View from the publisher – June 2015

Traditionally, the summer months have meant that our industry slows down just a bit. But you wouldn’t know it from the continuous flow of news we’re posting on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter and printed magazine. One reason for the continuing strong coverage is that we’re getting more and more news from overseas … Read more →

Packaging and the French press

The focus of this month’s issue looks at addressing some of the intricacies of working in packaging. There is a lot to consider in any printing process, but in the case of packaging there is the added layer of legislation that governs what a package can and must communicate to consumers. In his debut article … Read more →

3D Printing News

This month: Printing in full-colour 3D using ColorJet In this first of several monthly features on 3D printing by Toronto’s Objex Unlimited 3D Print Studio, Brand Manager and Marketing Coordinator Matt Belo explores the fascinating world of 3D ColorJet Printing. ColorJet printing ColorJet Printing (CJP) is an additive manufacturing process used to create full-colour, photo-realistic … Read more →

What’s new in digital packaging?

Things aren’t like they used to be. Sure, consumers have always demanded greater quality, faster delivery, and sharper pricing. But in an age where most information is just a click away, consumers are expecting even more and product packaging is no exception. Custom labeling, greater transparency, and packaging that’s just as helpful as the goods … Read more →

Honesty is the best policy

Which is the most important in printing sales:  to be honest with customers, with the production side of your business, or with yourself? I think too many salespeople are dishonest with at least one of those parties. You might be surprised at which one I think causes the most damage. Honest With Customers Salespeople make … Read more →

Navigating Canada’s labelling regulations

Imagine the following scenario: Your team has spent the past month working on a Canadian package redesign for NoodleDoodle Inc. The day before your design is due to prepress, you find out that it is non-compliant with Canadian labelling regulations! It turns out that reducing the ingredient list to 2pt type (in order to make … Read more →

Discrimination Rears Its Head

I’m in favor of discrimination. But let me make this clear. I am not in favor of racial discrimination, or gender discrimination, or age discrimination. I don’t believe that anyone’s religion makes him/her better or worse than anyone else, and I do believe that gays should have every right that straights have. I’m a pretty … Read more →

Inspired Projects: A Promising Future Ahead!

On March 25th, 2015, over 100 senior students from Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University hosted their annual Business Plan Expo featuring 25 new business ideas. These ideas ranged from on-demand customizable clothing, to AR applications for enhancing children’s books, to leveraging tagged photos posted to Instagram into printed products, and co-working spaces catered specifically … Read more →

Business Ownership

“If everyone was a landlord… there would be no tenants!” -me Owning your own business, and being your ‘own boss’ is an enticing prospect. Multitudes have been duped into subscribing to this sound byte, and sucked into a world of unhappiness. In the most simplistic terms, owning one’s own business seems alluring. You make your … Read more →

Canada-Provincial Training Grants

Most provinces now offer training grants to encourage employers to improve the skill levels of their employees.  A cynic might say it’s being ramped up because this is an election year.  Nevertheless, from a business perspective, when was being granted up to $12,500 per employee to make your employees even more valuable to your company … Read more →

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