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New routes, wrong turns & the road less traveled

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Very few of my readers work from home. Even if you are in sales and spend most of your time on the road, you still have an office you must visit regularly. As for the rest of us, we spend every day in an office or a factory. This means we commute between work and home twice daily, five to seven days per week. Whether our trip is five blocks or 50 miles, each of us has found the best way to get to

Not while I'm around

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

In 1976, schoolyards were abuzz with the latest achievement in gum technology: Bubble Yum. Unlike established brands such as Bazooka or Double Bubble, Bubble Yum wasn't rock hard. But then dark rumors began to circulate. Evil whispers swirled around the playground about a secret ingredient that was responsible for the gum's pillowy texture. Soon kids everywhere knew about it. According to those who

How many hickeys for you?

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

When it comes to removing hickeys caused by substrate or press conditions, the arguments rage as to what works. In my experience, for most items to work, it is a matter of extent and implementation. Consider the pros and cons of these cleaning methods. Jogger/aerators These units turn the load, jog, aerate and position the substrate on the skid. Aerate is the key word. Blowing out all loose coating

We love these legends

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

Family ties: Bob Ott celebrates 66 years in printing Every day, without fail, whether a weekday or weekend, Robert B. Ott Sr. walked into The Hennegan Co. office wearing a white shirt and tie. In honor of his final day on the job, the entire office wore white shirts and ties. I've just always worn a tie, and I didn't stop when everything got more casual, says Ott, who served as president of the company

NAPL relocates headquarters

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM,

By May 2, the National Assn. for Printing Management will be in its new headquarters on the 15th floor of the Metropolitan Center at Meadowlands Plaza in East Rutherford, NJ.

TAGA hosts graphic arts excellence competition

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM,

Students and their professors from universities around the globe were invited to participate with engineers, scientists and practitioners from the graphic arts industry in the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference, its 63rd, held March 6–8 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Triangle Printers earns top honors in regional competition

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM,

Skokie, IL-based Triangle Printers Inc. received four awards including for outstanding achievement in the 9th Annual 2011 Pinnacle Print Awards Competition, a two-state printing competition hosted by the Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Assn. (PII).

Crouser offers QR Code pricing guide

Apr 27, 2011 12:00 AM,

Crouser & Associates has released a report, “How to Price QR Codes,” to offer guidance on pricing static, trackable and redirectable QR Codes as well as monthly monitoring and intermittent charges for changing redirectable codes.

InfoTrends predicts e-reading will grow rapidly

Apr 27, 2011 12:00 AM,

According to a recent InfoTrends study, annual spending per user on e-media is growing at a 4.3% rate for e-reader users and at 6.9% for users of multipurpose devices.

Graph Expo 2011 ‘Must See ‘Ems’ program is accepting entries

Apr 25, 2011 12:00 AM,

The “Must See ‘Ems” program, presented by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) and administered by William C. Lamparter, president, PrintCom Consulting Group (Charlotte, NC), recruits a panel of industry experts to review hundreds of submissions and identify the products and exhibits that show goers simply "must see."

GPO names CIO

Apr 20, 2011 12:00 AM,

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) names Charles Riddle as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Riddle brings nearly two decades of experience in leading complex information technology (IT) organizations.

Top 5 good, bad and ugly customer contact practices

Apr 18, 2011 12:00 AM, Michael Casey

It is critical to categorize customers when conducting e-blasts and direct mail.

GPO, National Archives present President Obama with Public Papers

Apr 14, 2011 12:00 AM,

Public printer Bill Boarman, archivist David Ferriero and director of the Federal Register Ray Mosley recently presented President Barack Obama with the first volume of the “Public Papers of the President, Barack Obama” in an Oval Office ceremony.

Messe Dusseldorf announces successful debut of digi:media 2011

Apr 12, 2011 12:00 AM,

The recent debut of digi:media in Dusseldorf, Germany, featured approximately 170 exhibitors and 6,100 visitors.

Brand identity as a mobile trigger

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Chris Lehan

Los Angeles-based Warbasse Design CEO and art director Philip Warbasse recently announced an important shift in integrated media, based on his firm's partnership with machine vision company WiMO Reality. Warbasse is known for integrating printed 2-D codes with mobile web applications in projects such as Disney's TRON Legacy and HBO's True Blood (see Quick Response, July 2010). This new alliance brings

Don't let negative reviews ruin your reputation

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Michael Casey

The Internet has changed the game. Everyone has free rein to post a complaint and destroy your reputation. Protecting yourself involves posting positive content to drive down negativity. Try searching your company, and see what you come up with. Many potential customers, investors and employees will do an online background check before working with you. While its best to monitor performance

Exchanging ideas with future generations

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

When Durango, Mexico, native Patty Linden was a high school senior, she lived with us as an exchange student. Youth Exchange is a wonderful program whereby teens from around the world spend a year in another country, living in the homes of native families, attending local schools and speaking the native language. Youth Exchange is a life-changing program for both the students and their host families.

The players

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By John Parsons

Using image recognition and OCR technology, WiMO Reality provides a unique platform for Warbasse and his elite group of mobile designers and developers to bring new marketing strategies to their clients and share their experiences with Wimo. Wimo Reality has impressed us from the start as an extremely forward-thinking company that is focused on long-range opportunities with both 2-D codes and image

Remembering & repeating the past

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days. Remember print's golden era of 2007? Not that 2007 was any great shakes, but that was the last time the U.S. industry grew. Brace yourself NAPL predicts sales from printing and related sources to grow 1% to 3% this year. But even if we finish at the top of that range, our sales volume would still be $17.8 billion, or 18.1%, below pre-recession

Drive down time lost to remakes

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

As I write this, I am in a large plant having coffee while I wait for a set of plates to be remade for a press test. It has been one hour. What good is it to have a high-speed, fast-makeready, state-of-the-art press when we waste so much time waiting for plates? At times, it truly seems that the term Press Down is not understood by prepress. Often, going to the next job/form is not a great option.