How good is your color memory? Let’s do a short test!

Iconic brands come with an iconic brand color. A color we will never forget. Well, that’s the intention of the designer, of the company. But how good is your color memory? Can you accurately recall that iconic brand color? Let’s do a short test to find out… CONTENTS: Short-term memory…


Inkjet isn’t about jetting small drops of ink anymore

When looking at the latest developments in inkjet, it becomes clear that inkjet isn’t about jetting ink anymore. And it isn’t about small drops anymore. Inkjet is being used more and more to jet – or maybe better: deposit – all kinds of materials. And drop sizes are growing, significantly….


Brand colors: better safe than sorry (again)

Your logo, your brand colors are important to you, especially when you’re a designer or a marketer. You care about how it is being reproduced, whether it is on a website, on a printed piece of paper, or any other kind of reproduction. And you should take all those kinds…


Direct Container Printing: a world that isn’t flat

Printing on a flat sheet of paper is easy. Printing on a different kind of flat substrate might already require more attention, e.g. special inks might be necessary. But when you are moving into direct container printing, you are in a completely different world. A world that isn’t flat: it…


The 2017 Nobel Prize for Economy: why you should care

In case you never bothered about prizes awarded to scientists, this time it is different. The Nobel Prize for Economy 2017 was awarded to one of the founding fathers of ‘behavioral economics’, the father of ‘nudging’. And this is something you should care about. Nudging is something really useful when…


Not all black is designed equal

Designers know black. Especially when it comes to fashion. When looking at print, it might be a bit more complicated and sometimes strange things can happen to black, unintentionally. Last week I got two different mail pieces that contained a ‘weird’ black. Let’s take a closer look at black and…


Disruptive innovation: (when) does it pay off?

It’s a common theme in about every boardroom: the need to innovate. And not just a bit of sustaining innovation, no: the need for really disruptive innovation. Because that’s where the future is. Or at least that’s what we’ve been told when looking back and seeing disruptions from the past….


GDPR: why should you care? The 20 million euro question…

Probably you are not going to like this article, but you should read it anyway. Because the new privacy regulation (GDPR) will impact your business, if you are active in the EU. Especially from a marketing and personalization point of view – also think direct mail – the changes have…


A marketers cry for help?

Getting Media Right, that’s the title of a new report by Kantar Millward Brown. As usual, the report offers great insights. But even more: if you read between the lines, there is a cry for help from marketers. One that forward thinking printing companies should respond to… CONTENTS: Some insights…


Printing with inkjet? Drying might be crucial

If you have ever spilled your morning coffee on your newspaper, you know how paper reacts to liquids. The paper will swell, it will become wavy and even when ironing it, you can’t get the paper back in the original shape. So, what about printing with inkjet on paper? What…


X-Rite Color-Eye: color identification, not color measurement

Mid-Summer, while many were on vacation, X-Rite launched a new solution: the Color-Eye. “A unique solution that uses a smartphone and calibration card to help consumers shop for new items that accurately match or complement the color of items they have at home.” That calls for a closer look…  CONTENTS:…


The uncertainty principle of visual color evaluations

Last week John Seymour (aka ‘John The Math Guy’) published a very technical, but very good article on color differences and more precisely on 1,0 delta E and a ‘just noticeable difference’. An important topic in the printing industry. As usual, John’s article is very well documented. But when talking…




Printing companies looking into 3D printing: check this first!

Over the past years, many printers shared they were looking into 3D printing. For two reasons: business was rather slow and all reports about 3D printing showed a gigantic new market at their fingertips. But be sure: making that move will not be easy. It is not because it’s called…