Since joining SGIA, one of my favorite tasks has been overseeing the annual Product of the Year competition. I was just six weeks in when I started working on this program, which was already well underway with the SGIA Expo (now PRINTING United) practically upon us. Therefore, my focus was getting to know the competition and the manufacturers who were entering.
Do you ever ask yourself the question, “What is sustainability and what does it mean to me as a print service provider?”
By definition, sustainability is “the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” A few years ago, sustainability was a little-known word in the printing industry and rarely understood, along with the impact it could have on printing operations from the print service provider to the end user. Now, sustainability is one of the hottest topics we encounter daily in the industry.
The Professional Decal Application Association (PDAA) is already ramping up excitement for the PDAA Pro Team Relay at PRINTING United this October in Dallas.
If you’re not familiar with PDAA, it is to the vinyl installation industry what a master chef is to the restaurant business. Its Master Certified members have a demonstrated proficiency for vinyl applications of all types and for any project. They are a sought-after source for tried and tested vinyl installers for print customers everywhere. As the need for more qualified installers has grown, individual competitions such as this one garner more exciting participation each year.
Before summer gets into full swing, I strongly encourage and invite all secondary and post-secondary graphic communications students to submit their favorite print from this year in the 2019 ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition!
It’s an opportunity to not only take pride in what you achieved, but to also show off your hard work to the printing industry at large (all entries will be displayed in the PRINTING United Golden Image Gallery).
Whether you’ve perused the student prints at the SGIA Expo’s Golden Image Gallery, or been a past participant, the Academy of Screen and Digital Print Technologies (ASDPT) Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition has had a decade-long presence celebrating and inspiring print’s future. I know when I was studying Graphic Communications Technology at Millersville University, my peers and I strove to create “WOW” prints in hopes that we could have the opportunity for others to see our work, and be awarded, too!