The Best of Bindery

Part 6: Examples of automated die cutting with hand folding As we mentioned last month, automated folding technology today has reached unprecedented levels of sophistication. Automation has also resulted in significantly reduced costs – especially for longer runs. The die-cut, folded samples I selected below also require hand folding as the final step. However, that … Read more →

Plain Packaging and the world’s ugliest colour

Cigarette packaging has come a long way since the introduction of the rugged and handsome ‘Marlboro Man’ of the 1950s. Aimed at promoting a smoking lifestyle by establishing an association between ‘manliness’ and lighting up a Marlboro cigarette, he was part of Marlboro’s campaign for almost half a century. Canadian tobacco packaging looks a lot … Read more →

Collision 2019

Known as the “fastest growing tech conference in North America”. After three sunny years in New Orleans, Collision moved to Toronto this spring. Follow all social media updates at #CollisionConf, which will return to Ontario’s capital again in 2020. Opening Night Opening Night set the tone for the conference in the best way possible. Attendees … Read more →

Lean for the Summer  

Three exercises for a leaner, more efficient and more profitable business Summer is upon us and, for many print businesses, summer is treated as a strategic hibernation period. Business is often a bit slower and so, between juggling vacation schedules and recovering from the surge of the previous quarter, summer often becomes a great excuse … Read more →

Defining “Acceptable” Colour

Determining what is an acceptable colour match can be challenging, especially if there is a group of people assessing the colour. It’s not uncommon for 3 people to see three different versions of the same colour.  How can this be, you ask. Here are a few fun facts about colour: Two identical Pantone color guides … Read more →

Women in trade investments program

Export Development Canada (EDC) has announced a new $50 million Women in Trade Investments Program to provide equity capital specifically designed to help Canadian women entrepreneurs. This commitment complements the suite of initiatives EDC previously announced in 2018 to better serve the needs of women-owned and women-led businesses engaged in export. “Women face unique challenges … Read more →

New workforce coalition will address recruitment

A group of concerned associations, educators and industry reps has formed the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition. Its purpose is to coordinate the efforts of all organizations representing the printing and graphic communications industries to create awareness, recruit new talent, and provide a framework for apprenticeship and training programs – in addition to retaining our existing … Read more →