Happy Holidays

November was an extremely busy month in the world of print events … with enough award shows, conferences and tradeshows to keep you thinking about your business all month long! Firstly, a big congratulations to all of the winners at the Canadian Print Awards. In particular we are so lucky to have, as a part … Read more →

View from the publisher – Dec 2014

It was a very busy year! Ricoh made a multi-million-dollar investment in Canadian MIS leader Avanti in March. The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) and the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) teamed up to create a single new organization to help our industry. A new professional association for Canada’s printable electronics industry emerged last … Read more →

The Years top 10 News Headlines

It’s that time of year again when I shamelessly choose the top stories of 2014. The criteria I normally use include everything from the article’s overall impact on the industry, to some deserving personal accolades, to some of our industry’s coolest technologies. However, as I get dozens of press releases a day, you can imagine … Read more →

Always have a back-up plan

I’d rather have one hundred clients who pay one thousand dollars each, than one client who doesn’t pay one hundred thousand dollars!-me I’ve been thinking lately about the kind of ‘Sidisms’ I’d like my offspring to remember. There’s a famous one in my home that goes like this: “You don’t have to help me, JUST … Read more →

Colour Management Updates

GRACoL 2013 In 2006 GRACoL created the first reference printing condition for commercial printing in North America. To keep up with changes the GRACoL committee has introduced an updated version called GRACoL 2013 which is almost identical to the 2006 specification. A few minor changes have been made but they are barely visible to anyone … Read more →

SGIA large format 2014 Winners

The SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) Expo set two new records this year in Vegas:  it was the largest attended SGIA Expo ever, and it attracted the most exhibitors ever, filling 223,000 square feet. It proved an excellent source for information and networking with current and potential suppliers of equipment and material. The annual SGIA … Read more →


When I was a kid, I built a lot of model airplanes. From about 4th Grade to 6th Grade, I built everything from WWII fighters to Cold-War era jets. They knew me by name at the model store in the town where I grew up. These days I don’t build models, but I do build … Read more →

Should you invest in RRSP?

It’s that time of year again – RRSP season. So I thought I’d switch direction this month and concentrate my column on personal finances instead of business funding help. Below are the pros and cons of RRSP investing as I see them, to let you decide exactly what’s right for you. The ‘pros’ of investing … Read more →

Inspired Projects: ‘Tis the season to label

I have always loved stickers (I mean “labels” … I’m a printing industry professional now) and my inner child is still inspired by the infinite possibilities that labels present. The label market has changed a lot since I was a kid with a variety of new local printing companies producing exciting new products. The winter … Read more →

E-mail and Task Management

Email is so old school – in some respects, anyway. Although it’s been a ubiquitous communication tool in your personal life and at work for a over a decade now, it’s outdated in its ability to help you efficiently keep track of projects and processes which have complex requirements and deliverables. Continue reading to discover … Read more →