GPA Reveals Winners of Print and Design Contest, Including 'Best of Show'
CHICAGO—January 26, 2016—GPA, the market leader in substrate solutions for offset, digital, and wide-format printing, announces the winners of its 2015 Print & Design Contest, which honors excellence and creativity in printing. Companies across North America submitted their entries on GPA substrates to compete in eight product categories for the Best of Category award; from the eight winning entries, one was chosen as Best of Show.
Oregon Printing Communications won this year's Best of Show award for its creative spin on a corporate capabilities booklet in the Ultra Digital Papers 2 category. The company, located in Dayton, Ohio, wanted to create a marketing piece that went beyond a list of services. The company wanted to truly inspire its clients through stunning design, innovative printing techniques, and unique substrates. Amanda Pond, marketing and development manager at Oregon, created the concept and worked with its digital print team leader, Jim Hoelscher, to bring it to life. The result is a striking booklet that cleverly plays with ink, substrates, opacity, light, and texture.
"Our main goal is to inspire people to do new and different things with print, and that’s exactly what our winning piece does. Seeing something like this win Best of Show is a tremendous amount of validation for the work that we do," shared Judd Plattenburg, president at Oregon Printing Communications.
Oregon used five different GPA substrates in its booklet, including pearlescent, color, translucent, photo and uncoated papers. Plattenburg shared why they chose GPA papers for their project: "GPA has so many cool substrates for our HP Indigo press, available in the quantities we need, when we need them. That gives me the confidence that we can create groundbreaking pieces that inspire our customers, which helps them succeed. As a result, we become their trusted partner and share in their success."
The Best of Category winners are:
- Bay State Envelope of Mansfield, Massachusetts—GPA Wide-Format Substrates
- Chromatic Inc. Lithographers of Glendale, California—Ultra Bak Plus & Ultra Bak Classic Pressure Sensitive Papers
- Ace Commercial of Santa Fe Springs, California—Ultra Film Pressure Sensitive Synthetics
- Original Impressions of Miami—Ultra Film Non-Adhesive Synthetics
- OneTouchPoint Mountain States of Denver—Ultra Digital Pressure Sensitive Papers
- Tap Packaging Solutions or Cleveland—Ultra Digital Papers 1
- Crossmark Graphics of New Berlin, Wisconsin—Ultra Digital Synthetic Substrates
This year’s contest was judged by a panel of three industry experts: Deborah Corn, principal, chief blogger, and intergalactic ambassador to the Printerverse for Print Media Centr; Michael Johnston, president of Top Graphics in Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Bev Burger, president and owner of Big 5 Marketing.
GPA’s Print & Design Contest is an annual opportunity for printers and end-users to showcase their best work and gain industry recognition. For a submission to be eligible, it must be from an actual job or promotion that was printed by a GPA customer on a qualified GPA substrate within the past year. This year marks a decade of the competition, which grows bigger and better each year, yielding new and unique examples of opportunities that GPA substrates create.
GPA is the premier source for specialty substrates and solutions for offset, digital, and wide-format printing. Products include coated and uncoated papers, pressure-sensitive and specialty papers, synthetic films and substrates exclusively engineered for HP Indigo and other digital presses. GPA is an HP Indigo Preferred Partner and a Diamond Partner of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative). GPA is part of Fedrigoni Group, a leading international producer and converter of value-added specialty papers founded in 1888.