To bring attention to domestic violence during the weekend surrounding International Women’s Day, ad agency WCRS, non-profit Women’s Aid, and media company Ocean Outdoor created a billboard campaign for three London locales.The digital billboards featured a battered woman whose bruised face healed as people stopped to look. Views from passersby were measured with Lookout, a facial recognition technology.
Stratasys has introduced the industrial scale Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System, a multi-material 3D printer offering an extra-large print size and accelerated speeds for manufacturing applications including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and consumer products, as well as those required by service bureaus and universities.
Aslan has introduced its latest line of self-adhesive glass decoration films, Illustra, designed to divide rooms without reducing the light transparency. The transparent films are printed in three white designs: Linen, Dot, and Snow.
The films are scratch-resistant; compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable inks, as well as screen printing; and have a minimum outdoor durability of 7 years. Available in up to 4.5-ft. widths.
The ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, covering the first quarter of 2015 and including forecasts through 2016, anticipates above-average growth for 2015 and 2016. The report also shows that the outlook for all segments – large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding – has improved since the last quarter of 2014.
The report, compiled by IHS and Vandiver Associates, analyzes each segment of the market upstream and downstream to allow users to stay current with evolving business conditions, according to ISA.
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the addition of four new colors to the Supreme Wrapping Film line. Professional graphics installer Justin Pate teamed with Avery Dennison to create “The Limited Edition Justin Pate Supreme Wrapping Film Series.”
The limited edition series includes: Gloss Metallic Milky Way, Gloss Metallic Meteorite, Pearl Black, and Pearl Bahama Blue. All four colors feature multidimensional finishes, with metallic flakes that reflect different colors, according to Avery Dennison.
A couple years ago, I attended a conference session led by a group of futuristic researchers – people who study how the future might be, and predict how we’ll react to it. One of the things they noted was that the rate of change in our world is increasing. In other words, our universe is both constantly changing and changing at an accelerating rate.
This leads to information overload, feelings of insecurity, a desire for solitude, and some wacky reactions, like the guy you know who still doesn’t have a cell phone.
Mimaki USA has introduced the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter. The 20 x 24-in. multifunction, compact flatbed cutting plotter supports on-demand production with multiple functions including reciprocating, tangential, and eccentric cutting, plus creasing for immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes, according to Mimaki. Designed for the production of items such as short-run or custom original goods, samples, and package prototyping.
Arlon Graphics (www.arlon.com) has announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with EM Plastics (www.emplastics.com/en). EM Plastics will now offer Arlon's full range of automotive films, including both Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus brands across multiple locations throughout Canada. EM Plastics has already been in partnership with the company, distributing Arlon Graphic's traditional product lines.
Jerry Swormstedt, the former third-generation chairman of the board and president of ST Media Group Intl., the parent company of Signs of the Times magazine, died April 4, the day before Easter, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Good Friday, April 3. The 1994 recipient of the sign industry's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Kirk Brimley Distinguished Service award), presented by the National Electric Sign Assn. (now the Intl. Sign Assn.), Jerry was 80.
Drytac has added Polar, a 3.2-mil, polymeric self-adhesive print vinyl with a gray crosslinking acrylic adhesive. Available in a matte and gloss finish with both permanent and removable adhesive versions, the media is designed for both indoor and outdoor settings, including advertising graphics, P-O-P displays, signage, and more. Polar is compatible with most eco-solvent, UV, and latex wide-format inkjet printers.