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Photography, Graffiti Style

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Photographer JR uses an HP Designjet Z6200 in photobooth at Rencontres d'Arles festival.

As another avenue to express his art, photographer JR developed “Inside Out,” a participatory art project that challenges people to capture untold stories from people around the world through their own black-and-white photos. They then upload their images to the organization’s website, and these images are made into posters and sent back to their creators to be displayed in their own communities.

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Audacious in Auckland

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Omnigraphics' “World’s Here to Play” graphic adorns the Tower Building in Auckland’s downtown area.

In preparation for rugby’s biggest showcase this past fall, the Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand’s Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development agency commissioned a 13,400-square-foot building wrap to adorn the Tower Building in Auckland’s downtown area. The “World’s Here to Play” graphic, designed by branding agency Ogilvy, was produced by Auckland’s Omnigraphics, utilizing its EFI Vutek 3360 solvent printer to output onto Contra Vision Performance see-through perforated window film.

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Hit the Road Sunning

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TKO Graphix wraps University of Michigan's solar car for the Veolia World Solar Challenge Australia.

The Job Being deemed “America’s number-one” after six American Solar Challenge wins just wasn’t glory enough for the University of Michigan’s (UM) Solar Car Team. So, it set out to conquer foreign soil last fall and entered the Veolia World Solar Challenge Australia. To increase its chances of winning the 1800-mile race through the Outback’s Stuart Highway, the UM team attempted to make its eleventh custom car – the Quantum – its lightest vehicle yet. To do this, the team skipped the paint job and instead opted for a wrap.

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Grapo Technologies Acquired by Private Investment Group

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New brand – SigmaJet –and strategy for Czech printer manufacturer.

Grapo Technologies, the Czech Republic-based manufacturer of wide-format hybrid and flatbed UV printers, has announced its acquisition by a group of private investors. The company will be re-named SigmaJet; Branislav Oravec, previously sales and marketing director of Grapo Technologies, has been appointed the new SigmaJet CEO.  

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HP Announces Print Excellence Awards

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Categories include wide-format graphics, commercial print, and label and packaging applications.

HP has issued a call for entries for its HP Print Excellence Awards, a new worldwide competition honoring graphic-arts printing that has been produced on HP Designjet, Scitex, Indigo, and Inkjet Web Press systems.

An international panel of print experts will select winners in16 categories of wide-format graphics, commercial print, and label and packaging applications. In addition to evaluating print quality, the HP Print Excellence Awards also will recognize innovative examples of environmentally responsible printing. The awards are free to enter.

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IDEAS 2012 Awards from Inca Digital

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Awards add new Interactive Display category.

Inca Digital has launched its second Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAS 2012), which recognizes the power of digital print and showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Inca customers around the world.

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Artful Silos

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Great Big Color's output graces these Omaha grain silos.

Last spring, Emerging Terrain solicited submissions from artists all over the world for artwork themed “the inter-relatedness between land use, food, and agriculture” to hang on the exterior of 13 silos that comprise a vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha, Nebraska.

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Creating a Time Machine

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Coloredge New York ● Los Angeles creates dino-themed graphics for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Until about 65 million years ago, they were the biggest and baddest things on the planet. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth up to the time that an asteroid collision – or pick your natural catastrophe – caused their demise. But as anyone who has kids knows, dinosaurs live on in movies, picture books, TV shows, and more. In short, dinosaurs are cool.

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Staffing During the Recession

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"Interestingly, it has never been easier to staff our company with star employees than during this recession period."

During the great recession of 2008, our company reduced its staff from a high of 50 to 25, a painful experience for everyone involved. Fast forward to late 2011, however: We’ve expanded our markets and products, and company sales are now extremely strong, ensuring full production into the second quarter of 2012. It’s a significant milestone for us to report that we’re again in hiring mode.

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Alien Skin Software Ships Blow Up 3

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Featuring Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop.

Alien Skin Software has made available Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo-enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. New features include:
• Improved image-quality, designed to make edges sharper without introducing artifacts;
• Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop;
• A simpler interface that allows the user to set paper/media size and crop region (presets for standard paper sizes are included); and

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