New track and trace facility

We’ve just added a new feature to our web-site that allows customers to more easily track their jobs. [divider_padding] This new facility provides quick and simple access through PrintLinks – our custom-built MIS system – to a log of all activity relating to a job. From the “Client access” menu, the “Track and Trace” web-page […]

Folding families

Another informative article by Trish Witkowski, of [divider_padding] There are so many ways to fold printed pieces, and so many odd terms to describe the folds: accordion, gate, exotic, map, parallel… If you’re even a little confused, read this primer. The easy-to-understand descriptions, helpful drawings, and tips for what folds are best for particular […]

10 common design mistakes

The following article was published earlier this year by Trish Witkowski, of Although written from the point of view of incorporating folding concepts in direct-mail campaigns, it contains some sound, solid advice about undertaking any printing project. [divider_padding] Forewarned is forearmed. Once you’ve gone through this list of strategic errors, you’ll know what not […]

Colours on the web

The web landscape is dominated by a large number of blue brands… but red occupies a large amount of space as well. What’s driving this? The image below is a summary of the results of an analysis earlier this year by Colourlovers, showing the dominance of red and blue colour schemes in the top 100 […]

So long, Steve…

In this week after the demise of Steve Jobs, a great many articles have appeared in tribute to the co-founder of Apple. The following (based on musings by Gene Gable, who writes for gives a graphic designer’s point of view of the man and the company. [divider_padding] [one_half] [image width=”300″ height=”454″]/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Steve_Jobs_by_Ryan_Katsanes.jpg[/image] [/one_half] [one_half_last] Many […]

Monza Digital is Carbon Neutral…

Colours house stock, Monza Recycled, has been certified as being Carbon Neutral. In accordance with the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol, under international standard ISO 14040, Monza is now Certified Carbon Neutral by The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI). Monza Recycled contains 55% recycled fibre (25% post consumer and 30% pre consumer) and 45% elemental chlorine free […]

Viewing PDFs on an iPad or iPhone…

This quick tip may allow users to more reliably view PDFs on iPhones and iPads. In a previous article, I reported on the lack of reliable PDF viewers, especially for portable devices such as iPads and iPhones. The IOS operating system on these Apple devices defaults to using an app called “QuickLook” to view PDF […]

Award-winning results…

Nerida Cunneen has once again won an award for her performance in her TAFE Sydney Institute Graphic Prepress Course. The DG Design Award for third place overall in Stage 2 of the Graphic Prepress Trade Course was presented to Nerida last night in Turner Hall at the Sydney Institute TAFE at Ultimo. Last year, she […]

Our c8000 scores again…

Colours’ investment in the first Konica Minolta c8000 Bizhub Press in Australia has added benefits for all, as this recent article reveals. Konica Minolta’s bizhub Press series scored “industry leading” results in the latest deinking tests by the International Deinking Industry Association (INGEDE). [one_fifth] [/one_fifth] [four_fifth_last] INGEDE is an association of leading European paper manufacturers […]

VIGC puts PDF viewers to the test…

The following article appeared recently on VIGC’s pages. Its relevance to the workflow at Colours and for Colours’ customers is obvious. It was so significant, that I thought it worth repeating here. [divider_padding] [divider_padding] Most PDF viewers failed the test! And, not one iPad PDF app was suitable for printing and publishing workflows. VIGC, the […]

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