On the road with Esko and Ricoh user conferences

The digital transformations of packaging and commercial printing  We were on the road in June, attending two user conferences: EskoWorld in broiling (40°C) San Antonio, TX, and Ricoh Interact, in more temperate Boulder, CO.  These industry user groups always present a good opportunity to gauge certain sectors of the industry. Unlike industry-wide tradeshows, which give … Read more →

Takeaways from Xeikon Café North America

In mid-May we attended Xeikon Café in Chicago, one the user groups that are proliferating around the industry. A mix of motivational speakers, printer panels and industry consultants produced a three-day event full of company updates, market intelligence and substantive advice for finding success in today’s evolving industry. It’s worth noting that this year marks … Read more →

2018 investment survey

Our first investment survey shows an industry in transition and in a hopeful mood. Welcome to our first survey – a look at how printers plan to invest this year and next. We also tried to gauge the mood of the industry, and were pleasantly surprised. It’s not wine and roses to be sure, but most … Read more →

Two compelling versions of print

Over the last month I saw print as both forward-looking and nostalgic   We all experience print in several ways. Over the last few weeks, I got to see and experience both the exciting ways in which print is moving forward, and the role it played in a more nostalgic era. The first experience was … Read more →

Have women really come far in this industry?

Thoughts and experiences on a complex topic Deborah Corn, the director of the Print Media Center in the U.S. and the self-styled Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, recently wrote a blog addressing sexual harassment in the industry. It’s getting a lot of attention and support all over the internet. “How many penises have you seen … Read more →

Highlights from SGIA

New venture points to evolution of tradeshows SGIA Expo was eye-opening. It’s currently the largest print-oriented show in North America, at least gauging by square footage. And it points to where print – widely defined – is headed. A show that began in the 1940s as screen printing event, then evolved into wide format event, … Read more →

Reflections on a successful Print 17

Print 17 in Chicago was my first tradeshow since 2014. It was great to see old friends and familiar faces, get re-acquainted with new technologies, and wrap my head around emerging trends. I didn’t know what to expect when I landed in the windy city and headed for McCormick Place, the traditional home of the … Read more →