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About Allison

Marketing Coordinator, Social Media and Web Developer at BurdgeCooper. I write about design, marketing, and technology trends in the graphic communication industry.

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.

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

Pantone Celebrates 50 Years of Color

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This year, Pantone celebrates their 50th anniversary, and they made a long infographic to look back on those 50 years. In those 50 years, Pantone became an icon in the print and design industries and all kinds of accessories have been made under their brand name. At the turn of the last century, Pantone took advantage of their status in industry and began naming a color of the year, and releasing limited edition items in those colors. You can see some of these and more on our Pantone board.

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Humans are designed to touch and feel: the 50th Annual GDUSA Print Survey

GDUSA website

The usually question-heavy Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) annual print survey was surprisingly light this year. Gordon Kaye covers the survey in GDUSA’s May/June edition, with short descriptions of the results after each question, and his own musings thrown in. If you’re a designer, printer, or any way involved with print – if you still buy books, magazines, and anything in a package, you are! – this survey is definitely worth the read. We’ll link to each question and throw their infographics up here to make it even more convenient. Continue reading

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

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Pantone's Fall Color Pallette

This season, designers express the many moods of fall with skillfully arranged collections that will enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in. Similarly, colors come together to create moods that range from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, making the shift towards a unisex color palette more apparent. Continue reading