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Free fonts for sign designers

Sometimes, our archived stories get searched via the various engines and continue to provide useful information long after first publishing. Such was the case when Emma Barry needed to know more about font licences and found Shane Drew's 2010 column on Typeface licencing.

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Outdoor billboards being turned into bee hotels

McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden are replacing roadside billboards with signs that double as ‘bee hotels' - permanent wood installations with drilled holes that provide a safe haven for wild bees. The pilot scheme, run in collaboration with outdoor advertiser JCDecaux, may be rolled out worldwide, says the fast food giant.

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FESPA releases "content-rich" Madrid 2020 program

Visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 (IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, 24 – 27 March, 2020), Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage, will discover “a content-rich event including a program of features designed to inform and inspire in equal measure,” say the organisers. ‘Wrapping’ and ‘Printeriors’ are two new categories added to the FESPA awards.

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LIA award winners make travel plans for drupa 2020

LIA Biennial Award winners Jason Turai (2017) and Jonathan Pitt (2019) have received their prize money and are making plans for the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to drupa 2020 in Dusseldorf, thanks to the sponsorship of industry groups the Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) and Visual Connections.

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ePac invests further $100M to Buy 24 HP Indigo 20000 Presses

Spotting trends early on can make fortunes and cause disuption to entrenched markets. Established only in 2016 by Jack Knott, ePac spotted the trend towards shorter run, fast-delivery flexible packs, particularly pouches. The business is growing at break-neck speed, primarily based on theHP Indigo 20000 760mm flexible packaging web press with attendant converting.

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Are packaging & textiles behind Xerox's offer to buy HP?- Andy McCourt

News fresh out of the USA is that Xerox's offer to acquire HP is valued at USD$33 billion in cash and stock and is backed by Citigroup, with investor Carl Icahn masterminding the deal in the background - but what is the real reason behind this mega-strategy? Could it be largely to supply the global food & beverage packaging and textile markets?

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Carbon8 adds digital fizz to site visit by 3 associations

Yesterday saw digital print house Carbon8, recently moved into the former Blake & Hargreaves Marrickville, NSW premises, open its doors to delegates from no less than three industry associations: the ‘Society of Old Friends’ now in its 110th year; the Press Gang and members of the LIA.

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