The Evolution of Solvent-based Inkjet Printing

Solvent-based inkjet printing has long been the sign industry’s ‘go-to’ technology for the production of display graphics, vehicle wraps and many other wide-format applications. While it is no longer new to the industry, it has maintained its relevancy even as other options have gained mainstream acceptance, such as ultraviolet-curing (UV-curing) and durable aqueous ‘latex’ inkjet printers.

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Best practices for wall graphics

With the growing trend in bespoke interior decor, I get a lot of customers looking for options for pressure-sensitive wall graphic materials. Their product selection process, however, often does not include the exact details of the surface to which they will be sticking the graphics.

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Troubleshooting Calibration for Colour Management

In the early days of colour management, vendors of calibration software and devices did not always deliver on their promises of producing better colours with greater predictability. Everyone had different approaches to the emerging field, developing their own ‘secret sauce’ in the hope they could corner the market. Today, however, this is no longer the case. Colour management helps sign companies, print service providers (PSPs), photographers and advertising agencies better control the reproduction of colours from input devices, such as cameras and scanners, to output devices, such as wide-format inkjet printers.

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Projection Mapping: Creating a Mirage at Metropolis

The ‘Mirage At Metropolis’ was a project specially developed in 2016 for British Columbia’s largest shopping mall, Metropolis at Metrotown. The four-storey complex in Burnaby, B.C., hosted a 360-degree audiovisual (AV) immersive experience in its main atrium, combining colourful, animated digital projection-mapped content with a mirrored floor and ceiling to create the illusion of infinity and greatly amplifying the visuals.

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Digital Signage: The Art and Science of Visual Communications

When one hears the term ‘digital signage,’ the first thing that comes to mind is the technology—or, more specifically, the hardware—behind such mainstream applications as menu boards and video walls. Technology, however, is just the means to an experience; it is not an experience in itself.

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Exploring the Potential of Dimensional Printing

As more commercial PSPs and signmakers are making the leap into wide-format graphics, it is important to understand where the best opportunities are for growth and new revenue streams. Among such opportunities, dimensional printing stands out—in more ways than one.

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LEDs: A Need for Illumination Standards

In recent years, many incredible innovations have reshaped the sign industry, but some of these changes have produced new challenges that need to be addressed. Lighting, in particular, is among the key areas where technological developments have caused their own difficulties. Lighting is the foundation of the modern sign industry. When the first major trade organization, the National Electric Sign Association (NESA), was established in 1944, it was built around a relatively small group of lighting suppliers that kept tight control over manufacturing standards. Over time, as NESA expanded in scope and became the International Sign Association (ISA), there was a concurrent expansion in signmaking materials and technologies, which made it more difficult to maintain consistency. The replacement of neon lighting with LEDs posed the greatest challenge of all.

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Branding Mosaic Stadium

Among 2017’s major strides and crowning achievements for Canadian sports, teams and events was the final completion of Regina’s new Mosaic Stadium. The home of the Canadian Football League’s (CFL’s) Saskatchewan Roughriders, who made their debut there to a sold-out crowd last June with a preseason game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, has a 30,000-seat capacity. The Look Company (TLC), based in Barrie, Ont., oversaw the graphic branding of the facility from concept to completion, including stakeholder consultation, product design, custom signage development, wayfinding and traffic flow planning, production, delivery and installation, in consultation with two clients, the Roughriders and Regina’s municipal government, as they co-own Mosaic Stadium.

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Niagara Falls’ Giant Postcard

By Peter Saunders Signature Sign & Image recently designed, fabricated and installed a new dimensional sign that welcomes visitors to its hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont., as they arrive from the U.S. over the Rainbow Bridge border crossing. Inspired by vintage postcards, it adds a touch of bright colour to the side of Highway 420…

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Profile: Billboard Direct Signs & Graphics

By Ginny Mumm What happens to a business when a natural disaster roars through its town? In the case of Billboard Direct Signs and Graphics (BDSG), which is based in Fort McMurray, Alta., the massive wildfies of 2016 ended up bringing the company’s employees closer together, as they knew restoring the inflow of revenue would…

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