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On Labor Day, Hug a Union Printer

On Labor Day, Hug a Union Printer

Great moments in printing history. Ahh, there's nothing like a four-day week. But did you know that Labor Day got its start thanks to union printers? It's true. Way back in 1872. The Toronto Typographical Union went on strike to demand a 9-hour workday and Sundays off. The movement garnered massive public support. Unfortunately, at the time, unions were still illegal in Canada, and many of the strike organizers were arrested. It seemed like a grim day for the labor movement. However, the arrests led to tons of protests across Canada, and the Canadian government finally had to agree to abolish its anti-union laws. To celebrate, Canadians began to take a day off for labor union parades. In 1882, American labor leaders brought the celebration to the U.S., and it stuck (the holiday, at least, if not the celebration of unionized labor). So there you have it. The beginning of union printing also led to the birth of one of […]

CMYK Set to Drop One Color

CMYK Set to Drop One Color

Byebye magenta! It's no secret that the printing industry is being hit hard by this recession. Commercial printers are losing huge contracts, print advertising budgets are being cut to shreds, and newspapers and catalogues that have been around for hundreds of years are going online. But we printers are a feisty bunch. And the optimists among us have been saying that when the going gets tough, the tough find innovative solutions. Streamlined processes, new technologies, and corner-cutting strategies have all been introduced to help our industry weather this recession. And finally, the International Cabal of Concerned Commercial Offset Printers has come up with the ultimate solution. As a decisive cost-cutting measure, magenta will no longer be included in full color CMYK printing. Or, as it's now known, CYK printing. This means that full color printing will no longer include reds, purples, pinks, or various shades of brown. After long debate, the ICCCOP made the choice to eliminate magenta because in […]

25 Random Things About Hotcards.com

25 Random Things About Hotcards.com

Since soooo many printers have been tagging us… Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 printers to be tagged. You have to tag the printer who tagged you. 1 – Hotcards was started by a concert promoter, and maybe that's why we do so much printing for musicians, music venues, and publications. 2 – Hotcards doesn't just do print and design, we also specialize in web development and hosting. 3 – On Fridays, Columbus (the boss!) buys lunch for everyone in the office. 4 – There are some seriously hardcore Cleveland Cavs fans around here. 5 – We regularly sponsor sports teams and tournaments. 6 – Sometimes, Columbus lets us do some design work and printing for our favorite local businesses – just for fun. 7 – We're a union printer, which you probably already knew, but I bet you […]

Hotcards is in the News!

Hotcards is in the News!

Because we're awesome. Cleveland news channel WKYC came by the Hotcards head office this week to talk to us about the printing business. Check out the resulting article and news story here. The story turned out great. They interviewed a bunch of people, and everybody was very professional and NOT at all nervous. And they covered all the stuff that's cool about Hotcards. They talked about how we got started, when Columbus had an idea for a better printing business, and how he built it with no help from bank loans or borrowed startup capital. They talked about our green printing efforts, and showcased our sweet water-saving plate processor. (NB: in the video clip, Columbus says the processor uses only 15 gallons of water a week, but the article accidentally quotes him as saying 15 gallons a month. Just a typo, folks.) The story also mentions that we're a union print shop, which is a bigger deal nowadays than it […]

Union Printing Takes to the Streets in Paris

Union Printing Takes to the Streets in Paris

They've even got balloons! You've got to hand it to those Parisian unions. They know how to throw a protest. Yesterday, eight of France's largest trade unions organized a massive event of work stoppage and picketing in the streets in protest of the French government's handling of the economic crisis. As images of the protest pour in, it's clear that the union printing of signs and banners was full force. Looks like people all over the world don't approve of the idea of banks getting billions in bailout money from the government. Quelle suprise, as the French say. One French union rep called it the largest demonstration France had seen in twenty years, with an estimated 2.5 million people demonstrating throughout the country. I don't need to tell you, that is a LOT of union printing. As in French union protests that we've seen in the past, images show a conspicuous contrast between the slick, organized printing of protest signage […]

Does the Printing Industry Need a Bailout?

Does the Printing Industry Need a Bailout?

What do you think? Some of this country's biggest industries are being pulled back from the brink of financial collapse thanks to what has come to be known as THE BAILOUT. And nowadays, more and more printers are asking, where's my bailout?” Although not in the spotlight as often as the auto or financial industries, printing is an essential part of the U.S. economy. It just so happens that printing isn't one of those things you notice until you really need, like when you're printing your wedding invitations, or you're starting your own business and need to have your own business card printing done. But the printers that handle these relatively low volume jobs for small businesses and individuals are not the printers most at risk. People are still printing, especially with printers that offer inexpensive web-to-print and POD services. The printers that are really suffering are the largest printers that depend on two or three massive contracts for their […]

Check Out the Brand-New, Redesigned Hotcards Site!

Check Out the Brand-New, Redesigned Hotcards Site!

It's been in the works for a long time, and at last it's here, and better than ever… Welcome one and all to the new, improved online home of Hotcards low-cost printing! Have a look around, get to know the place, and let us know what you think. One of the most exciting new features on the site is the overhauled Political and Union Printing section. Here, we've compiled a library of articles that offer tips and insights into printing for political campaigning. In this same section, you'll also find links to our Political Printing blog, where we track trends in the current election campaign season and discuss hot political topics of the day. Another cool feature that you might want to learn more about is the Hotcards widget, which allows Mac users to track and manage their Hotcards orders from the comfort and convenience of their desktop. If you're just poking around online for some inspiration, have a look […]

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