Engrave LA

Beauty of Engraving

 

This one-day event will be a rare opportunity for designers and others to explore the beautiful world of engraved printing, both commercial and artistic. Led by respected experts in the field, guests will learn about the process of engraving as a printing method, its historical context and how engraving can be an effective option for designers today.

Don Burdge of BurdgeCooper Inc. in Los Angeles, the largest and one of the oldest commercial engraving companies in the country, will lead hands-on discussions about engraving, how it works and how to design and spec jobs for the process. One of BurdgeCooper’s engraving presses will be on location at the Printing Museum for this seminar so guests can see and participate in printing a beautiful engraved keepsake. BurdgeCooper in Los Angeles has set the standard for graphic arts excellence for generations, dating back to 1929. Today they are the world’s largest engraving company on one of the largest small format commercial printing companies in North America.

Neenah Paper will showcase the Beauty of Engraving in their presentation, featuring their amazing line of specialty papers. Every guest will leave with numerous inspirational keepsakes and samples. Neenah Paper has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 in Neenah, WI.The Neenah Mill represents over a century of paper making heritage — a heritage that combines time-honored craftsmanship with advanced technology. Today, Neenah papers are among the most recognized and preferred in North America. They continue to advance the ideals established over 125 years ago with the constant pursuit of new business opportunities and market driven products. This is combined with their commitment to product quality, innovation and service to designers, printers, and end-use customers. Terri Hill of Neenah Paper will be providing refreshments though the day including a lunch for all attendees.

Mark Barbour, Curator of the Printing Museum in Carson, along with his team of artist printers, will demonstrate the process of traditional engraving using early turn-of-the-century presses in the Museum’s collections. Guests will have the opportunity to print on these presses using historical engraved plates from the BurdgeCooper archives.

Author, educator, and designer, Rose Gonnella will kick-off the day with a visual and tactile presentation of her new book, Design To Touch, Engraving History, Process, Concepts, and Creativity published by the International Engraved Graphics Association. Rose will explore the visual characteristics of engraving and discuss how students and professionals can creatively use this exquisite printing within the media mix of contemporary design applications. Rose will also have copies of her book available to be signed and with it, a separate engraved page (so you don’t have to tear it out of the book!).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the Beauty of Engraving at the International Printing Museum on Saturday, February 8th. Registration fee is only $50, which includes all presentations, workshops, keepsakes, samples, and lunch. Registration is limited to 60 attendees only.

BurdgeCooper and The Ligature to Join Forces

The Ligature and BurdgeCooper LogosI am excited to announce that BurdgeCooper and The Ligature, two of Southern California’s most well respected specialty printers will be joining forces on February 1, 2014. Both companies are headquartered in Los Angeles and together they will create a unique printing and engraving company in both scale and manufacturing capability. The Ligature has operations in Los Angeles and Berkeley while BurdgeCooper has sales and customer service support in Atlanta and Denver. Initially, both companies will continue to operate their respective Los Angeles facilities with a plan to integrate them into The Ligature facility by the end of 2014. Continue reading

The Power of Making

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Studies confirm that tactile input had a positive effect on the evaluation of products, especially for products high in quality. In the last two years, we’ve seen a cultural shift towards “makers” – people who are handcrafting goods — ranging from shirts to dice to food — with high quality materials. The maker movement has four main philosophies:

  • If it can be imagined, it can be made.
  • A most effective step in refining/developing a thing is collaborating with others on it.
  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Making things always combines form with function; the art of making should be appreciated and celebrated. Continue reading

Paper & Pixels: A Brief History

For over a decade, we’ve been supposedly hearing the death knell for print: print is dead, nobody prints anymore, everything is electronic… You’ve heard it too. In the past several decades, communication has changed drastically due to new technology — cell phones, wireless internet, tablets, social media, ebooks. Questions are asked when new technology is introduced, and they all tend to be the same. In regards to communication, a common question is “Will [     ] kill print?” The answer is no.

Print is a sector of the communication industry, and people are communicating more now than ever before — on all channels. To understand how print has adapted in the past, we’re going to take a quick glimpse of the history of communication.

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How many security features does it take to make a “hundred”?

The new $100 bill

The new $100 bill has several new security features. Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

As the most counterfeited bill overseas, the $100 bill was certain to have all new, top of the line security features when it was released today — and it didn’t disappoint. The beefed up security costs more (12.6¢, up from 7.8¢)  but ensures that it will be more difficult to counterfeit. Continue reading

Haptics: The desire to touch

Desire to Touch

A common skeuomorph are wall coverings designed to look like stone, brick, tile, or wood – a structure is artificially given the look of materials that it used to require to make it.

Last week I introduced the topic of haptics – today, I’m going to go a little deeper into sensory marketing by introducing a new concept, skeuomorphism, and how understanding it can help your business.
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Haptics: The power of touch

The power of touch

Have you heard of haptics? The word “haptics” comes from the Greek “απτω,” meaning “I fasten onto, I touch,” and in the modern world is any form of nonverbal communication involving touch. Haptic sense provides information about surfaces and textures and is vital in interpersonal relationships in relaying intimacy. Touch is the earliest sense to develop in utero. Every culture has a set of haptics traditions, and the sense of touch is both physical and emotional.

Now that you’ve learned something new for the day… how will it be useful to you and your business? Continue reading