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The 25 Hot Markets in the Printing Industry for 2017-18 (PDF)
January 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

2017 will be a slightly-down year with nominal print revenues at US$193.5B (-2%). Troublesome will be the return of inflation with price hikes in indirect labor, materials and transportation, and interest rate and tax increases. Productivity will minimally contribute to nominal U.S. GDP growth. Urgent to print must be focused-choice vertical concentration and horizontal channel expansion. Fuzzy generalities are not helpful in selling print. What follows is a look at the following top 25 sectors/categories that buy the most printing. Take a look and compare them to the current vertical industries that you serve.

2016 Printing Impressions 400 Ranking (pdf)
December 15, 2016 at 5:05 pm

The editorial team here at Printing Impressions is proud to present the 33rd Printing Impressions 400 list, the industry's most comprehensive list of the leading printing companies in the U.S. and Canada ranked by annual sales. The PI 400 rankings offers a glimpse at how the industry has changed, performed and evolved over the years — whether through the adoption of new technologies and/or through M&A transactions.

The 2016 Gold Ink Award Winners (PDF)
September 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Printing Impressions is proud to present the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners of the 2016 Gold Ink Awards. Nearly 800 entries were received, encompassing 50 categories. Winning pieces surpassed their competitors based on print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. What follows are the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners.

The 2015 Gold Ink Award Winners (PDF)
September 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Printing Impressions is proud to present the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners of the 2015 Gold Ink Awards. More than 1,000 entries were received, encompasing 50 categories.The winners will be honored at a Gold Ink Gala held on Sept. 13 during GRAPH EXPO 15. Presents: The Lillium Exhibition Catalog
June 10, 2015 at 8:35 am

This week presents the Lillium Exhibition Catalog that was designed by the team at Kunnert & Tierney for the Joseph Walsh show - Lilium. Embossed and lasercut organic shapes play against a gold foil-stamped and fold-in front cover. While beautiful in its own right, the design and execution also echo the play of light and shadow central to the artist’s sculptures. Presents: 2014 BAFTA Film Awards Campaign (Video)
May 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

This week presents the 2014 BAFTA Film Awards Campaign. Designing for events as large as the British Academy of Film Awards (BAFTA) requires skills and talents so diverse that it’s much like directing a film...or building an entire city from the ground up. Leading the 2014 creative team, Human After All was charged with building awareness and excitement. Presents: Cult Partners' Holiday Promotion (Video)
May 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

This week presents Cult Partners’ year-end promotion, which is so appropriate for its client base. But really, who wouldn’t love 90-proof, white rum made by an artisan distillery and presented in this beautifully labeled bottle? You can see their inspirations—snowdrifts, mid-century design, abstract type, and holiday nostalgia—in every design choice Cult Partners made for this label.

Leap for Survival Invitation (Video)
April 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm

This week presents the Leap for Survival Invitation. The reason for this fundraising dinner? Very special frogs. With fewer than 120 Corroboree frogs left in the wild, Australia’s Taronga Zoo required a stirring concept for their charity event, and Another Color gave them just that with the Leap for Survival Invitation.

Fort Worth Zoo Ball Invitation Features Intricate Diecuts (Video)
April 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

This week presents the Zoo Ball Invitation that was designed for the 2014 Fort Worth Zoo Ball. The invitation is a glory of intricate, laser diecut shapes on the shimmering surface of Curious Metallics Ice Gold Cover. A stepped, five-panel card unwinds in an illusion of depth and reflection. One side of the shimmering paper is printed in red, which gives an interesting alternating color effect, thanks to the accordion folding style.

Sabine Lenz Highlights Latest dVice4 Issue (Video)
March 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

This week, Sabine Lenz of, highlights the latest issue of dVice4, produced by DCC Digital Color Concepts in New York, NY, and designed by OTTO. The fourth edition explores the food culture of New York City, and promises creative inspiration at every turn, flip and unfold!

Flashback: Five Questions to Ask Yourself Looking Back at 2012
January 8, 2013

The committed professional that he is, Bill Farquharson didn’t even take a break for the holidays from sharing his sales wisdom. Since “Today on PIworld” did take the week off, Bill’s Christmas Eve blog is featured here to give it the attention it deserves.

Guy Kawasaki Goes APE Over Self-Publishing
January 7, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Guy Kawasaki who has written 12 books, 10 of which were traditionally published. His newest book, “APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book,” helps people understand how and why to self-publish. Guy shares his thoughts on publishing and why he decided to forgo the traditional model and go indie.

Ten Bold Predictions for eBooks and Digital Publishing in 2013
December 21, 2012

Another exciting year for the publishing industry is in the books, so to speak. The eBook and digital publishing landscape changed drastically yet again. Seeing as though 2012 is just about over, we’ve gathered publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2013.

Bankrolled and Bioengineered, China Supplants Wisconsin’s Paper Industry
December 12, 2012

At a time when Wisconsin’s paper mills were already fighting off a digital death, China has become a sudden, potent adversary—a threat even greater than the rise of laptops and the iPad. Over the course of the last decade, China tripled its paper production and in 2009 overtook the United States as the world’s biggest papermaker. It can now match the annual output of Wisconsin, America’s top papermaking state, in the span of three weeks.

It’s About Time for Your Print Advertising to be More Social
November 26, 2012

There are some media channels, such as print, that seem so antiquated that marketers don’t think about how social media and technology can be influenced by the medium. Well, lets aim to make this a mindset of the past and start encouraging our coworkers, clients, leadership and partners to think “social,” even when producing print ads and printed collateral.

Superstorm Sandy’s Seven Lessons About Print Media
November 11, 2012

Many readers in the mid-Atlantic region report a new appreciation for print media in the wake of Sandy’s mayhem. Among the observations they passed along are: Print works just fine when the power is out. Print’s battery doesn’t die. If you own a printed product, you don’t need a wifi connection to access it.

Without Vision Systems, Printers Perish
October 23, 2012

In honor of Oct. 23, which was originally scheduled to be National No-Print Day but turned into Yes Print Day!, Dead Tree Edition offers this update on printing-related technology and what it means for print buyers.—Recent developments in postpress technology underscore the importance of looking beyond price when choosing a printer.

You've Got Mail: Campaigns Still Rely on Snail Mail
September 21, 2012

In the coming weeks, candidates will bombard your mailboxes with ads. It may seem old-fashioned, but the consultants who devise direct-mail campaigns have become sophisticated about knowing whom to reach and what to say. “It’s almost because of the changing media landscape that direct mail remains relevant,” says Anil Mammen, who runs a small direct-mail shop in Washington, DC.

The 2012 Magazine Manufacturing and Production Technology Survey
September 4, 2012

For many years, Folio: and Readex Research have conducted a survey of magazine production professionals—noting their preferences and tendencies on the subject of creating a finished product. As the magazine industry struggles with technological and financial chaos, it is important to hold the proclamations of industry pundits (including this writer) at arm’s length, and look for data supporting actual change.