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NEWS
SIGN AFRICA & AFRICA IN STORE SET TO BE THE BIGGEST YET
With three months remaining until the doors of Sign Africa open on the 5 September, bookings for shows are well on track and set to be a sell-out event! Already, 72% of all the stands have been sold over the two halls at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
MAY WRAP TO THE MAX LAPTOP WINNER
Charnia Yapp from Sign Africa handed over the wrapped laptop to Ann Grace, graphic designer from Dyason, the May winner from Pretoria. You can enter your designs and stand a chance to win in the monthly voting and go into the judging of the main competition. But people who don’t consider themselves to be creative enough to design a wrap can enter the sms competition by sending ‘Roland’ to 33128 or call 086 22 22 012 for more information. The Roland Wrap to the Max design awards 2007 is proudly sponsored by: Roland, Avery Graphics, Sign Africa, Falcon graphics and Volkswagen
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OHMSA AWARDS SET A NEW STANDARD FOR OUT OF HOME MEDIA EXCELLENCE
OHMSA is launching the OHMSA Awards to recognize creative excellence in the out of home media industry. While South Africa doesn’t lack for platforms recognising excellence in advertising, traditionally, out of home has been marginalized despite it being one of the fastest growing media sectors in the country.
FESPA 2007 PREMIER AWARDS RECOGNISE EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL SCREEN AND DIGITAL PRINTING INDUSTRIES
The winners of the FESPA 2007 Premier Awards have been announced at the FESPA 2007 exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The competition is open exclusively to FESPA members, with over 350 entries received from 22 countries. The Awards categories represent the diverse areas of both screen and digital printing, and include point of purchase products, calendars, greetings cards, posters, garments, decals and three-dimensional products, to name just a few.
VISCOM GOES DIGITAL SIGNAGE
Digital Signage is used increasingly today in public spaces: now also appearing in advertising by electronic tickers or digital posters, its use to display arrival or departure times in railway stations and airports has been quite common for some time already. In underground railways, advertising aimed at specific target groups can be displayed varying with the time of day. In hotels, large supermarkets and shops also, the use of Digital Signage is increasing significantly.
FESPA’S BOLD SENSATIONS CAMPAIGN FOR SCREEN PRINTING WILL ‘EDUCATE, ENTHUSE, INSPIRE’
FESPA is leading a bold new campaign to promote screen printing’s unique capability to enhance marketing communications with remarkable special effects. Targeted at printers, print buyers, designers and marketers, the Sensations initiative was launched at the FESPA 2007.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD - START A PETITION A local website has been created to assist South Africans wanting to build and distribute effective petitions. The free website provides simple but powerful tools for building and managing online petitions. It aims to give users a voice to make a difference through the convenience and distribution power of the Internet.
PROJECTS

NEW OUTDOOR MEDIA TAKES OFF AT AIRPORTS
Passengers using Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) managed airports around the country will not miss the larger than life soccer ball, a precursor to 2010 soccer fever. As a breakaway from the usual outdoor media, the 'ballboard' has generated vast interest among air travelers and is expected to be a talking point.

GOLDEN DRAGON LED SHOWCASES SHOPPING CENTRE
The new facade of the Regensburg shopping centre, KÖWE, captivates shoppers with a myriad of harmonized colour changes. This unusual optical impression is achieved by 2,448 Golden Dragon LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, which backlight the glass facade.

NEW PRODUCTS
VISTA SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL "NO SMOKING" WALL SIGN
Vista System International has unveiled a new "No Smoking" wall sign frame. The new sign is very noticeable and conforms to requirements for placing a "No Smoking" signage in public places..

HARRIS INFOCASTER DIGITAL SIGNAGE SOLUTION
The Infocaster enables new and more effective ways to communicate your message. It is a comprehensive digital signage solution available for creating, managing and delivering eye-catching displays, from a simple menu board to a sophisticated national network of retail point of purchase displays. You can choose from a stand-alone InfoCaster creation system to an extensive digital signage network of multiple InfoCasters, effectively managed by InfoCaster Network Manager.
Contact ilana_gordon@concilium.co.za; www.concilium.co.za or www.broadcast.harris.com/infocaster
Ph +27 83 267 1706

INFINITE
Seamless plasma display panels are revolutionary plasma screens that enable new dimensions for high resolution large image displays. The 42” displays can be combined to create any size of screen required with seam gaps of less than 5mm between the panels. Due t the super slim-line design, these displays can be integrated into almost any environment.
Contact Screencom (+27 11) 608 3410/ (+27 21) 552 7202 sales@screencom.co.za

SOLINK BACKLIT FILM
Solink Backlit Film is a translucent polyester based backlit film providing excellent print quality with solvent based inks. The media profile is absolutely flat and non-frayed, which allows faster production with no downtime. Processed and manufactured by NEO’s special coating techniques, the reception layer of Solink Backlit Film features superb ink absorption rate, heavy ink coverage and fast drying time with all types of solvent inks. Brilliant and rich colour finish on the print. Ideal for all types of backlit displays, signage and window displays. Contact The Paper Plot 08600PAPER or (+27) 21 551 2500

MADICO DISPLAYS UNIQUE INKJET PRINTABLE WINDOW FILMS AT FESPA
Offering the largest range of UV, solvent, eco-solvent and thermal digital inkjet printable window films available on the market, leading pressure sensitive films provider, Madico Graphic Films exhibited key products from its range at FESPA 2007. Madico’s product line-up in Berlin typified the array of opportunities presented for architectural design, POS and other wide-format printing applications and includes solvent and UV inkjet printable media such as Lumisty® view control films and Texturelite™ privacy window films.

INDUSTRY’S FIRST NON-PCB LED DESIGN
Neon & Graphic Supplies distributes GELcore LEDs who have launched the industry’s first non-PCB LED design (United States application 20020174995). The claims to the patent claim an LED, electrically in contact with a flexible electrical conductor, and mechanically secure to the insulating covering of the wire. An IDC connector on flexible wiring is used to power the LED. The Tetra socket has alignment and termination features to the wires. There are also locking-tab design features for locking the Tetra socket to the wire. Contact NGS (+27 11) 472 0195/ (+27 21) 510 5398/ (+27 31) 573 2266

EFI® FIERY® XF RIP, VERSION 3.1
new EFI® Fiery® XF RIP, version 3.1, supporting the full line of VUTEk® superwide format printers from EFI. The new Fiery XF 3.1 provides leading-edge technology printing for production and proofing requirements, delivering high-speed processing, exceptional productivity. The Fiery XF software already offers exclusive connectivity to the EFI product portfolio. current and future integration with other EFI products in terms of streamlining production workflows.

VISTA SYSTEM LAUNCH DOUBLE SIDED PYLON WITH A PEDESTAL BASE
Vista System International has unveiled a new product to its’ already vast collection of signage products: a double sided pylon with a pedestal base for extra visibility and design possibilities. The pedestal base is a mini double-sided pylon placed at the bottom of the main sign. The pedestal has proportionally smaller dimensions to create an eye-catching, prestigious look. Graphics may be displayed separately in both the pedestal and the main sign to create unique design effects. The new sign is ideal for showrooms, lobbies, POP displays and business ID implementations.

NEW PRODUCT SOLUTION FOR RETAIL AND MARKETING
Xanita is a South African company that develops and manufactures X-Board, a revolutionary multipurpose composite board that is taking the world by storm. The name Xanita is derived from the Greek, Sanida, meaning board or panel, since their principal product is made up of paper honeycomb, sandwiched between two outer layers of laminate.

GSW BRING MUSTANG INTO SA
GSW will be distributing the Mustang range of suspended display systems and had the product range on display at Sign Africa Cape Town. Because of its manufacturing quality and wide range of products, in the past ten years MUSTANG SYSTEMS has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of suspended display system using cables and rods. The cables and rods are made of steel, the aluminum components are machined using the latest technologies and have different treatments to make them attractive and durable. The production process is ISO 9002 certified.
Contact GSW Cape Town (+27 21) 511 5340 JHB (+27 11) 444 9288 DBN (+27 31) 569 5114

ISENZO LAUNCHES HOMEGROWN DIGITAL SIGNAGE SOFTWARE
Local media systems company, Isenzo, has released a beta version of Mediacaster, its groundbreaking media management system. Mediacaster is a locally produced, highly adaptable software package for managing private TV networks such as digital signage, retail television and public information displays.

EPSON LAUNCHES THE EMP-TW1000
The EMP-TW1000 is Epson’s first 3LCD projector to incorporate Full HD 1080p panel. The HD Ready home cinema projector incorporates new 3LCD technology, the Dream Six panel, which features a native 16:9 resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. These latest 3LCD panels are based on Crystal Clear Fine technology (C2 Fine) for crisp, sharp images.

TIPS AND TRICKS

UNDERSTANDING PRINT QUALITY IN DIGITAL PRINTING
Human nature being what it is, the disruptive technology of Gutenberg’s printing press almost certainly had detractors who questioned the quality of the pages the early presses produced. Half a millennium later, print quality is still a primary consideration of anyone involved in the creation and production of printed materials. Then as now, our impressions of quality are influenced by experience, expectations and the applications of every print job.

MEDIA AWARENESS
Philippe Barrer, Business Manager, Inkjet & Colour Solutions at Kodak, explains the importance of going below the surface to get the most from your media.
SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!
HOW TO MAKE A TOY SOLDIER TABLE
Simple and striking DIY "soldier table" -- just line up your soldiers on a flat surface and cover with a sheet of glass.
BLACKBOARD PAINT MAKES KITCHEN SCRIBBLY
This is pretty tasty -- a standard IKEA kitchen converted to a scribbler's paradise by painting all the vertical surfaces with blackboard paint.
GALLERY OF ROBIN "SHOCK" COVERS
There was a thread in a comic book chat room about two years ago that discussed the "Robin Corner Shock Pose" Its superbly funny. In a nutshell the late 50's and 60's Batman comics have Robin in the bottom left or right corner looking shocked at whatever is going on. This occurs on about 30 covers. Nearly exact same pose every time. Here's a link with the page showing a poster picture of the covers.
CHRYSLER'S "HIGHWAY HI-FI PHONOGRAPH"
Back when Kevin was working at Cutler's Records in New Haven, CT in the late (or was it mid?) 1970's his manager Barry told him about these things and how they used to sell 'em like hot cakes back in the 50's. Kevin's manager wasn't the kind of guy to make up rubish but he still found it kinda hard to believe that you could have a record player in your car. For some odd reason he was just thinking about it and managed to google up this article.
WHICH COUNTRIES' GDPS ARE COMPARABLE TO US STATES'?
Here's a map of the USA where the states have been labelled with the names of countries with comparable GDPs -- California is the same size as France; Texas, Canada; New York, Brazil, and so on.
LIVIO DE MARCHI'S WOODEN FERRARI AND OTHER SCULPTURES
Italian artist Livio De Marchi creates sculptures of familiar objects out of wood, including the likes of the piece at left, titled "Shopping," and a perfect model of a Ferrari F50 that he drives around Venice's canals.
WHEAT FIELD AS SOFTWARE
The German programmer, Bernd Hopfengärtner, wrote in Semacode, a type of visual code that contains "machine readable information" that can be used to graphically encode web-links. Since the code is visual, Ben was able to take a picture of his 160 square meter programming artwork from an airplane and have a machine read the code to output the words "Hello, World!"
FUNNY SIGNS
They lurk everywhere - just waiting to catch us unsuspecting. On street corners, on the sides of buildings, on cars and even in the middle of veld - watch out, they will leave you laughing helplessly...