“Fine-art work is not for the faint of heart,” says Jon Scott, owner of JS Graphics, a custom-print studio located just about five miles from McCormick Place.
In business since 1983, the shop has re-invented itself every three or four years, says Scott, in order to keep the revenues coming in. “We’re graphic artists – we’ve learned to digitize anything, for whatever needs – from offset to inkjet, for any process,” he says. “But fine art is our passion.”
“Innovate, integrate, communicate.” That’s the tag line for Print13, the graphics extravaganza that replaces Graph Expo every four years and is the largest North American print show. And indeed, the event – which takes place September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place – is designed to prod graphics professionals to take just those steps in finding success and profitability.
Consider this a speed date: You have just a few minutes to check out the visual, garner the most important details, and decide what you’d like to bring home with you.
In reality, of course, you have more time to make a decision for your shop and your client. But the idea of taking these display systems on a mini-date (and checking out their website beforehand) isn’t a bad option.
When it comes to digitally printed wallpaper, Spoonflower has it covered.
Since last fall, the Durham, North Carolina, company has been pursuing opportunities in the highly specialized market for custom-printed wallpaper. Building on its notable success with digitally printed fabric over the last five years, Spoonflower is looking to adapt that same business model to wallpaper – offering consumers and professionals worldwide the option of choosing from thousands of designs, or uploading their own for custom printing.
In and of themselves, wide-format graphics will certainly stand out in a crowd of much smaller images. Just remember the first time you saw a very large graphic installed on the side of a building, for instance – that image probably is still in your mind today.
And while a supersized graphic can still draw our attention – particularly if the creative work is eye-catching or memorable – size in and of itself may no longer be quite the attention-grabber it once was.
1. Sydney – LifeArt (www.lifeart.com.au), an Australian company manufacturing environmentally friendly coffins, makes it possible to personalize your own casket. Using its HP Scitex FB500 printer, LifeArt prints a design onto 10-mm Xanita board, a recycled and formaldehyde-free substrate. Custom images have ranged from family photos to Australian landscapes.
“Many times, big brands don’t recognize the opportunities for their sustainability goals to be achieved through their printing partners,” says Martine Padilla, president of Sophizio (sophizio.com), the Lawrence, Kansas-based consultancy that educates Fortune 500 companies on smart print procurement.
“They simply don’t realize what they don’t know about printing. When companies and organizations don’t understand print, they’re not able to identify or implement relevant or successful sustainability initiatives.”
Seiko Instruments has announced the ColorPainter M-64s, the company’s new low-odor mild-solvent, high-speed inkjet printer.
The M-64s offers 64-inch-wide printing in 6 or 7 colors, with speeds up to 716 sq ft/hr (535 sq ft/hr in Fast Production mode). Seiko reports that the machine’s high-speed printing capability was developed specifically to address the growing demand for high productivity from the signage and indoor-graphics markets.
Domtar Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its Ariva business in the US to Central National-Gottesman Inc. The business will be integrated into Central National-Gottesman’s Lindenmeyr Munroe division. Ariva's Canadian operations are not affected by the transaction; the Canadian operations will be consolidated into Domtar's Pulp and Paper Division. The transaction is expected to close at the end of July 2013.
The Client: Crown Imports – distributor of Corona Extra
Tools & Supplies: EFI Vutek 5330 printer, Cooley 7-oz black back vinyl, Inx Triangle solvent inks