Alibaba, Bad Employer, China, Communication, Discount Prices, Environment, honesty, Industry Changes, Internet, Knock Offs, Manufacturer MSRP, Pollution, Stock Market, Uncategorized, Waste

Will Alibaba’s $25 Billion Singles Day Kill Us?

What is the environmental footprint of the $25 Billion Alibaba Singles Day 2017 figure? If you are not aware, Alibaba hopes to eventually either shut down your e-commerce operation, or simply absorb it into the Alibaba portal realm. In North America you probably already thought this was a danger from either Walmart or Amazon. But those two companies have nothing…

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Bad Employer, Communication, Graphic Design, Graphic Design General, honesty, Job Search, lies, Sabbatical, Time Off, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized

Oh The Web We Weave When We Deceive…

I’ve been lucky to only work for four companies in my professional career as a graphic designer and creative individual (and one of them is my own freelance outfit). The most recent company I work for I only joined a few months ago and I love it. Therefore, in over 22 years, just three actual corporations have had me as…

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Communication, Difficult Client, File Format, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, PDF, Trade Show Displays

PDF Files Are Evil (a personal feeling)

Why a large format job should never be submitted in PDF unless specifically requested and you know what you are doing Almost every professional design application has the ability to export or save as a PDF file and some large format printers actually request PDF files for final output (very limited number). However, it is my opinion that PDF files…

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China, Color Consistency, Communication, Customer Service, Discount Prices, Industry Changes, Internet, Knock Offs, Large Format Graphics, Manufacturer MSRP, Trade Show Displays

The Race To The Bottom In Portable Exhibits

An industry insider view on how the Internet has changed the portable display industry in the last 16 years and where it will go. Around the time that the dot com bubble burst in 2000 there were some fantastic ideas of what the Internet could become. Unfortunately, at the time, the ideas were more developed than the technology available or…

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Color Consistency, Communication, Graphic Design General, Graphic Requirements for Vendors, Large Format Graphics, Trade Show Displays

Maintaining Consistent Color From One Vendor To The Next In Large Format Trade Show Display Production

Is it possible? One of the secrets of the trade show display industry is that manufacturers, distributors and suppliers use multiple outlets to create what you are buying. It is extremely rare to find one location that will produce everything you need under one roof. Rather, what really exists is a community of companies that source multiple items from other…

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Communication, Knock Offs, Large Format Graphics, Tension Fabric, Trade Show Displays, Xpressions

When Is An Xpressions® Display Not An Xpressions®?

Simply put, when it is something else. The Xpressions® SNAP Display is one you have probably seen at various trade shows as it has a very unique appearance. The Xpressions® is a simple concept that takes a workhorse frame from the exhibit industry (this being the straight popup frame) and adds dye sublimation printed tension fabric graphics in multiple configurations…

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