It’s widely accepted that wide-format printing will continue to play a vital role in the future of out-of-home advertising. But that same technology is also being used to recapture its past.
In Hollywood, graphics play a key role in creating the authentic look that make many of today’s movies so believable. Graphic designer Martin Charles, owner of SagaBoy Productions (sagaboyproductions.com) and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is one of filmdom’s leading practitioners of this craft.
SGIA has announced the winners of its 2013 Golden Image Award competition. This year’s entries were evaluated and judged at the 2013 SGIA Expo in Orlando, October 23-25.
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:
Over time, small expenses (and deposits) can add up to lots of money. That was the thought behind ING Direct’s “You Get What You Save For” campaign. Driven by this idea, the company envisioned a unique out-of-home advertising approach: a car made entirely of 100-percent recycled-paper coffee cups that would be part of a station-domination project at Edmonton's LRT Churchill Station in Edmonton, Alberta. ING Direct’s creative agency, john st.
The new Adhesive Backed Wall Fabric is the latest addition to Kapco Graphic Products’ line of solvent and latex media. The Wall Fabric sticks to any non-porous flat surface, has an ultra removable adhesive that leaves no residue, is reusable, and is repositionable, the company reports. It’s compatible with latex, solvent, and mild-solvent inks; indoor and outdoor applications include windows, doors, sign boards, and more. Available in 36- and 54-in. widths.
CanvasTac and Presto Tex are the latest additions to Presto Tape’s digitally printable wallcoverings collection. Both materials are repositionable and removable wallcoverings that can be printed with eco-solvent, UV, latex, and aqueous inks. Both materials can be contour cut without any fraying, the company reports.
CanvasTac (8 oz) is a white canvas material with a microsphere adhesive on the backside, designed for lobbies and conference rooms.
Acco Brands – the Lake Zurich, Illinois-based company whose brands include GBC and other various office and consumer products – has announced that Seal has become part of its Print Finishing Solutions (PFS) business, which is primarily focused on professional-level products sold to the graphics market, including print-for-pay operations and in-plants.
Seal-branded products will be marketed primarily to resellers, while GBC wide-format products will be the direct-to-customer brand, the company reports.
At the SGIA Expo in Orlando, the Specialty Graphic & Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of its Product of the Year medallions for 2013.
The Product of the Year awards were presented in four categories: Output Device; Inks; Media for Digital Inkjet; and Finishing. Only SGIA-member Expo exhibitors were allowed to enter the competition and products had to be currently available to the marketplace for 2013. Each product was judged based on its perceived value to the specialty imaging community by a group of experts chosen by the association.
Transilwrap Company has added ProPrint Plus to its line of printable synthetic media. ProPrint Plus is designed for indoor and outdoor media, P-O-P materials, signage and wall graphics, folding carton packaging, tags and labels, and loyalty/promotional cards. Compatible with wide-format and UV digital printing (as well as screen, offset, flexo, and gravure), it can be folded, hot-stamped, embossed die cut, riveted, stapled, and glued.
Available in white opaque with a matte/matte or gloss/matte finish; in 6- to 20-mil roll sizes and 10- to 60-mil sheets.
Catalina Graphic Films’ Wall-Tex is a 7-mil white woven polyester fabric designed for use in interior wall-graphic applications. The fabric comes with a removable adhesive on a 90-lb lay-flat release liner. Engineered for durability and flexibility, the fabric features low shrinkage, low edge curl, high opacity, and a matte finish. Wall-Tex is designed for interior wall surfaces such as painted walls, wall papers, and wood paneling; it’s compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV-curable printing as well as offset and screen.
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