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Hotcards Ranks Among the Country’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

Hotcards Ranks Among the Country’s Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

And yup, we're still a printing company. At a time when printers are supposed to be packing up their things quietly and going home, we got some pretty amazing news. Last week, ICIC (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) and Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Hotcards as 38th on a list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses in America. They threw a big party for us in Boston, we got to mix it up with other winners from all over the country, and listen to some pretty amazing speakers. “Business must find a way to engage positively in society, but this will not happen as long as it sees its social agenda as separate from its core business agenda.” – Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School Some cool facts on the Inner City 100: “Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 10,700 employees and have created more than 6,300 new jobs between 2004 and 2008. Individually, the median Inner City […]

What Do People Want From Printers?

What Do People Want From Printers?

That is the question. Monday is always a great day for printing news. If you care about printing. Which, let's face it, not a lot of people outside of the print and design industry do. I mean, people care. Print buyers care. Companies across all industries that use print advertising care. YOU care, of course. But as far as lives are impacted by the future and enduring health of the industry, do people outside of said industry care? Not deeply. The upshot of all this is that most discussion pertaining to the future and enduring health of the print industry happens within that industry, much as it will next week at Print '09. The digital people will preen their feathers, the oldschool guys and the new wave 'marketing service providers' will raise their eyebrows at each other, everybody will scratch their heads over why the heck the social media wiz they hired to Twitter for them 8 hours a day […]

Is Technology Stealing Print’s Soul?

Is Technology Stealing Print’s Soul?

Hey! That's a leading question… Computer technology has come to play a central role in the printing process. GOA recently posted a list of the 10 'Critical Core Technologies' that any printer requires to survive in the unavoidably techno-centric future. The thing about this list, and the way it's presented, is that it makes the whole situation seem rather grim. Like the print industry has gone from craft to manufacturing process, and, in short, the romance is gone. Examples of the soul being sucked out of printing may include: Loss of specialized jobs like type-setting. Loss of craftsmanship in areas that have become automated. Web-to-print eliminating face-to-face communication between both customers and printers, and printers and vendors. Variable data and 'personalization' creating an advertising culture of what is, in fact, absence of intimacy masquerading as personalization. The uniqueness of the industry itself being subsumed into just another IT job. That being said, my position on the issue is STRONGLY DISAGREE. […]

Print Industry Mind Map

Print Industry Mind Map

Courtesy of M-Bossed I'm not sure what the ratios on this blog are in terms of industry types vs. print buying types. I'm guessing three print buyers and two industry people? Haha. But seriously, if any of you do come from other areas of the printing industry, you should check out a cool project being put together by Ryan McAbee over at M-Bossed. Ryan's working on putting together a list of all the information on printing available online, using this really cool collaborative mapping tool: mindmeister. Any print industry enthusiast can get on the mind map and add their favorite printing news and information resources. I just added the Hotcards blog, now you add your own gems. If you're anything like me, you've probably got a list of dozens, if not hundreds, of printing blogs and resources bookmarked in your web browser – am I right? Of course I am! So start adding. An important part of the future of […]

Print / Design Posts of the Week 8

Print / Design Posts of the Week 8

Best of the printer-fied web this week. This week's offerings are the usual blend of print stuff, design stuff, and end-of-the-world type stuff… Hot Tips on Cool Printing is the newest section of Hotcards.com. Looking for design ideas? Not sure how to go about printing a particular product? Check this section for prepress tips, design ideas, and walkthroughs of the printing process. Ah, there's nothing like some shameless self-promotion to start the day. Print your own newspaper? Maybe it's the solution to the industry's woes, but it's been tried before. Even radio, it seems, once attemped to launch a print-it-yourself service. Meanwhile, commercial printing is still going strong. As long as crazy guys like Penn and Teller want building-sized supergraphics of themselves, our industry is safe. Uh, right? Print CEO reviews the impact of the stimulus plan on the printing industry. Nothing to write home to mama about 'cept another bleak forecast that digital media is poised to replace print. […]

Print Blog Great Example for News Publishers

Print Blog Great Example for News Publishers

Don't die, just adapt! I've spent the last couple of years on this blog trying to get the webosphere excited about printing. Have there been many takers? Perhaps not, but suddenly, just over the last few months, print is getting a lot more play online. Why? Because there's something glorious and mesmerizing about watching an industry go down in flames. Don't panic! The collapse of the printing industry as a whole isn't being predicted, just the newspaper industry. It's been coming for a while, but since the economy started to sputter, papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post are really starting to show their frayed edges. And it's sad. It might be the end of an era, an institution, and as many champions of journalism point out, it might be the end of truly high quality journalism, backed by research, access to resources, and sharp editing. Sure, the blogging alternative gives us the news up to the […]

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