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A Traveling Retroprospectus of Poster-Like Objects

A Traveling Retroprospectus of Poster-Like Objects

It’s time once again to ooh and ahh at the lovely posters that designers hath made. Yes, the National Poster Retroprospectus is here. Well, maybe not where you are, but it is worming its way around the country. No word on just how many of the posters were fabricated simply to fish for such acclaim, but does that even matter? They’ve been made, and now they’re being celebrated. In all, there will be 300 posters on display crafted by luminary artists and designers. (Who do you consider the most famous poster designer? Maybe Shepard Fairey?) Here are some of the posters that will be on display at the NPR.

Print Politics: Huge Ad Spend in California Gubernatorial Race

Print Politics: Huge Ad Spend in California Gubernatorial Race

The flyers are flying! The mailers are mailing! The posters are posting! After two glorious, rock 'em sock 'em terms with the Terminator, California is looking for a new governor. And at a time when the state is as hard-hit by the recession as anywhere in the world, candidates vying for a spot in November's gubernatorial elections aren't sparing a dime on campaign spending. Under particular scrutiny, Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO turned politico. She's running for a chance at the Republican candidacy, and so far, her campaign has spent almost $60 million ($49 mil of it Whitman's own) blanketing the airwaves in commercials and the streets in political printing. She's pulled ahead of Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican rival Steve Poizner in the polls, but at a cost that makes this the most expensive nonpresidential campaign in U.S. history. The Whitman campaign has been distributing a series of direct mail pieces slamming Steve Poizner, accompanied by a URL to […]

Print Industry Calls it Quits Days Before iPad Takeover

Print Industry Calls it Quits Days Before iPad Takeover

We surrender! CEOs come out with their hands up. Three days before the launch of Apple's iPad, positive reviews are pouring in, and the printing industry has officially decided to concede defeat. “Yup,” R.G. Blau, acting president of the International Conventicle of Print Industry Types confirmed the rumors early today. “With the iPad, we feel that Apple has once and for all proven that there is no longer any need whatsoever for books, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, posters, billboards, banners, brochures, or anything of that other stuff that we print.” “It's a sad day for the printing industry, but we also feel some measure of pride at having been defeated by such a worthy competitor,” Hotcards blogger Anne Stewart said at a press conference this morning. “I, for one, welcome our new digital advertising overlords.” Starting today, April 1st, newspapers and other publishers will begin to close up shop, followed by printing technology providers from Xerox to Heidelberg, and finally, small […]

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 […]

Bright Lights! Big City! Poster Printing!

Bright Lights! Big City! Poster Printing!

The intricacies of campaigning on Broadway… Poster design is a complicated process, and the higher the stakes, the more complicated it gets. Sometimes, a client simply needs one great image for a short-run print campaign that's not going to involve any other elements. Other times – whew! – things get a bit more serious. For example… The New York Times recently published an article on the process of designing a poster for a Broadway show. They spoke to Drew Hodges, chief exec over at SpotCo. Entertainment Advertising (recently in the news for their racy portrayal of Miss Piggy). SpotCo. created the print ad for a new run of the famous musical, La Cage Aux Folles, on Broadway. The criteria for the poster? Where to begin…. It had to be funny and sexy, but not just funny or just sexy, because viewers have to get a strong sense of all the things that the musical is about. It also couldn't be […]

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Print Ad Gallery

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Print Ad Gallery

Adventures in brand diplomacy. Through cold, through ice, through recession, the tradition of epic Olympic games print advertising prevails! The Olympics is always a hugely busy time for printers, as print advertisers – often with very different agendas – compete for attention on the world stage. First, there's the official Olympic committee stuff – the mascots, the slogans – but most of all the carefully designed winter Olympic poster, from which springs all other print collateral and represents the very soul of a nation. This winter in Vancouver, the green and blue maple leaf, shot through with scenes depicting the Canadian wilderness, has fans and critics. For some, the symbolism is too obscure, while others criticize it as being overworked. It seems that at the Olympics, as in advertising, you can't please all the people all the time, and if you try, the result may be that nobody is satisfied. Next in line for print ad attention are local advertisers. […]

Saints Super Bowl Win Good News for Printers

Saints Super Bowl Win Good News for Printers

Sorry, Colts fans! Try to understand! Every year, all across the country, printers watch the Super Bowl with bated breath. Because we love football, but also because the results of these championship games have a huge impact on who's printing what Monday morning. Competition for printing Super Bowl t-shirts, banners, posters, and other paraphernalia is fierce, but the work is anything but guaranteed. Normally, different printers are contacted to produce victory collateral for the champions, depending on who wins. Because shipping of the collateral is so time-sensitive, printers are normally slatted for every region, and the ones printing – in this case, since New Orleans won – Saints gear, are not necessarily the same print providers who would be working their butts off right now if the Colts had won. Besides memorabilia, there's also contracts to print hot market items – decorations that need to be printed with the proper logos and colors immediately after the Super Bowl, so that […]

Win Free Stuff From Hotcards!

Win Free Stuff From Hotcards!

The BitRebels Epic Giveaway! Check it out, gang! Our friends over at BitRebels – a website about all kinds of cool stuff – are holding their very first EPIC GIVEAWAY. Tons of businesses have devoted things like webhosting, software, design tools, and print services to the giveaway. Hotcards (look for ID #P15) has contributed some of the greatest prizes, if I do say so myself. Enter to win: 5000 Business Cards (Printed on premium 12pt gloss coated card stock) 5000 Postcards (6″ x 4.25″), OR 1000 11″ x 17″ Posters! Here's how you win. Go to the Epic Giveaway page, here. Make a sweet comment that explains why you deserve to win a given item, such as, “I need those 5000 postcards to promote my online business to a local audience!” or “I need those 5000 business cards because my kid just finished college and now he needs a job.” Twitter about the Giveaway. Add a link about the Giveaway […]

In 2010, the Democracy of Print Remains Vital

In 2010, the Democracy of Print Remains Vital

And the internet can help, too, I guess… Often, printing and information technology are pitted against each other as enemies. Isn't printing being murdered by the internet? Isn't the internet destroying information quality? But print and the web aren't enemies. In fact, they're natural friends, and a recent talk given by Carl Malamud reminded me of just that. Malamud is a public domain advocate, known as “the rogue librarian.” In a speech at the Government 2.0 Summit in Washington this past September, he spoke about the history of the U.S. Government Printing Office. The speech focused on how essential printing and public record were to the development of the U.S. democratic system. Today, Malamud says, we can continue to allow the democratic process to evolve by using the internet to do the same thing that printing has done over the last century or so – increase access to government, to legal process, to regulatory bodies, and hence, to the average […]

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Printing

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Printing

A truly unique offering. The last few weeks of pre-Christmas craziness are upon us. And at this time of year, we often ask ourselves: what do I get for someone who has everything? Ever considered printing? It might sound like an unusual gift, but that's exactly what makes it so special. Here's a list of ten great printing gifts you can get for that hard-to-please loved one this holiday season: 10. A vehicle wrap A colorful, removable, vinyl cover for your car or truck isn't just a great business ad. Kids wanting to bring some personality to that 'gently used' first car love vehicle wraps because they can be printed with the patterns or images of their choice. And when trends or interests change, the vinyl coating can be removed as easily as a sticker. 9. Stickers Kids love stickers. So do all of us who are young at heart. You might not want to give 1000 as a gift, […]

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