Digital Department Update: Brand New Xerox Iridesse Presses

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Iridescent Colors and Specialty Embellishments Never Seen Before in Digitally Printed Pieces Now a Reality

We may be known for our outstanding fleet of web presses, the Goss M-600s, but we also have a massive and very top-of-the-line digital department that can handle anything from publication covers to posters and business cards.

New Press Acquisition

In order to keep the digital department up to date with the newest technologies and printing capabilities, we are always shopping for new presses, printers, and more, to bolster our capabilities, and we just made a big change! We have had two Xerox iGen 150s, a staple in the digital printing industry, but we felt it was time to let them go and update them with something that could handle their jobs and much more. We are glad to announce our acquisition of two Xerox Iridesse presses that will take the place of the iGens. These presses are so new that we are actually the first company in Colorado to have them.

The reason behind our choosing the Iridesse presses is a combination of speed, quality, and unique printing solutions. These presses will be faster than the iGens and a number of other Xerox options, and also offers higher quality print, inline stitching, and up to a  13” x 28” capacity (available in a few months). The real kicker is the ability to print in CMYK + Gold and Silver metallic inks in the same pass; it is essentially taking 4-color printing to the next level.

We are already breaking in the Iridesses, and the product they put out is incredible! We cannot wait to start rolling new work out with these presses.

For more information about the Xerox Iridesse press, click here.

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SAPPI’s Ideas that Matter contest is back!

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SAPPI — one of the world’s most recognizable providers of dissolving wood pulp, paper pulp, paper-based solutions and biorefinery solutions — holds an annual contest that combines creative design and activism. Called the “Ideas that Matter” program, the contest provides recognition and support to designers that partner with organizations to bring great ideas to life. Over the course of 19 years, SAPPI has given out $13 million in grants to assist over 500 charities.

The process for each Ideas that Matter contest is simple. First, designers come up with a non-profit they want to support or develop an entirely original activism idea. Next, they create one or more design collateral pieces to submit that market and call to action that non-profit or cause. Then they submit, and SAPPI goes through and picks a few to dedicate funds towards supporting or bringing to reality.

The 2018 submission term for Ideas that Matter just ended, with entries needing to have been postmarked by July 18, 2018. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start brainstorming for next year! Designers are a busy bunch and time is hard to come by, so start focusing your efforts on your ideas and cause, and you can be well prepared when the 2019 term rolls around (and we will remind you too!)

If you already submitted, judging will take place this August and the official winners will be released in October, and should you win, you’ll have six months to bring the project you designed to life.

For more information about the Ideas that Matter program, last year’s winners, or SAPPI, click here.

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USPS: CAPS Converting to EPS

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) reported a major industry change this past month. USPS is retiring its longstanding payment processing system known as CAPS (Centralized Accounting Processing System) next year, and will be requesting that all CAPS customers move over to the new payment system.

At present, there are thousands of existing customers on CAPS who will need to migrate their accounts over to the new EPS (Enterprise Payments System). Here are some important dates you need to know:

September 1, 2018

  • The ability to make new CAPS accounts will be terminated
  • USPS will only be allowing the creation of EPS accounts going forward

April 1, 2019:

  • All existing CAPS accounts must be migrated into EPS accounts by this date
  • Support for CAPS accounts (except for limited circumstances) will no longer be provided unless migrated to an EPS account

In order to help with the transition, the USPS Postal Pro team is taking charge of support for EPS migrations and can provide both guided walkthroughs and guideline sheets to simplify the process. Reach them by visiting the EPS website here or by calling (800) 522-9085.

For more information about CAPS and EPS accounts, click here.

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Digital Magazines, a Happy Compliment to Print

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Digital magazines are awesome! We are big fans, but do we think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread? Only when used in conjunction with print. In our always on the go world, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our time. Digital magazines are great for when you’re on vacation, but should they be a substitute for print? Definitely not.

In a recent article from FOLIO:  “Unpacking Print’s Luxurious Future”, Michael Brunt predicts that within the next few years, printed magazines will be classified as an affordable luxury item. When you look at the big picture, this prediction makes perfect sense. While Baby Boomers are flocking to social media and digital editions in record breaking numbers, Millennials are fleeing. Millennials are overwhelmed by the all too digital world, and seeking tactile experiences. This is where printed magazines can capitalize.

Millennials are constantly bombarded by screens, and are in search of ways to unplug. What better way to relax than to curl up with a printed copy of your favorite publication? Tablets and smart phones are excellent ways to stay up to date with your favorite magazines when you are traveling, but cannot compete with the multisensory experience of print.

WWD July CoverTribune Publishing’s Los Angeles Times and Penske Media Corp’s Women’s Wear Daily have just announced their unique new partnership. This is what happens when the worlds of print and digital collide to better serve consumers- increased readership across both platforms.

In the post, “8 Lessons From the Failure of Digital Magazines to Revolutionize Publishing” from Publishing Executive, D. Eadward Tree muses, “In the same way, we must first build passionate audiences that will crave our addictive content regardless of the medium and only then concern ourselves with fitting our content to the device du jour.”

WWD and LA Times are great examples of first creating content that consumers want and then serving it the way they desire, in a mutually beneficial way for both companies. We’re excited to see what the future holds for this lucrative endeavor.

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