that you can pretty much decide whatever you want in terms of the current economic state of affairs and then quickly find an economic expert opinion to back up your theory.
International Sign Expo Recap
The International Sign Association (ISA) welcomed more than 19,000 attendees to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the 65th annual 2011 ISA Sign Expo in late April. Industry exhibitors filled nearly 200,000 square feet with the market’s latest innovations.
Last year, National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson traveled to nine different countries in 22 days, visiting places like the Taj Mahal, Luxor Temple, Machu Pichu, Easter Island, and Samoa. When it was time to produce prints for his resultant “Around the World” exhibition for his own Small World Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas, he turned to his Epson Stylus Pro 4900, utilizing it rather than the larger Stylus Pro 9800 or 9900 he has in-studio due to the 4900’s speed and convenience, he says.
Image Options of Foothill Ranch, California, has acquired the assets of ICP West, also located in Foothill Ranch. Image Options reports it has signed a new long-term lease on the former ICP West 50,000-square-foot facility and will consolidate its existing digital facility into the building by July.
Viscom Düsseldorf 2011, an international trade fair for visual communication, technology, and design, will take over the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre October 13-15. The event will feature exhibitors ranging from advertising technology, light advertising, wide-format digital printing, textile finishing, and newer segments of digital signage and individual printing and design. Last year, the fair welcomed a 70-percent increase in attendees and is expecting similar success for 2011.
You can have a name, but not necessarily an identity. Just ask Jenn David Connolly, owner and founder of Jenn David Design (jenndavid.com) in San Diego, who recently completed a comprehensive and defining identity for Los Angeles-based Manna Culinary Corporation’s food truck, Clean Street Food.
ViaMaris Partners, Israel-based creators of environmentally sensitive consumer products, has launched Remakes (remakes.biz), a line of eco-friendly placemats made from reclaimed billboards and movie posters.
Remakes receives used billboards on an opportunistic basis from a variety of sources to then be repurposed into eco-chic placemats. Many companies are eager to offer up the used media in order to save on inconvenient disposal costs, Remakes reports.
PrintFactory Go, from Four Pees, is a stand-alone correction and production prep tool for wide-format print work. Usable with any RIP technology, PrintFactory Go offers a collection of pre-production tools designed to save time and reduce error and waste.