Blog Posts - Miscellaneous

  • 12/29/2015

    The New Year is quickly approaching – the traditional time to reflect on the past year and think about the future. What were our greatest successes in 2015? What could we have done better? What do we want to accomplish in 2016? We all try to make New Year’s resolutions and stick with them, but they often fall by the wayside. Here are five practical, achievable resolutions to consider for 2016 (and beyond).  


    1.   Practice what you preach.

    In the New Year, make a plan to really be the leader that people want to follow. If you say one thing and do another, it diminishes your credibility and makes your followers nervous about trusting your judgement. Whatever kind of leader you decide to embody, stay consistent in what you say and do.

     

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  • 12/10/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, X-Rite Pantone.
    Author:  Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite Pantone 

    Many industries rely on standards and technical specifications to bring an independent perspective to their production processes. In the world of print, some people think only manufacturers and software vendors need to understand color standards. This, of course, isn’t the case. Embracing standards and specifications can help printers set clear expectations, solve practical problems, and improve productivity by bringing a systematic perspective to their entire print workflow.

    What’s the difference between the Standards and Specifications? Industry Standards are maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and provide rules, guidelines, and characteristics for common and repeated activities to help printers achieve the best possible output....

  • 12/09/2015

    A couple months ago, Printing Industries of America opened nominations for the 2016 Managing for Improvement Award. The award is bestowed on a manager in the printing industry who has demonstrated the ability to create real and lasting improvement for his or her company. The continuous improvement of processes and products—as well as innovative breakthroughs—is a business imperative. By improving quality, productivity, safety, and customer satisfaction, companies reap the rewards of prosperity and a safe workplace.

    But, what does managing for improvement look like in a real-world setting? For this answer, we’re taking a closer look at the 2015 recipient, Cary “Parrot” Ripsch, value stream manager at The Ovid Bell Press, Inc.

    Over a career of 45 years, Cary honed his management skills in such positions as...

  • 12/07/2015

    In the Student Spotlight Series, we chronicle the effect of PGSF scholarships on the lives of everyday graphic communication students. This edition features Danielle Wood, a third-year graphic communication student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

     

    Danielle Wood is an aspiring graphic communications student who is excited about the world of print. However, finding funds to continue her education came as an unwelcome roadblock in her plans. Like many students, she only pays for school with funds she earned herself and through various government grants and loans. “I was stressed beyond words trying to figure out how to pay for it,” said Danielle. “I was so worried about how I was going to come up with that money every year.”

    Luckily, some of the weight lifted off...

  • 11/25/2015

    In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the folks here at Printing Industries of America would like to take the time to thank printers all over the world for all of their hard work. From prepress to binding, printers make the lives of marketing professionals and company executives happy and easy.

    But the life of a printer isn’t as easy as it looks. Printing a brochure for a conference or a label for the newest product is a lot more intricate than it seems. So, before you start thinking you could “do it better for less,” let’s stop and look at our top 10 reasons to thank a printer.

    1. Remember when you emailed a last-minute file at 4:00 p.m. on a Friday evening and asked for it to be delivered on Sunday? Remember when they got it done? Thank a printer.

    2. Remember when you hand delivered a high-profile job to the facility just to ensure that “everything goes smoothly?” Remember when they...
  • 11/02/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, GTI Graphic Technology, Inc.

    What do a photographer, commercial printer, and sign printer have in common? They all have a need to accurately communicate color. When they carry out this objective consistently and accurately, they are providing a high level of value to their clients and increasing the efficiency of their business.

    Obviously, accurately reproducing color is a complicated process. Especially when different substrates, technologies, and production facilities are involved. To help ensure that accuracy is achieved, two guidelines should be followed. The first is to view original artwork under several different lighting conditions and to pay particular attention to the “final use” lighting environment—if it can be defined. Once a color image has been approved as the target color, future viewing comparisons (between proof and corrected proof or press sheet) should be made under ISO standard D50...

  • 10/12/2015

    The following post was submitted by Color 2015 sponsor, GTI Graphic Technology, Inc.


    What do a photographer, commercial printer, and sign printer have in common? They all have a need to accurately communicate color. When they carry out this objective consistently and accurately, they are providing a high level of value to their clients and increasing the efficiency of their business.

    Reproducing color accurately is a complicated process, especially when different substrates, technologies, and production facilities are involved. To help ensure that accuracy is achieved, viewing comparisons across the supply chain should be made in viewing conditions that comply with the ISO 3664:2009 standard.

    ISO 3664:2009 is the international color viewing standard for the graphic technology and photography industries. It is a set of specifications that enables lighting engineers and manufacturers to design, test, and certify their color viewing...

  • 08/13/2015

    Life moves fast. Who has time for print? One new campaign is suggesting we all do—even if we aren’t aware of it.

    Paper and packaging has been in competition with other media forms for quite some time now. Within our industry we know that printed paper and packaging products are viable and sustainable. But the real problem is convincing our customers of that.

    It comes down to general perceptions. Kids, instead of coloring in a coloring book, would rather play video games on tablets. Sports fans would rather download a virtual game ticket. Vacationers would rather take their e-book to the beach.

    But what if we could change these perceptions? What if we could show people that print and packaging products are actually a significant part of their daily lives?

    Last week we posted about what effects the “Paper and Packaging—How Life UnfoldsTM” campaign may have on our industry...

  • 08/12/2015

     

    The postpress industry has seen plenty of transformation in recent years. Lucky for you that means plenty more opportunities for profit.

    But the problem isn’t knowing where you want your business to go, it’s how you’re going to get it there. Here are some of the tricks you can employ when you’re reaching for those higher profits.

     

    1. Go Lean
    Think about how you get ready each morning. Most of us have a system: 1) Coffee, 2) Get dressed, 3) Another coffee, and so on. Your system works. It gets you to your goal of being out the door on time (at least most days) and where you need to be.

    Now you probably didn’t spend the time analyzing your...

  • 03/27/2014

    We hear plenty of grim predictions about the future of print. But if you look at what the industry’s fresh talent is producing these days, the future is looking brighter and brighter.

    Recent studies say that students prefer print, but did you know many print and graphic arts students are producing outstanding, high-quality printed materials as well? Today’s students tell us a lot about where our industry is heading. That’s why it’s invigorating to see the amazingly creative craftsmanship they’re producing.

    Their contributions deserve to showcased! Take a look at some of these outstanding student-produced Premier Print Award winners.

    Examples of Student Entries in the Z-1 Category

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