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Printing sustainability is a moving target complicating customer relations. On the surface, each environmental improvement offers new facts requiring validation.
In our politically correct world, sustainability can be an item on the clients checklist. An item they are afraid to open up and drill down on. After all, it wasn't that long ago 'sustainability' meant a printers ability to produce the same quality run time after time in a profitable way. The improvements to environmentally sustainable printing come at us faster and faster. Understanding and evaluating, between fact and hype, is our printing industry's challenge.
There will be environmentalist aware clients who come at the issue using words like 'climate change', 'renewable', 'recycle' or even 'fast fashion'. Each will be looking for confirmation that their goods contribute to improvements, from their perspective.
Sustainability is a journey, where what has meaning to that customer is their best option for the road to now be travelled together.
The Blackest Black
The impact of no colour can be breath taking in an unexpected way.
A visitor viewing the new BMW coated in Vantablack (made from a pigment the uses tiny carbon nanotubes to absorb 99.965% of the light) reacted with... "It almost broke my brain. It has no reflection, no contours. Its like part of the world has been Photoshopped away. Stare at it long enough, and it feels like your soul has been sucked out of your eyeballs." 'The car itself appears two dimensional. Only details like tires, grill and windows offer visual clues to the true shape of the car...components simply seem to be floating in space'
We first reported the Vantablack experience in Vol 104 of The Docket, in 'The Black Hole' article about a pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic. Similar reactions included; "darkest building on earth", 'almost impossible for the human eye to perceive the shape' and "It changes as you approach it. From far away you see it as a surface of blackness, it just looks like a void,"
Black with 1% or less reflection presents a new and interesting end of the black use spectrum.
Screen Printing Fine Art
Each handmade printing of fine art, done manually, one image at a time, is considered an
original work of art, not a reproduction. Each impression, of that art, prints a unique version. The labour creates its desired effect with the applications mix of ink colours, alignment and density making each an original work. Each created by manual application of squeegee to screen and ink to produce that visual and tactile offering.
Consumers often misunderstand the print numbering that identifies each unique impression. They see something like 4/25 and assume it to be better than or printed prior to 15/25. Reality however reveals that 4/25 was the fourth impression "signed" while the order they were printed in is unlikely the same. Acutally, for consumers of the art, it may very well be that the last impressions produced are of superior quality based on the result of what was learned and earned in printing the impressions before that last one.
Your Time Impact
Time spent is gone, so spending it effectively is key. No one works alone, so clients, coworkers, suppliers all have a real impact. Effectiveness requires not undermining those relationships. An organization called Lifelabs Learning has studied unusually productive situations to bring focus on these 7 simple basic tools...
that balance time used and the involvement of others.
1. Tell Folks What You Are Doing
They will be able to understand and help if they know what drives you.
2. Maintain An Availability Schedule
Those around you need predictability and that they have access to you. You can set the regular time slot.
3. Confirm Times
Identifying when you are available to them and when you are not, then do it.
If you don't know how you are contributing, ask. If you can't contribute be somewhere else.
5. Share Whats On You Plate
When others know the impact of their request working together surfaces.
6. Discuss Trade Offs
When others want something, what are the options?
7. Build A Dynamic Work Flow
Use If-Then style options shared between those involved builds understanding and cooperation as opportunities pop up.