Posts tagged: RIT

Another Chapter Opens in the Evolution of the Printing Industry

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 Sep 11, 2012

Reaching and communicating with consumers used to be easy, or at least simpler. At one time, 80% of the U.S. population could be reached through three major network television channels. Today, it would take more than 200 television channels to reach that same audience. The prevalence of the Internet and rapid technological advancements (e.g., imaging, mobile, bandwidth, processing speeds) have dramatically changed the communications landscape over the past decade.

The printing industry is in the midst of a rapid evolution. Technology is expanding the number of offline and online media channels that consumers are prompted to engage with. Consumers are changing their behaviors in terms of media and communication, and their preferences are forcing businesses across all industries to make adjustments in how they interact with customers and prospects. Because print is now just one of many media channels that consumers are accessing, the value and role of print is changing.

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To Find the Right Print Service Provider Just Drop2Print

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 Sep 6, 2011

Finding the best printer online for any particular job can be time consuming and frustrating, from figuring out which places can do what is needed for the job, filling out the form at every printer’s store front, to converting the file so it can be uploaded to the website. Rochester Institute of Technology is in the process of developing Drop2Print to make finding the best print service provider (PSP) for any particular job order simpler. After identifying the major problems that end users and PSPs have; the people at RIT are working on a solution. Drop2Print may appear similar to other digital storefronts, but it’s the published research behind this product that separates it from its competitors. Read more »

The Greatest Job on the Planet

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 31, 2011

David Pankow, curator of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts collection, is retiring today after more than thirty years of service. I’m sure the decision to retire was a hard one. You see, I think he has the greatest job on the planet. Read more »

Frank Romano’s History of Printing

Jim Hamilton
 May 26, 2010

Frank Romano often volunteers to host Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) alumni events at his beautiful home in the South End of Boston. At a recent one I asked Frank if I could have my picture taken with one of the many interesting historical objects that he has collected in a lifetime in the printing industry. Frank thought a little bit and then chose a drawing by Frederic W. Goudy, the famous typeface designer. (The image below comes courtesy of Frank Cost, interim dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT, who took photos that night and after the event put together a lovely photo book commemorating the event.)

Frank Romano and Jim Hamilton with a Goudy drawing

Frank Romano and Jim Hamilton with a Goudy drawing


Frank is holding an original drawing for Goudy’s last typeface, Goudy 30. Those of you who have seen the book “The Hand of a Master may recall seeing a similar drawing in the background of one of the illustrations that Kimberly-Clark commissioned on printing history landmarks (see below). Frank says that the Goudy drawing is one of the oldest things in his house (besides himself). The truly oldest things are two leaves from the Nuremburg Chronicle of 1493, which was the first publication to mention the work of Johannes Gutenberg.

Frederic Goudy illustration from The Hand of a Master

Frederic Goudy illustration from The Hand of a Master

Frank’s home is like a museum of printing history, but not everyone knows that he is also very actively involved in (and is president, in fact) of an actual Museum of Printing, one that resides in North Andover, Massachusetts. For more information, see www.museumofprinting.org. If you go there on a Saturday when he is in town you may find that he’s the one giving tours. See Matt Swain’s blog on his recent visit there.

My Pilgrimage to the Museum of Printing

Matt Swain
 May 17, 2010

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of a rainy Saturday morning and visited the Museum of Printing. At one point over the last year, I had promised Frank Romano that I would make the pilgrimage. After driving through the sleepy town of North Andover, MA, I arrived at a colonial brick building with a bell tower and a sign out front that indicated I had arrived. I noticed the weather vane on top of the bell tower had what looked like a cat on it — I was expecting Gutenberg.

I was a few minutes early, and surprised to find five cars in the parking lot already. As I walked through the door, it was only fitting to see Frank’s beaming face. “Hi Matt, you are just in time to join the tour that I am giving for Hesser College!” I had unwittingly walked in on Frank in one of his favorite personas — Professor Romano.

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Symposium and Planning Meeting at RIT

Matt Swain
 Nov 21, 2008

The Printing Industry Center hosted its seventh annual Symposium and Planning Meeting this week at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Symposium offers the opportunity for industry partners, RIT faculty and staff, and other interested parties to review and discuss research conducted at the Center over the previous year. This year’s research included: Read more »

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