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Friday Print/Design Roundup – March 26, 2010

Friday Print/Design Roundup – March 26, 2010

Posters! Poetry! iPads? It's Friday! Here's a roundup of some of the week's best, worst, and wackiest print and print design news from around the web! Check out the always lovable Print Magazine for a rundown of the 50 Best Color Sites For Designers. Sure, y feature the usual old saws like ColourLovers and Adobe Kuler, but then things get weird… Ryan over at M-Bossed talks the problem with variable data printing, and offers some thoughts on bringing this weak technology into the future, which, seriously, folks, is where we're living. Beyond talented artist, designer, illustrator, comic nerd Neill Cameron will blow your mind with his A to Z of Awesomeness – an action hero typography of 26 poster-worthy letters complete with fabulous illustrations. H is for Hagar the Horrible Hacking Hello Kitty in Half! MSNBC hostess with the mostest Rachel Maddow took out a full-page ad in today's Boston Globe to put to rest rumors that she'll be running […]

Greatest Printing Video Ever

Greatest Printing Video Ever

Those machines are beasts! Ever wonder what the printing industry was like in the U.S. waaaaaaaay back in the day? It was pretty different, as this 1947 video from the Internet Archive shows: Just because so much of this is pure gold, I had to compile a list of the ten best lines in the video: 1. “By means of printing, the fund of knowledge accumulated by man through the ages is available to everyone, rich and poor alike. Printing is essential to education. All the other arts rely on it.” (Boo-ya!) 2. “Printing now ranks fourth among the nation's great industries.” (Oh, for the glory days!) 3. “Hand compositors usually set the large type, called display lines, used in advertisements and other printed matter. Hand composition offers opportunities for artistic expression. Compositors who have the ability to create original ideas are highly paid craftsmen.” (Once there was almost no division between printing and design.) 4. “Large plants employ persons, […]

Big Business Converts to Color-Reduced Printing

Big Business Converts to Color-Reduced Printing

Could this be the end of full color printing as we know it? Unilever – a company that prints so many labels and so much packaging that it would make your head explode to take it all in – is in the process of making a major change to the way they print. Using Project Rainbow – no, not the secret government project, a color harmonization program – the company plans to reduce the number of colors it uses on packaging and labels from over 100 to just six. For a company that prints as much as Unilever, this move is going to be a major money saver. And it might just be a green printing solution as well. After all, less ink means less waste, and reducing consumption is always good for the environment. We haven't seen any of the six-color labels hit the shelves yet, and the jury's still out on how consumers are going to react, but […]

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