The Signage Foundation and the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) College of Business and Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, will team up to host the third-annual National Signage Research and Education Conference (NSREC) October 12-13 at the Kingsgate Marriott adjacent to the University of Cincinnati campus. The 2011 NSREC will provide topical research and presentations in four key areas that impact signage: Science, Technology, Art/Advertising, and Regulation (S.T.A.R. initiative).
EnCore has announced Premium Tac, its new repositionable, pressure-sensitive foam board. The peel-and-stick, pH-neutral board features a kraft-colored, moisture-resistant release liner that’s been silicone-treated, helping to eliminate tunneling in varying climate conditions.
Premium Tac is designed for mounting posters, photographs, laminated materials, and general art and craft projects. It’s also suited for cold-mounting applications and can be easily cut by hand or machine, reports EnCore.
LexJet has debuted a new line of Poly Select fabrics engineered for short-term outdoor applications such as special events and longer-term indoor applications, including banner stands, point-of-purchase, trade shows, corporate lobbies, table drapes, flags, backdrops, and more.
Mutoh has launched ColorVerify, a color-checking system that utilizes the company’s SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer to verify the printer’s color output before running a print job, providing a check for “color drift.”
Onyx Graphics has announced its Onyx SmartApps Sign&Banner Plug-in tool for Adobe Illustrator software, designed to simplify and accelerate setup of wide-format signs and banners. With it, users can prepare all aspects of a sign or banner directly in Adobe Illustrator software.
Roland DGA has introduced Eco-UV S, the next generation of the company’s Eco-UV inks. Formulated for elasticity and flexibility and offered in CMYK and white, Eco-UV S inks are developed specifically for use with four of Roland’s VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printers: the LEJ-640 printer, the LEC-540 printer/cutter, and the LEC-330 and LEC-300A printer/cutters.
ImageOne Impact has introduced a new mounting bracket specifically designed for 3-6 mm corrugated plastic substrates. Made from recycled plastic and completely recyclable, the Corrugated Plastic Mounting Bracket features a flexible hinge that can adapt to various surfaces and holes designed for various mounting options including screws, bolts, and/or straps. Applications include poles, posts, and walls. The bracket comes in single packs and bulk packs of 24-brackets.
HP has introduced a new upgrade package for the HP Scitex XP2300 printer. The Scitex XP2300 now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials, which could previously be used only with solvent technologies. With these print modes, designed for HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks, customers can achieve a glossy or matte finish using one ink and reduce the time spent switching inks between print jobs, HP reports.
Always on the chase for what to wrap next, Ohio-based Central Graphics owner David Soulsby sought to add a wow-factor to the shop’s bland 8 x 9-foot garage door.
“We wanted to go bold and grab the public’s attention.” Charged with carrying out the boss’s idea, designer Charlie Wilson turned to Photoshop CS3 to incorporate an iStock image of a realistic flying saucer into a high-res photo of Central Graphic’s garage.
To honor the winning drivers for Porsche at Le Mans, Flying Lizard Motorsports (lizardms.com) worked with artist Troy Lee and Iconography Studios to design and create commemorative Flying Lizard Porsche 911s for the 2011 race. The cars were first painted with a solid base color, then graphics executed by Iconography; a candy coat was applied over the graphics. Output was with a Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540 and Roland inks onto 3M Controltac Plus IJ380 graphic film.