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The Printing House (TPH) is once again running its Charitable Greeting Card Campaign, with all net proceeds going to Food Banks Canada. The company has put on the drive each year since 1990.

Eighteen designs are available this year, created by artists and photographers across Canada. 

Cards start at $1.70 each and TPH even offers custom addressing and mailing options. Volume discounts are also available at quantities 500 and up. Digital signatures can also be applied along with personalized greeting, company name, or logo.

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across the country. It supports its membership with national programs and initiatives such as granting programs, the National Food Sharing System and HungerCount research. They work to alleviate hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow for the close to 900,000 Canadians who are assisted by a food bank each month, of which 322,000 are children and youth.

Since 1990, TPH has generated over $500,000 for 54 Canadian charities with its Greeting Card Campaigns. This year’s campaign is co-sponsored by Ariva, Kallima, Spicers and Xerox.

E Ink Holdings, in collaboration with MpicoSys and Pervasive Displays, has installed what it describes as the world’s largest tiled electronic-paper display at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. The wall-sized digital sign combines 231 individual E Ink displays tiled within a six-metre-wide space.


“The eWall is a perfect example of E Ink enabling designers to deliver information where they never thought possible before,” stated Harit Doshi, head of signage business and Director of Business Development for E Ink. “This project further demonstrates E Ink's diversification into different markets, specifically the digital signage market, as a key focus market segment.”

This aptly named eWall was unveiled last week by Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the General Assembly of the UN. The eWall was designed by the architects of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), as part of a renovation of the North Delegates Lounge – a donation from the government of The Netherlands to the United Nations. The North Delegates Lounge plays a key role in the workings of the UN as an unofficial meeting space where conversation is unrecorded and informal.

The UN’s new eWall provides delegates with scheduling, news and other relevant information when needed. It also includes a design mode to show large-scale images, while also having the ability to fade into an unobtrusive wall when turned off.


The 231 displays comprising the eWall are situated 33 across (about six metres) and seven displays high. E Ink describes this configuration as holding an overall resolution of 26,400 x 3,360 pixels. Each display is based on E Ink's Pearl film, with Pervasive Displays providing the TFT and display modules, and MpicoSys providing the physical construction, electronics and control software to drive the overall sign and Internet connectivity for updating.

"The cooperation with the architects of the OMA is an excellent example of what MpicoSys custom projects can result in,” said Peter Slikkerveer, CEO of MpicoSys. “We see this as a start of a new generation of ePaper products for information signage.”


The new U.S. $100 bills hit another setback as it was discovered a mashing problem would require 30 million bills to be reinspected.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has announced that too much ink was applied to some notes. The notes will be returned and inspected, with problem notes destroyed.

The new $100 note has already faced two delays, originally supposed to circulate in early 2011. The first edition left some notes with a blank spot while the second batch was stolen enroute to the Federal Reserve. The new series of notes started in 2003 with the launch of a revised $20 bill. New $50, $10 and $5 notes followed in 2004, 2006, and 2008 respectively.

The new note features 3-D security features and is produced in two facilities in the U.S.: one in Fort Worth, Texas, and the other in Washington D.C. It was the Washington plant which produced the flawed bills, causing the Fort Worth facility to step up production.

According to CNN, the printing error could cost American taxpayers upwards of $4 million. The amount of affected bills total less than one percent of bills produced. Each bill costs 12.6 cents to produce, up from 7.8 cents of the older design.

The new $100 notes will be released on October 8, of which an estimated two thirds will then be used outside of the United States.

Meredith Corporation plans to turn its successful Allrecipes.com property into a print magazine to be published six times per year with an initial rate base of 500,000. The December 2013 premiere issue is scheduled to debut in mid-November, in time for the holiday cooking season.

Meredith describes itself as the United States’ leading media and marketing company serving 100-million American women through a range of mediums, including print, television, online, mobile, tablets, and video. The company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, publishes powerful print titles like Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle and Fitness. Meredith plans to circulate the new Allrecipes magazine with some of these properties.

A statement from the company about the Allrecipes print initiative explains, “This represents the media industry's first large-scale digital-to-subscription magazine print brand extension.”

Meredith describes Allrecipes.com as the world's largest digital food brand with a database of over one million recipes and more than one billion annual visits. 

Allrecipes.com is also positioned by Meredith as a top how-to recipe channel on YouTube, with more than 600,000 subscribers. Allrecipes' 11 top-rated mobile apps for iPhone, iPad Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 have been downloaded by more than 18.5 million times. The brand has 18 Websites, and 18 mobile sites serving 23 countries in 12 languages.

Meredith plans to create a regular Allrecipes branded television segment that will air as part of Meredith's nationally syndicated television program The Better Show, which currently airs in more than 160 markets, and will air nationwide to 90 million homes on the Hallmark Channel beginning in September.

"Allrecipes is a unique and powerful media brand," said Tom Harty, Meredith National Media Group President. "Our testing reaffirmed its tremendous consumer appeal, and we think advertisers will view Allrecipes magazine as a new and exciting way to reach a large base of very motivated consumers."

Meredith conducted tests of an Allrecipes magazine concept this spring, bundling it with issues of Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle and Fitness.

“The results of the tests exceeded our expectations, generating approximately 400,000 paid orders," said Tom Witschi, EVP and Meredith Women's Lifestyle Group President, who will oversee the Allrecipes magazine business. “Clearly there is tremendous enthusiasm and passion for a print extension of the Allrecipes brand, and we intend to maximize the multiplatform delivery to consumers and marketers.”




Eight-year-old Ezra Peters of Fairview, Alberta, who won the 2013 Canada Post Community Foundation contest, visited Canadian Bank Note subsidiary McAra Printing in early June to see the first press sheets of his stamp design.

Peters’ winning design, entitled Floating Adrift, was created with plasticine on board. It features a sailboat floating on a blue ocean with a smiling green fish jumping up out of the water. 

He went on a guided tour of McAra Printing’s Calgary production facility to learn how his stamp was ultimately produced on the company’s Heidelberg XL 105 press.

The Deliver Hope stamp design contest was open to youth 15 and under to raise awareness and funds for the Canada Post Community Foundation. Canada Post uses the fund to support the volunteers, local and national non-profit groups who work to provide a brighter future for Canadian children.

The Deliver Hope stamps will be available for purchase at Canada Post outlets beginning in September.

Read more about the Canada Post Community Foundation



Denis Beauchamp has joined Montreal-based Pazazz, one of Canada’s most visible commercial printing operations, as General Manager. In his new position, Beauchamp will oversee all manufacturing aspects of the company, from prepress to finishing, including personnel.
 
Prior to joining Pazazz, Beauchamp was Director of Production at a division of Transcontinental. He brings more than 36 years of printing industry experience and expertise to his new role. “My colleagues call me the printing's archaeologist, because I dig to find the issue,” stated Beauchamp on news of his appointment, referring to Pazzaz’ solutions-based business approach.

“I've seen a lot in 36 years, and I must say I'm impressed by the printing quality at Pazazz,” continued Beauchamp. “Warren and I share the same passion for printing. I have always said that it is not blood that flows through my veins, but rather ink."

President Warren Werbitt founded Pazazz 1992. Today, the company specializes in UV and conventional offset printing up to 56-inch format, toner production and flexography. In addition to its commercial printing activities, Pazazz – a certified G7 Master Printer – has a strong presence in the label, packaging and large format sectors.


The Bank of Canada has unveiled two more bills in its line of polymer notes, which completes the series. The new $5 and $10 bills were shown for the first time today at a ceremony in Ottawa. Commander Chris Hadfield presented the first view of the $5 note while orbiting the planet in the International Space Station.

The new $5 note has a space motif, representing Canada's contributions to international space research. The $10 note honours the importance of Canada's railway and its role in the development of the country. The bills were officially unveiled by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney today. Also on hand were Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the Board of VIA Rail Canada, and Marc Garneau from the Canadian Space Agency.

“I try to inspire young Canadians to aim high. This new $5 bill should do the same,” Hadfield said. “By giving prominence to Canadian achievements in space, this bank note reminds us that not even the sky is the limit.”

The line of polymer notes, which began distribution in November 2011, has had it share of controversy, from the use of an invasive species of maple leaf to its tendency to melt under heat. The Bank of Canada has mostly dismissed the concerns as myths. The new $50 followed in March last year and the polymer $20 began circulation in November. Polymer bills were first issued by Australia in 1988 as part of the country's bicentenial, since then nearly 10 countries have switched to polymer currency. The notes are said to have a circulation life of more than 2 1/2 times as long as traditional notes.

According to Carney, more than half a billion polymer notes have been put in circulation since 2011. The polymer notes contribute to a reduction in counterfeiting by 92 percent since 2004. The new notes will enter circulation this November to give time for retailers to adjust their cash handling systems.






Walmart Canada has launched a new, free glossy magazine, including a 100-page first issue, produced by Rogers Media’s Custom Content division. The new magazine, called Walmart Live Better, is to be produced as a 1-million-copy run six times a year.

Walmart Live Better arrives shortly after one of the company’s largest retail competitors, Target, opened up 24 outlets across Southern Ontario (by late March). Walmart executives overseeing the project are downplaying the timing of the magazine’s launch relative to Target Canada’s arrival as “coincidence,” but clearly the world’s largest retailer has decided to lean on the use of high-quality print.

The free publication is available as of April 8 at all of the Walmart Supercentres in English Canada, as well as through a dedicated Website and mobile versions. Walmart claims 8-million Canadians visit its stores each week.

“Giving this magazine to our customers for free is another way for Walmart to say thank you to the millions of Canadians who shop with us every week," stated Emma Fox, Walmart Canada's Chief Marketing Officer. “The Walmart Live Better magazine fully delivers on our brand promise of Save Money. Live Better. We know that our customers’ needs extend beyond price. They are continuously on the look-out for everyday inspirations to help them and their families live better.”

The launch of Walmart Live Better has been covered in Canada’s largest daily newspapers, including:

The Star, Walmart Canada launches glossy magazine



The Globe and Mail, Rogers and Walmart to launch magazine






A rare Twelve Penny Black of Canada, described as being in mint condition, sold for $225,000 at a Halifax auction last weekend. 



Close to 1,500 copies of the Twelve Penny Black, featuring a portrait of Queen Victoria, were produced in its first issue in 1851.

Follow the links below for various Canadian news accounts of this rare stamp auction:

CBC News

The Chronicle Herald

Ottawa Citizen

Canada.com


Trish Witkowski, Chief Folding Fanatic at foldfactory.com and PrintAction contributor, has uploaded a series of videos which present a collection 16 inspired holiday card ideas.

The samples, collected from all over the world, vary from Snowflake cards, a card that can be assembled into a paper model truck and even a card that presents a slice of pumpkin pie.

"People have been sending us cool holiday cards for years, and we thought it was time to start building a playlist of holiday solutions to help companies get noticed at this time of year," says Witkowski. "If you're a printer or designer or paper company, there's a lot of pressure to do something memorable at the holidays, and I hope the playlist grows and becomes a springboard for new ideas."

View the YouTube Playlist below:
 
 

After the Toronto Argonauts' victory over the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday, Canada Post will be producing a limited run of 300,000 stamps to celebrate the victory, as well as the 100th Grey Cup.

Two versions of the stamp were designed, containing either the Stampeders' or the Argonauts' logo and awaited the result of Sunday's game. Ottawa-based The Lowe-Martin Group began printing the stamps on Monday, according to the Toronto Sun

30,000 booklets of 10 stamps will be available at post offices in Toronto starting Wednesday. They can also be ordered online immediately from Canada Post's Website.

The Argonauts Grey Cup stamp is the last of 17 products coming from Canada Post in celebration of the 100th Grey Cup game, including a set of stamps for each the eight CFL teams.


The Phoenix Print Shop, which is an integral part of the Eva’s Phoenix program to assist at-risk youth in Toronto, is now selling 2012 greeting cards to help raise funds for its Foundations of Print Training Program.


The greeting cards are designed through an annual competition for at-risk youth aged 16 to 29 involved with various programs across Canada. Every card sold directly supports the Eva’s Phoenix Foundations of Print Training Program for at-risk youth, who, in addition to printing and graphic arts skills training, are connected to a full-time job and receive long-term support.

Now in its 11th year, the Phoenix Print Shop program in June 2010 moved into an expanded production facility measuring close to 7,000 square feet. The program itself began in 2001 within an 800-square-foot space.


The Eva's Phoenix initiative not only focuses on getting youth off the streets, but also provides vocational and life skills. Eva’s Phoenix provides housing for 50 youth, aged 16 to 24 years, for up to a full year, and since 2002 has also allowed up to 160 youth each year to participate in its employment and apprenticeship programs. 


The Phoenix Print Shop 2012 greeting cards are available for purchase online


To promote its new M6 sports car, BMW turned the car into a printing press and used it to create its own promotion materials.

In a collaboration between Toyo Ink, Sappi Paper and Chicago-based premedia house Classic Color, BMW used its 560 horsepower M6 to lay down a tire track on sheets of paper positioned on a race track. From special tanks in the trunk of the car, ink is pumped onto the tread before being transferred onto the paper. The concept was put forward by Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners.

The resultant pieces, which say "Impressive on Paper. Devastating on the Road," and each one unique, will be sent to prospective buyers and current BMW owners in a direct-mail campaign.

Watch the following video to see how it was done and the challenges involved.




Renowned rap artist Snoop Dogg has released a new book of his lyrics, printed using non-toxic inks and on paper designed to be smokable. The book helps promote the rapper's new line of "King Size Slim Rolling Papers."

Rolling Words: A Smokable Songbook, is made from a hemp material, the cover made out of ,twine and contains perforated rolling-paper pages. The spine of the book also contains a strikable surface to light matches.

Says Snoop Dogg: "I made this book so people can always remember, you can roll with an expert, you can roll with Snoop."

The book contains classic Snoop Dogg lyrics from songs such as "Drop it Like its Hot" and "Still a G Thang."

Snoop Dogg describes the book in a YouTube video below:
 
 

The venerable Encyclopedia Britannica will go online only for future editions. Its last edition, produced in 2010, spanned 32 volumes and weighed 129 pounds. The company says it has no plans to sell another print edition after its current stock runs out.

Often considered the most scholarly of encyclopedias, Britannica was founded in 1768 in Scotland and has been in print continuously ever since.

"The end of the print set is something we’ve foreseen for some time," said Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. "It’s the latest step in our evolution from the print publisher we were, to the creator of digital learning products we are today."

The company began exploring digital publishing in the 1970s, creating the first digital encyclopedia for LexisNexis users in 1981. It produced a version on CD-ROM in 1989 and was the first encyclopedia on the Internet in 1994.

"We’re digital, we’re mobile, and we’re social," said Cauz. "We’re a very different company from 20 or 30 years ago."

Competing encyclopedia such as Colliers has not been in print since 1998; the Encyclopedia Americana was last published in 2006.
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