03 Dec 2020
Yucel Salih, Large Format Specialist, Ricoh UK, considers the lessons of 2020 and makes predictions for 2021 in the sign and display industry and beyond.

Large-format lessons from 2020 and forecasting the future

As we approach the end of another year, we have a natural desire to look back and consider how the next twelve months will pan out.

There are pros and cons in how to go about choosing inks, whether they are alternative inks, made by Nazdar or another supplier, or OEM inks.

Demystifying the world of alternative inks

Stephen Woodall, Market Segment Manager - Aqueous & Solvent Digital at Nazdar, explains the difference between alternative and OEM inks and answers some of the market's most frequently asked questions.

Bruce Ridge, Director of Technical Services at ink developer Nazdar Ink Technologies explains the traditional process of predicting colour fade on outdoor prints and how the new IMAGE system provides greater accuracy for inkjet.

A new Nazdar process for predicting colour weathering

It's important to ensure the colours in your printed graphics stay bold and true throughout the duration of the installation – your customers will rely on it – and there is a great deal of science behind accurately predicting the speed of ageing outdoors.

UL 410 is the slip rating used on many floor graphics products - but it's basically a test for standing still. George Sotter, President of Safety Direct America, explains the alternatives.

Don't stand still - floor graphics certifications explained

When choosing floor graphics materials, it is essential they are suitable and safe for their intended environment. Products must adhere well to the floor surface for the desired duration of the project without curling at the edges and have a non-slip surface to prevent accidents.

Large-format digital printing is an ideal fit for the decorative print market. Jane Rixon, Signage and Decoration Business Development Manager, HP Large Format Printing, explains why interior design studios, decorators and PSPs should consider digital.

Dive into décor printing with the latest digital technology

Today's consumers - both businesses and individuals - are looking for ways to put their creative stamp on their spaces. Homes, offices, hotels: people want décor that is customisable and adaptable.

Architecture, construction and engineering are some of the most environmentally conscious sectors — but can they apply their principles to their own working practices? They can now.

Is your practice as sustainable as your principles?

“The best way to predict the future is to design it,” said the ground-breaking American architect Buckminster Fuller. Today’s architects, product designers and engineers seem to have taken him at his word — and the future they are designing is a sustainable one.