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How a letterpress innovator is making new impressions

"Post-digital letterpress.” Erik Spiekermann is always good with an apt phrase that works just as well in English as his native German.

Manufacturers with visionary ambitions

One of life’s minor pleasures is reading old predictions for the future and observing how wrong they were. Flying cars, fusion power stations and consumer 3D printing have all been past examples.

Pressing questions: who’s made progress since Drupa?

It has now been 18 months since the big Drupa exhibition in Germany in May 2016, so it’s a good point to look at what’s happened to the many digital production presses that were unveiled there, plus a few of the significant developments or announcements since.

Adding up the eco impact of your business

Richard (not his real name) is the owner of what is probably one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly printing businesses.

Time spent on SEO will be richly rewarded online

There are more than 6 billion word searches on the internet everyday. More than 4 billion of those are on Google. More than 94% of those searches lead to an ‘organic’ link click, with just over 5% opting for the advert.

Today’s speedy curing tech demands careful operation

The increasing availability and affordability of UV curing in offset presses is seeing many printers adopting these versatile inks for the first time.

Hue and cry: don’t let your colour get lost in translation

Over the past 25 years a whole alphabet soup of colour working ‘standards’ has been brewed up for the printing industry in the wake of the device-independent digital pre-press revolution.

Spot the difference: cut out colours to cut costs

Brand owners have traditionally been very protective about their brand colours, and that’s understandable – consistent branding and high print quality reassure consumers that the product too will be consistent and of high quality.

Can electronic papers make it into the mainstream?

Electronic paper, digital paper, rewritable paper, electronic ink, etc, whatever you want to call it, low-cost flexible screens that behave a lot like paper but can display variable content are a technology that has been around for quite a long time, but seen few successful real-world applications.

Clothing copycats exploit DTG trend

Counterfeit, fake, knock-off, copy, call it what you will, it’s a burgeoning trillion-dollar global market that has touched most of us either knowingly or unknowingly at some point in our lives, and despite efforts to the contrary by international authorities there is always going to be demand.

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