Since the recent tragedies in New York and Washington D.C., my company has resigned to less air travel, which means that regularly attended trade shows are being missed this season. Is there an organization or online site that delivers updated news from these shows?
Dear Desktop Bound,
While the government assures that plane travel is safe, there are still ways of keeping in touch with trade show news without even stepping onto the tarmac. You may want to begin by subscribing to PrintMedia InBox, an e-newsletter, at www.printmediamag.com/inbox. During the trade show season, InBox is overflowing with news, as are other industry newsletters. Plus, most trade shows have Web sites, such as BookTech. Consider the trade show(s) you would normally attend and log online. And finally, check out industry associations. Most associations feature news and networking opportunities on the local and national levels. Readers are encouraged to become involved with membership groups since someone just a phone call (or e-mail) away may be the next best thing to an e-ticket.
Pity me as I have been appointed to paper buyer at my magazine. This is a new job for me, so I'm eager to find out more about recycled coated brands. Is there a listing of companies I could consult? It's a lot of work going from company to company trying to find this paper type. And since I am suddenly responsible, my preference is to first investigate recycled options. -Green In More Ways Than One
As luck has it, PrintMedia publishes an annual buyers' guide every December. If you can wait until then, the book lists paper company contact information and breaks each provider into sections according to paper type, such as reply card, water-resistant, etc. In the meantime, try browsing independent online sites, such as www.paperloop.com, where you'll be able to secure paper news. If you are especially environmentally conscious, the U.S. Printing Office also supplies information about recycled paper at www.access.gpo.gov.
"Boring" is a word I would use to describe many font collections I've used. Since I design for a creative magazine, I would like to find out if there are any new companies that are doing more interesting work than the traditional suites. I really don't have the time to search, but I want to break out and do something new. Please enlighten me!
Dear Desperate Designer,
House Industries, a very creative font foundry, recently released a new catalog. The latest type, The Simian Collection, is inspired by Planet of the Apes, but in the past, House has issued an array of fonts designed to simulate retro and futuristic styles. Rat Fink, Bad Neighborhood and Tiki Type are all collections that are inventively packaged and often come with additional, relevant clip art. The company also publishes a magazine, House, featuring design-related articles, with novel layouts (the designers are also fine illustrators). Visit the Web site at www.houseindustries.com. Readers are also welcome to submit favorite font resources. We often list such resources in Creative Director, so please send your artful suggestions.
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