Guide To Publication Printers What They Offer and What You Need

first_imgPrinter selection is one of the most important decisions for a magazine publisher. This is the vendor that handles what is the largest (or second-largest, after events) and most expensive product for most publishers, not to mention one that plays an increasing role in other publishing services, from database management to online content management systems. For a look at select printer services and capabilities, click here: Survey 1 Survey 2 As manufacturing and production staffs decrease at publishers, the printer role becomes even more important. “I used to be a production director, and recently I was at a social gathering with other former production directors and we’re all doing different things because we’ve chosen to leave or been asked to leave,” says Rob Brai, partner and COO at Superior Media Solutions. “Because no one is there anymore, CFOs and others have said, ‘Let the printer handle it, we don’t want to deal with the hassle.’”Vendor Selection: Beyond Price Let’s face it, price is probably the number one factor when evaluating printers. “Like on a job interview, it is something never discussed, as if it does not matter, and then somehow you always wind up going to the vendor with the best price,” says one b-to-b manufacturing and production executive.“The more volume that can be consolidated to one preferred printer, the better the process, and more opportunity to reduce cost,” says Phil Graham, senior vice president of operations at F+W Media. “The printer that currently handles our magazine and book printing is now producing all our subscription, promotional, and ancillary materials. Consolidating all that under one roof simplifies much of the logistics that you encounter when using multiple printers, and again you have the pricing benefit from the volume consolidation.”That workflow efficiency is key to attractive pricing. “Due to the reduction in ad pages, cost control is very important, so competitive pricing is very important,” says Keith Hammerbeck, corporate director of media operations at Advanstar Communications. “But along with this is making sure that printers are ‘efficient’. By this I mean do they have a short cut-off press to save paper, can they deliver large signatures to keep the cost per page down, have their paper spoilage percentages gone down over time, etc.”Scheduling: Are Printers and Publishers On the Same Page?Flexible scheduling is another critical area. “We are also looking for printers to be flexible with their schedules. If we need to hold an ad close open, the printer needs to work with us and still get us out in the number of days we expected,” says Hammerbeck.“I usually want to know their schedule, are they open 24/7, closed on certain holidays?” says another manufacturing and production executive. “At the end of the year, things can get hairy. Printers often close down several days because they are ‘not busy’, but then we still have a lot of things going at the end of the year.”Co-Mailing: Not Always a GivenWhile they may seem obvious, co-mailing and distribution services are not always provided. “Co-mail and other postage reducing services are very important,” says Hammerbeck. “Postage is now by far our largest mechanical expense, so offering postal savings is very important. This also applies to things such as tabloids, polybagged issues, etc. Not every printer can offer postal savings for these type of things.”Different publishers have different rules. “We use a couple different printers and with one, they do not have any major fulfillment, it is always handled by an outside partner in another state,” says a b-to-b manufacturing executive who wishes to remain nameless. “We used another printer for something, and they couldn’t send UPS out of the plant, just FedEx. When it comes to co-mail, we want to know what the discount is, what are the typical pool sizes and how many runs are done weekly?”Training and Customer ServiceStaff turnover at a printer can have a significant impact on relations. “I always ask about the customer service rep, their background and experience, their work volume and who their back-up is,” says a production executive at a major publisher. “I also want to know if the salesperson remains active on the account or do they walk away and leave someone else in charge?”Printers offering training for magazine manufacturing and production staffs is becoming increasingly important, especially with new digital services. “We don’t use our printer for most of these services because we have other suppliers we use, however we do want our printer to be proactive in regards to being able to offer training as needed, and work with us on making sure our instructions are being supplied properly,” says Hammerbeck.“When I worked for a major consumer publisher, informative trips to the printer were regularly offered to production staff,” adds another production executive. “For all I know, major publishing firms still continue this practice and the printers still accommodate such sessions. On the other hand, most of the problems that I’ve seen surfacing within the last 10 years have been directly related to a LACK of printing knowledge and production savvy on the part of the publication’s staff.”last_img read more

These are the products Jony Ive should redesign after he leaves Apple

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $747 Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) (Red) charity auction curated by Jony Ive and Marc Newson Now playing: Watch this: $674 12 Photos Share your voice Amazon See It Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150) Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Jony Ive (left) opening his glasses while holding an iPad Pro. James Martin/CNET When Apple announced on Thursday that Jony Ive was leaving the company, I immediately thought back to when David Letterman retired from his Late Show in May 2015. After walking away to spend more time with his family, Letterman launched another talk show three and a half years later called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. It premiered on Netflix with a vastly different format and allowed us to see Letterman and his talent in a completely different light. While I don’t think Ive will grow a giant prospector beard like Letterman did (though how awesome would that be), I am excited to see how he’ll apply his talent to a slew of new products and designs outside of the Apple-sphere.Ive and fellow designer Marc Newsom, who in 2013 designed high-end one-of-a-kind products for charity including an aluminum Leica camera, are forming their own design firm called LoveFrom. According to Ive, the company gets its name from an address Steve Jobs gave at an Apple employee meeting.He became an industrial design legend with the Apple products he worked on like the iPhone, the original iMac and the Apple Watch. And who knows what products and projects are in the works that we haven’t seen yet from him — augmented reality glasses, anyone? Though Apple will be a client of LoveFrom, Ive will work independently from the tech giant possibly as early as 2020. With this move, it’s fascinating to ponder what products he might redesign next and how that could give him a late-career renaissance and further embolden him as a design icon.LG TV designed by Jony IveSince LoveFrom isn’t a part of Apple, he could potentially work with any company. I honestly don’t think there will be an LG G9 phone designed by Ive or a Galaxy S11. But there are several electronics projects that Apple was rumored to make that never materialized.The most obvious example is an Apple television set. Perhaps LoveFrom might partner with LG or Sharp for a high-end TV. Ive and LG already have a history of collaborating when they worked together on the LG UltraFine 4K display. See It iPad Pro Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags 4 Jony Ive Leica LG Samsung Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jony Ive’s Marie Kondo showWhile not as sexy as an iPhone XS, I could see Ive having his own Netflix show like Marie Kondo’s. Instead of visiting everyday people, he would show up at various maker spaces and design studios to lend a hand tweaking CNC machined cutouts and simplifying overcomplicated designs.Kondo is known for having people go through their belongings and ask whether items “spark joy.” Ive could challenge designers on whether their projects, “spark magic.” And honestly, the name of his new company is the perfect title for a Netflix show: LoveFrom Jony Ive. In a close second place would be the title: Sir Jonathan.Weird products that deserve a Jony Ive hosted intro videoPerhaps what I’m looking forward to the most is seeing more product videos that feature Ive, like the ones he did for Apple while overusing words like “simple” and “magic.” I genuinely have so much love for these videos because he is so sincere and passionate about the smallest details.  See it And if he ever does jump into food, I don’t imagine him going the Nathan Myhrvold from Microsoft route and publishing a super expensive book about molecular gastronomy. Though going from a design chief to a design chef would be quite the unexpected turn. Instead, I could easily see him designing his own coffee where every bean is exactly the same size and shape. And since beans have natural curves, Ive would find a way to grow the edges perfectly square like those square watermelons. He would join the ranks of celebrity coffee roasters Danny Trejo and David Lynch. Seriously, I would buy Jony Ive coffee beans in a heartbeat.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products via the link below.SEE DAVID LYNCH COFFEE BEANS ON AMAZON Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • After Jony Ive leaves Apple, these are the products he should redesign next Mobile $799 An Ive TV would be an epic product of industrial design. LG makes the thinnest TV to date, but I’m sure Ive would find a way to make it even thinner and lighter. I can already imagine a ceramic remote with a single button that controls everything.Newsom, Ive and Dieter Rams walk into a barIt’s been long known that Ive was inspired by the famous industrial Braun designer Dieter Rams. Leaving Apple will give LoveFrom the chance to interpret classic housewares that Braun made like clocks, speakers and kitchen appliances. My head can barely wrap itself around what a Jony Ive toaster might look like. It would probably have one thin slot for bread and a long digital toggle I’d have to slide my finger down to lower the bread.At Apple, Ive’s best designs came under his collaborations with Jobs kind of like how Lennon and McCartney wrote their best songs when they were in The Beatles. Obviously with Jobs’ passing, Ive not only lost a close friend, but also a creative balance to his work. But one possible design-nerd fantasy would be for Rams to work on a project with LoveFrom. It would be the design equivalent of when rockstars from different bands come together to form a supergroup. However, I’m sure whatever product they came up with would be leaps and bounds better than the best song from any supergroup. OK, Cream’s song White Room is absolutely the best. But this kind of collaboration could put the spring back into Ive’s design process. Apple 10:17 See All $674 See It Comments Best Buy • Here are a handful of other products I’d love to hear him talk about in similar videos. Remember to read all of these with Ive’s voice in mind:Toilet – “Every flush is the first flush. Our toilet uses evaporation and condensation to create water anew and refill the bowl as if it were the first time it was used.”Karaoke machine: “I’ve designed the perfect karaoke machine. It only plays U2’s Desire.”Traffic light with only two colors – “Three colors are one too many. Life doesn’t give us a yellow light when it’s about to stop so why should a traffic light?”Cuckoo clock – “Cuckoo clocks needed a revolution. I’ve done away with the bird all together and replaced it with a slab of hand polished petrified wood.”Q-Tips – “We’ve known for years that people put these into their ears. Now they are designed with a patented curve to follow your ear canal more accurately. No more bending and twisting. I call them AirPods… er, I mean Q-Pods.”Men’s clothing line – “Men’s basics aren’t that basic. I completely redesigned underwear so there are no holes except for your legs. It’s a simpler and more durable approach.”Women’s clothing line – “Bra straps were designed a hundred years ago. I knew we could do better. Using a combination of rare Earth magnets and spider silk, we have truly re-envisioned the bra.”Tap shoes – “Each step is a note, each stride a bar. Taps have been re-engineered to be thinner, lighter and more tappy.”Titanium soda can – “This $826 dollar titanium soda can will provide you with the smoothest sips of carbonated water and aspartame. Each can is ten times stronger than aluminium but also four times lighter. A 4pack will feel like you’re carrying a single regular can.”Oreo – “Two cookies are far too complicated. One is all you need. And we got rid of the cream too because it just gets in the way of the cookie.”Jony Ive dark roast coffeeIve could also go in another direction stepping away from electronics altogether. For instance, he could start working with only organic materials including food and coffee. Similar to how famous artists have various aesthetic periods, Ive would have his “Organic Phase.” He would live a Nick Offerman-esque life, woodworking and dispensing folksy design parables while building his own hand tools.last_img read more

France freezes assets of Jaish chief Masood Azhar

first_imgJeM Chief Masood AzharFrance has decided to freeze the assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the French government said on Friday, March 15. A joint statement issued by the French interior ministry, finance ministry and foreign ministry added that France would discuss putting Masood Azhar on a European Union list of people involved in terrorism.”A deadly attack took place in Pulwama on 14th February 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the Indian police forces. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the United Nations has deemed to be a terrorist organization since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack, the French statement said.It added France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in the application of the Monetary and Financial Code.”The statement said France has always been and always will be by India’s side in the fight against terrorism. Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar was reportedly undergoing treatment in Pakistan.Twitter/ANIThe France government said they will raise this issue with other European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Shares of Jet Airways SpiceJet Interglobe rise sharply on ATF price cut

first_imgShares of Jet Airways, SpiceJet and InterGlobe Aviation (holding company of IndiGo) rose by up to 12% on the BSE on the first trading day of calendar year 2016 after oil marketing companies (OMCs) cut aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices by about 10%. Jet Airways was trading at Rs 770.80 (up 9.73%), SpiceJet at Rs 84.25 (up 11.96%) and InteGlobe Aviation (up 10.29%) at around 2.30 pm.The shares rose in response to OMCs reducing ATF prices by about 10%, bringing ATF prices to their lowest since 2010. Fuel accounts for about 32% of operating costs for aviation companies and a 10% cut is bound to improve their margins in the fourth quarter.The cut is expected to lift Jet Airways’ operating profit margin from 6.7% currently to 11.3%, according to ICICI Direct, reported moneycontrol.com.The sharp fall in global crude oil prices has enabled OMCs to cut ATF prices. The aviation sector is doing well in India. In November 2015, domestic carriers flew 73.22 lakh passengers, up 24.65% from 58.74 lakh in November 2014 and 70.39 lakh passengers in October 2015.During the January to November 2015 period, domestic carriers flew 733.82 lakh passengers, an increase of 20.41% when compared to 609.43 lakh passengers in the corresponding period last year.In related news, two new carriers, Vistara and AirAsia India have asked the NDA government to dispense with the 5/20 formula for domestic carriers to fly abroad.IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir, have opposed any move to relax the rule.As per existing norms, an airline with five years of domestic flying experience and 20 aircraft in its fleet is eligible to fly on international routes.”We shared our feedback on the draft civil aviation policy in the meeting. The ministry heard our views on 5/20 rule,” said AirAsia’s CEO and Managing Director Mittu Chandilya, reported The Hindu.India is the ninth-largest civil aviation market in the world, with a market size of around $16 billion.last_img read more

Is the Immediate Playback of Events Changing Childrens Memories

first_imgWhen I saw my mother’s finger hovering over “play” on her phone, my daughter leaning over her shoulder, I stopped her: “You know what … let’s just let her enjoy the moment.” I wanted to keep her experience sacred for at least a little bit longer. I wanted to keep it her experience. I’ve seen the way my daughter’s facial expression changes, her eyes squint slightly, and her neck pulls her head back just a little when she watches videos of herself. I knew that in my daughter’s mind she’d felt like a rock star up there, and that seeing the video might surprise her and change the way she remembered the experience. It’s not that her performance wasn’t good — just that it might be slightly different on video than the way she experienced it, the way we all feel when we hear ourselves on a recording and say “Wait — that’s what I sound like?” It turns out that my hesitancy has a genuine scientific basis. Daniel Schacter, a psychology professor at Harvard whose books include “The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers,” told me, “We know from research that reactivating an experience after it occurs can have large effects on subsequent memory for that experience, and depending on what elements of an experience are reactivated, can even change the original memory.” Many studies have been done on how a person taking a photograph reinforces or reshapes their memory, but what about our children — the subject of our constant documentation? Does seeing themselves in the third person change or even falsify their memories? Instead of remembering the experience of singing up there on the stage looking out at the audience from her own eyes, my daughter’s memory becomes entangled with the videographer’s perspective from the audience looking up at the stage. The night of the elementary school talent show, we came home to celebrate with ice cream when my mother took out her iPhone to show a video she’d taken of my 10-year-old daughter’s performance. My daughter had played Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” on the piano by ear and sang along. Despite her nerves, she got out there in the middle of the stage in a new dress with scattered sequins and sang her best, bowing to an audience of clapping parents before she walked off stage — an expression of relief and pride on her face. Elizabeth Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies memory, explained: “Experiencing gives you a ‘first’ person perspective. You see others while you act. Watching gives you a ‘third’ person perspective. You learn something about how others see you. I’d say this would ‘add’ to the memory … which in a sense is a kind of reshaping.” Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

A traveler at heart

first_imgAn ensemble of 20 of Singh’s acrylic and oil on canvas, the works reflect the artists’ observations of the three years spent in Dwarka in Delhi.Says Singh, ‘In 2007, we shifted base to a suburb of Delhi, where we spent three years. It was only then that the city life started impacting the canvas of my life. I often used the rickshaw ride till the metro line while on my way to my studio back then at Triveni Kala Sangam. On the way, the beauty of the sweeping movements of the shadows, the little conversations with the rickshawallah about their migration, their daily struggle, collectively evoked in me a strong desire to express their emotions.’ The first culmination of these visions was the Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chalchalacha series.The second series Euphoria also showcased the hustle and bustle of the city where birds were the metaphors for people. Chalat Musafir combines the experiences of both the exhibitions and brings a beautiful amalgamation of the artists’ experiences. The wistful canvasses perhaps emerge from her colorful real-life encounters.Her daily rickshaw ride seems to serve as the metaphor for her canvas which beautifully shows the rickshaw in the circle of life. There are undercurrents of urban angst, street life and familiar objects in the gender sensitive ethos of her work. The tea pot flying above the civilization perhaps shows the constant yearning of the urbane civilization to fly away from reality. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe process of producing these oils on canvas is a tedious one. Singh initially captures images on camera for study, deconstructs using computer graphics and finally re-creates them as paintings, diligently composed in layers of oil paints that also endow the work with a distinct and subtle texture. The show will stay continued at – Gallery Artspeaks India, New Delhi from 11 January to 23 January 2014.WHEN: 27 December 2013 – 8 January, 2014, 11 pm to 8 Pm WHERE: Azad Bhawan Art Gallery, ICCR, Azad Bahwan, IP Estatelast_img read more

A taste of Bihar

first_imgBihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) and the government of Bihar is organising this event in Delhi and Dara Project’s MD, Sarabjeet Dara taken the charge of event manager of this event.The event includes the showcasing of handicraft, handloom and art that showcases the culture and heritage of Bihar. There will also be cultural programmes being staged everyday by renowned artistes from the region. The theme of ‘Tourism, tradition, art, culture and ambience of Bihar’ is expected to take over the Capital with their myriad hues. And of course as we talk about Bihar, we cannot ignore the incredible food that comes from there. The event will have stalls that will be dishing out the delectable fare for all to taste.The main attraction for the visitors include around 20 stalls of handloom and handicrafts. Bhagalpuri silk, Mithila paintings, Siki products, jute products like jewellry, Tikuli Art, Nepura silk of Nalanda and famous handloom bed sheets of Biharsharif. Head over to get a taste of Bihar right in the heart of Delhi.WHEN: 22 to 27 MarchWHERE: Dilli Haat, INAlast_img read more

Target Hit by a Sophisticated Hack Job

first_img Enroll Now for Free 2 min read Target acknowledged early this morning that it is investigating a security breach that may have compromised over 40 million credit and debit cards used by customers shopping at the discount retail chain from November 27 to December 15, a period that included Black Friday.This wasn’t your run-of-the mill hack. The thieves targeted physical store locations (online was not affected) on a national scope. The hackers were able to access credit and debit-card data found on the magnetic strips by comprising approximately 40,000 card devices at store registers, the Wall Street Journal reportedWho carried out the hack remains unclear. Stolen data included customer names, credit, debit and Target store brand card numbers, expiration dates and CVV codes.”You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports,” the company said in a letter to its customers.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic)This is far from the first major retailer breaches. Back in 2007, TJX — the company behind T.J. Maxx and Marshalls – acknowledged its systems had been compromised when hackers used the store’s wireless networks to access information connected to payment card, check and return transactions at TJX locations nationwide. Data from over 45 million credit and debit cards was stolen.And in July, credit card numbers from over 160 accounts were stolen from companies including J.C. Penny and 7-Eleven.But the timing of this particular attack was, unfortunately, impeccable. Black Friday is America’s biggest shopping weekend of the year, when store traffic is at its highest.At least Target doesn’t have to sit alone with its “hacked” status. Yesterday, news broke that hackers had breached the Washington Post’s servers (for the third time this year), making off with employee usernames and passwords.Related: New York Times Hacked: 3 Tips for Avoiding Email Scams Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 19, 2013 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Work to start on £90m link road

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWork is set to start on a £90m link road – with preliminary work set to begin this month. The first phase of construction on the roughly 5.5km (3.421 mile) Congleton Link Road is set to start in March, with preliminary work due to start earlier. The road, which will join the A534 Sandbach Road to the west and the A536 to the Macclesfield Road to the east, has been in the pipeline for several years and Cheshire East Council say it will ‘significantly’ improve travel between Congleton, Macclesfield and the M6 motorway. Cheshire East Council, which is contributing £24m to the project with the rest coming from central government and developer contributions, are holding an event for local residents and businesses to meet Graham, the firm contracted to carry out the work. The event is taking place at Black Firs Primary School on Longdown Road in Congleton between 5pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday January 29. Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: “I do hope that residents, interested groups and organisations, as well as businesses will take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the contractors and learn more about this exciting scheme. “Graham are a well known, highly-reputable construction contractor and I am sure they will deliver the Congleton Link Road as planned and on time.” Read MoreMore than 100 jobs to be created as plans for new Lidl, B&M and 70 new homes approved   Graham say a lot of the work will be hidden from view – with traffic disruption kept to a minimum as the route spans open land. Alastair Lewis, contract manager for Graham, said: “We are always keen to work with stakeholders to drive community engagement and keep people informed about the work that we do. “This event will provide an opportunity for us to speak directly with road users and the communities in Congleton to help reduce disruption where possible during our works. We have developed a programme that intends to cause as little disruption as possible.” Planning for the road stated in 2012 – with construction set to be completed by 2010. Cheshire East Council say the new road will support the development of an estimated 2,400 new homes and 20 hectares of employment land, with the potential to generate 3,000 jobs by 2035. Read MoreWoman freed from vehicle by firefighters after accident on busy road   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more