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Never Mind What’s Behind the Screen!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SGIA (Specialty Graphic Image Association) recently announced the 2012 Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, sponsored by the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. The awards will recognize superior imaging work from students at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Categories include wooden signs and backlit signs and displays, among others. The competition calls attention to a signage technique that, when done properly, can be very impactful for school banners, sports banners, trade show signs and outdoor signage, not to mention point-of-purchase and promotional materials. It’s screen printing.

Screen printing is versatile, with the ability to print on many surfaces of varying shapes or thicknesses, including paper, plastics, glass, metals and fabrics. According to the Printer’s National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC), the simplicity of the screen printing process allows it to be flexible in terms of inks and dyes. PNEAC says screen printing has increased because of improved production rates, aided by developments like automated and rotary screen printing presses, improved dryers and U.V. curable ink.

But, be sure to look at what’s behind the screen. Despite the fact that there are numerous websites that give you the step-by-step process for screen printing and declare a do-it-yourself mentality, quality signage is still an art that takes training and talent. The SGIA competition highlights the expertise required to be a professional in the signage industry. The awards will recognize the artists, designers and professionals of tomorrow. When choosing signage for your Maryland or Harford County business, consider what a true professional can bring to your signage: expertise, value for your money, and guaranteed quality. We look forward to seeing the quality design innovations from these young artists!


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