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Is it always good to get an award - or is there some embarrassment when you realise that you are the only contender in a certain category? Just asking, because it seems to me - having been a judge on certain occasions - that there is little merit in winning in such a way, but if there’s still marketing miles to be won perhaps that’s more important to entrants….

So, according to a survey by marketing agency Marketingsignals.com, UK-based companies are increasingly turning away from print media to digital. Surprise, surprise - it’s a digital agency for goodness sake. We’ve heard the same message many times, but it’s a story those in the digital space are happy to keep retelling. Yet we know it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to print - but where are the pro-print stats? Thinking we should be doing more to counterbalance the digital propaganda.

Good to see swissQprint is setting up a UK subsidiary when so many foreign companies are thinking of walking away - whether part of the EU or otherwise. Is it because the Swiss manufacturer doesn’t expect this Brexit chaos to adversely impact the print sector? What about you?

Want to sit down with peers to discuss the state of the wide-format print market? I’m holding the 2019 Widthwise Round Table panel discussion in London on 8 October. If you would like to take part please drop me an email and I will come back to you with the detail. Many thanks

Hello all. I’m just working on the ‘Think Bigger’ gallery of large-format print jobs for the next issue of Image Reports magazine and Think Bigger sister website, and invite you to submit (high res) images of any unusual jobs you have recently completed - those that stretch the imagination and show creatives just what this sector can do to ‘wow’ effect. If you could email me pics - together with a few lines about the job - I’d appreciate it. Many thanks in anticipation…

Yup, it’s National Relaxation Day, or as it’s better known in the UK – according to Wikipedia - National Slacker Day! The annual ‘event’ has been used by the likes of the Mental Health Foundation to ‘stress’ the need for quiet contemplation. Assuming you’ll all be closing early today then….

Last Monday we brought you news of tilia Labs having won an InterTech technology award for its development of artificial intelligence and promised that Image Reports was about to publish a feature on the subject of AI. Today we have news that the CBI is urging business to take up an ethical approach to AI – so it’s pretty timely that our feature on AI’s place in the wide-format print sector is now online (along with all the other editorial from the newly published August/September issue. Go to: www.imagereportsmag.co.uk.) The AI article is at: http://bit.ly/2MciuxE

So according to a new survey commissioned by ISA-UK, powered by BSGA, 67% of respondents say they are frequently asked to make design recommendations. That fits with the kind of feedback we got when we polled UK large-format PSPs for our Widthwise Survey this year - download free at: https://www.imagereportsmag.co.uk/widthwise. I’d be interested on hearing from those of you who have extended your design service this year - or have strong views that such a move would damage customer relationships.

It’s somewhat serendipitous that we are bringing news of Tilia Labs having won an InterTech technology award for its tilia Phoenix 7.0 software and its development of artificial intelligence for the print sector just as Image Reports is about to publish a feature on the subject of AI. If you want to glean info on how and when developments are likely to impact upon large-format print businesses, keep your eyes peeled for the new issue - landing on your doorstep later this week - the AI article will be live online then too: www.imagereportsmag.co.uk.

…is a thing. I mean, we really can produce it. I have just been speaking again with David Hyams, who can make this kind of thing happen. We first talked about it years ago, and he admits that it’s not taken off in wide-format like it has in other areas of print. And here was me thinking people buying into experiential print would be up for sound’n’vision applications like this. What’s your take?

I’m currently researching new and unusual printable media for the large-format market. If anything specific has caught your attention over the last few months I’d like to know. Thank you

…to those who secured one of the Printing Charity’s annual Print Futures financial awards presented last night - and a timely reminder to all of you to flag up the scheme to those in your workforces who are aged 18 – 30 and might like to apply for the 2020 round. If there are ways to help the young progress in this industry I’m all for shouting about it!

I’ve got to ask - do any of you close down for a ‘holiday fortnight’ anymore? I assume not, but the amount of traffic on the roads over the weekend as schools shut-up and the big getaway began had me casting my mind back to the ‘factory fortnight’ of my childhood, when everything on the nearby industrial estate stopped and workers were released into the sunshine!!! Little news is coming in right now, so maybe it still happens in some places?

Apparently the 18th of the month is an auspicious date for a wedding according to the Chinese. Given the amount of tie-ups we’re been seeing between various suppliers in the sector I’m wondering if we should expect Chinese manufacturers in particular looking to formally seal partnerships with UK companies today! OK, a bit of a long short - just has me wondering about how many more international ties we can - or can’t – expect as Brexit continues to impact our relationships with the rest of the world….

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