It may be a stretch to tie a reference to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" to a print competition, but if you think about it, it may not be so far-fetched. "Pride and Prejudice" is characterized as a novel of manners, of elegance; the Gold Ink Awards (GoldInk.com), the industry's premier print competition, is a competition based on printing "elegance," if you will—perfection in binding, materials selection, the highest image quality, novel approaches to integrating design and form into a printed product, and more.
Plus, with cost-cutting and decreasing time-to-market among the top priorities in many production departments and manufacturing facilities, one might think print quality, as a whole, would suffer. But as demonstrated by the 2010 winners of the competition—produced by Publishing Executive, Book Business and Printing Impressions magazines—pride in magazine production is not so easily stifled. The winners also are evidence that partnerships between magazine production executives and their printers, as well as the use of the latest printing technologies, quality paper and inks are integral to the final product.
Now in its 23rd year, the annual Gold Ink Awards showcases the finest in print production in 47 categories. The Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter (shown online at GoldInk.com) awards were selected this year from nearly 1,200 entries, by a judging committee of distinguished graphic arts experts. (See the sidebar accompanying the winner's list.) Entries were judged over the course of three days at the headquarters of North American Publishing Co. (Publishing Executive's parent company) in Philadelphia. Winning pieces were selected based on superiority in print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. On the following pages, you'll see highlights of this year's Gold Ink Awards competition. (See the additional categories, shown online, at right.)
The Annual Gold Ink Awards Banquet, held to honor the winners (and in conjunction with the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame induction ceremony), takes place Monday evening, Oct. 4 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, during Graph Expo 2010.