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‘One Piece at a Time’

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Jonathan Brand outputs a replacement Mustang – in paper and ink.

For artist Jonathan Brand, cars have always been an important part of life.

“Cars played a pivotal part of my upbringing and the forming of my personal relationships, as well as who I am as an artist,” he says. “My grandfather built auto-assembly lines, my uncle and cousins are mechanics, and my father and I restored three antique vehicles.”

One of those restored vehicles – a 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe – would become the focus of Brand’s artistic eye, unexpectedly so.

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Tradeshows: They’re Back, Baby

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Insight gained from attending the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

I recently spent four days walking the 15 football fields or so that comprised the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, aka CES. Of course, I wasn’t alone. A record number of attendees –153,000 registrants – were poking around the 3100 company exhibits.

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Rescuing Vincent

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BetterWall resells musuem exhibit banners.

Don’t have the money to buy an original work of art by Monet, van Gogh, or Rembrandt? Purchase the next best thing from BetterWall. The company has established a nice niche by making arrangements with museums around the world to exclusively sell their exhibit banners. In doing so, it’s also made quite the environmental impact: Through its sale and recycling of museum banners, the company has kept more than 100 tons of vinyl out of landfills since 2004, reports BetterWall’s Nicolas Weiser.

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Diving into Something New

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Ampco Graphix creates wall mural for aquatic complex.

Since the 1970s, the City Centre Aquatic Complex in Coquitlam, British Columbia, had sported the same interior décor. To finally bring the aquatic recreation center into the new millennium, the city of Coquitlam contacted Ampco Graphix to create a wall mural to fancy up the swimming-pool area. Ampco designed an athletic-swimming themed mural based on a concept presented by the aquatic center. For output, the shop took to its EFI Vutek 150 with EFI Fiery RIP, onto 3M Controltac IF 180Cv3-10 self-adhesive vinyl. A 3M matte laminate was added and the graphic was hand trimmed.

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Nominees Announced for OAAA OBIE Awards

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44 agencies vie for top awards in out-of-home advertising.

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) has revealed the 44 contenders for the 2012 70th annual OBIE Awards.

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IMI Digital Printing World 2012 Conferences Presentations Now Available

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Presentations from ‘21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference’ and ‘Digital Printing 2020 – Opportunities & Challenges Symposium.’

The Information Management Institute (IMI) is making available presentations from two programs held as part of its Digital Printing World 2012 Conferences, which took place earlier this year in Orlando. Comprising conference binders and CDs, the presentations are from IMI’s 21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference and its Digital Printing 2020: Opportunities & Challenges Symposium events.

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Screen Expands Chicagoland Demo Center

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Customers can see and test-print various printers in newly reconstructed 12,000-square-foot facility.

Screen (USA) has completed its newly reconstructed and redecorated Demonstration Center in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

Boasting more than 12,000 square feet of demonstration space as well as two visitor lounges, the new center features several high-speed Truepress inkjet printers that are used for various applications, including transactional, transpromotional, direct mail, signs, displays, industrial, textile and other general graphics printwork. The machines at the Center include:

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Unisource Canada Announces Unisource Wide Format

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And launches SelectSource brand of media and substrates.

Unisource Canada, Inc. has rebranded its Mondrian-Hall division under the name Unisource Wide Format.

“Capitalizing on the synergies achieved through the 2009 acquisition of Mondrian-Hall as a division of Unisource Canada, the new name better positions the expansion into wide format, commercial, sign, photo and digital printing markets,” the company states in a press release.

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Pantone and X-Rite Introduce PantoneLive

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New service allows brand owners as well as print providers to manage color in the Cloud.

X-Rite and Pantone have unveiled PantoneLive, a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards.

PantoneLive is the first service under the Pantone Digital Business Unit, a newly created division of X-Rite that combines Pantone’s color authority and expertise and X-Rite’s color science and technology leadership. Pantone became a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite in 2007.

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Sappi Fine Paper NA Launches 'The Standard Vol. 5, Special Effects'

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New guide showcases how designers can make printing on paper “a multi-sensory experience.”

Sappi Fine Paper North America has released The Standard Volume 5, a guide to designing for print. The latest volume focuses on how special effects can make the printed page offer a more dimensional, tactile, and interactive experience. Intended to be inspirational, The Standard “demonstrates how using printing techniques can serve as a creative tool to make images … more powerful and impactful,” says Sappi.

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