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Print as we know it continues to morph into a medium that enhances the “not so new” digital marketing and content enriched environments many of us are immersed in. Whether Business-to-Business or Business-to-Consumer, it’s clear that Print has a roll in communicating value, creating a more interactive experience and ultimately supporting the sale, adoption and loyalty so many brands, companies and services seek in today’s global, competitive space.

To continue to thrive as a manufacturer of Print and / or to expand it’s value as part of a larger marketing sale, it’s imperative visual communication firms of today understand the interaction of these mediums and how to maximize their potential for current and future clients. Although daunting at times, awareness, education and taking calculated risks to integrate additional tools into your business will yield the greatest return today and tomorrow.

We will continue to populate this section with relevant RSS feeds, links to white papers, online learning, PPI partner information and other tools relevant to taking your business in PRINT the direction it needs to go to play and be profitable in the future!

9/22/2019 - This $50 natural white noise machine is on sale for just $19.99
TL;DR: The calming Dozzi natural white noise machine is on sale for $19.99, saving you $30. Not to sound overdramatic, but silence can be deafening – during arguments, at the end of performances, and most of all, when you're trying to sleep. While we can't help you with the former, the latter can easily be fixed with a white noise machine like the Dozzi Natural.  The Dozzi features a built-in fan, so you'll hear the natural faint hum of an actual fan, rather than a digitized noise. You can adjust the fan speed to low, medium, or high, and control the amount of air flowing in and out to find the most soothing sound for you. And as an added bonus, you can charge your phone through its USB port. Read more...More about Gadgets, Sleep, Mindfulness, Mashable Shopping, and Tech view more…
Source: Mashable

9/22/2019 - This app blurs out your webcam background without a green screen
TL;DR: Get a pristine live stream by blurring out your background with a lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam, which is on sale for $19.99 — a $30 savings.  The ability to attend a work meeting is the best thing to happen to the workplace since the coffee machine. You no longer have to sit in a stuffy conference room or fly somewhere boring to meet with a client — now, you can collaborate from your couch.  Perhaps the only downside is that you and your surroundings have to look presentable, at least from the waist up. XSplit VCam is a genius app that removes your background without the use of a green screen. Whether you're joining virtual meetings, live streaming video games, or recording a vlog, XSplit VCam replaces your background with an image or webpage. You're given the option to upload JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs for the background of your choosing, and it transforms your webcam to a DSLR thanks to its adjustable blur slider.  Read more...More about Live Streaming, Video Calling, Webcam, Twitch Streaming, and Mashable Shopping view more…
Source: Mashable

9/21/2019 - Viewers still using TiVo will soon see ads before their recordings
The digital TV recording company TiVo is back in the spotlight with some upcoming changes and new products.  TiVo had its heyday back in the early 2000s before DVR and streaming were everywhere, but it still has a few million subscribers. Those viewers will soon be subjected to ads playing before their TV recordings.  It's a bit ironic for the company that gained popularity for letting you scrub through ads during TV shows and programs. On its website, TiVo still lists this as a benefit: "[We] give you the power to skip ads." According to an industry news outlet, the ads will go out to all users with the latest software version known as TiVo Experience 4, but will be skippable. That's a relief. But users aren't too happy. On a TiVo online forum one user wrote, "If they start doing this to me I'm out. No way they're forcing me to watch ads on a device I paid almost $1,000 for with lifetime service." Read more...More about Tivo, Dvr, Tech, Consumer Tech, and Streaming Services view more…
Source: Mashable

9/21/2019 - Are Google results for removing stains actually helpful? These chemists found out.
Admit it, you've Googled, "How to remove..." for red wine spills, bacon grease splatters, and even blood droplets. These all feel impossibly unforgiving when they get on your clothes, so we turn to the search platform hoping the almighty Google will provide the help we need. The internet offers up some interesting solutions to get stains out, but should you trust Google's crowdsourced advice? Chemists from the American Chemical Society systematically tested different stain removal tips pulled from Google search results and definitively determined what works and what doesn't.  The internet isn't totally full of lies, and some suggestions seemed to work. Others not so much. Hairspray for a grease stain? Not really, unless you want a crunchy T-shirt. For blood stains, hydrogen peroxide worked best, but definitely don't use lemon juice. Then, red wine and boiling water do mix it turns out. As to that bacon grease: dish soap and water is the move. Not so much for Coca Cola.  Read more...More about Chemistry, Google Search Results, Stain Removal, Science, and Web Culture view more…
Source: Mashable

9/21/2019 - Ride-sharing alone scares some just as much as taking a self-driving car, survey finds
Would you rather take an Uber ride home alone late at night or have a self-driving taxi service come pick you up with no one at the front wheel? The prospect of riding in a car with only a stranger driving can feel as unsafe as some people feel about new self-driving technology, as a study from car insurance company The Zebra recently found.  After surveying 2,000 American passengers in August, 53 percent of those surveyed said they felt safer in an autonomous vehicle than a solo ride with a driver. Younger respondents between ages 18 and 24 were more accepting of self-driving vehicles compared to those 55 and older, who preferred a human-driven ride. Self-driving vehicles continue to rank low in consumer confidence, a recent J.D. Power and SurveyMonkey study shows. Read more...More about Lyft, Ride Hailing Apps, Safety, Self Driving Cars, and Tech view more…
Source: Mashable

9/20/2019 - EPA scientists explore VOC emissions of 3D printed carbon fiber materials
Over the past few years, volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, a bi-product of the FFF process, have been the subject of several studies. In 2017, a study funded by SajTom Light Future Ltd., in Poland, concluded that with adequate ventilation, the melting of materials like ABS, PLA, PET, and nylon does not cause harm to its users. Findings […] view more…
Source: 3D Printing Industry

9/20/2019 - New 3D printing jobs and future opportunities: ExOne, Uniformity Labs, Evonik, Fraunhofer ILT
New 3D printing jobs are currently open to applications. In this update, we have the latest vacancies from leading 3D printer provider ExOne, and an opening from East Bay startup Uniformity Labs. In addition, we cover the latest personnel movements and facility openings from across the industry, indicative of new potential opportunities and activities across the […] view more…
Source: 3D Printing Industry

9/20/2019 - New Balance and Formlabs reveal TripleCell sneaker with upgraded 3D printed forefoot
Multinational footwear maker New Balance is updating its TripleCell 3D printing platform with the addition of a new sneaker: the FuelCell Echo Triple.  Launching on September 27th with an expected retail value of $175, the shoe features a forefoot (part under the ball of the feet) 3D printed using Formlabs technology. It is a new take on the […] view more…
Source: 3D Printing Industry

9/20/2019 - £3.4M in funding secured for Digital Manufacturing Center at heart of UK motorsport
British engineering consultancy firm KW Special Projects (KWSP) has secured funding to establish a Digital Manufacturing Center in Silverstone Park, a developing technology business cluster near the home of the British Grand Prix. A 1,657 sqm facility, the center will provide SMEs with access to additive manufacturing equipment and professional guidance, developing an eco-system and knowledge share […] view more…
Source: 3D Printing Industry

9/20/2019 - INTERVIEW: VA Puget Sound’s Dr. Beth Ripley on advancing 3D printing in healthcare
The Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System, a network of medical centers under the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the University of Washington School (UW) of Medicine recently announced a two-year partnership aiming to advance medical 3D printing. Both organizations are collaborating to develop new applications for 3D printing in the diagnosis and […] view more…
Source: 3D Printing Industry

8/25/2019 - The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails
Design fails happen. And there's nothing wrong with celebrating our failures, acknowledging what went wrong, learning from the mistakes, and moving on. The post The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails appeared first on HOW Design. view more…
Source: How Design

8/18/2019 - 5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid
It can be a shock to find out you earn less than someone with the same job title and experience level. If you’re in this situation, it’s up to you to make a case for a raise, but you have to be wise in your approach. The post 5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid appeared first on HOW Design. view more…
Source: How Design

8/11/2019 - 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism
Do team critiques too often become a war of words, careening off topic and veering toward carnage? Here’s a template for active yet affable creative criticism. The post 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism appeared first on HOW Design. view more…
Source: How Design

8/7/2019 - 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day
The internet would not be complete without cats. Check out these cat gifs from artists, designers and illustrators from all over. The post 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day appeared first on HOW Design. view more…
Source: How Design

7/18/2019 - The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds
NSFW WARNING: this post about Effin’ Birds contains birds and foul language that some people might deem inappropriate. Did I first encounter Effin’ Birds on Tumblr or Twitter? I can’t recall where but I do remember how much I laughed out loud. Lavishly illustrated birds greeted me with their beautiful plumage, juxtaposed with cursing and … Continue reading "The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds" The post The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds appeared first on HOW Design. view more…
Source: How Design

5/6/2019 - Pet-Commerce: Where Dog’s Choose Their Toys
There’s an amazing online world for great pet products… But it’s the owners who choose them. So Petz, the biggest online Pet retailer in Brazil, decided it’s time to give your pet the power to choose! They’ve introduced “Pet-Commerce” a whole new commerce experience that uses facial recognition and AI algorithms to let your pet [...] No related posts. view more…
Source: Digital Buzz

5/19/2018 - The HopePage: Mining Crypto For UNICEF
The Hopepage is an all-new fundraising mechanic for UNICEF that operates on a global scale for good. For the very first time, anyone with a computer or laptop can mine cryptocurrency for a good cause, without the need of specialised equipment or software. Users simply keep The Hopepage open in a web browser to automatically [...] No related posts. view more…
Source: Digital Buzz

2/3/2018 - Nike “Run It” For The 2018 Winter Olympics
Nike is jumping deeper into the entertainment space with this new music video spot in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics. It’s called “RUN IT” featuring Jay Park and shows a snowboarder racing between abandoned snow covered cars, designed to be celebrating rule-breakers. It’s all part of a campaign called “Impossible to Ignore,” [...] No related posts. view more…
Source: Digital Buzz

12/27/2017 - Samsung Ostrich: Do What You Can’t
For me, this was perhaps the best TVC of 2017. Samsung’s Ostrich. An icon of their #DoWhatYouCan’t campaign, plus the fact it won multiple Cannes Lions, this TVC made a dramatic twist in showcasing how VR can transport you to other worlds in an instant, in a seemingly realistic way. With this film, Samsung took [...] No related posts. view more…
Source: Digital Buzz

12/5/2017 - Destiny 2: An Amazon Alexa Gaming Wingman
So “Destiny 2″ has it’s own Alexa Skill. A Ghost Skill if you will… that is embedded into Amazon Alexa devices, to give players some help from the famous A.I. assistant, synced and integrated directly into the game in real time. The Ghost Skill enables a series of brand new ways to interact with the [...] No related posts. view more…
Source: Digital Buzz

2/10/2015 - Avoiding A Retweet Binge
By Rachael Wolensky Have you ever noticed when people you follow on Twitter go on a retweet binge? It can be annoying to seea business or individual’s interests taking over your news feed while you’re scrolling through Twitter. What if … Read the rest view more…
Source: Interactive Media

9/18/2014 - Insights on Switching, Centering, and Gestures for Touchscreens :: UXmatters
By Steven Hoober Published: September 2, 2014 “Touch devices are still fairly new. We’re still developing patterns for interactions and are just now beginning to understand how users understand and employ their touchscreen devices.” While I’ve discovered many things in … Read the rest view more…
Source: Interactive Media

7/21/2014 - Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind – NYTimes.com
David Carr of the New York Times describes his struggle to keep up with reading printed publications in the era of instant news and information: Even if you aren’t one of those people worried about media consolidation — there are … Read the rest view more…
Source: Interactive Media

7/11/2014 - Email Design Reference and Resources
A portion of the CSS reset code used in the templates. by Phillip Simon, @quicmdirector Did you know that the email service MailChimp provides free tutorials and resources for creating HTML email messages? While some of the tutorials are about … Read the rest view more…
Source: Interactive Media

7/10/2014 - Coping with Shifts in Interactive Media Technology
Program Director Phillip Simon discusses adapting to change. Interactive Media Masters Program Director Phillip Simon analyzes how adaptable, inquisitive students can survive and stay engaged in the constantly shifting technology landscape, even a decade from now. This article is adapted … Read the rest view more…
Source: Interactive Media