Looks best in Japanese

How printing inks are made

See this beautifully shot film by Canadian craft ink supplier Rycoline, The Printing Ink Company.

Ink specialist Peter Welfare and his team at Rycoline formulate and manufacture inks primarily for litho printing.  In addition to a full lab facility, Rycoline is able to consult and advise on how to match colour, surface textures, as well as consulting on how to achieve consistent results with corporate brand colours on various stocks.  I also use Rycoline raw materials and advice in my experiments with letterpress and effects inks.

If you are a designer or otherwise involved in the graphic arts you should watch this to gain a more full knowledge of why ink choice is equally as important as the paper stocks or printing presses you choose to run your projects on.  Ink supplier choice is very important in lowering environmental impact as many commodity ink factories pay little attention to how these chemicals are handled and disposed of.


Tools of the trade

These are the most basic tools of the graphic arts, it won't matter how fast your computer is if you don't have these.  This photo shows my personal kit that resides on my cutting and light tables.  When you buy these items get the best ones you can find.  I keep my studio, car and home littered with these items just in case.

Stainless steel ruler.  An 18" for the desk and a 38" for the table.
Sharpie. The only pen required.
Olfa stainless mini knife. Beautiful feel and they last forever.
Folding bone. Manipulate papers without marking.
Pencil HB2. Sketch and erase.
Low tack 3M white masking tape. Duct tape for the studio.
3M Double sided tape aka Dtape.
Scoring matrix. Create mock ups without splitting the paper.
Big paper clips.  Ouch!
Scissors.  Cut anything
Betamag 12x viewer with light.  Never goes out of style.
Rubber cutting mat.

Amazing sign

I saw this sign in Shanghai.  These LED/laser cut acrylic signs were everywhere and looked amazing. I want to make one so bad.