Keeping Pace With Change
At a recent gathering of the Partnership in Print Production (P3), 25-year industry veteran Domenick Propati said he used to understand a production person's role, but today, technology changes too quickly to keep up.
The need for education in the graphic arts industry is stronger than ever. And more and more content creators are moving toward an all-digital workflow. To help readers get a better view of the technology solutions available today, PrintMedia has produced its annual "Guide to Digital Workflow" (page 40), featuring hundreds of products that can help content creators save time and money, from publication creation to color management and proofing to digital distribution. In just one year, the scope of the guide has grown significantly.
Seeking Cost Savings to Offset Industry Challenges
Content creators who switch to digital workflows do so primarily to increase productivity and profits. But cutting costs through streamlined production is just part of a larger cost-cutting initiative many content creators are embarking upon. At the heart of this larger initiative are rising paper and postage costs, and the resulting search for ways to lessen the impact of the increases. In light of this search, we asked columnist Steven W. Frye to explore options in co-distribution, as a sequel to his column in the last issue called "10 Ways to Deal With Rising Paper and Postage Costs."
Other publishers are finding unique ways to save on paper costs, whether or not cost-cutting was their primary motive. An article in the last issue of PrintMedia showed how Mother Jones reduced the cost of its body paper by 20 percent by switching to a paper with higher recycled content. In this issue, the article "Ms. Magazine Makes Seamless Switch" on page 36 shows how Ms. magazine was $2 million in debt and still found it cost-effective to switch to recycled-content paper.