Blueline Blog

If you are passionate about paper, then you'll love Blueline, our design blog. It's a window into the world of Domtar paper, the creative process, design trends, printing techniques and the decidedly non-linear journey to producing a finished piece. We'll be keeping it fresh, informative, fun. Please pop in often.

Connect Direct Mail with Facebook to Increase Response

There are now close to 2 billion Facebook users in the world. How can you utilize this platform with your existing strategy to increase response rates to your targeted direct mail campaign? I’ll share with you ideas from David Rosendahl, Co-founder of a company called Mindfire. His company develops software that automates cross channel marketing campaigns.  In particular, they utilize...

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...

Top 4 Project Planning Tips for your next Digital Print Project

Once thought of only as a solution for short runs, digital printing now has many benefits that make it a serious contender in a brand’s media mix. From personalization via variable data, to attention-getting techniques, to better-than-ever print quality, incorporating well-conceived digital print into your communication materials is a great vehicle to engage customers and tell your brand...

Why Choose Digital Printing?

As society immerses further into the digital age with information and knowledge exchanged at the tap of a button, the Printing Industry is developing the capacity to adapt to it. Digital printing is growing as consumers of print adapt to the convenience of reduced inventory, and use of variable data to make a more personal connection with their customers. For information like product brochures,

Creative Spotlight: Kit Hinrichs and Uncompromising Design

His work is included in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He spent 23 years as a partner at Pentagram and currently owns his own studio. He has co-authored four books, been interviewed by Martha Stewart and won countless awards, including the AIGA Medal—but he’s still not done. Kit Hinrichs has had a legendary career as a...

The Digital Printing Advantage – An In-House Designer’s Perspective

I’ve worked as an in-house designer for most of my career. For teams like mine with small printing budgets and tight deadlines, digital printing has had immense value. Printing as a whole has been around for centuries. But, it wasn’t until the early 1990s that digital printing came on the scene. Unlike traditional offset printing the digital process eliminates the extra steps of creating...

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...