Offset and Digital for Profitability

Although offset lithography was invented more than a century ago, it took more than 50 years before it replaced letterpress and became the pre–eminent method of commercial printing. It has barely been 20 years since the introduction of production digital printers. Yet, unlike previous printing methods, digital and offset presses often coexist in the same … Read more →

They AIIM to please

Giorgio Brothers’ Avant Imaging & Information Management Inc. (AIIM) takes printing, marketing, customer service (and just about everything else) to the next level Pisticci is a small, quiet city of just under 18 000 situated in the province of Matera in the picturesque region of Basilicata in southern Italy. About 6300 families live there. The … Read more →

360 degree feedback vs 360 degree management

One management tool that has achieved significant popularity over the past ten to fifteen years is 360 degree feedback. The basic concept is that rather than have only top down feedback, feedback on performance comes from all directions, i.e. manager to employee, subordinate to employee, and peer to peer.   Theoretically, the concept is sound, … Read more →

Best retirement gift ever

My birthday’s coming up this month, and I’m planning on giving myself the best present ever. This year, I’m giving myself more than a million dollars for my birthday. Let me explain: if you replace the words “million dollars,” with “RRSP”, you may start to understand where I’m coming from. It’s springtime, and since I … Read more →

Grafik’Art shows off its colours

The Grafik’Art trade show delighted attendees from April 19 to 21 in Montreal. Exhibitors displayed their newest products and services in over 100 000 square feet of display space. Last month, you heard from some of the people there—this month, we’ll talk about some of the products. Following are the hottest products to come out … Read more →

Graphic Arts IT Guy Q & A

The other day when my Macintosh started, it came up with the registration screen but it wouldn’t let me quit. So I restarted my Mac. Then it came up with an error saying “/etc/master.passwd: no such file or directory”. I don’t want to erase my files and I can’t reinstall the system. What can I … Read more →

Colour your world

Adobe’s CS3 has hit the streets and it has enough new features to keep users talking for some time. In the interest of focus and practicality, I will focus in this article on how best to use the new Refine Edge tool when making a selection. As you use Photoshop more, you learn that making … Read more →

Digital days at the graphic arts summit

It seems like everyone (including me) has digital on their tongues lately. Whether it’s a small shop looking at their first digital press, or a larger company wanting to upgrade to the latest and greatest, digital print is an area of ever–expanding possibility. Last month I took my digital inspiration from Fujifilm/Dimatix, and this month … Read more →

There are no secrets

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t want you to tell anybody else. Keep it to yourself. Are you ready? The secret is: there are no secrets! Like it or not, we now live … Read more →

Successful tactics for succession planning

Succession planning is often difficult, but the following are five important people–handling strategies that can be applied profitably in every succession–planning scenario: 1. Working their way through your company from the ground up is not always necessary to build future leaders. Besides getting an appropriate education, it may be best if your potential successors gain … Read more →