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2014 Designer-Friendly Directory

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At the start of every year, we spotlight roughly 100 companies and organizations providing first-rate products and services to creative professionals, adding value and finding solutions, communicating and standing behind our community and, more often than not, taking environmental and social responsibility seriously.

Companies who understand the creative mind have always been rare but, in our half-century of publishing, it is hard to remember a time when they have been more scarce. Changing technologies and tightening economics are creating dislocations, established brands are disappearing faster than Washington’s credibility, and many companies who once embraced the magnificent – and, ironically, still robust – graphic design market have lost their focus. That makes the 2014 roster even more selective and deserving of recognition.

In the current listing, you will find treasures: paper mills and distributors, commercial and digital printers, stock agencies and type houses, hardware and software companies, recruiters and consultants, trade shows and industry associations, myriad goods and service providers. These are smart and motivated organizations who “get it” – that your success is their success – and who have the commitment and resources to invest in the creative community.

Included are company overviews, new developments of note, and contact information for buyers and specifiers. Not included are schools: we have broken educational institutions into a separate listing for their own spotlight in the March/April edition.

Why does all this matter? Because in an age of interdependence, collaboration and the blurring of design and production, you are only as good as your tools, your technologies, your services, your vendors, your knowledge and your information. That is true when the economic headwinds are for you and against you.

‒ Gordon Kaye

STOCK VISUALS

123RF

This royalty free digital media library offers a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips, logo designs and illustrations. From its humble beginnings in 2005, 123RF is now home to over 22 million creative works that include stock photos, vectors, video footage and audio files. Committed to providing quality customer service, the firm provides 24-hour customer service and support, 7 days a week. 123RF’s Corporate+ platform is designed to give you total control of licensing creative digital content, from performing simultaneous searches, to coordinating content purchasing and sharing. The platform enables an administrator to manage its users, group them into functional teams, and assign them with download credits. The company currently has over 200 employees on seven continents. 123RF.com

ART RESOURCE

Art Resource is the world’s largest fine art stock photo archive, with more than a million fine art images available for licensing to all media, hundreds of thousands of which are keyword searchable online. The range of offerings run the gamut from prehistoric times to the present. Art Resource carries the works of almost every major museum in Europe, and functions as the official rights and permissions representative for many institutions in the U.S. and abroad. A full list is available on the site, but among the museums for which Art Resource functions as the official rights and permissions representatives are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Jewish Museum of New York, the Newark Museum, the Tate Gallery of London, National Gallery London, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York Public Library, and Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum. www.artres.com

BIGSTOCK

Bigstock has grown into one of the world’s largest digital marketplaces for stock imagery, featuring both credit-based plans and pay-as-you go options. It now offers over 16 million royalty free photos and vectors and illustrations from talented photographers and artists worldwide, available for almost any purpose. Acquired by Shutterstock in 2009, a site redesign gives Bigstock a modern and professional look, easy and logical navigation, and a greatly improved interface. Today’s customers include graphic designers, web designers, publishers, educators and small business owners for whom the attractive price points are important. The company recently announced an integration with Constant Contact® that provides small businesses with seamless access to millions of photographs and illustrations for their online marketing campaigns. www.bigstockphoto.com

BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY

Founded in 1972, Bridgeman is a world leader in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction. Founded in 1972, the company works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of rights managed fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Spanning centuries of visual communication, photographic reproductions of paintings, sculpture, textiles, maps and anthropological artefacts can be found in the collection as well as newer forms of media including early photography, newsreels and documentaries. In 2013, Bridgeman launched a new e-commerce website; the new features and design provide an improved search experience while streamlining the purchasing process. At presstime: founder Harriet Bridgeman has been named Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts. www.bridgemanart.com

CORBIS IMAGES

Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and breaking news, sports and entertainment imagery to help the creative and media community produce distinctive work for web sites, magazines, newspapers, books, television, and films. The company serves its global customer base through skilled sales and service teams and a fast, intuitive web site. There are offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving more than 50 countries. Related brands include Corbis Motion (creative and editorial motion clips from leading collections and studios); Veer (affordable creative stock photography, illustrations, and fonts); and Greenlight (rights clearances for music, film clips, celebrities, and iconic properties). www.corbisimages.com

ERICKSON STOCK

Erickson Stock is a treasure: it is a premier source for high-quality, emotional lifestyle stock photos and video footage. With a range of collections, the agency has more ways to tell your story – through stills or video. Erickson Stock Photography is the work of renowned assignment photographer Jim Erickson. For decades, Erickson and his teams have generated thousands of images and stock video clips in order to supply clients who demand super-consistent, assignment-quality, stock photography and video content. Among the popular categories: Healthcare, Business, People & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure, Landscape & Nature, and Architecture. www.ericksonstock.com and www.jimerickson.com

GETTY IMAGES

In 1995, Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein founded Getty Images to bring the fragmented stock photography business into the digital age. And that’s exactly what they did, becoming the first company to license imagery online. Today, Getty Images is a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help designers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and web sites. www.gettyimages.com

IMAGE SOURCE

Image Source is an independent provider of high quality photography for professional image experts. Image Source sets quality standards and provides professional customers with a reliable and transparent service. Headquartered in London with offices in New York and Berlin, the company has one of the largest creative teams in the industry and supplies award winning photography worldwide through a network of more than 200 distributors, as well as on its own websites. The company acquired Cultura Creative last year, the boutique European agency founded by Anthony Harris. Image Source has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise. www.imagesource.com

ISTOCK BY GETTY IMAGES

iStock by Getty Images is the original stock community, empowering millions of creatives around the world to create beautiful communications since 2000. Today iStock has a huge roster of passionate designers, photographers, illustrators, motion artists and creatives of every persuasion dedicated to offering the best-crafted content for every project and every budget. With over half of its content available exclusively on iStock, accessing a steady flow of unique, quality imagery, video and music has never been easier. The latest initiative from iStock is dubbed ‘Free the Creative,’ and aims to do just that by making it easier for designers and marketing professionals to focus on their work with hassle-free access to over 15 million files. By streamlining the process of delivering cutting-edge imagery, video and music, creatives have more freedom to concentrate on their own personal passions. The ‘Free the Creative’ campaign communicates an understanding of the day-to-day obstacles and frustrations that creatives face as they strive to make standout work. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, iStock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images. www.iStock.com

ING IMAGE

Ingram Publishing is a leading provider of European content. Images are available by subscription, DVD/CD or singly online. Working with professional photographers throughout the world, Ingram has created a unique resource with hundreds of thousands of royalty free images. Additionally, it offers royalty free vector art, fonts, clip art, logos and vehicle outlines. Ingram’s Ingimage.com, the firm’s subscription service, reflects this heritage. Unlike so many ‘micro’ sites, Ingram’s photographers work to high production values and each shoot is professionally curated. Consequently, the site is “the designer’s choice for stock photography at an affordable price.” Ingram is based in central London and is opening a New York office early in 2014 to better serve it’s North American clients. www.Ingimage.com

INMAGINE

Founded in 2000, INMAGINE® is a leading supplier and distributor of rights-managed and royalty-free stock worldwide. With more than 10 million royalty free images from over 100 collections, the company can lay claim to having the most complete list of royalty free publishers in the market. The company also provides 24-hour service throughout its offices in US, UK, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Asia. A multi-language website supports up to 8 languages complete with an array of online tools, precise search and instant downloads. www.inmagine.com

MASTERFILE

Masterfile features millions of premium rights managed and royalty free photos and illustrations by world class artists covering a wide range of subjects. The company acquires, organizes, distributes and licenses images for commercial use in media ranging from editorial publications to print advertising to websites. Images are acquired under exclusive contract from professional photographers and illustrators who are paid a royalty every time an image is licensed. The images are stored digitally, showcased, licensed and delivered instantly to business clients worldwide via the Internet 24/7. The business is global: Masterfile’s corporate headquarters are in Toronto, with European Headquarters in Düsseldorf and sales offices in London and Paris. The site highlights new additions, subscription offers, and a free image of the week. www.masterfile.com

MEDIA BAKERY

Media Bakery is a privately held company headquartered in Santa Barbara CA, with satellite offices on the East Coast. Since 2001, their collection of images, footage, and audio files serve those who inspire ideas, illustrate concepts, and enhance design both in print and motion. With millions of photos and creative products, the collection of premium rights managed and royalty free image and footage files is among the largest in the world. Customers have 24 hour online access to more than 170 suppliers. Media Bakery promises “red carpet treatment” with particular focus on customer service. www.mediabakery.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

National Geographic Creative inspires big ideas and brings them to life. The agency is a stand-alone resource within National Geographic that provides graphic designers and other professional content buyers with a full suite of products and services that span all media platforms. Assets are grouped into three areas: Photography, Motion, and Talent. This includes the well-known image archive, which is one of the most comprehensive and unique collections available to professional buyers around the world. Showcasing the work of hundreds of award-winning photographers, the archive contains more than 10 million transparencies, black-and-white prints, glass plates, original art, and our extensive bank of photographs by contemporary photographers. NatGeoCreative.com

OFFSET

Offset is a new, curated collection of engaging imagery from top artists and storytellers around the world. Conceived and developed by the people at Shutterstock, “Offset has reinvented the way authentic images are curated, viewed and licensed. With straightforward and clear pricing, we want you to focus on what’s truly important: telling your story and being creative.” According to officials, every image in the collection is hand selected, chosen for its artistic distinction and narrative quality. Sourced from a broad range of categories, Offset offers a mix of photography and illustration, and both commercial and editorial imagery from best-in-class artists who shoot for major advertising clients and renowned brands. www.offset.com

SHUTTERSTOCK

Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 40,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 30 million images available. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Berlin, Chicago, London, and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; and Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning. Several subscription options are available for frequent users – GDUSA’s creative department is a happy subscriber – as well as an on-demand option and one for special uses. www.shutterstock.com

STOCKFOOD

StockFood is the leading food photography specialist among image agencies, offering creative professionals in media, marketing, advertising and publishing the largest food image database on the internet. This includes a broad range of rights managed and royalty-free images, videos and features from over 1,000 photographers and film producers. Expert recipe texts, created by an inhouse team, are available for all images, videos and features. StockFood was established in Germany in 1979 and is now represented in nearly 80 countries, on all continents, by a worldwide network of partner agencies. The head office is based in Munich, with further offices in Kennebunk ME and London, employing approximately 60 staff in total. living4media, a subsidiary of StockFood, is the premium site for home and living images. www.stockfood.com

STOCKSY

Stocksy describes itself as “an artist owned cooperative that is founded upon the principles of equality, respect and the fair distribution of profits. We built this co-op to pay out all its profits each year in dividends. Created by veterans of iStockphoto and its founder Bruce Livingstone, we provide sustainable careers through profit sharing and co-ownership with our artists. We also pay the highest royalty rates in the industry.” The Stocksy folks are bound by a genuine respect for the craft and for their artists/co-owners. They have set high quality and curatorial standards for Stocksy to ensure that the images creative professionals find on the site are authentic, intelligent, beautiful, realistic and inherently useful. The mission: “to revolutionize licensed photography not only with our co-op structure, but by making great images accessible for a reasonable price while simultaneously raising the industry standard. Headquarters are located in historic Market Square, in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC, Canada. www.stocksy.com

THINKSTOCK BY GETTY IMAGES

Thinkstock is an important player in image subscriptions, providing one of the most complete offerings available in the marketplace. The reason for its popularity is its straightforward three-part business model. First, Thinkstock offers millions of select and premium royalty-free images, vectors and illustrations from leading content providers Getty Images and iStock. Second, designers can download up to 25 images a day with an affordable subscription, and once you’ve used an image, it can be used over and over again in future projects. Third, the process is streamlined, with simple subscription and image pack options, robust search and 24/7 image access. A new initiative is the Thinkstock mobile app with which designers can discover over 10 million high-quality images in visual detail from Getty Images and iStock. www.thinkstock.com

VEER

Veer makes it easier to be creative with an affordable selection of creative stock photography, stock illustrations, fonts and creative merchandise. The site provides an uncomplicated shopping experience that lets customers stay focused on their creative work. Its creative elements help people add style to business, marketing and personal design projects from websites and blog posts to business presentations and ad campaigns. Veer hosts the Veer Ideas community where creatives can set up personal profiles, read the latest design news on the Skinny blog and post on the community blog, the Fat. A Corbis brand, Veer offers a range of creative elements including creative stock photography and illustration and fonts. This includes more than 2 million photographs and illustrations covering all subject categories including people, family, lifestyles, business, concepts, technology, nature, travel, backgrounds, and more. www.veer.com

VIDEO BLOCKS

Video Blocks is a subscription-based website that provides members with unlimited downloads of royalty free stock video, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, special effects, After Effects templates and more. The online media archive just exceeded 100,000 hand-selected clips spread across a wide variety of content types. Since its launch in 2010, Video Blocks has aggressively expanded its content library and grown its customer base. Over eight million clips have been downloaded by VideoBlocks.com subscribers, and the company expects to continue rapidly expanding its content library into the indefinite future. Video Blocks was honored as part of Inc 500’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2012, ranking as the #4 Fastest Growing Media Company in the country. www.videoblocks.com

papers + substrates

CASCADES

Cascades Fine Papers Group is a Canadian-based leader in ecological and security fine papers manufacturing, with a century-long reputation for craftsmanship and sustainability. A company where initiative and respect for the environment are part of its everyday operations, they work constantly to improve products and processes and reduce their environmental footprint. Uncoated fine papers made by Cascades contain significant quantities of postconsumer fiber and are certified by credible environmental organizations. The product line includes a large family of Rolland Enviro100 grades for commercial printing and reprographic purposes, including Rolland Enviro100 Print, Satin, Digital, Copy, Book, and Cascades EnviroCraft. (The September/October 2013 edition of GDUSA was printed on Enviro100 Satin 60 lb.) The latest introduction to the family: Cascades Enviro Jet, a recycled paper for the color inkjet market, for which Cascades recently received a Gold Award at the Canadian Printing Awards for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology. The company also won a Gold for Most Environmentally Progressive vendor. www.cascades.com

CLEARWATER

Clearwater Paper is recognized worldwide for its quality paperboard, consumer tissue, and wood products, enabling customers to compete in the highest ends of their markets. Of particular note to print and packaging professionals: Clearwater is North America's largest nonintegrated producer of bleached paperboard. Their Ancora® and Candesce® lines of premium SBS paperboard both have ultrasmooth surfaces for printing clear images and sharp text. Both stand up to demanding and advanced print jobs, making varnishing treatments, foil stamping, and embossing simple. In addition, Ancora and Candesce are available with either FSC or SFI certification in a full caliper range, and the company adheres to rigorous standards on greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. www.clearwaterpaper.com

CTI PAPER USA

CTI Paper USA offers an eclectic ensemble of specialty papers and envelopes “designed to inspire creative genius.” Elegant, sophisticated, fresh and fun - The Fine Paper Collection® includes first-rate translucent paper, cast coated paper and metallic printing paper. CTI continually strives to develop, manufacture and source innovative papers and envelopes, which are perfect for making distinct impressions when used for annual reports, birth announcements, brochures, business cards, covers, greeting cards and wedding invitations, among other things. The newest addition: the Kromekote Collection. It’s a famed cast-coated paper – known for decades for its brilliant, mirror-like gloss surface and smoothness. Exceptional printability and performance ensure realistic, highly detailed images and vibrant, saturated colors, while a resilient surface allows for clean crack-resistant folding and scoring. The Kromekote Collection includes papers for offset, dry toner/laser and HP Indigo printing applications. www.thepapermill.com

DOMTAR

Domtar is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity. The company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing grades. Their brands are well-known to graphic designers and printers, and include Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper, part of a growing family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. The company sponsors the award-winning “Paper Because” campaign to promote the power of print and paper, and makes available the “Domtar Paper Trail” resource and environmental impact calculator. Underscoring its commitment to sustainability, Domtar is partnering with PrintEco, whose free personal use software optimizes paper use for today’s most popular applications. Seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, & Chrome, PrintEco allows users to practice responsible paper usage, while also saving time and money. www.domtar.com and www.paperbecause.com

FIBERMARK

FiberMark is a world-class, fully integrated manufacturer and marketer, crafting fiber-based specialty materials in the U.S. and Europe. The company creates innovative solutions for leading brands, offering distinctive covering materials that express the brands, inspire designs and create lasting impressions. With an extensive range of visual and tactile options and performance characteristics, FiberMark materials provide an array of graphic design possibilities for applications in the performance boards, covering solutions, luxury packaging, technical/industrial, durable print media and graphic design markets. FiberMark is FSC certified. The company’s premium and innovative covering products, print media and specialty boards made from sustainable materials are enhanced with a variety of colors, finishes, and embossing techniques that create visual depth and invite touch. FiberMark’s “Naturally Creative” tag line refers, as well, to sustainable practices such as source reduction, green operations, and custom design solutions. www.fibermark.com

INTERNATIONAL PAPER

International Paper is a global leader in the paper and packaging industry and supplies a wide range of products that people rely on every day. The company produces uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging. Key brands for graphic artists include Accent Opaque, Carolina Coated Cover, Hammermill, Springhill and Williamsburg. A new offering of note for creative professionals is Accent Opaque Digital. It’s available in a wide variety of cut sizes – even nonstandard sizes – and optimized for great color and great performance on digital and offset equipment including high-speed printers, copiers, and digital presses. IP partners with customers and environmental, academic, civic and governmental organizations, as well as landowners and harvesting professionals, to encourage responsible forest stewardship, improve the health and productivity of forestlands, and increase recovery of recyclable products. www.internationalpaper.com

KALLIMA PAPER

Kallima® FSC Certified Coated Cover paperboard products is proudly manufactured by Tembec. The Kallima Paper family, with its outstanding blue-white shade, is very popular among commercial print, graphic design and end-user customers because it delivers rich, vibrant colors and superior print gloss performance. (The cover of this special edition of GDUSA is printed on Kallima Coated Cover C2S). In addition to being a leading advocate of sustainability, the company has the know-how to back it up: Kallima Paper has a low-density, high-bulk construction resulting in less trees used and significant cost savings to the customer. The company is excellent at teaching and entertaining specifiers and buyers; its lively and fun blog, Kallima Storyboard, shares stories about papermaking, printing and design, environmental responsibility and more. And its Cost Savings Calculator is a great tool that translates Kallima’s basis weight advantage into real dollar and cents savings. MOHAWK

Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes. Signature brands include Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets. As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes NY. A new initiative of note: the Mohawk Maker Quarterly is a publication that supports and embraces the maker community with content focusing on stories of small manufacturers, artisans, printers, designers and artists who are making their way in the midst of the digital revolution. www.mohawkconnects.com

NEENAH

Neenah is recognized as a world-class manufacturer of premium text, cover, specialty and private watermark papers. Headquartered near Atlanta GA, Neenah Paper is focused on the premium paper market. The company is committed to producing only superior quality products and developing new technologies that meet the needs of designers, consumers, printers and merchants and ensure that paper remains a vital and vibrant medium of expression. With multiple manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, prime importance is also placed on offering recycled and alternative fiber products to customers while continuously focusing on reducing their own environmental footprint. The Neenah portfolio includes market leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT® and ROYAL SUNDANCE® Papers. Additionally, Neenah manufactures unique and premium packaging and label papers, and also produces envelopes in thousands of unique styles. Neenah is committed to developing relevant mobile and online technologies including the Neenah Paper Cabinet™ for Desktop tool and the new Neenah Cabinet™ for iPad app, and it publishes Against the Grain, a popular blog for designers, printers and paper-lovers. Contact: www.neenahpaper.com

SAPPI

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers, as well as dissolving wood pulp and market kraft pulp headquartered in Boston. Its coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books, and high-end print advertising and collateral materials. The company is also a leading international supplier of release papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the Ultracast brand. Sappi Fine Paper North America is a division of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. www.sappi.com/na

UNISOURCE

Unisource Worldwide, a leading distributor of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America, has many ongoing programs aimed at supporting the graphic arts community and promoting print as an effective means of communication. Capabilities include: engineered packaging design; eBusiness technologies; logistical expertise; paper procurement services; optimized facilities management; and sustainability best practices. Unisourcer remain one of the largest independent distributors and marketers of more than 150,000 national and private-label products. At presstime: the company announced that it will merge with IP’s xpedx during 2014. www.unisourceworldwide.com

VERSO

Based in Memphis TN, Verso Paper Corporation is a leading North American producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and specialty products. Verso’s paper products are used primarily in media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs and commercial printing applications such as high-end advertising brochures, annual reports and direct mail advertising. Company officials state: “At Verso our focus is simple: Do what is right, maintain a balance between environmental, financial and social responsibilities and ensure that we continually improve our ability to creatively solve customer problems with products and services that exceed expectations.” The Influence® grade is a recognized leader in its category, and represents an excellent option for all types of upscale end uses. Its heavy basis weights deliver the printability and appearance expected of a higher grade paper while the lighter weights are ideal for postage sensitive applications. Verso Paper was the exclusive sponsor of GDUSA’s 50th Annual Print Design reader survey on the state of print and paper in June 2013. versopaper.com

XPEDX

xpedx is the world’s largest distributor of printing papers, graphic supplies and equipment by revenue and volume. Customers include commercial printers and publishers, manufacturers, retailers, facility managers, U.S. government agencies and companies across many industry segments. Creative professionals are an important market segment for xpedx, and the company strives, through its merchant division and retail stores, to provide designers with the tools and expertise they need to grow professionally and to make their workday easier. Sustainability and stewardship are high priorities: the company has set ambitious Sustainability Targets including substantial increases in recycling and of the use of Chain of Custody certified papers. An important xpedx offering for designers and printers is the Endurance Printing Paper line, which includes printing papers, digital printing papers, paperboard, and recycled content papers. At presstime: the company announced that it will merge with Unisource during 2014. www.xpedx.com

YUPO

More than forty years ago, Yupo Corporation embarked on a journey to create a variety of grades of synthetic paper that would stand out among competitors. Through extensive research and development, Yupo has become a global leader in the production of 100% recyclable, tear- and chemical-resistant synthetic papers and in satisfying the growing demand for its applications in the print, design and packaging worlds. Currently the largest manufacturer of synthetic papers in the Western Hemisphere, YUPO Synthetic Paper is manufactured in a 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Chesapeake VA. Available grades include YUPO Original, YUPO Accel, YUPO Blue, and YUPO Translucent. Of special note to designers is the Wally Awards, a unique design competition for work printed on YUPO products. Winners of the 2013/10th Anniversary Wally Awards are: Best Design Entry ‒ Immedia Corporate Brochure, Jessica Roberts, Immedia, Minneapolis MN; Best Package Entry ‒ Children’s Health Investment Program Toolkit by C.H.I.P. at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake VA; and Best Artist Entry ‒ Dia de Los Muertos Portrait by Rachael Rossman, Salem OR. The 2014 Wally Awards are now underway; winners, once again, will be displayed at the upcoming HOW Design Live. RETAIL + ONLINE PAPER STORES

ENVELOPES.COM

Headquartered in Amityville NY, with distribution facilities strategically located throughout the U.S., Envelopes.com products range from standard sizes and styles of mailing envelopes to unique, hard to find, specialty envelope products. Most are available both plain or printed. A second generation family-owned and operated business founded in 1971, the company’s mission is to provide every customer with high-quality products, the best envelope value, and the most comprehensive service. Envelopes.com has several earth-friendly initiatives including 30%-100% recycled products, soy inks, carbon neutral shipping, and more. And the company’s Trade Pro program provides graphic arts professionals with savings and additional benefits. www.envelopes.com

JAM PAPER

A proudly family-owned and operated company for over 55 years, JAM Paper & Envelope has retail stores and offices in New York and New Jersey – including two locations in Manhattan and one in Northvale NJ. (“JAM” stands for Janet, Andrew and Michael Jacobs, a tight-knit family who heads the company’s operations day-in and day-out.) Its robust website carries a wide range of envelopes, plastics, paper, folders, bags, portfolios and boxes to help businesses and individuals look professional, creative and smart. With plants and warehouses on both coasts, as well as overseas, the company ships the same business day, has no minimum orders, provides volume discounts, and can customize portfolios to the exact specifications you need. www.jampaper.com

THE PAPER MILL STORE

This online store began in 2004 with the idea of offering graphics professionals great papers and prices that are easy to get when needed. The corporate office campus is in Sun Prairie WI, with a state-of-the-art converting and distribution center in the heart of the “Paper Valley” in Wisconsin. Because they stock all papers in climate controlled safety, and their own people pick and pack orders for same-day or next day delivery, paper and envelopes will arrive on time and in perfect condition. The company uses 100% wind power through the purchase of renewable energy credits, offsets carbon produced by shipments, and FSC and SFI chain of custody certification. www.thepapermillstore.com

TYPE

BERTHOLD TYPES

Berthold is an important designer source for high-quality, classic typefaces. Founded in 1858 in Berlin, the H. Berthold foundry was renowned for crafting high-quality typefaces and was one of the largest and most successful type foundries in the world. Berthold Types continues this tradition by offering design professionals the quality typefaces comprising the Berthold Exklusiv Collection. Berthold exclusively offers the Akzidenz-Grotesk typeface: the original sans and most influential grotesque, and a typeface which several of our Designers and Students to Watch named as their favorite font. Berthold also exclusively offers other classic typefaces such as AG Book, Barmeno, Block, City, Delta, Formata, Imago, and many other new and long-time favorites. Berthold font software is available in the Open Type format with many font families available with extended language support. The firm offers a variety of licensing options from basic end user licenses for individuals and small companies to flexible corporate extended licenses for use with the latest technologies. With regard to using Berthold fonts on the web, the firm has partnered with Typekit to make it easy for companies to use Berthold fonts on the web. With an Enterprise Web license from Berthold and a subscription to Typekit Enterprise, designers can use Berthold fonts to style content via a 100% standards-based approach that works in all modern web browsers, including tablets and mobile devices. www.bertholdtypes.com

HOEFLER & CO.

For 25 years, Hoefler & Co. has helped the world’s foremost publications, corporations, and institutions develop their unique voices through typography. The body of work includes some of the world's most famous designs – Gotham, Archer, Whitney, Knockout, and Sentinel – typefaces marked by both high performance, and high style. Now the entire Hoefler & Co. library is available for use across all channels, from print to web to mobile. www.typography.com

MONOTYPE IMAGING

Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in Woburn MA, Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company’s libraries and ecommerce sites are home to widely used typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as well as the next generation of type designs. And its Fonts.com store offers tens of thousands of font products for preview, purchase and download.The company recently teamed with Google to offer a free public version of Monotypes Typecast™ application via Google Fonts, with the goal of helping users to create better quality web typography. The Typecast design tool, which also has a premium version, makes it easy to try out and experiment with font pairings from the Google Fonts directory. www.monotype.com

P2TYPE FOUNDRY

P22 type foundry creates computer typefaces inspired by Art & History and is renowned for its work with museums and foundations to ensure the development of accurate historical typefaces that are fully relevant for today's computer user. P22 is comprised of 4 distinct collections, each with a unique typographical focus. In addition, P22 offers custom font design and licensing solutions. www.p22.com

VEER

Affordable images and fonts for creatives is Veer’s reason-to-be. The company’s creative elements “help people add style to business, marketing, and personal design projects – from websites and blog posts to business presentations and ad campaigns.” There are currently over 12,000 fonts to chose from, and dozens of featured releases on displayed prominently on the site at any one time. The font library includes thousands of font families and individual fonts from more than 75 foundries. Fonts include display faces, text families, scripts as well as picture and symbol fonts. Collections include: Umbrella™, stylish and contemporary display faces handpicked from around the world; Jukebox™, inspired by sign painting and vintage Americana; Cabinet™, distinctive text families for large projects and logos that features recognized international foundries as TypeTogether; and Red Rooster™, which offers new designs and interpretations of historic fonts. New fonts are added regularly. www.veer.com

COLOR EXPERTISE

PANTONE

Like GDUSA, Pantone® has just completed a celebration of its 50th anniversary. The company has used its five decades well, becoming, hands down, the global authority on color and color standards for the design industries. (See the website for a lovely infographic entitled “50 Years of Color.”) Over the years, Pantone has expanded its color matching system from the graphic arts to other color-critical industries such as digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Today, the brand is known as the standard language for accurate color communication for everyone from designers to manufacturers to retailers and customers. And the Pantone Color Institute, a color research and information center that shares its color expertise with professionals in a variety of industries, is a major resource for GDUSA stories and features on color trends. Pantone’s 2014 color of the year: PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, described as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” which, says Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute®, “Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” www.pantone.com

ECO-CERTIFICATION

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL

FSC was created to change the dialog about, and the practice of, sustainable forestry worldwide. The group sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. Its standards represent a strong system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. Like the forestry profession itself, the FSC system includes stakeholders with a diverse array of perspectives on what represents a well-managed and sustainable forest. As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC applies the directive of its membership to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations and communities. Membership consists of three equally weighted chambers – environmental, economic, and social – to ensure balance and integrity. FSC US is based in Minneapolis MN and operates as a National Office of FSC International in Germany. www.fsc.org

GREEN-E

Green-e® is an independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market. The Center for Resource Solutions, the national nonprofit that administers Green-e, works to increase the amount of renewable energy used worldwide. Organizations that buy Green-e Certified renewable energy (or generate their own electricity) can apply for Green-e logo use through Green-e Marketplace. Green-e Marketplace provides a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their commitment to renewable energy to their customers and shareholders. www.green-e.org

GREEN SEAL

The original “Green Seal of Approval” was founded in 1989 to help safeguard the health of people and the planet. As an independent, science-based standards developer and certification body, Green Seal identifies products and services that are environmentally responsible, and provides public education for creating a more sustainable world. The organization has just introduced a new blog which, according to Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal VP of Marketing & Communications, is specifically designed “to share lessons learned and helpful habits developed over Green Seal’s more than 20 years of ecolabeling and environmental work.”www.greenseal.org

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program. Across Canada and the U.S., more than 240 million acres are certified to the SFI forest management standard. In addition, the SFI program’s unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers’ lands. SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled content. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally. The organization was recognized recently for the greatest increase – roughly 25% – in forest certification of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) national members at the PEFC General Assembly. Kathy Abusow, SFI President, observes that new SFI certified organizations are quite diverse, and include university experimental forests, state lands, provincial lands, forestry community co-ops including small logging operators, First Nations to large corporations. THE RAINFOREST ALLIANCE

The Rainforest Alliance has more than two decades of experience developing environmental and social standards for the sustainable management of natural resources while helping companies and organizations of all sizes adopt sustainable practices. Central to the sustainable forestry efforts is independent third-party certification, which assures consumers that the wood products they purchase come from well-managed forests. With the launch of SmartWood in 1989, the Rainforest Alliance developed the world's first global forestry certification program and the first to rely on market forces to conserve forests. It is a founder of the FSC. In addition to FSC certification, the Alliance offers timber legality verification services and skills training through our Training, Extension, Enterprises and Sourcing (TREES) program. www.rainforest-alliance.org

HARDWARE + SOFTWARE

ADOBE

Adobe is changing the world through digital technology and experiences. The company has redefined business, entertainment and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering engaging content. Its portfolio contains many of the most respected and recognizable software brands such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Acrobat. An initiative of particular interest to graphic designers: the Adobe Creative Cloud, a membership-based service that lets creatives download and install all of Adobe’s desktop applications – as well as others such as Adobe Muse for website creation – and also get online service for file storage, sharing, collaboration and publishing. www.adobe.com

AGFA GRAPHICS

Agfa Graphics has long been a world leader in prepress solutions for the printing and publishing industries, and an advocate for graphic designers and print buyers. Offerings include digital printing solutions for sign and display and industrial printing, and constantly expanded offerings in the growing digital inkjet market with wide-format printing solutions for posters, banners, signage and displays, textiles and decoration. Agfa Graphics was an early proponent of green printing technologies, creating the GreenWorks program to recognize and honor printers who integrate, support and promote environmentally sound practices within their facilities. To date, Agfa has recognized hundreds printers for their green printing efforts; you can learn more about the program on the GDUSA website. www.gdusa.com/agfa and www.agfagraphics.com

APPLE

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. In the 21st century, Apple designs Macs, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software; leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store; has reinvented the mobile phone with its iPhone and App Store; and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad. Despite the symbiotic history between graphic design and Apple’s origins, Apple’s focus has increasingly moved to the consumer market and to mobile devices, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world. Just before New Years, the company introduced the new Apple Mac Pro, a powerful albeit expensive creative professional workstation in a surprisingly small package. GDUSA, by the way, is available as a free iPad App in the Apple store. www.apple.com

CANON USA

Canon U.S.A. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc., ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012 and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. Of particular note to graphic designers are Canon’s imagePROGRAF and PIXMA PRO printers, which are designed for professionals in the graphic, fine art and photography markets who require rich and dynamic color reproduction combined with ease of use. www.usa.canon.com

COREL

Canadian-based Corel provides some of the industry’s best-known graphics, productivity and digital media products. Boasting a comprehensive portfolio, Corel has built a reputation for delivering software that is easy to learn and use, helping people achieve new levels of creativity and productivity. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards for innovation, design and value. Product lines include CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel Painter, Corel PaintShop Pro, Corel VideoStudio, Corel WordPerfect Office. www.corel.com

DELL

For nearly 30 years, Dell has been a major provider of computers and information technology infrastructure. Its climb to market leadership is legendary. Dell is making a concerted effort to serve the creative professional community and related small businesses with targeted products, such as the Dell Precision workstations, which often come with special offers on Adobe software. As the computer and desktop market changes, Dell has gotten serious about ramping its solutions skills and capabilities with investments in key intellectual property and talent. www.dell.com

EPSON AMERICA

Epson America is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global technology company at the forefront of technological revolutions in imaging, robotics, precision machinery and electronics. Epson offers an extensive array of image capture and image output products for the consumer, photographic, business and graphic arts markets. It is the company's vision to drive Digital Image Innovation by providing cutting-edge imaging solutions, focused on the fields of imaging on paper, imaging on screen, and imaging on glass. Supporting this vision will be continued innovation in core devices that provide value-added solutions for linking imaging products. To see some of the products for graphic designers – Epson Stylus Pro Designer Editions of all sizes for prototyping, proofing and comping – click on the Epson banner on GDUSA’s homepage. www.epson.com

HP

Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in 1939. The company's first product, built in a Palo Alto garage, was an audio oscillator for sound engineers. One of HP's first customers was Walt Disney Studios, which purchased eight oscillators for the movie Fantasia. Today, HP creates new possibilities for technology. An area generating momentum is the HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio, which is experiencing significant hardware unit growth and driving new products that are expanding digital printing and related packaging capabilities in terms of hardware, ink and media. www.hp.com

KODAK

Emerging out of bankruptcy, the venerable Kodak now describes itself as “a technology company focused on imaging for business.” The mission is to serve customers with “disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions” for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. What that will mean for graphic designers remains to be seen though Kodak officials say that the creative market will play a role in its rejuvenation. Application solutions in the Graphic Communications arena include Commercial Printing, Packaging, Publishing, Transactional Printing, Brand and Marketing Management, and Document Management. www.kodak.com

MICROSOFT

It’s hard to add too much to the legendary Microsoft story. Founded in 1975, and now the largest software company in the world by far, the company offers products – such as Microsoft Word, Office and Office:mac, Bing, and, of course, Windows – that touch most everyone. In recent times, Microsoft Windows 8 operating system was a significant leap forward, including a new interface which takes queues from Windows Phone. The company is also investing heavily in cloud-based services. With regard to graphic design software, Microsoft tells us that it is “committed to providing best-in-class tools for building modern applications.” www.microsoft.com

QUARK

Founded in Denver in 1981, Quark’s vision was to create software that would lay the foundation for modern publishing. For more than 30 years, Quark has striven to deliver on that promise, with intermittent success that has both riveted and confused the creative community. QuarkXPress 10, the latest version of the flagship product, has been redesigned to deliver “stunning graphics, virtuoso productivity features and a design canvas to accentuate your creativity.” www.quark.com

ROLAND DGA

Roland DGA Corporation is the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corporation of Japan, a worldwide leader in the sign, graphic arts, fine art, vehicle graphics, UV, photography, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Founded in 1981, Roland DG is the world’s number one provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market. Roland DG is also affiliated with Roland Corporation, renowned in the music world for developing MIDI technology and for producing sophisticated digital music equipment. Soon after its founding, Roland DG began introducing a wide variety of groundbreaking products including vinyl cutters, thermal transfer printer/cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, 3D scanners and milling devices, and engravers. The products – many of which are popular for graphic production – have blazed new trails for entire industries and earned Roland DG a reputation for innovation, quality and reliability. gdusa.rolanddga.com

WACOM

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. www.wacom.com

XEROX

For more than a half a century, Xerox has been a leader in document technology and services. It is morphing from a primarily manufacturing company to a leading enterprise for business process and document management. For the creative community, Xerox still produces, among other things, digital printing systems that address multiple needs: printing of proofs, comps and short runs of final color pieces in design studios through the Phaser family and printing of final jobs in print shops on Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Presses. The Phaser 7800 is one of its few products made especially for the needs of professional graphic designers with exceptional color management and media handling capabilities. www.xerox.com

PACKAGING + PRESENTATION SERVICES

ADMORE

Since 1947, Admore has been a major manufacturer of premium presentation folders and related items such as binders, portfolios and other presentation products. Admore products are sold only through qualified distributors and the product line features hundreds of standard design pocket folders, portfolios, report and tax covers, binders, computer packaging, key and gift card holders, plastic cards, totes and boxes. Customization of all products is available. There’s also a large selection of in-house stocks, including recycled and certified papers, and sales tools and art templates are available on the website. The company’s cornerstone is quality. With the aid of engineers from the Graphic Art Technical Foundation, its 57,000 square foot facility was specifically designed to produce presentation products. Hence the mission statement: “We promise to present the best: passionate service, incredible quality and commitment to each other.” Admore is part of the Ennis family, engaged primarily in the sale of business forms, apparel and other business products, as well as private label printing. admorefolders.com

COMPANY FOLDERS, INC.

Company Folders, Inc. is the standard bearer in online presentation folder printing. Founded in 2003 by CEO Vladimir Gendelman, the company delivers absolute quality infused with the design knowledge of an advertising agency. They also offer a wide selection of custom marketing materials, including pocket folders, binders, postcards, business cards, and much more. The site’s Folder Design Gallery allows graphic artists to showcase their best folder designs and attract the attention of potential clients. Additionally, the Company Folders blog offers informative tutorials, tips and articles relevant to print designers. Privately held and located in Keego Harbor, MI, Company Folders offers the largest selection of presentation folders, each with an average of over 15 million unique combinations of stocks, imprint options and special features. www.companyfolders.com

CORPORATE IMAGE

Corporate Image is a leading provider of sustainable 3-ring custom binders and promotional presentation materials, including folders, boxes and multimedia packaging. The company is an FSC Certified printer, and remains committed to improving its production processes and introducing new eco-friendly materials that maintain a high level of quality while reducing waste. Officials state: “We transform outstanding graphic design into beautiful presentation products. Our goal is to help you promote and differentiate your customers and products. When you are successful, we are successful.” New catalogs are available online or can be requested via the website. And the company’s website, promotional materials and eblasts represent a constant source of ideas and inspiration for graphic designers. www.corp-image.com

HLP KLEARFOLD

HLP Klearfold is the world’s largest producer of clear plastic boxes as well as a leading providing of custom thermoforming and clear plastic tubes and rounds, and the developer of clear packaging innovations like Klearfold® Keeper and InSight® packaging systems. The company employs the most advanced printing, decorating and converting technologies, and its proprietary technology ensures that Klearfold plastic boxes set up quickly and easily in both hand and machine-fill applications. Clear plastic packaging from HLP Klearfold is a brand communications tool that connects consumers directly with products by, among other things, providing three-dimensionality and a clear view of the package contents. NAKED BINDER

Naked Binder says that its mission is “to create the most sustainable office supplies offering an eco friendly alternative to the toxic options on the market.” Company officials say that, while a 3-ring binder may not be able to save the world, they can reduce toxic landfill by about 40 million pounds a year, keep office and home air better, and preserve the forests and wild spaces. Naked Binder is a members of 1% for the Planet and supports local schools through donations and offer across the board discounts for educators. The firm is dedicated to eliminating PVC from homes and work places by offering recycled, recyclable 3-ring bare board binders made from 100% postconsumer waste board. Naked Binders are made in the U.S. and, more specifically, Des Moines IA. www.nakedbinder.com

UNIVENTURE

Univenture has been inventing and manufacturing consumer and industrial products for entertainment and publishing since 1988. Founded by Ross Youngs in Marysville OH, the company produces media packaging under several well-known brands. With more than 50 issued patents worldwide, Youngs and Univenture can credit a great deal of their successes to ingenuity. The revolutionary Safety-sleeve® material, which allows slim and secure disc protection, made such waves in media industries that it led to Univenture's first of five inclusions in the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies. The invention of the patented U-1000 system in 1997 similarly transformed the limits of high-volume, highly customizable, completely automated media packaging. Corporate brands and divisions include Unikeep (premium storage and presentation solutions), EnvyPak (creative solutions for direct mail), PackZen (manufacturing and customizing premium vinyl binders and other flexible film products), and Safety-sleeve (the “gold standard” in media packaging). www.univenture.com

STAFFING + RECRUITMENT

AQUENT

Aquent is a global staffing company dedicated to creative, marketing and digital roles. Aquent offers a broad range of staffing services that help companies add technical expertise to their team, increase the bandwidth of their in-house employees and focus on solving their biggest digital, creative and marketing challenges. With a notable client list, generous benefits, and leading-edge training opportunities, Aquent, along with its sister brand Vitamin T, attracts and places thousands of in-demand talent worldwide. The firm originated the concept of specialized temporary staffing for high-end creatives and web experts. Today, it offers a range of services including: temporary and contract-to-hire staffing, employer of record, studios, web applications; and online classes. www.aquent.com

ARTISAN

Artisan was founded by Bejan Douraghy in 1988 as a creative haven for Chicago’s top talent. By 1993, Artisan had tripled in size and was cited in Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation. Now a respected authority and leader in the staffing industry, Artisan has continued to evolve into an influential interactive, technical, and creative staffing agency – not just in it’s hometown but nationwide. Today, Artisan is a respected authority and leader with offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. The company serves 2,000 companies around the U.S., along with thousands of skilled professionals in a wide variety of fields. www.artisantalent.com

THE BOSS GROUP

The BOSS Group is an interactive creative and marketing staffing agency. The company has been supplying temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire professionals to leading organizations across virtually every industry sector for more than 20 years. The BOSS Group has local offices in many major metropolitan areas, and is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and a member of the BLR Holdings family of companies. Founded in 1988 by Linda Wein and Rossi Bonugli, two principals of a graphics production house, they focus exclusively on human capital solutions for the creative profession since the beginning. The company attributes its success to a strict focus on creative staffing and adherence to its values: employee centricity, service excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and passionate performance. www.thebossgroup.com

THE CREATIVE GROUP

The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in connecting talented, creative professionals with companies looking to hire interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent. Their recruiting and staffing professionals are well-connected within the creative community, and are always on the lookout for the best talent. Because many of them have worked in the design and marketing fields, they know how to spot people who are the right fit for clients’ unique needs. TCG’s involvement with leading professional organizations – including AIGA, the AAF, GDUSA and HOW – also extends their reach within the creative community. As a result, firms that work with TCG benefit from a consultative approach. They don’t just supply creative talent – they also provide valuable advice and resources to help companies manage their creative workflow more effectively and make strategic hiring decisions. These include an annual Salary Guide, Salary Center, a career magazine, and the ongoing inhouse “Creative Team of The Future” project. TCG is the creative and design staffing division of Robert Half. www.creativegroup.com

TIME MANAGEMENT

FUNCTIONFOX

FunctionFox is the leading provider of time and project tracking software for small creative companies. TimeFox, its web-based timesheet and project management software, is the number one ranked time-tracking system in North America. Graphic design, advertising, communications, marketing, multimedia, public relations, and interactive firms all choose TimeFox as their web-based time and project management application. TimeFox is currently used by thousands of customers in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. During 2013, FunctionFox celebrated its 12th birthday with the announcement that, since its founding 2001, customers have logged in more than 100 million hours on TimeFox. Always innovating, recent TimeFox add-ons include an Android, iPhone and iPad app, a Timesheet Widget for Mac users, and a file exchange add-on called Flink. www.functionfox.com

COMMERCIAL + ONLINE PRINTERS

4OVER

4over is the largest trade-only printer in North America. With facilities in seven states, it offers a broad range of in-demand offset, digital and large-format printed products, with a wide variety of production turnaround and shipping options. An industry leader in print order fulfillment for print brokers, graphic designers, photographers and other trade professionals, 4over has a state-of-the-art print production facility and superior computer-controlled color quality, and has established itself with a tradition of quality and consistency. Since its inception in 2001, 4over has experienced explosive growth. In a few short years, it has grown into an operation with hundreds of employees and expanded to numerous fully-operational facilities that encompass 400,000 feet of production and office space. Locations include Los Angeles and Glendale CA, Dayton OH, Arlington TX, Miami Gardens FL, Moonachie NJ, Chicago and Phoenix, plus the newest facility opening in Mississauga ON. www.4over.com

48HRPRINT.COM

48hrprint is a full service online print and design company that specializes in full color offset and digital printing. It has been in business for more than 15 years. They are so confident that customers will be satisfied that the company offers guarantees on quality, turnaround, and pricing. A helpful customer service staff is led by seasoned veterans of the printing industry. Offerings run the gamut from business cards to direct mail to menus to yard signs, and all points in between. The company and its clients have frequently been winners in GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Awards, and other design and printing competitions. www.48hrprint.com

BLURB

Blurb is a creative self-publishing platform that enables anyone to create, self-publish, promote, share, and sell his or her own print and ebooks. Blurb offers book-making tools for every skill level ‒ from first-time book makers to experienced design professionals. Tools include BookSmart (a downloadable tool), Bookify (an online tool), and Blurb’s plug-in for Adobe InDesign which allows book makers to design and upload their book’s PDF files from within InDesign itself. Blurb’s add-in for Microsoft Word enables book makers to go from manuscript to book. Blurb authors can promote and share their books and ebooks; set their price and sell in Blurb’s online bookstore; and use print-on-demand technology to print as few or as many books as they’d like. www.blurb.com

FEY PRINTING

Fey Printing is family-owned and places ultimate value on personal relationships. This dates all the way back to 1932, when Manuel “Manny” Fey purchased W.F. Huffman Printing Co. From a small hot-metal printshop, renamed Fey Publishing Company, to a modern 100,000 square foot full-service facility of today, the more that things have changed, the more they stayed the same. The dedication to integrity, quality and personal service remains rooted in their “desire to do business with friends.” When Donald Gasch purchased the company in 1989, the company was rejuvenated and rebranded as Fey Printing, to emphasize that this is a full-serve commercial printing operation. But one thing did not change: Fey has remained, at its roots, a family-owned business. www.feyprinting.com

IMAGERS

Imagers opened in 1947 and has built a national following of professional designers and production people for its fast, reliable and affordable digital prepress, production and short-run printing services. The company is a single source for digital offset printing, large format posters and banners, banner stands and portable displays, color laser printing, business cards, brochures, invites and postcards with special new low rates. Imagers is also an environmentally conscious company, and is a certified chain of custody FSC. A key to Imagers’ continued success: the knowledge and expertise to be a single source for its clients’ graphic needs and to serve as a true extension of the clients’ marketing departments. A new website keeps the company at the cutting edge of print technology and customer service. www.imagers.com

MODERN POSTCARD

Modern Postcard prides itself on helping clients attract and retain their best customers. With over 25 years of printing experience, the company specializes in direct mail with postcards. Its state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot facility in Carlsbad CA makes it possible to print and mail the highest quality postcards on the market at competitive rates, combined with quick turnaround and true one-on-one customer service. Everything from start to finish ‒ typesetting, drum scanning, direct-to-plate digital imaging, printing, shipping, bindery and complete mailing service ‒ is produced inhouse. Complete mailing services also add convenience, improve delivery and maximize postage savings. www.modernpostcard.com

MOO

Moo is an award-winning online printing business that helps customers print business cards, postcards and minicards, making it easy for them to share information about themselves or their business in the real world. While many other printers have chosen to use new technologies to simply reduce the costs of printing, Moo strives “to make print not only cost-effective but better than ever before.” Founded in 2004, MOO aims to disrupt the $100 billion global print industry by combining the values of professional design with the accessibility and reach of the web. The company prints millions of cards a month and has hundreds of thousands of customers in over 180 countries. MOO has won 3 Webbys, been profiled in the Financial Times, and was ranked in the top 10 UK start-up companies by the Guardian. www.us.moo.com

MPRESS LLC

MPress Graphics, led by industry veterans Gerry Schneiderman and Maggie Black, has extensive experience working with top graphic designers and corporate end users in the New York metropolitan area. MPress’s business model is to align itself with leading production and manufacturing resources in the industry and to find exactly the right fit of capacity, capability and quality for clients. Offerings include engraving, offset printing, thermography, embossing, foil stamping and die cutting. The company has been marked by extremely rapid growth, built, say the founders, on their ability to “stand in their clients’ shoes” so as to understand their needs and deliver for them. mPress crafts GDUSA stationery and the Award Certificates for many of GDUSA’s competitions, and has been a winner in the competition as well. www.mpressllc.com

MY1STOP

My1Stop.com is “America’s online printing superstore,” offering all types of printed products. Established in 2005, the goal has always been to provide excellent customer service and superior quality products at competitive prices. The firm offers a wide range of custom printed and stock products with quick turnaround times. Overall customer experience is enhanced with a seasoned staff of printing experts who provide real time customer service via live chat, phone, email, and/or fax. Services and capabilities include: marketing collaterals with photo quality printing; product labels stock and custom presentation folders; plastic applications such as cards, mailers, table talkers, and spin wheels; unique magnet applications; long run labels for distribution centers; healthcare forms and wristbands; short run checks for small business; distribution labeling solutions and more. The company regularly appears in Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500|5000 list, the exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing, privately held companies. www.My1Stop.com

NAVITOR

Navitor is a recognized leader in wholesale, personalized printing industry with an impressive portfolio of products and processes, and over 60 years experience in commercial printing. Navitor customers know they can rely on quality not just for the easy jobs, but also for projects that require unique processes, specialty inks or paper, full color thermography, die cutting, blind emboss and many more process options. Navitor describes its business model as “the power of us.” In this spirit, Navitor offers wholesale print pricing to members – graphic designers, marketing services companies, print shop owners, ad agencies, print brokers and others in the promotional industries – thus creating a community of small business owners and industry experts who are actively growing their businesses together by offering higher quality and more value to customers. To this end, Navitor offer services and programs that are outside the traditional scope of the wholesale printing industry, from state-of-the-art color management and total quality guarantee, to exclusive programs, promotions and solutions that enable members to run their businesses more efficiently. navitor.com

PRINTRUNNER

PrintRunner and PrintRunner.com provide full service high quality printing out of Van Nuys CA. PrintRunner, Inc. was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later, the company occupies over 25,000 sq ft. Growth results from the company’s commitment to providing the best value at an affordable price for a full range of promotional needs including business cards, full color brochures, postcard printing services and beyond. To maintain that commitment, the company has invested millions to bring all the services it offers inhouse – from concept to completion, from prepress to bindery. www.PrintRunner.com

UNIMAC GRAPHICS

UNIMAC Graphics is a diversified graphics communications company serving clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as select clients throughout the U.S. The company consists of over 400 professionals dedicated to delivering world-class service in offset and digital printing, print production, integrated marketing communications, data service, fulfillment and customer support. The company has built a reputation as a provider for cost effective, innovative, print communication solutions; and as a financially sound organization that allows it to acquire the latest equipment, keep high quality and competent of employees, and have the support of top-notch various vendors. The UNIMAC Graphics Group includes: SCI Strategic Content Imaging; Tanaseybert; Philip Holzer Mailing Services; UNIMAC Interactive; UNIMAC Mail; and UNIMAC Packaging. unimacgraphics.com

UPRINTING.COM

UPrinting.com is committed to social responsibility and eco-friendly printing initiatives that support non-profit organizations and environmental sustainability. Having been online since 2000, UPrinting.com has established itself with its distinct vision and clear approach to helping small businesses grow. It serves thousands of on-demand business printing and graphic printing orders online daily, using high-quality press printing and an easy-to-use online ordering system. Its easy-to-use website interface enables the firm to offer a broad range of customizable offset printing, digital printing and large format printing options than other online printers. Free File Review is a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment. UPrinting.com also offers marketing support such as print design services, custom online printing quotes and direct mailing to help the small or medium-sized business grow. www.Uprinting.com

ASSOCIATIONS + CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

AIGA

Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design and is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for design.” AIGA today serves more than 25,000 members through 67 chapters and 200 student groups throughout the U.S. AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. Ric Grefe is the CEO, and association has just kicked off an ambitious 100 year anniversary celebration. www.aiga.org

ART DIRECTORS CLUB

The Art Directors Club, based in Manhattan, is one of the most concentrated groups of creative talent in the world. For over ninety years ADC members have taken up the challenge by funding programs to “Connect, Provoke and Elevate” creative professionals around the world to celebrate the winners of the Annual Awards and Young Guns competitions, to help students through the National Student Portfolio Reviews and Saturday Career Workshops, and to honor the achievements of Hall of Fame inductees and GrandMasters recipients. www.adcglobal.org

APDF

Founded in 1985, the Association of Professional Design Firms is comprised of leading firms that consult in the use of design to help drive innovation and strategic business success. Member firms represent a diverse collection of design skill sets including identity, experience, environmental, branding, packaging, interactive, product, engineering and industrial design. APDF emphasizes design as a business and provides a forum for leaders to grow their business skills and businesses through education, interaction and collaboration. www.apdf.org

CHOOSE PRINT (PIASC)

In January 2011, Printing Industries Association of Southern California launched its Choose Print campaign to promote the effectiveness and environmental credentials of print on paper. Since then, Choose Print has spread nationwide, with the support of Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its regional affiliate associations. Choose Print has an exciting story to tell – a story of print’s resilience which can be traced to its unique qualities: It is enduring, versatile, credible, inviting, popular, beautiful, personalizable, recyclable, and renewable. www.chooseprint.org

GLM

GLM creates face-to-face and online buying, selling and networking platforms for designers, product developers, manufacturers, reps, retailers and operators through tradeshow and event production, online community development and association management. Coming up for graphic designers: SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together the owners and creators of surface design (artists/designers/studios/agents/brands/ licensors) and manufacturers, retailers, marketers, etc., that utilize surface design for their product development needs. The 2014 edition, slated for May 18-20, will connect some 325 exhibitors featuring the work of over 1,200 artists and designers with 6,000+ attendees. www.glmshows.com and www.surtex.com

GRAPHIC ARTS SHOW COMPANY

Setting the pace for print and related tradeshows, the Graphic Arts Show Company operates first-rate events that serve the print, package and design communities. “The Show Company” was formed in 1982 by three industry associations, the NAPL, the NPES and PIA. GASC’s mission is to provide an effective forum through shows and conferences to meet the marketing requirements of the graphic communications and converting industries, and to bring industry buyers and sellers together in the most cost-effective way. The next major event for GDUSA readers is GRAPH EXPO 14, September 28 - October 1. www.gasc.org

HOW/F+W MEDIA

The popular HOW Design Live, sponsored by the F+W Media magazine of the same name, is a multi-level conference that includes the traditional HOW Design Conference, plus the InHOWse Managers Conference, the Creative Freelancer Conference and The Dieline Package Design Conference. This year it all takes place in Boston May 12 ‒ 16. Annually, this event is a chance to explore big ideas, meet design heroes, and learn from thought leaders – all in one five-day design extravaganza. www.howdesignlive.com

INSOURCE

InSource provides the network for collectively sharing professional experiences, knowledge and best practices that help empower inhouse creative leaders to run their business most effectively. Started in 2002, the organization aspires to be the global network for inhouse creative business leaders connected by common professional experiences, knowledge and best practices. Since those early days, roundtable discussions on topics relating to real-life challenges and best business practices have been at the heart of the organization. Today, InSource has expanded it’s reach to thousands of creative professionals around the world through online channels and events. Andrew R. Brenits of Arizona Public Service is currently President and Robin Colangelo of the White & Case law firm is currently Vice President. in-source.org

PAF/GRAPHICS OF THE AMERICAS

The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) is a trade association for the printing and graphic arts industry in Florida. It is a member-driven organization serving the needs of Florida’s graphic arts companies since 1937. It also sponsors the four decade old Graphics of the Americas tradeshow, one of the printing industry’s largest annual combined exposition and education events in the U.S. This year’s event will be held February 27 - March 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. With worldwide attendance, GOA is a unique event that attracts roughly 10,000 printers, designers, and creative professionals from over 90 countries. The diverse attendance provides international networking at its best. www.goaexpo.com

SEGD

Society for Experiential Graphic Design is the new name of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. In a move that acknowledges the role of experience, new media, and technology in the future of design, SEGD – a multidisciplinary design community whose members create experiences that connect people to place – added “Experiential” to its descriptor and mission. “This change recognizes the transformation our design discipline has been undergoing for years,” says Amy Lukas, President of SEGD and Partner at Infinite Scale. segd.org

SOCIETY OF PUBLICATION DESIGNERS

The Society of Publication Designers is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. Members are art directors, designers, photo editors, editors and graphics professionals. Since drafting its charter in 1965, the SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the visual concerns of print and online editorial professionals. Editorial design plays a crucial role in shaping and documenting our common history; the efforts of the Society and its members also serve to educate and enlighten the public about the importance of magazines and online publications. www.spd.org

STA

The Society of Typographic Arts is Chicago’s oldest professional design organization. As a vital hub for the Chicago design community, the STA sponsors lectures and conferences, develops publications, promotes cutting edge professional design, and maintains the Chicago Design Archive. Since its inception in Chicago in 1927, STA has been an integral part of the Chicago design community. Briefly known as the American Center for Design, in 1990, the STA reorganized with a renewed commitment to design in Chicago. Today, it serves as a driving force, presenting a diverse schedule of programming, sponsoring organizations and events, and hosting the Chicago Design Archive, a collection of significant work from the city. www.sta-chicago.org

THE PRINT COUNCIL

The Print Council works to promote, develop, and advance the market for print media through education, awareness, and research. Initiatives include Print In The Mix, Why Print Is Green, the Print Delivers seminar series and a burgeoning Resource Center of available studies and information on the effectiveness and sustainability of paper and print. www.theprintcouncil.org

TWO SIDES

This independent, non-profit organization was created to provide members of the graphic communications supply chain a forum to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, improve sustainability standards and practices, share experiences and maximize customer confidence in our products. Companies behind Two Sides represent the forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, prepress, press, finishing, publishing and printing industries. Common goals are to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print on paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable. www.twosides.us

TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB

The Type Directors Club supports excellence in typography, both in print and on screen. Founded in 1946 by some of the industry’s leading practitioners, the TDC’s earliest membership included Aaron Burns, Will Burtin, Freeman Craw, Louis Dorfsman, Gene Federico, Edward M. Gottschall, Herb Lubalin, Edward Rondthaler, Bradbury Thompson, and Hermann Zapf. TDC today represents the best of today’s type design and type use. It began offering lectures in 1947, and current lecture and class schedules offered by the TDC continues apace. The TDC is the home for typography – a physical meeting place and a strong professional affiliation. www.tdc.org

VISUAL CONNECTIONS

Visual Connections organizes the only events of the kind in the U.S., bringing together buyers and suppliers of photography, illustration, footage and fonts in city center locations. The events are intimate trade fairs, and the perfect place for buyers to discover great new imagery and design elements, and mingle with the people who matter. Entry is free but restricted to professional media buyers and researchers. The organizers also run an international online directory of visual media suppliers, which is free to search. The team consists of Deborah Free, who has 21 years of experience in developing and marketing stock agencies; and Edward Leigh who has 18 years of experience of IT in the stock photo industry and has been a technical consultant to many agencies. Next up: Chicago on April 24 and New York City October 22. www.visualconnections.com

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