Output Magazine

Editor's note [spacer line]

[EFI] [Morwenna Kearns, editor]

Figures were released by FESPA last week confirming February's FESPA Digital was the most popular yet, with 12,000 people dropping into the show over its four days. It's heartening to see that, even with drupa not too far away, wide-format printers are so keen to find out about what's new in the industry, and, particularly, that educational sessions were well attended.

Sophie Matthews-Paul gives a succinct overview of her time at the show in her feature, and as a special preview for our newsletter readers you can see James Matthews-Paul's feature here before it's published later today. Don't forget you can catch up with our FESPA Digital 2012 tags page for even more news from the exhibition. Next stop, London for FESPA 2013, with a wealth of innovative technology and applications anticipated by the British crowd.

Morwenna Kearns, editor

Output Magazine

Sign-making [spacer line]


[RMC Digital talks to Output]Interview: RMC Digital Print's Alex Wood in conversation with Output
Feature Alex Wood from RMC Digital Print tells Morwenna Kearns about being nominated for a Sign and Digital UK Award for its work creating a more environmentally friendly solution for illuminated signs.

Signarama helps gallery brighten up with mural

Roland EGX engravers added to Radecal line-up

New LED Perspex products on show at Sign and Digital UK

Wide-format Print [spacer line]

[FESPA Digital review] FESPA Digital review: a show driven by software
FEATURE Those doubting the validity of holding a FESPA Digital event in a drupa year should have had their fears dispelled in Barcelona. Sophie Matthews-Paul comments on the key features at the show.

Over 12,000 visitors head to FESPA Digital

CWE Solutions launches 'unique' magnetic media

New workflow and printer to launch at Screen's drupa stand

Talk Print!, powered by HP [spacer line]

[Sophie Matthews-Paul] This week, Sophie Matthews-Paul offers her report from FESPA Digital, where she managed to catch sight of the FESPA Wrap Rally II motorhome as it rolled into town. There are links to videos from Sophie's blog too so you can really catch up on the journey.

Take a look at the Talk Print! stream on Output for lots more blogs, and don't forget to leave your opinion in the comments box.

Production Print [spacer line]

[education in print]Being Green
Feature A series from Verdigris looking at UK printers that have gone green, featuring Severnprint, Cambrian Printers and Formara Print.

Final call for FINAT label competition entries

Canon and Océ to present 'the bigger picture' at drupa

London printer 'gains confidence' in PUR binding with Horizon BQ160

Digital Signage [spacer line]

Output has launched a dedicated digital signage newsletter where you can have our latest news, features, blogs, product profiles and videos sent directly to your inbox every week, simply by signing up on the Output homepage – it'll only take a moment. Here are our favourite digital signage titbits to whet your appetite.

[3D Digital Signage without the glasses]Glasses free 3D is here – now worry about filling the screens
Feature When it comes to digital signage – investing, upgrading, programming content – the two primary talking points at the moment seem to be dynamism and attention attraction. Nick Smith looks at how 3D content can achieve both these goals.

News JCDecaux reveals DOOH future for railway stations

News LoveContent Awards open for submissions

On the calendar [spacer line]

[drupa 2012 on Output's calendar]

Do you want to have Output's comprehensive, always up-to-date calendar of industry events directly on your own electronic calendar or smartphone? Now you can.

Right-click on the link below and 'copy link address'. You can then paste this link into Outlook, Google Calendar and other popular calendar programmes so you can plan your diary, without having to do the hard work of putting it all together.

Industry events: XML calendar by Output

You can read our full list of industry events on Output, but here's what's coming up shortly:

HP's Latex Applications Tour: March 5th – 6th 2012; March 7th – 8th and March 16th 2012; March 9th – 15th 2012; March 19th – 23rd 2012
Digital Signage Expo: March 6th – 9th 2012
Spandex Technology Day: March 7th
Excel Tours with Ipex: March 22nd, April 19th 2012
Sign and Digital UK: March 27th – 29th 2012
drupa: May 3rd – 16th 2012
The NBM Show: May 10th – 12th 2012; June 21st – 23rd; August 16th – 18th 2012; September 20th – 22nd 2012
The Screen on Tour in association with Screenmedia Expo: May 15th 2012
Screenmedia Expo 2012: May 16th – 17th 2012

Screenmedia Expo

Screenmedia Expo returns to Earls Court in London on May 16th and 17th to showcase and celebrate all things DOOH and digital place-based media. Visitors will see plenty of digital signage hardware but the main attraction is seeing how it can work as part of a wider marketing campaign, with free seminars and a host of exhibitors. On the day before the show, DOOH organisation The Screen will be taking a tour of Westfield Stratford City and the Olympic Park, making it a proper London affair. You can keep with the news in the run-up to the show via the Output Screenmedia Expo tags page.

Video of the Week [spacer line]

Printing (1947)

Sometimes even a web-native, digital-only, social media-savvy bunch like the team here at Output get nostalgic for the analogue, paper-only days of old. Which is why this black and white, printing occupations video from 1947 was an easy pick for this instalment of Output's sign and graphics Video of the Week.

The report pays special attention to the various crafts involved in the printing process of the mid-20th century and the enormous skill involved in each of those crafts.

There is also a bit (starting at 7:15) which discusses vocational training and apprenticeships as the way in which the printing trade acquired 'most of their new workers'. According to the video most students of the trade started with 'hand composition because all of the fundamental principles of printing are derived from it'.

Hand printing training schemes included lessons on spelling, grammar and proofing to ensure every member of the a printing operation's team was well enough versed in the various production areas to be of all-round use to the printer.

The industry – as well as the world around it – has certainly changed in the past 65 years. What similarities and differences do you see and what can we learn from each? Let us know on Twitter, YouTube or at the Output site.

If you want more lovely videos from the world of display, there are lots on the Output YouTube channel.

The Output team [spacer line]

Danielle Arthur
Media sales executive

Laurel Brunner
Consultant (production print)

Geny Caloisi
Consultant (digital signage)

Mark Galliano-Doig
Finance director

Morwenna Kearns
Managing editor

James Matthews-Paul

Sophie Matthews-Paul
Consultant (wide-format print)

Nick Smith
Editorial assistant