If only paper didn’t grow on trees

The recent APIA meeting gets industry commentator, James Cryer, thinking about what needs to be done next. He shares his thoughts. I am all in favour of anything which promotes paper and print. Having said that, the thought of chopping down trees is only one step up the food-chain from clubbing Canadian fur-seals in the…

Shades of grey over colour standards

The industry is abuzz with talk of adopting colour standards, but Print 21 commentator, James Cryer, questions whether it is being sold as a technological must-have and asks a number of questions that all businesses should consider. Our industry is putting its jaws into the lion’s den as we progress down the path towards increased…

New life for the old print awards

Our industry’s National Print Awards have moved on from the days when ‘die-cut presentation folders’ were all the rage. Or when ‘postcards’ were considered an exciting marketing medium. Or, for crying out loud, when ‘one-colour printing’ would actually raise an eyebrow. We should upgrade the classifications to reflect modern realities. Download full articles here: 06-06-22…

Drupa wraps up and winds down in Sydney

The ‘drupa unwrapped’ roadshow from Printing Industries rolled into Sydney this week for a breakfast presentation. Alliteration addict, James Cryer, was there and came away with a belief that the industry is at a crossroads. A grateful gaggle of graphic-arts gurus gathered to hear an octet of orators opine on the outcomes flowing from the…

One more time – James Cryer to Rod Urquhart

It’s tough being a messenger! My Open Letter on the Print Awards certainly evoked a response – indicative that, hopefully, our industry is emerging into maturity from its 400 years of unchallenged dominance as a communication medium and is able to tackle uncomfortable issues openly and candidly. (To review the correspondence to date type Open…

BPIF Awards spotlight business performance

The BPIF aims with its awards ceremony to ‘reflect and reward’ the full variety of business skills that can be demonstrated by any company looking to survive in today’s fast-changing world. It can be argued that an awards programme is like a mineshaft that drills down through the superficial surface layers of an industry –…

Awards for the Business of Printing

After the intoxicating extravaganza served up by the National Print Awards in May, I came away from last week’s awards program in Leura, with the feeling I had digested a veritable ploughman’s lunch. Full of meaty substance, substance, I felt it went a long way towards drilling down into the very core of what are…

Printing Terminology explained

James Cryer discovered recently, when trying to explain the mysteries of our industry to a young lady, that we may know what we’re talking about – but nobody else does! Here, he takes a playful wander through the terminological minefield that we walk through each day. But would an innocent bystander escape unscathed if they…