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PrintingUnited 2019 Material Review

In October, we visited the Printing United show in Dallas, Texas. Printing United describes itself as a brand-new trade show that will “provide access to the latest solutions for apparel, graphics/wide-format, and functional printing applications.” Their goal is putting under one roof “access to all printing technologies.” Those of us in the industry all agree it’s an exciting time for printing and print-on-demand products. A show with so many different technologies and materials in one place was both informative...

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Suzani Pattern Definition and Design

A Suzani is a form of embroidered textile native to Central Asia. The term is derived from the Persian word for needlework, "suzanikari". Suzani tells the enduring story of mothers' love for their daughters and the beautiful handcrafted dowry pieces that they lovingly and laboriously created for their wedding day to bring happiness, protection, and prosperity into their married life. Suzanis were a symbol of a family's wealth; the greater the ornamentation signified the societal status of the bride's family. Through...

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LDI Interior’s Beautiful and Customizable Faux Leather Upholstery

At LDI Interiors, sustainable design is more than just an industry trend or empty marketing term; it is one of the core values of their company. They view sustainability as an essential part of their business model and an ever-evolving part of the design process. Each new product, each new design, is seen as a stepping stone toward a healthier planet. It is with sustainability in mind that LDI Interiors develops long-lasting products for commercial interiors that improve indoor air...

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Customizable Privacy Screens by Kwickscreen

Kwickscreen originally began as a student project for Michael Korn. Still, today, it is slowly revolutionizing how hospitals and medical centers create privacy and comfort for patients and families in an instant. Design Pool Pattern Prairie Michael enrolled in an industrial design program at the Royal College of Art with the spirit of an inventor. He wanted to design a product that would make a difference in people’s lives and was inspired to look to the healthcare industry because of its...

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Interview with Paul Lewin – Custom Restaurant Interior

Paul Lewin was a designer at Tivi in Chicago when he and his partner Ryan Wither got the project of their dreams, by sheer luck. In 2013, their friend and restaurateur Peter Verrill asked them to design his new restaurant Outliers Eatery, in foodie heaven Portland, Maine. What happens when a designer is given complete and total freedom to design a restaurant for someone obsessed with Hunter S. Thompson? For designer Paul Lewin, you get “The unicorn of my career.” Verrill...

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InPrint Show and Print on Demand Opportunities

If you are interested in getting involved in the print on demand business and are in need of printing equipment and inks, InPrint is the place to go! This unique show is highly focused and very well organized. Admission includes access to all the presentations and the chance to network with a wide range of people from different industries. I attended InPrint for the first time as a keynote speaker, presenting on “print on demand” capabilities and customization for commercial...

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Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Floral Squares
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Cotton Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Wheat Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Stylized Daisies
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Zen Garden

Sustainability with Print on Demand

During her 27-year career working in the textile industry, Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni watched as the industry she worked in produced yards and yards of textile waste while creating large collections twice a year. The standard model was for a traditional mill to create hundreds of designs, each available in multiple color ways, to present to clients. Those clients only had availability to place 3% of those designs, leaving 97% of the designs shelved, never to be shown...

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Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Facade
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Waiting Room
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Entry

Interview with Paul Lewandowski

Paul Lewandowski, architect at Paul Designs Project, was design principal at SMRT Architects and Engineers when he got the opportunity to redesign the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a building with a personal connection to him. In order to bring this project to life and be meaningful in the community, Paul utilized custom printing to create two unique pieces. What was it about the St. Mary’s Project that got Paul excited to get to work? He was born there! Paul...

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