The Best of Bindery

Part 2: The pros and cons of common binding techniques Last month we looked at some of the most popular methods of binding. Here, we delve deeper and examine their advantages and limitations. As I mentioned last month, I’ve always believed that binding techniques are much more than just a way to put a publication’s … Read more →

Bring Your Innovation to Commercialization

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. For the graphic arts industry, OCE also supports and invests in early-stage projects, where … Read more →

Encourage discomfort

The most significant leaps in personal growth usually don’t occur in an environment of comfort. Discomfort, when used correctly, is a powerful tool that can often bring out the best in those you work with. Discomfort can also be used as a powerful marketing tool to convert prospects into customers. So what kind of marketing … Read more →

Digital Press update: The challenges in choosing a Digital Print Production Press

Assessing the key variables in the acquisition process For the purpose of this article, I’ll consider myself a “virtual” commercial printer.  I’ve been in this industry for over 25 years, managed fair-sized printing plants and represented major equipment and supplies manufacturers. In October of 2018, I attended Print 18 in Chicago. For the first time … Read more →

8 Ways to Gain More Followers on Social Media

Gaining more followers on social media is an attainable goal for any organization out there. It takes dedication, but if your business can implement these techniques across your channels, growth of followers will certainly follow. Social media is an action-reaction forum and it’s important for organizations to understand the importance of not only sharing, but … Read more →

Achieving self-publishing success

Self-publishing is a growing segment of the publishing industry mainly because almost anyone can now become a self-published author. New advancements in technology make the publishing process simple for an author to write a book and publish it themselves – instead of passing it along to a publishing house (if they can even get a … Read more →

Graphics Canada set to impress

The Graphics Canada tradeshow, the largest event in the country for the printing and graphic arts industry, will take place April 11-13, 2019 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The show will feature three exciting days of the latest technology, learning opportunities, networking and more, encompassing virtually all industry sectors. Learn where today’s opportunities … Read more →

Creating instant teams

How do you take a group of strangers and bring them together quickly and effectively to solve big problems? Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School Professor of Leadership and Management, insists that the answer lies in the concept of ‘teaming’. But she points out that there are differences between today’s teams and teams of the past. … Read more →

Never underestimate the importance of our industry associations

I had mentioned in a previous column that the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA, Toronto) had launched a newly restructured organization in Canada. Its new framework will enable the non-profit organization to provide a national voice and platform for the printing industry – and to serve as an important connection point for Canadian regional associations, … Read more →

A first for our readers

Ever heard of Clickable Paper? Go to page 5 and experience first-hand Ricoh’s latest investment in the future of print. The new technology enables digital communications that reach well beyond the printed page. It links printed materials to engaging online media resources such as videos, photos, websites, e-commerce portals, social media platforms and more. This … Read more →