On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) – one of the most powerful storms ever recorded – struck the central Philippines, causing massive damage and loss of life. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.
The AIGA association for professional designers reports that its AIGA Design Leaders Confidence Index dropped slightly in Q3 2013 to settle at 95.94, down from the previous quarter’s 100.02. This economic confidence measure of the design industry had been steady at about 100 for a full year.
The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) has announced the winners of its Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. The annual competition honors excellent student work in the specialty imaging field within a variety of categories. Entrants represent secondary (high school and vocational) and post-secondary (technical school, college or university) students. The Student Printing Competition is named in honor of Tom Frecska, the late editor of Screen Printing magazine and one of the strongest supporters of the screen print industry.
Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc., Epson Philippines Corporation, and Seiko Epson Corporation have announced a donation of Php 2 million (approx. US$46,000) to assist the disaster-relief efforts in the Phillipines. The money was donated through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a local non-profit organization.
In a press release, the company stated: “Epson wishes to extend its sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster.”
When it comes to competition, confidence can be key. In order to be confident, of course, it always helps to look better than the rest, and typically having the latest and greatest supplies on hand is one way to do that. Your shop can be confident in competition and help your client’s graphics look their best through a non-traditional approach to output.
Utilizing specialty media is one such approach. By recommending and specifying the client’s graphics be output onto, say, fabric or canvas, you’re allowing their project to stand apart from the competition.
1. Detroit │ Ford’s new Commercial Graphics tool, in partnership with 3M, allows owners to design a custom vinyl wrap for the Transit Connect, Transit van, E-Series, and F-Series Super Duty. The redesign to Ford’s commercial graphics site (www.fordcommercialgraphics.com) lets users upload personal images or choose from a library of five million Getty Images stock photos. Once the design is finalized, a certified Ford dealer or specially trained installation company applies the wrap.
When they wanted to add some extra sizzle to Rendez-vous Canada 2013, a four-day international tourism marketplace held at the Ottawa Convention Centre, the Pr1me meeting and event-management agency turned to K6 Media (www.k6media.ca). For Pr1me client Brewster Travel Canada, K6 would produce 1700 square feet of graphics – including a wall mural and graphics for surrounding windows – all designed to catch the attention of delegates walking between the Convention Centre and the adjacent Westin Hotel.
In developing a creative advertising campaign to bolster the enrollment for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, The Bloom Agency made sure that a series of engaging floor graphics at nearby Hanes Mall would be part of the mix.
As the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America, the Hershey Company has its operations dispersed among six different buildings throughout Hershey, Pennsylvania. To enable employees to move from facility to facility – and to do so in an environmentally friendly fashion – the company introduced a fleet of six all-electric Nissan Leaf automobiles.
The Gilman Brothers Company has introduced MountCor, a low-temperature, heat-activated adhesive foamboard for sign/display mounting applications as well as picture framing. MountCor features a pH-neutral adhesive that activates at low temperatures (as low as 130˚F) in a short period of time: 30 seconds in a mechanical or vacuum press, and at speeds up to 10 ft/min in a roll laminator, with no adhesive transfer to the heated rollers, reports Gilman Brothers.