To help raise money for UNICEF in aiding children in Japan and emergencies around the world, Mini USA – the maker of the Mini auto – partnered with legendary rock band Kiss to launch a “Mini Rocks the Rivals” test-drive tour in the US. Kiss made the announcement live at the New York Auto Show this past April as four Mini Countryman vehicles with Kiss-inspired designs and wraps debuted, each design representing a band member's face.
The Client Chicago International Trucks
The Players Road Rage Designs (www.roadragedesigns.com)
Tools & Supplies Mimaki JV3-130, Avery MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS, Avery DOL 1360 overlaminate, GBC Arctic Titan laminator
Coroplast has debuted CoroGreen, a 100% recyclable corrugated plastic sheet. Made from post-consumer and post-industrial polypropylene, CoroGreen meets the requirements for US Building Council LEED credit.
CoroGreen is ideal for outdoor signage and eco-friendly messaging and can endure high-moisture environments, the company reports. With a printable white surface and black core, CoroGreen is available in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-mm thicknesses. Custom surface colors and sheet sizes are available.
Durst has introduced the Omega 1, an entry-level UV inkjet printer designed to provide fine-art printing quality at an industrial production level, says the company.
The Omega offers a top resolution of 1728 dpi, grayscale printing technology, and an advanced magnetic linear drive for precision transport of the printheads (for consistency and accuracy). Users can choose a 4-color (CMYK) version, a 6-color Plus version (CMYKcm), or a PCA version (CMYK, orange, violet); white and gray are options. Inks are supplied in 1-litre containers
Creating, editing, and manipulating images can be a time consuming and, in some cases, daunting task that precedes a print shop’s real glory moment: the output. But before you can show off that perfect print, you must be able to help your client ready the perfect image.
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.