The 77th annual UCI Road World Championships for cycling, held in Geelong and Melbourne Australia, called for street graphics that could endure five days of bicycle and vehicle traffic, along with unpredictable weather conditions. Asphalt Art Australia’s solution was to utilize a Durst 600 Rho Pictor UV-curable flatbed to output onto its own proprietary slip-resistant, aluminum-based foil designed specifically for asphalt, concrete, and textured surfaces. Asphalt Art also executed the install of the 6 x 20-foot graphics, which were recycled as aluminum waste following the race.
In conjunction with the Maryland Impaired Driving Coalition’s initiative, “DUI is for Losers,” Integrated Design Inc. (integrateddesignscorp.com) and Idle Time Advertising (idletimeadvertising.com) developed life-size floor graphics depicting intoxicated potential DUI offenders in bar bathrooms throughout the state.
Sign China will be held March 1-4, 2011 at the China Import and Export Fair in in Guangzhou at the Pazhou Complex, Area B.
The 2011 edition of Sign China will be held in conjunction with LED China, and is now positioned to provide one-stop shopping across the supply chain, show officials report – “from indoor and outdoor wide-format printers, to engravers, exhibition and display equipment, and LED display and components and LED lighting. The show has established itself as a must-attend trade event in Asia.”
Digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy took four years to complete his “work in progress,” Times Square. Monroy drew the original artwork by hand, utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator, and required more than 3000 individual digital files and 750,000 Photoshop layers to create the likenesses of his family, friends, luminaries from the imaging industry, as well as intensely detailed scenes and landmarks in and around New York’s Times Square. The flattened digital file weighed in at 6.52 gigabytes.
Lawson Screen & Digital Products has introduced its Express-Jet line of inkjet printers.
The Express-Jet Graphic is a 5-color (CMYK+W) wide-format flatbed inkjet printer that features a moving table and scanning head and supports a maximum print size of 58 x 72 in. Top speed is 410 sq ft/hr and maximum resolution is 1200 dpi. It utilizes pigmented aqueous inks.
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas has introduced two new color-management tools: Colibri color-matching software and a new series of spectrodensitometers.
Visual Magnetics, developer of the Visual Magnetics Graphic System, has introduced its new PolyPeel magnetic-receptive film.
3M has introduced an array of new media updates, including:
• 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.
Sihl has premiered various new media , including:
• Sihl 3166 ClearStick clear film with adhesive for aqueous inkjet printers; a 2-mil polyester film with an optically clear inkjet coating on the image side and an optically clear, repositionable adhesive with a thin opaque, white polyester release liner on the reverse side. Applications include P-O-S, event signage, and digital packaging prototypes. In 24- to 50-in. widths.
If Pantone has anything to say about it, you’ll be seeing lots of Pantone 18-2120, aka Honeysuckle, in many of the graphics you’re printing in forthcoming months. The provider of professional standards for the design industries has named Honeysuckle its Color of the Year for 2011.