When The Art Institutes needed to roll out their new brand identity at a handful of North American locations, they hired branded environments implementer Aion Solutions to roll out the program. Part of the challenge Aion faced was creating graphic solutions for wayfinding and staff directories that could be changed easily and worked within The Art Institutes' new brand environment. Aion leveraged Visual Magnetics' magnetic receptive print materials to create changeable, layerable signage for faculty and staff.
The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA, www.taga.org) announced the recipients of its annual Michael H. Bruno Award for dedicated service in the graphic arts industry last week.
The winners are:
At quick glance, wrapping a chipping truck for a local tree trimming company looks like an easy job. Or so Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net) thought. Running nearly the full length of the truck’s 15 x 8-foot body panels, however, are a series of three corrugated grooves, each five inches deep.
Last September, the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP), now the Wallcovering Installers Association (WIA, www.wallcoveringinstallers.org), held its National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, complete with classes that portrayed digitally printed products as the hottest items in the market. The digital printing process has allowed for true customization and, as a result, expansion into new markets, from retail to museum exhibitions. As more and more projects bring printers and installers together, industry differences can lead to costly miscommunication between the two.
Enfocus has re-engineered PitStop 13 with a redesigned preflight engine that addresses the challenges of creating and submitting high-quality PDFs.
Features will include:
Roland DGA has launched the Roland Profile Center, an online tool for downloading media profiles for Roland printers. The site also includes VersaWorks profiles offered by other major media manufacturers, including 3M, AlumiGraphics, Arlon, Catalina Graphic Films, General Formulations, Hexis, Sihl, and Ultraflex.
Users can register and begin downloading at www.rolandprofilecenter.com.
Beaver Paper has released TexPrint ModaHS, a lightweight, 58 gsm transfer paper designed for high-speed digital sublimation printing for the fashion textile industry. Compatible with water-based sublimation inks and available in 42.5- and 64-in. widths. Custom sizing is also offered.
Known as a supplier of vehicle wrap films, Avery Dennison sought to demonstrate the wider potential for their digital graphic products.
“Vinyl wrap installers and sign shops are taking the art of wrapping to a new level of customization for consumers,” says Bill Podojil, Avery Dennison’s director of graphics sales. “That includes shoes, microwaves, prosthetics, and very small items like car key fobs.”
A report by Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) at the close of 2014 suggests that future market potential for 3D printing technology is almost unlimited. While the short-term market is largely represented by rapid prototyping and highly customized, low-volume products, technology advances, expanding application areas, and government funding will likely spur both supply and demand for 3D printing systems and services.
I’m so glad New Year’s resolutions have been debunked. Are you on this train yet? If not, get there. All your carefully laid plans to eat right and exercise, if they come true, won’t meet fruition thanks to a resolution. In fact, if you want a new habit to stick at all, you’d better devote 66 days, on average, and a prayer.