Chasing Speed Custom Book: How Print Design Commemorates Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary

With the most Indianapolis 500 victories of any team in auto-racing history, Team Penske has been chasing speed since 1958—and when its sponsor, Pennzoil, wanted to commemorate the team’s 50th anniversary, they needed a winning idea, fast. The company’s agency, J. Walter Thompson of Toronto, could have ordered trophies or filmed a video to mark the milestone—but instead, they turned to...

What’s My Name! How Personalization Campaigns Up Your Direct Mail Game

I was recently out of town on vacation and returned to a pile of mail. As I was sitting and sorting my mail, I put a postcard in the recycle pile. However, in that one instance, I saw something that grabbed my attention. It made me stop and interact with the postcard. Was it a deal? A Pottery Barn Catalog? No, it was my first name in big, bold type. I definitely did a double-take. Let me tell you...

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Paper: The Declaration of Independence Reimagined in 2017

The Declaration of Independence. This pivotal document laid the ground work for our country and conveyed the ideals on which the United States was founded and the reasons for separation from Great Britain. Back in 1776, paper was a much different substrate than it is today. The Declaration was written on parchment, which was the paper of choice for ceremonial documents. Let’s imagine, if you...

The Epic Print Revival is Here

While I may be new to the paper industry, I’m not new to marketing or printing. In my short time at Blueline Magazine, I’ve had the opportunity to look at print and paper differently than how I used it before. I think what we are currently seeing in the industry is a rebirth of print but not just any kind of print design. It’s not designing something just because it looks good. It’s...

Put It on a Postcard: Join Domtar’s Summer Campaign

It’s always great to find the perfect souvenir to commemorate a vacation. While social media posts are one way to document a vacation, nothing beats sending and receiving a postcard with a picture of an amazing landmark or sight.  Postcards are inexpensive, fun to send and receive, and easy to store. It might even be a collectors’ item someday. ...

The Importance of Business Cards in the Digital Age

I admit it. Even before I started working for a paper company, one of the first things I looked at when given a business card was the paper, followed by the design. Even if this digital age, I can’t say that I’ve seen this particular tradition fade away. If anything, I think as print solutions have increased there are even more options for being cost-effective and creative with your signature...

Paper and the Symbolism of Poppies

Many of us associate Memorial Day with a day off, barbecues and the opening of the pool. However, Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning, which is remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. One of the ways in which we remember the sacrifice of so many is the red crepe poppy. The American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service...

4 Reasons Why Moms Love Paper

As a mom, I’m always surrounded by paper. Some of it I don’t love such as the never-ending supply of permission slips and forms. However, as Mother’s Day approaches, I can tell you that paper is the medium of choice for children and how they illustrate their love and creativity for their mothers. ...

PRINT SOLUTIONS: DIRECT MAIL CAPTIVATES THE CREATIVE CROWD

Imagine opening your mailbox to find an envelope full of Julie’s photos. Only you’re not Julie. In fact, you don’t even know Julie. But once you’ve had a chance to thumb through her pics, you’ll probably want to. Based on the handwritten notes on the back of each 4x6 print and the front of the photo lab envelope that they came in, she took an epic road trip to Tucson this summer to...

Print Strategy: How I Used Print at My Last Job

Before I came to Domtar, I managed a Communications team that was responsible for three publications and numerous campaigns. We printed extensively. Way back in the day, I had a Spec rep that would visit me regularly and keep me up to date on the latest promotions and bring me awesome swatchbooks. Well, as we all know, times have changed. Here’s how I strategized print solutions in my last...