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3D shapes present growth opportunity for graphics market

January 1, 2008

By Lou Dzierzak The days of rigid trade show signs proclaiming “Welcome to our booth” are long gone. Exhibitors, retailers, and designers are moving quickly to eye-catching, show-stopping, three-dimensional structural displays covered with printed fabric. “Printed fabrics can take as many different shapes as you can imagine,” reports Mike Rigby, director of operations and product …

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Neschen introduces more than 15 new products

Neschen Americas has introduced more than 15 new products under its SEAL® and Neschen® brands. Neschen® AccuCure™ Elite UV Gloss—Liquid laminate for AccuCure UV coating systems. Offers rapid drying and high-durability for virtually instantaneous display-ready prints. SEAL® 62 Base—62-inch laminator with heat-assisted top roller. Features include a roll-to-roll laminating option and an automatic release liner …

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10 tips to “green-up” your business practices

By Jamie Swedberg Green. The word is being spoken more frequently than ever before. Whether your customers are driving you or you are already focused on green, the movement is driving the industry. Here are some tips to “green-up” your business practice. Get lit. Swap traditional fluorescent or incandescent lights for energy efficient T8 fixtures. …

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Finding the right training in the printed graphics industry

Universities, suppliers, and associations provide educational opportunities in an industry where what you need to know is constantly changing. By Lou Dzierzak The skills required to conceive, design, produce, and deliver an award-winning exhibit design, building wrap, or point-of-sale display come from long hours of studying processes and trial-and-error. With the industry’s fast-paced innovation in …

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Choosing the right printer

Understanding the technologies is key to incorporating the right digital printer into your business. By Rick Scrimger According to Boston-based IT Strategies, the market for wide- and grand-format digitally printed fabric graphics is expected to grow from 2,300 printers producing 9 million square feet in 2005 to 5,000 printers producing 2.1 billion square feet in …

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Being solvent savvy

Solvent inks offer durability and performance for a wide range of applications. By Vince Cahill After the Turkish army ended its siege of Vienna in 1529, it left behind its many magnificently decorated tents with walls depicting gardens and fantastic designs. With that in mind, one can imagine that the promise of inkjet printing can …

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Customized interior markets expand

Can you give your clients what they want, when they want it? By Janet Preus It’s a growing trend. We want what we want when we want it—in our clothing, our music, our coffee, and even our environments. Customization is a permanent element in our day-to-day lives, both at home and at work. While the …

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Simple rules for solid design

Solid graphic design can get you noticed. By Sara Klomp Have you ever wondered why one advertisement is better than another? Why does one design grab your attention first? Good graphic design makes the difference. It enhances, simplifies, and clarifies a message while supporting an idea or product. Good design is so seamless you don’t …

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Color-X adopts new technologies to expand opportunities

By Lou Dzierzak Thirteen years ago, Color-X of New York, N.Y., was producing large-format C-prints for corporate clients. By watching, listening, and reacting to customer needs, Color-X’s business has expanded into new printing and substrate technologies. “In the beginning we had a proprietary inkjet printer that printed on rigid materials before flatbed printers were introduced,” …

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What to do when a reporter calls

By Roy Katz Today every business has to be media savvy and know ahead of time what to do when a reporter calls. If you keep in mind a few basic rules, you can get your firm’s views across clearly and effectively. “When a journalist calls requesting information, the public relations person should always first …