When it comes to digitally printed wallpaper, Spoonflower has it covered.
Since last fall, the Durham, North Carolina, company has been pursuing opportunities in the highly specialized market for custom-printed wallpaper. Building on its notable success with digitally printed fabric over the last five years, Spoonflower is looking to adapt that same business model to wallpaper – offering consumers and professionals worldwide the option of choosing from thousands of designs, or uploading their own for custom printing.
In and of themselves, wide-format graphics will certainly stand out in a crowd of much smaller images. Just remember the first time you saw a very large graphic installed on the side of a building, for instance – that image probably is still in your mind today.
And while a supersized graphic can still draw our attention – particularly if the creative work is eye-catching or memorable – size in and of itself may no longer be quite the attention-grabber it once was.
1. Sydney – LifeArt (www.lifeart.com.au), an Australian company manufacturing environmentally friendly coffins, makes it possible to personalize your own casket. Using its HP Scitex FB500 printer, LifeArt prints a design onto 10-mm Xanita board, a recycled and formaldehyde-free substrate. Custom images have ranged from family photos to Australian landscapes.
“Many times, big brands don’t recognize the opportunities for their sustainability goals to be achieved through their printing partners,” says Martine Padilla, president of Sophizio (sophizio.com), the Lawrence, Kansas-based consultancy that educates Fortune 500 companies on smart print procurement.
“They simply don’t realize what they don’t know about printing. When companies and organizations don’t understand print, they’re not able to identify or implement relevant or successful sustainability initiatives.”
Seiko Instruments has announced the ColorPainter M-64s, the company’s new low-odor mild-solvent, high-speed inkjet printer.
The M-64s offers 64-inch-wide printing in 6 or 7 colors, with speeds up to 716 sq ft/hr (535 sq ft/hr in Fast Production mode). Seiko reports that the machine’s high-speed printing capability was developed specifically to address the growing demand for high productivity from the signage and indoor-graphics markets.
Domtar Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its Ariva business in the US to Central National-Gottesman Inc. The business will be integrated into Central National-Gottesman’s Lindenmeyr Munroe division. Ariva's Canadian operations are not affected by the transaction; the Canadian operations will be consolidated into Domtar's Pulp and Paper Division. The transaction is expected to close at the end of July 2013.
The Client: Crown Imports – distributor of Corona Extra
Tools & Supplies: EFI Vutek 5330 printer, Cooley 7-oz black back vinyl, Inx Triangle solvent inks
Prestige Graphics (www.pgigx.com) in Silver Spring, Maryland, worked with Nature’s Best Photography magazine to produce the prints for the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition.
InteliCoat Technologies has added Eco-Satin Indoor Paper to its Magic Ink brand of digital imaging media. Engineered for latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-cure printing systems, the 200-gsm, 8.5-mil Eco-Satin paper is designed for the creation of posters, backlit, banners, and P-O-S applications. One-side printable and recyclable; available in widths from 54 to 63 in.
Ilford has announced new solvent and aqueous canvas offerings from its Omnijet family: Omnijet Bright White Solvent Canvas 335gsm, Omnijet Natural White Solvent Canvas 380gsm, and Omnijet Production Canvas 345gsm. All three are compatible with latex ink and geared toward displays, banners, and signs.