Fabric is king in digital printing

August 1, 2014  |  Feature, Graphics

Advancements in printing methods and equipment are giving end users a wider choice of options designed to meet their specific needs and requirements. By Barb Ernster The rapid growth in printers and the variety of substrates available today have captivated the fabric graphics industry. New models of…
Realistic print prototypes speed up design and production

August 1, 2014  |  Graphics

Hewlett Packard has identified an emerging trend: traditional manufacturers of home fashion and textiles are using HP Latex digital printing technology for prototyping and proofing, printing directly onto production media before going to production. For many years, proofing has been done using water…
LivingBanners encourage cancer patients

August 1, 2014  |  Graphics

Northcott Banner Corp. in Minneapolis, Minn., was one of the first banner shops in town to do dye sublimation printing. Owner Millie Northcott says her business focus and printing method have changed, but the dye sublimation process remains a cornerstone of her business. One of her more recent pursu…
Eco options

August 1, 2014  |  Graphics

With all the legal requirements and environmental standards today, end users are looking for eco-friendly options. That’s a catalyst for printer manufacturers like Roland to meet those demands, says Lily Hunter at Roland DGA Corp. “We’re noticing a shift to greener, more sustainabl…
“Boss” poster breaks Guinness world record

May 1, 2014  |  Graphics, Industry News

Akshay Kumar, film actor, producer and martial artist, is big news in India, where he’s starred in more than 100 Hindi films, some of them blockbusters. Kumar (also called the King of Bollywood) has a big fan club, and “Team Akshay” wanted to celebrate release of his new movie, &ld…
“Well, look at that … “

April 1, 2014  |  Graphics

New graphics technologies offer marine fabricators practical and eye-catching options. Customized graphics broadcast personality. “For many boat owners, boats become their babies,” says Rich Thompson, president of AdGraphics in Pompano Beach, Fla. Thompson also made a presentation at the annual …
An Italian streetscape in The Netherlands

April 1, 2014  |  Graphics, Projects

Overarching blue skies, overhanging brick balconies and oversized windows filled with colorful backlit ads made the Van Straaten Group’s exhibit an overwhelming favorite at the ExpoShow 2013 in The Netherlands. The 30-by-40-foot booth featured an Italian street scene, complete with faux brick …
Vehicle wraps define NASCAR car stars

April 1, 2014  |  Graphics, Projects

NASCAR racing boasts 75 million fans worldwide and more Fortune 500 sponsors than any other motor sport. Vehicles with exciting graphics and logos keep fans watching and sponsors recognized for their ongoing support. That’s why Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a group with more than 200 victori…
Another fine mesh

March 1, 2014  |  Feature, Graphics

Durable, versatile, printable fabric makes a big impact outdoors. The merging of advanced printing technologies and the broad spectrum of mesh products on the market is allowing fabricators to do more than was possible in previous years, especially with splashy, attention-getting outdoor graphics. M…
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with canvas

February 1, 2014  |  Graphics, Projects

Rural turn-of-the-century Australia and Hollywood in the 1960s are bound together by a book, P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, in a new Disney movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Re-creating the two distinctive locations through ads, signs and décor elements fell to Mar…