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Union Printing on House, M.D.

Union Printing on House, M.D.

Echoes of the writers strike in Hollywood Are the screenwriters back on strike? Nope, this is an image from the opening scene of this week's episode of House, MD – you know, that show about the angry doctor? In this scene, the nursing union is walking a picket line outside the hospital featured in the show. Everything from color scheme, to font design, to the white space left for union strikers to write in their slogans, is a match to the writers' union print collateral. They've even got the same red t-shirts! No corners cut on apparel printing here. So what's going on here? Is this the showrunners making use of leftover print materials, running out their retainer with union printers? Or are the folks over at House making a statement? I've also got to wonder if a union printer did the printing for this fictional union strike. After the writers strike, are Hollywood and the printing industry best buds? […]

Printing Green, Red, White, and Blue

Printing Green, Red, White, and Blue

It's all part of the same philosophy. Right now, we're not seeing the Presidential candidates talk about the environment too much, but you can bet that once the primaries are settled, it will become a major issue. After all, it's great to see the printing industry thinking green. Now, our government needs to do the same thing. I think this would be a much more hot button issue if we weren't so wrapped up in who the Democratic nominee will be. In the coming years, some of the most political choices we make will be in terms of our relationship to the environment. It won't just be about choosing a union printer, but a printshop that is reducing its ecological footprint. By the same token, even now, print buyers aren't just looking at a printer's recycled paper content, but at our ties to local businesses and suppliers. That's why I love this sweet new ad Hotcards' designer Glen Infante put […]

AFL-CIO Launches Massive Anti-McCain Web, Print Blitz

AFL-CIO Launches Massive Anti-McCain Web, Print Blitz

Prepare to face the full might of union printing! The AFL-CIO might not be ready to endorse a Democratic nominee for President, but they sure know who they DON'T endorse – John McCain. Today, the powerful labor organization launched a massive anti-McCain campaign entitle “McCain Revealed.” The campaign is geared towards informing union voters about McCain's anti-worker record, paralleling his economic policies with those of President Bush. The campaign will rely heavily on union print collateral, with direct mail campaigning and workplace leafleting taking up a chunk of the proposed $53 million dollar budget. Holy smokes, that's a lot of postcards! Another important facet of the campaign is this website, where you can go and read a comprehensive virtual booklet on exactly where McCain stands on a variety of policies. On the site, union members can also download PDFs for leaflets that can be independently printed and distributed. Union members have already been spotted outside of McCain fundraising events with […]

Massive Wave of Union Printing in Support of Obama

Massive Wave of Union Printing in Support of Obama

Clinton criticizes Obama camp for flip-flopping on the issues. Union printers in Texas and Ohio are getting more work than they can handle lately. The election campaign printing jobs are coming not just from the Presidential candidates themselves, but from unions that are putting their weight behind their favorite candidates. Today the NYT reports that the powerful Service Employees International Union has so far funneled approximately 1.4 million dollars into canvassing, direct mail printing, and other forms of advertising in support of its endorsed candidate – Barack Obama. With independent support from unions in the millions of dollars for Obama, the Clinton camp is jumping on the chance to criticize his campaign for accepting the support that it once criticized John Edwards for receiving. You can bet this issue – as well as the issue of the negative direct mail printing – will come up once or twice during the debate in Cleveland tonight. Don't forget to tune in! Image […]

The Writers’ Strike is At An End!

The Writers’ Strike is At An End!

Can union printing be auctioned off to support the strike fund? After 100 days on the picket line, Hollywood's writers are putting down their union printing and going back to work! Woo hoo! TV's not going to die! Now we're finally going to get all those answers we've been waiting for in Lost! There were a lot of hard things about the strike, but there were lots of great, special things, too, the greatest and specialist among them being, I think, the strike signs designed to include white space where strikers could ad their own messages. A hilarious parody of these signs, commemorating the end of the strike, can be enjoyed here. But although many of these pieces of union printing were designed to get a laugh, the purpose behind them was very serious. The WGA showed union organization and strength with their well designed, color-coordinated printed, and the showed the union members' passion and individuality by leaving the white […]

Yes We Can / Si Se Puede

Yes We Can / Si Se Puede

“Because words and ideas are powerful…” It was a busy weekend for print design and advertising. I could kick off this Monday by talking about the Superbowl ads, or about those scandal-inducing Abercrombie and Fitch billboards, but I think I'll save those for later in the week, because something else seriously, seriously cool happened this weekend. More and more, professional artists from all fields are coming out to show support for their favorite candidates, and the latest and greatest example of this comes from Will.i.am, the dude from the Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am put together this wicked song and video based on the now-famous speech made by Barack Obama after the primary in New Hampshire. Check it out: The original posting of the video, along with a little meditation on its inspiration, can be found here. As you may have noticed, quite a bit of Obama's print collateral shows up in the video, including both signs and screen-printed t-shirts. But […]

John Edwards Campaigns in SC

John Edwards Campaigns in SC

Steelworkers design full color printing in support of their favorite candidate. I'll admit that I haven't done much thinking about John Edwards over the course of this whole Primary campaign rollercoaster. His print designs have been much like his entire campaign – just fine, but overshadowed by the clash of the titans, Clinton and Obama. However, I really like the way that Edwards has been handling the recent spate of seemingly nonstop bickering between the two Dem frontrunners. His whole “proud to represent the grown-up wing of the Democratic party” shtick is showing him to be both calmer and more lighthearted than I pegged him for. And since South Carolina is his much-loved home state, I have to say that I hope he kicks butt in the Primary tomorrow night – if only to prove to Hilary and Barack that they do need to “Grow Up.” And there are other reasons for the printing world to love John Edwards. For […]

Writer’s Strike Nearing Conclusion?

Writer’s Strike Nearing Conclusion?

Some of the best union print designs we saw over the last couple of months… Well, the AMPTP and the DGA have finally reached an agreement. The Director's Guild of America managed to negotiate many, if not all, of the contract improvements that the WGA has been fighting for on the picket lines. This means that a similar offer may very well be in the works for writers, and the strike could be ending soon. The breaking point seems to have come when Hollywood was forced to forgo the glitz and glamour of the Golden Globes. The event took on the air of a rushed press conference this year when SAG members refused to cross WGA picket lines to attend. The DGA is quick to point out that their union could never have reached the agreement without the efforts of the WGA and SAG on the picket line on Globe night and every day for the last two months. Even […]

The 10 Greatest Moments in Printing of 2007: 5 – 1

The 10 Greatest Moments in Printing of 2007: 5 – 1

It's the most anticipated end-of-year list in the history of printing, counting down from 5 to number one! 5. DVDs Became a Necessary Part of Door-to-Door Print Advertising During previous election seasons, we've seen our share of door-to-door election campaigning, but this year, if you opened your door to a canvasser, you might have received not only a booklet, but also a DVD. The DVDs are usually video versions of the booklet, effectively doubling points of voter contact in one smooth move. The future of campaigning, and advertising in general, in undoubtably multimedia, and some combinations remain fresh and unexpected. 4. The WGA Hit the Picket Line with Well-Designed Union Printing As a writer, I was convinced that the first day of the WGA strike was just about the most exciting day of the year. A union of writers fighting for the future of their industry – wow! However, as a designer, I was convinced that the second day of […]

WGA Union Print Design Begins to Take on a Dark Tone

WGA Union Print Design Begins to Take on a Dark Tone

Strike Show poster design gets gritty A mixture of despondency and ferocity has begun to characterize union printing as the WGA strike drags on. Because the AMPTP has again refused to negotiate with the WGA, the writers strike is growing into something larger and more complex than the public could ever have anticipated in the early days of the action. When the strike began, we were seeing very well-organized, well-designed union printing on the picket lines and at rallies. Now, as the strike has gone on for weeks, and other unions have joined the fight, strike print designs have become a mishmash of different styles, colors, and slogans. Deciding on the best slogans for the writers strike have been understandably difficult for a group of thousands of writers, which can explain why we're seeing different slogans at every event. In a way, this is a good thing. All the different slogans give people something to discuss – they're almost like […]

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