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Welcome to our tenth issue of Signal - the e-mail publication for signage, design, and media news. We will be bringing you news from all around SA and the world, biweekly. If you like Signal, please make use of our Women's Day run subscription offer on the left... we will even gift wrap it for you!!
NEWS
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR WTTM ENTRIES IN
Just a reminder, for those of you who would still like to enter the Wrap to the Max Design Competition: Wednesday 1 August, midnight is the closing date for all those wonderful designs to be submitted. To follow the step by step entry guide, download entry forms and the design template or to read more about the rules and fantastic prizes please visit www.rolanddg.co.za. For any queries or to book your tickets for the Wrap to the Max party please email us at: wrap2max@telpro.co.za

JUNE WRAP TO THE MAX LAPTOP WINNER Charnia Yapp from Sign Africa and Prakash Naidoo from Avery Graphics handed over the wrapped laptop, sponsored by Roland Africa, to the June winner John Mays, owner and graphic designer from NYD in 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 Hatfield. www.roland.co.za

SEE THE 3M™ DI-NOC™ FILM EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED BY INTAMARKET AT SIGN AFRICA
The 3M DI-NOC Film product line includes more than 500 self-adhesive film laminates designed to offer unlimited creativity & architectural freedom. 3M South Africa has partnered with Intamarket (Pty) Ltd to introduce this new exciting range of materials to the South African signage, interior design and
architectural market place.
HERO OF THE WORKING GLASS
Gary Dixon, International Business Manager, Madico Graphic Films Ltd sheds some light on the opportunities available to digital printers using the new breed of printable window-films to explore glazing enhancement applications.
STUDY DETERMINES DIGITAL BILLBOARDS DON’T CAUSE ACCIDENTS
The Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE), Washington, DC, combined the results of two separate studies that examine traffic-accident causation and driver performance in relation to digital billboards and concluded digital billboards can’t be blamed for auto accidents.
KODAK LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO PROMOTE VALUE AND POWER OF PRINT
Kodak encourages marketers and marketing communications agencies interested in improving response rates, increasing sales, and achieving strong return on marketing investment dollars to bookmark www.PrintAmbassador.com, a new website dedicated to promoting the many uses and benefits of print.
PROJECTS

PLEXIGLAS® PROVIDES A SUITABLE FRAME FOR PRESENTING STYLISH CRYSTAL JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI POP DISPLAY CASES PROJECT
Degussa’s Acrylic Sheet Business Line has received a large order for Swarovski point-of-purchase display cases via its distribution partner Röhm Austria. The sales volume comprises almost 15,000 square metres (equivalent to more than two football pitches) of 35 mm thick PLEXIGLAS®. The customer decided in favor of Degussa because of the specialty product PLEXIGLAS® Hi-Gloss Mother-of-Pearl and the ACRIFIX® adhesives
system.

POLYCOM SOUNDSTATION PROMOTED ON BILLBOARDS
Technology has impacted the manner in which business is conducted and businesses are seeking cost-effective ways to communicate. Kathea Communications, South African distributor for communications company Polycom, is promoting the new Polycom Soundstation on several Primedia Outdoor billboards.

OSRAM SEVEN SCREENS
Seven Screens is the new light art project implemented along the headquarters of OSRAM GmbH in Munich to provide artists with a platform for media art. Designed as a landmark, the seven masts with LED screens are a new urban highlight in the Bavarian capital.
LIVE EARTH CONCERT FEATURED LED LIGHTING
Lamina, a Westampton, NJ-based LED light-engine manufacturer, provided its LED system for 24 x BB washlights along the front of the stage for a U.K. concert for Live Earth at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 7. Lighting design firm i-Pix selected Lamina’s solid-state LED lighting to follow Live Earth’s energy efficiency. The Lamina lights achieve high power output while consuming 76A. Lamina estimate traditional lights would consume 480A.
PRIMEDIA OUTDOOR BILLBOARDS BUILD LG TELEVISION AWARENESS
When LG brought the new 'Time Machine TV' to market, changing the face of television viewing habits, they added to the marketing mix a host of billboard promotions on strategically selected Primedia Outdoor prime real estate locations.
NEW PRODUCTS
POP RIGHT OPEN™ RANGE
Right Stuff has developed the popular Pop Right Open™ range even further to include the all-new Vertical Pop Right Open™, which comes in 2 sizes: 1m x 2m and 1m x 3m. The new option offers greater variety for branding optimisation.

SUN CHEMICAL EXTENDS PROJECT 37 LINE WITH DISC DECORATION SOLUTION FOR DUPLICATORS
Sun Chemical announced Project 37D, a single pass UV inkjet printerdesigned to offer CD/DVD duplicating companies an even more affordable digital system for the decoration of optical discs.

LEADER VIEW – THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE LEADER WAYFINDING SIGN FAMILY
Signal Sign System’s Leader View is the latest member of our successful Leader way finding sign system. The Leader View is elegant, practical and easy to install, it is available in 5 widths offering standard European DIN sizes and lengths to 2.5m as standard, and on special request 5m is available. This internal elegant system offers a complete way finding solution. Door signs, table stands flag signs, suspended signs and directories are all catered for.

IMAGETOVECTOR.COM INTRODUCES HAND-MADE VECTOR CONVERSIONS ONLINE
As a sign maker if you are used to producing signs cut out or engraved using vectors you will know what is meant by the word boring! Being forced to outline every image in Illustrator or CorelDraw has to be once of the most mundane tasks known to man - but also inevitable. Take any vector based graphic and consider the amount of time and effort it took to convert all those images. It is now possible to order hand-made vector conversions online. www.imagetovector.com uses an online service to produce handmade Vectors in next to no time, at a price that cannot be ignored.

COLOR-DEC DOMES SYSTEM
Domes Equipment Model 250M is the entry-level machine for the future of badging. A single axis automatic dispensing machine with features such as a desktop structure on a welded steel frame, single acting metering group, accessories for distribution head-setting, very compact dimensions and no electric power supply needed. The benefits are a wide working area (550x480mm without a movable table), low maintenance and user-friendly equipment, mechanically controlled short volume, high flexibility and productivity with regular shape labels and a limited investment/ cost. Contact Color-Dec Italy webinfo@color-dec.it www.color-dec.it

BANNER DROP DISPLAY SYSTEMS
A cost effective patented mechanical system (operated via remote control) for raising and lowering display articles using wire rope and an indexing mechanism that eliminates wire tangling and assures that display articles remain level at all heights. Available in regular or heavy-duty specifications,
Banner Drop™ cuts out the co-ordinating lift rentals and logistics, moving lift to and from display site, expensive insurance coverage from reach installations. It is also a much cleaner and safer method in relation to aerial work platforms. www.BrittenBanners.com

PROTAC ANTIBACTERIAL OVERLAMINATING FILM
Drytac Europe Ltd have developed a new high quality pressure sensitive overlaminating film know as Protac Antibacterial, which with its built in Microban Antimicrobial technology, provides protection against the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, mould and mildew. Ideal for use where cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance.

TIPS AND TRICKS

COLOUR MANAGEMENT IN WIDE FORMAT AND FLATBED PRINTING
Today everyone strives for perfection and continuously searches for higher quality. This is also true for customers of wide format and flatbed printing as they become more and more demanding. ‘Corporate identity’ and ‘colour true’ are no longer buzzwords but today play a fundamental role in visual communication. This can only be guaranteed with colour management and therefore colour management is one of the keys to success.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!
BOOKS SHAPED LIKE CIGARETTES
Tank is launching a series of books designed to mimic cigarette packs – the same size, packaged in flip-top cartons with silver foil wrapping and sealed in cellophane. TankBooks pay homage to this monumentally successful piece of packaging design by employing it in the service of great literature. Cigarette packs are iconic objects, familiar, tried and tested, and over time TankBooks will become iconic objects in their own right. The launch titles are by authors of great stature – classic stories presented in classic packaging; objects desirable for both their literary merit and their unique design.
HOW TO - WIND A CENTRE-PULL BALL OF YARN
Here's a fantastic tutorial by ariadne on how to wind a skein of yarn into a center-pull ball without having to use sticks or pencils!
PLUSHIE VEHICLES AND AUTO PARTS
Japanese firm Rocket Craft creates custom stuffed fabric models of cars, motorcycles, and even engines. From Daddy Types: Rocket Craft's crafts are not just off-the-shelf; they're faithful re-creations of your own vehicle; which is why the license plates are mosaicked out on cars in the portfolio. That's not just a generic Renault 5 Turbo; it's a client's. A Nissan Cube. A Honda Fit. A Volvo 240GL. Rocket Craft appears well-connected among the riceburner J-car enthusiasts in their home country. There are precious few wagons--though there is a Mitsubishi Delica offroadish minivan--and thankfully few SUV's... 35-45cm in length, depending on the model. 25,000-30,000 yen, plus 4,000 for the [optional] license plate.
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...