Change is one thing that’s certain in life. No one may be more aware of this than those companies producing and providing stock images. Constantly tracking the current trends—what’s hot as well as what’s not—is critical for these companies in order for them to provide exactly the images that graphic designers, clients, and print providers need to convey a creative message.
It’s all too easy to get bogged down with the details of running a successful print shop. Head to the office each morning, work with your nose to the grindstone, initiate departmental meetings, issue the payroll report, etc. And so on each week.
When Pantone, in 2007, came out with its new improved Goe system, which was a start-from-scratch, rethink-the-whole-approach and reformulate-the-colors approach to color matching, the company had an excellent idea: better control, more colors, closer matching, and many other features designers should have liked.
But they didn’t. As good as the Goe system is, and as big an improvement it is over the old Pantone Matching System, users saw no need to change. It was not a resounding success even though it is an excellent color-matching system.
One of the most challenging aspects of your business is managing your employee benefits. The cost of employee benefits seems to grow every year as a percentage of overall expenses and for any business trying to contain costs, employee-benefit expenses can be overwhelming.
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Pantone, whose color-matching system is a staple among graphic designers and print providers the world over, expanded its brand identity with the recent opening of The Pantone Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Situated on Avenue Louise in the heart of the city’s trendy fashion and retail district, each guest suite in the 59-room inn is designed around one of seven different Pantone color palettes—from “Vibrant and Intense” (Pantone 137C) to “Fresh and Eager” (Pantone 353C).
The 15th Annual International Conference of PACA-- the Picture Archive Council of America – will take place in New York City in mid-October. The weekend event will offer informative sessions, international networking opportunities, and solutions to the issues that affect stock-photography industry. Some of the highlights include:
• PacaSearch Update: Recently introduced, PACA’s own mega meta-search with more than 70 member agencies participating to date and more than 70 million images available for worldwide clients to find from one unique site.
Agfa Graphics has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Company, the US supplier of prepress, industrial inkjet, pressroom, and packaging-printing products and systems.
Mutoh America has announced its partnership with Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR), in which Mutoh will serve as an associate sponsor of RWR in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
As part of that sponsorship, RWR has brought inhouse a Mutoh ValueJet 1614 printer and Mutoh SC Pro Cutter, as well as a Royal Sovereign laminator, to produce graphics for the team’s race cars.
Photographer Tomas Loewy’s “Burning Man”– captured at the annual event of the same name held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert -- was one of five Loewy images output for the Junkers & Müllers booth at the recent FESPA exposition in Munich. This image, 118 x 138 inches, was output by Germany’s Procedes Chenel Beilken (procedes.de) with a Durst Rho 350 and Durst UV-curable inks onto J&M’s Lightbox media, then backlit with 32 lamps.
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