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Inca Digital Honors Best 'IDEAs'

Winners of 2012 Inca Digital Excellence Awards range from display graphics and point-of-sale to décor, furniture, and product decoration.

Inca Digital announced the winners of its second Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) at a dinner event during the recent SGIA Expo.

Created to “celebrate the creative and remarkable effects and products produced by innovative companies throughout the world using Inca printers,” the company’s IDEAs Awards comprised six categories: Display Graphics, 3D P-O-S, Retail Interiors, Interactive Display, Décor & Furniture and Product Decoration.


Winners of 2012 Golden Image Awards Announced

SGIA competition recognizes industry-leading excellence across various applications and categories.

SGIA has announced the winners of its 2012 Golden Image Award competition. This year’s entries were evaluated and judged at the 2012 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18-20.

The Golden Image competition recognizes industry-leading excellence and covers various categories created by specialty imaging. Each submission was eligible to earn one of four awards:
• Award of Excellence (Gold), recognizing the highest achievement possible in a given category;
• Award of Distinction (Silver), awarded for exemplary quality;


More than 22,000 Attend SGIA Expo

Initial numbers are in from the three-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Some early numbers are in from the 2012 SGIA Expo held in Las Vegas, October 18-20:

• Total registrants: More than 22,000

• Total number of exhibitors: 529

• Percentage of first-time attendees: 38 percent

• Total size of the 2012 SGIA Expo floor: Approximately 230,500 square feet.

• Registrants from top five US states:
1. California
2. Nevada
3. Texas
4. Illinois
5. Arizona

• Top country for registrants (excluding the US): Canada


Innova Art Introduces Printable Version of JetMaster Framing System

For signage, décor art, displays, and more.

Innova Art’s new JetMaster Direct Print is an alternative to traditional stretched canvas-type art.

Compatible with UV inks, JetMaster Direct Print features a 2.2-mm, die-cut board (double-walled corrugated with PSA back layer) that has a printable surface on the face and a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back. The face-side printing surface is a special-coated white paper that does not crack when the frame is folded. After printing, the release liner is removed and the product is folded into the finished frame.


SGIA Announces 2012 Product of the Year Winners

Award winners include inks, media, finishing equipment and supplies, and output devices.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of its Product of the Year Award competition during the recent SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The annual competition recognizes the latest specialty imaging equipment and supplies currently on the market that advance the industry.


Libraries Go Cool

A souped-up 2012 Nissan Cube is the cornerstone for the Library Live & On Tour initiative in British Columbia.

Libraries often get tainted with a connotation of antiquated, dusty books sitting atop uninviting bookshelves, especially with the increasing takeover by tablet computers and eReaders. To debunk such misconceptions, the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), the largest public library system in British Columbia, Canada, launched a trailblazing mobile-library service initiative known as Library Live and On Tour.


Falconboard Print All White Display Board Debuts

Designed to help support visual appeal and graphic presentation.

Hexacomb has announced its new Falconboard Print All White display board. An “all white” version of the company’s original Falconboard Print, the new rigid media features a bleached white core and liner designed to help support visual appeal and graphic presentation, the company reports (the original version has a kraft clay-coated liner and kraft paper core).


Reproducing a Painting to Enhance Construction

Apple Visual Graphics works with DDG Partners for an artistic approach to dress this Manhattan building project.

More often than not, construction sites can be temporarily detrimental to a city’s aesthetic. When real-estate investment and development firm DDG Partners began a new 10-story condominium project in the heart of New York’s Meatpacking District, however, the developers decided against the typical blah black-mesh draping and opted instead for a much more artistic approach.


BrandSpark Study Highlights the Effectiveness of Signage

More than three-fourths of respondents say signage is one of the first things they notice about new or unfamiliar buildings.

More than one third of respondents to a recent study by research firm BrandSpark indicated they had been drawn into a store because of attractive signage. In its American Grocery Shopper Study, which comprised various age groups in all 50 states, BrandSpark also found that:


Preparing for 2013: Day 10 of our Industry Roundtable

"The wide-format market is healthy and growing... Stay sharp and vigilantly opportunistic."

BPIC: As our readers are set to wrap up 2012 and make plans for 2013 -- and we now wrap up our 2012 Industry Roundtable Q&A -- do you have any parting parting observations on the market or advice in general for print providers?

Peter Mayhew, LightWords Ltd:: The wide-format market is well positioned to enjoy some modest growth over the next few years – in spite of whatever the economy throws at it. Stay focused and enjoy.