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Everyone is trying digital printing but that few know how to maximize its graphic potential.

For that reason, we have partnered with Neenah on this summer’s Digital Print Cover Contest in which designers are invited — with no entry fees — to “Design Your Own Cover of GDUSA on Neenah Digital Paper.” The idea is three-fold: to give you an opportunity to learn more about digital printing; to encourage you to become more familiar with papers that enhance digitally printed projects; and to showcase your creativity in a premium spot that will make sure you get lots of recognition and exposure. And, yes, I said “free entries.”

Neenah is putting its money where its mouth is by covering the entry fees so that it is absolutely free for you to enter as many cover designs as you wish. 

With ten days to go, the submissions thus far have been creative and thoughtful. But there is lots more opportunity to be among the multiple winners and honorable mentions.

The challenge is to design a digitally-printed cover tip-on outsert that will double as the September/October 2014 magazine cover of GDUSA (which, of course, is printed for you). The entry process is fast and easy: you can get information here on what the judges are looking for; downloading a GDUSA cover template; selecting the best Neenah paper for the job from their rich variety of textures and colors; and much more. All graphic designers, art directors and other creative professionals at design firms, ad agencies, inhouse departments, and other creative businesses are welcome. Groups and teams are also welcome as are freelancers and currently enrolled graphic design students.

The deadline is August 8, so ENTER NOW.  

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Interview by John O’Reilly with Boat Magazine Editor Erin Spens

Design Week called Boat magazine “One of the most exciting new titles we’ve seen in a while. A brilliant concept and equally brilliant execution.” Creative Review couldn’t resist a seaworthy metaphor in its praise, “Still moving, Boat Magazine continues to be one of the most inspiring ventures out there.” While The Rumpus, a San Francisco-based culture mag with the tagline, “A love letter to the convict in your heart” clearly enjoyed the prison library duties, “This is the best magazine I have read in a long time — one of the most creative, beautiful, and engaging things to ever land in my mailbox.”

Editor Erin Spens and Creative Director Davey Spens launched Boat magazine in 2011, as a project of Boat Studio in East London. Like many new niche magazines in the new publishing model both online and offline, Boat also served as a portfolio piece for the Studio except its proposition was always much more conceptual and interesting. Not only did each issue focus on a single city, but for each issue, the magazine team relocated to the city it was featuring.

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Digital printing is the fastest growing segment of the print world and vital to the future of graphic communications. The latest GDUSA reader survey reveals that three in four designers have bought or specified digital printing in the past year, but our readers tell us that, the world being what it is, they have not always had the chance to learn how to get the most out of the technology for their clients.

In this light, the summer of 2014 brings the Neenah Digital Print Cover Contest. You are invited to “Design Your Own Cover of GDUSA on Neenah Digital Paper.” The idea is three-fold: to give designers an opportunity to learn more about digital printing; to encourage you to become more familiar with papers that enhance digitally printed projects; and to showcase your creativity in a premium spot that will make sure you get lots of recognition and exposure.

Neenah is putting its money where its mouth is:  the popular papermaker is covering your entry fees so that it is absolutely free for you to enter as many cover designs as you wish. The challenge is to design a digitally-printed cover tip-on outsert that will double as the September/October 2014 magazine cover of GDUSA (which, of course, is printed for you). The entry process is fast and easy: you can get information here on what the judges are looking for; downloading a GDUSA cover template; selecting the best Neenah paper for the job from their rich variety of textures and colors; and much more.

All graphic designers, art directors and other creative professionals at design firms, ad agencies, inhouse departments, and other creative businesses are welcome. Groups and teams are also welcome as are freelancers and currently enrolled graphic design students.

ENTER NOW!

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For the 51st year GDUSA has conducted a reader survey about print design. As part of the survey we asked readers,  “What are your favorite colors for use in print design?” Here are their Top 10 Favorite Colors:

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You can download the entire Print Survey here.

 

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