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06 March 2017

Shopping for ideas

A visit to Packaging Innovations last week, led to thoughts of how packaging is by its nature highly varied.

Packaging Innovations lived up to its name last week with all manner of innovations in packaging – in glass, plastics and in cartons. All are designed to lift the appeal of the product contained inside the box or bottle. This came through the application of print and finishes, the shapes and materials used. Stands were demonstrating how their products could increase the appeal and therefore the sales of a product.

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27 February 2017

Inkjet printing works. What happens now?

The idea that high speed inkjet printing can one day be an acceptable match for offset litho quality on the same papers that offset printers and their customers are used to, is no longer just an idea. That day has arrived. Canon, Screen, Ricoh, Kodak, Xerox and HP have joined Indigo and Xeikon in being able to print litho quality on reels of standard offset papers. That is the easy part.

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20 February 2017

Time to push back against the pen pushers

We have supported the trailblazer work on creating the sort of modern apprenticeship that will set out clearly the criteria for a career in print, whether in prepress, on press or in finishing: the three distinct disciplines that form the tripod holding up any business. After completing the core of the training, individuals get to focus on the area that suits them best. So far so good, the work is largely complete, it has been submitted to the relevant panel, amended according to recommendations received, and delivered to Government. In a sane world, the government would have accepted the industry created, industry endorsed and expert approved work. It hasn't.

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13 February 2017

The colour is the message

Printers understand brand colours. That is, printers are expert at replicating the brand colours of its customers using spot colours, extended gamut inks and standard CMYK. Few give any thought as to the purpose of these oranges, blues and reds, except perhaps to make life difficult in printing them. But when it comes to their own visual identity printers seem to prefer to display some variation on CMYK.

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