Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Thirteen reasons why you absolutely, positively should attend Print 13

1. Everything that’s new This year’s “Innovate, Integrate, Communicate” theme covers digital, offset, flexo and hybrid technologies, as well as products and services for commercial, package printing and converting, display, in-plant, transactional, publishing, mailing, photo imaging, marketing…the list seems endless. New and “re-imagined” attractions include Deliver (Mailing & Fulfillment Center), the Photo Finish (Photo Imaging … Read more →

How this issue’s cover was produced

This issue of Graphic Arts Magazine was printed and finished by Mi5 Print and Digital Communications of Markham, Ontario. The cover’s art direction and design was by Andrei Talbot of Walk Tall Brand Design. Mi5 was recently recognized by the Globe and Mail for its impressive growth through the delivery of innovative products and progressive … Read more →

World-class Canadian companies at Print 13

How industry pioneers Amazing Print Tech and PrintSites2Go are making a huge difference helping print shops here and around the world. InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. I recently visited its website to get a handle on what it considers as the best companies in … Read more →

Montreal’s 2013 Grafik’Art Show concludes

The sixth edition of Grafik’Art took place April 25-27 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. Overall, there was mixed reaction. Some exhibitors felt crowds were small, but most agreed that the atmosphere was upbeat and some reported strong sales. By show’s end, there were many “sold” signs taped to equipment. “I had lots of positive comments,” … Read more →

The consumables conundrum

When it comes to consumables, basic mistakes we all make in the hectic race to meet deadlines usually increase costs down the road. As one press operator once told me, “sometimes we know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.” Here are some comments and advice from the experts. Plates We asked Fujifilm, … Read more →

The wonders of workflow

Today’s sophisticated business workflow software performs many functions you may currently be doing manually or not doing at all. This software will save money, employee hours, resources and other expenses. One recent U.S. study estimated that employees not using this software can waste up to 25% of their time with tasks not involved in their … Read more →

Large and small offset update

Too often taken for granted in this industry, OEMs continue to be leaders not just in innovation, but in partnering with printers to help them maximize revenues in just about every conceivable market segment – commercial offset, wide-format, packaging, newspapers and more. Their presses are sophisticated creations that constantly push the boundaries of technology. To … Read more →

Boosting your shop’s revenues with perforated window graphics

What began in the early 1990s as a highly specialized niche – pressure-sensitive PVC which is calendered, perforated, printed and attached to the windows of transit buses – has evolved into a huge industry that every printer should consider. Popular applications of what’s now called “window perf” include building wraps, corporate identity campaigns, retail signage … Read more →

Recalling 2012: The highs, the lows, the tradeshows and the “cool stuff”

The biggest “highs” this year, in my opinion, were the several major industry tradeshows led by (of course) drupa. Though attendance was 20% lower compared to 2008, May’s drupa still attracted over 314,500 from more than 130 countries to see its 1,850 exhibits. For me, the most important result was that about 50% of all visitors actually placed orders – and most were inked at the show itself. About 2,400 journalists from 75 countries attended. The buzz of the show, according to the people we had on the ground, was undoubtedly Landa Nanography. The next drupa will be June 2 to 15, 2016.