Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Odds and ends from work

Having really beefed up my reading volume in the past few months, I find myself starting to spot things about the imaging industry that give me pause.  Some things are so obvious – more digital printing in niche industries means less inventory of printed material, printing on demand is the norm, direct to press or plate systems are expanding.  In the down economy there is a sense that the heyday of printed documents for the construction industry has seen its day – there will never again be the sort of printing runs of full size construction documents that we saw in the final quarter of the twentieth century.  But what forms of visual communications will expand in the coming years?
The signage industry is expecting flat screen electronics to crop up everywhere from elevators to malls.  In an uncharacteristic turn the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association welcomed vendors of those devices at their annual Trade Exposition in Las Vegas this year, and there was a definite air of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” in their presence.
I am really interested in the future of Internet providers of specialty graphics – the No Bricks And Mortar crowd that have become such consumer pleasers in the recent  years.  Even with the digital tools at my disposal I have ordered customer printed novelties (Christmas ornaments, family calendars) through these sites.  Reading Printing Impressions today I learned that Shutterfly – social expression and personal publishing site – acquired WMSG, a digital direct marketing provider with strong data, printing and marketing analytics (located in Dallas) to expand their commercial printing business.  I wonder how that will work for them. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Facebook Website for the Mother Ship


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Burning Question: Why Do Ebooks Cost So Much?

This explains a lot -- also seems to indicate that once the frint end load is covered costs should start to come down . . .

Burning Question: Why Do Ebooks Cost So Much?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Michael's Song

It always makes me cry but it makes me feel like he is here with me.  I like to crank it up real loud!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tubular bind off for ribbing (or anything)