19-07-2017

Postcards and millennial love for vintage print

Had you been wandering around Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal last month, chances are you would have spotted something unusual going on near the Virgin Atlantic check-in desks. No, not Richard Branson taking selfies with napping employees again, but a gallery of over 200 postcards curated by Tom Jackson, creator of the popular Twitter account “Postcard from the Past”. Displayed from May 30th to June 23rd, the collection stretched back more than 70 years, providing entertaining snippets from people’s trips to far-flung locations (the standout excerpt being: “I don’t know whether we are at war or not, but suppose it can wait until we return to find out”).

05-07-2017

‘I do’ love print: Personalised print makes for a wedding day to remember

Author: Shireen Shurmer

Nothing gives me a happier buzz of anticipation than the arrival of a wedding invitation. Chosen well, the style gives me a tantalising glimpse into what the day itself will be like, reflecting the personality of the happy couple and the mood they’re trying to create for the event.

28-06-2017

Pack it in with all the plastic packaging!

Author: Steph Hails

Walk into any supermarket and you’ll notice an abundance of fruit and veg on offer, most of it loose and presented just as nature intended. Concerningly though, there has been an influx of needless plastic packaging used to ‘protect’ and display fruit and vegetables on supermarket shelves.

06-06-2017

Can digital media have a positive impact on young voters?

Author: Imogen Woods

According to The Guardian, about 43% of 18-24 year olds are expected to vote in this year’s general election, with an expected turnout of 75% of over 65s. So why aren’t the younger generation more likely to vote? The general consensus amongst young people is that they aren’t voting either because they “can’t be bothered” or simply they don’t know the facts to make an informed voting decision.

01-06-2017

A crash landing for crisis comms

Author: Steph Hails

With huge disruption to flights at Heathrow and Gatwick during the recent British Airways computer outage, many passengers found themselves sleeping on the floor of the airport, unsure what was happening or when their flights would leave. With the terminals in chaos and thousands of passengers completely stranded, a storm was brewing over on social media, with everyone asking the same thing: what was going on?

22-05-2017

The colourful growth of textile printing

Author: Tom Platt

This year’s FESPA exhibition was every bit as grand and colourful as the print industry has come to expect from the world’s foremost international wide format event. And while there were plenty of innovations and new technologies on display, arguably digital textiles stole the show.

05-04-2017

The Freelance Connection

Author: Tom Platt

From being made redundant due to the squeeze of trade media, or deciding to take on the freelance world for greater flexibility or even to explore new avenues, today’s trade journalist must make sure they always have the security of being a key writer in their relevant field.

08-02-2017

Quality or Quantity? Read all about it

Author: Daniel Porter

Here are a few numbers – some of which may surprise you:

14 million – the approximate number of unique daily visitors to The Daily Mail’s website mailonline.com (source), the UK’s most visited newspaper website.

1.5 million – the approximate daily circulation of the print edition of The Daily Mail (source).

2 – the average number of minutes a visitor to mailonline.com spends on the website. Not two minutes per article, two minutes per visit – and this number is far higher than that of any of its competitors. The average across UK national newspaper websites is just 30 seconds.

43 – the number of minutes the average reader of the Daily Mail print newspaper spends perusing the paper (the average across all national papers is 40 minutes).

11-01-2017

A new appreciation of print

Author: Steph Hieatt

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, otherwise known as frequency illusion, occurs when the thing you’ve just noticed or been told about seems to crop up constantly. You know how it is; you’re looking for a new car and then, everywhere you go, you start to see that particular make and model.

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