Brian Regan

Brian Regan

Brian Regan, President of Semper International, was born with ink in his veins, running everything in his family’s small printing company from prepress to finishing. Brian helped finance his degree from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and his struggling music career by running a printing press, ultimately becoming a pressroom supervisor.  In 1996, he joined PressTemps (Then PrintStaff now Semper International, the leading placement firm for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire help in the graphic arts and printing industry), overseeing West Coast operations. Brian moved to Boston as Chief Operating Officer managing the recruitment process, overseeing hiring and training, skills testing, and conducting statistical analyses to measure success. He also helps manage the company’s sister company,, the industry’s leading job board. Brian has been a speaker and contributor on the subject of staffing challenges facing the graphic arts industry. Parlaying his interest and intuitive learning skills developed from video games, he is also a member of the Video Game Association, actively consulting firms in the business merits of using the Virtual Worlds for business and training as well as other Social Media tools such as Twitter and FaceBook.

Wired Magazine – iPad Edition Review

Wired magazine released it’s newest addition designed specifically for the iPad. It met my expectation in the sense of how it blended the magazine experience and the abilities of the iPad.

Survey Says

Semper's Quarterly Printing Industry Survey found that the last quarter of 2009 was a bit better than the three previous quarters in a number of ways. However, the number of companies that have closed or merged has become alarming.

The Attack of the Killer eBooks

The big question still remains, “Will this hurt or help Print Media?” There is a lot of speculation, but it seems clear that with the iPad and Apple's new iBookstore we will see an explosion of book content shared via the Internet and not print.

Do you qualify for a printed card?

I have been receiving a mixture of electronic holiday cards and printed cards and it has left me thinking, What factors determine which type of card I receive? Perhaps our industry should create and market the protocol.

Augmented Reality Can’t Touch This…or Can It?

There is a lot of talk about Augmented Reality (AR) and the opportunity it can be for printing firms. I happen to agree with it’s potential and feel it is worthwhile to look into. Bringing in the power of the physical world, like the ability to touch and feel, gives print a very powerful place in this emerging market.

What a Difference a Sense Makes

When looking at the five human senses, one must respect that the Internet has just two of them covered, sight and sound. Printing, takes the lead with the ability to interact with all five senses. This is a major advantage in a myriad of areas, some of which we will touch upon here, but the majority can be left to our creative resources.