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Deep blues, with just 4 colors? Yes, it can be done!

You may have read my previous article, on XCMYK and the business case: my ‘corona photobook’. Since the publication of that article, a lot has happened. And it’s an interesting story, and sometimes a sad one. But in the end: I got my book printed, in the quality I wanted!…


XCMYK vs CMYK: here’s your business case

XCMYK is a rather simple method to produce an ‘expanded’ gamut with your standard printing inks on your standard, four-color printing press. You only need FM-screening, or another non-traditional screening, and a higher ink density. Although it seems an exciting technology, I recently found that it’s tough to find a printer using it. Which is a shame: there is definitely a business case for this.


drupa 2020: what you will see in Düsseldorf

Twenty-twenty is an exciting year for the printing industry: it’s a drupa-year. With a renewed interest in print as a communication medium – something I’ve been advocating for many years – and the introduction of the latest and greatest new technology, it could become a make or break for many…



Blockchain and Printing, Publishing, Packaging

Blockchain, it’s probably going to be the most used buzzword in boardrooms this year. According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, it has just passed the ‘peak of inflated expectations’. And that’s what we see: everyone is talking about it, many are saying it’s going to dramatically change the way we do…



This will be the year of (fill in the buzzword)

A new year has begun. And every new year brings predictions like: “This year, we’ll definitely see the breakthrough of (fill in the buzzword)”, or “This will be the year of (fill in another hype)”. And although it’s interesting to look at future developments: don’t be blinded by them. Miracles…


Cleaning up your mailing list: a few tricks in Microsoft Excel

It’s annoying, really annoying. Especially when you are on the receiving side. And it’s definitely reflecting on the brand image of the sender: errors in mailing lists. And I know: I see them on a regular basis. Two mailing pieces at the same moment, wrong use of capitals, wrong language,…




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….


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…


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….


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…