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What’s New at Print 17

After 27 years in the Paper Industry, I’m getting a first-time look at what was formerly called Graph Expo by attending Print 17. The event is held at McCormick Place, North America’s largest Convention Center. It’s bigger than many of the towns listed in your road atlas. If you are under the age of 40, make that your parent’s road atlas. ...

Paper Finishes for White Paper – More Than Meets the Eye

When it comes to printing, paper finish is an important consideration for designers. Unlike web design, print is a three dimensional, tactile medium. It stands to reason that the way a paper feels is going to have an impact on the overall results of the print design. The finish of a sheet (i.e.—its texture) imparts an unspoken message about the piece. For print projects like packaging, identity...

Challenges of An In-House Designer… Overcome!

A graphic designer has three career paths to follow, the freelancer, the agency designer and the in-house designer. Throughout your design career, you may get the opportunity to test out all three and hopefully find the right fit for you. Whichever design path you choose, you can bet there will be challenges as well as rewards. My in-house design experience has shown me that if you can see your...

Digital Printing and Not So “Plain” Paper

Those of you who remember the original fax machines and the curly thermal paper output probably also remember the miracle of the “plain paper” fax.  The “plain paper” was simply the same paper that was used in copiers – uncoated, white, 84 bright, 8-1/2 x 11.  What was not obvious was that the “plain paper” was engineered for the technology and was not as “plain” as it...

Brand Storytelling: The Importance of Color

When developing brand standards, considering the psychology of color is incredibly important. In graphic design and branding, color is utilized as an emotional cue—it has the ability to affect the viewer’s perception of a brand or product, and it has a powerful effect on a person’s decisions and behaviors. The use of color in business and marketing plays a significant role in how a company...

Brand Storytelling: 3 Brands Leveraging Print Magazine Strategies

So, we’ve already established how much I look forward to visiting the mailbox every day. Part of that anticipation is because I may subscribe to a minimum of 5 magazines at any given point (#magazineaddict).  From a personal and professional perspective, I like nothing better than a well-designed print magazine that tells a brand story. Used correctly, a print magazine can be a...

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Tech Savvy Teens Prefer Paper

I’m the mother of an 11-year-old. She’s not quite a teen-- more of a tween--but I can tell you her favorite activities are Minecraft, Harry Potter and reading. This kid is a voracious reader. At any one time, she is reading 3 to 5 books. Her bed is generally littered with her books and let’s not even discuss visiting the local bookstore. My wallet can’t take it. ...

Blueline Magazine Vol. 5 – Authenticity

Authenticity isn’t a new idea—but it might be more important than ever. Because in a world of computer-generated special effects, augmented reality and automated content, there’s still nothing quite as engaging as the truth. ...