We’re hearing more and more often that, with the capabilities of today’s digital printing technology, almost anyone can produce a passable graphic. Fine art printing, however, may be one of the few niches left where a keen eye makes an enormous difference.
Tony Bonanno is a New Mexico-based photographer who’s spent the last 15 years taking his knowledge of the art of photography and applying it to the art of digital imaging – a specialty that has grown increasingly reputable.
Are you printing for out-of-home advertising agencies? Perhaps you should be, because the opportunities for creative applications of wide format range from transit ads to pop-up campaigns that can go anywhere. The OAAA even has an awards category for "out there" campaigns: Individual Execution: Street Furniture/Transit/Alternative. Browse the 2016 winners below.
Silver OBIE: Ride the Kraken
Creative agencies: Dead As We Know It, C2C Outdoor
Advertiser: Proximo Spirits
The modification to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in May has been called into question by the US House of Representatives. The motion for a six-month delay of the executive order, which would double the salary threshold of employees eligible for overtime pay, was passed by the House in September and will move to the Senate; members will return from recess after the presidential election.
Print Planet, a peer-to-peer communications network for business- and production specific-information, and Enfocus have teamed to develop a white paper focused on automation in wide-format print production workflow. The free report, “A Tale of Two Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Workflow Automation,” was penned by industry analyst Richard Romano and compares two “cities” of printing: wide format and commercial. Questions considered in the paper include:
GPA has opened the doors of its new headquarters in McCook, Illinois. The facility, which is more than twice the size of the company’s previous home base just down the street, has been built as a “more collaborative environment,” according to a release.
Heidelberg USA has launched Heidelberg Connect, a customer resource center offering press releases, educational videos, white papers, product guides, blog posts, and more. Customers can also download a free companion app for iPhone and Android.
Print provider Color Reflections had only 48 hours to turn around this 75 x 25-foot banner, but for a longtime client like the Philadelphia Phillies, the shop didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” Printed on a Vutek GS5500LXr onto Agfa Duratex Grand Format Mesh, the graphics announced Paul McCartney’s July concert.
Esko has designed the CorruSpeed tool for cutting corrugated board without oscillating. The company reports the process will produce cleaner and more accurate cuts comparable to conventional die cutting. CorruSpeed is compatible with the Kongsberg C Series, X Series, XP, and XE cutting tables. It cuts materials up to 7 mm.
The tool includes a floating foot with spring-loaded, adjustable pressure in order to crush the liner and prevent it from cracking while the cut is made. It features a side or top pressure gauge.
Innomark Communications, based outside of Cincinnati, has been fabricating graphics and signage for the retail sector for 25 years. Offering digital, offset, and screen printing – as well as specialty packaging and display capabilities – it’s truly a one-stop shop.
Inkjet Technology, Inc. (ITI) has added a high-speed model of its 126-in. TX3200 textile printer. The new TXK version is configured with two or four Kyocera KJ4B printheads for speeds up to 2195 sq ft/hr; its sister machine features Ricoh Gen5 heads for speeds up to 1300 sq ft/hr.