Golden Opportunities

Writing a synopsis for the March issue while buried in snow is the cruel fate of being Canadian. With the excitement of so much Olympic gold glory I guess there are side benefits to being a winter-loving nation. We hope you had an amazing time rooting for our homegrown teams this past month as Canada … Read more →

View from the publisher – March 2014

Wow! What an Olympics that was! With 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze, Canada finished fourth in the overall standings and third in total gold medals. But for most, it was the Women’s hockey 3-2 overtime win over the United States (after trailing 2-0 with about three minutes to go in regulation time) that … Read more →

Output neutral workflows

Before joining the faculty complement at the School of Graphic Communication Management at Ryerson, I worked for a well-known colour separator and prepress house in downtown Toronto. In my role as prepress manager, I witnessed the full gamut of client-supplied files for output. There were the good, the bad, and the down right nasty. Microsoft … Read more →

Invisibility in sales

Last month I wrote about transparency. This month my topic is invisibility. To begin with, I want to stress that the two are definitely not the same. Last month I wrote about a transparent selling strategy (one that a buyer can see right through) and how that can be an excellent approach. Invisibility (not being … Read more →

Introduction to IRAP

IRAP is the Industrial Research Assistance Program. Like SR&ED, which we discussed last month, IRAP is funded by the Industry Canada and managed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). It has a budget of $220 million for 2013/2014. After SR&ED, IRAP is the second largest government source of funding for Small- to Medium-sized … Read more →

Shopping for a 3D printer

Interested in 3D printing and the possible new revenue streams it can generate? So is Martha Stewart. Martha, who seems to be a be of a gadget junkie, was a judge at Hardware Battlefield, at CES and as she explained in a Techcrunch interview, she’s always curious about innovation and loves learning about how new … Read more →

Image Capture

Studio and location photography are high-pressure and time-sensitive processes. Aside from the coordination and creative direction involved in capturing talent and products for a shoot, there’s the handling and manipulation of captured image files for successful execution—these are often unsung background tasks. This article dissects the steps involved from shutter-release to final retouching and gives … Read more →

For the Record: Jeff Ekstein

Jeff Ekstein is a third generation printer and owner of Willow Printing Group, a family business that has celebrated a 60-year history of excellence. I first had the opportunity to meet Jeff as a judge for the PIA (Printing Industries of America) Benny Awards several years back. He is an exceptionally enthusiastic and involved member … Read more →

Should you grow or sell your business

2014 may prove to be another challenging year for commercial printers. The continuing trends of industry overcapacity and the declining demand for print products have resulted in reduced profit margins and strong competition. The result is that some companies have sold or exited the business, while others have regrouped and grown stronger. Although gloomy, this … Read more →