Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Teacher's Update | Our Final Day

In reflection mode, it's amazing to me what they were able to squeeze into a half day session, on the last day of the Teacher's Update session. Julie covered Social Networking for Printers. Byan and Dave discussed Variable Data and how they implement this with Digital Printing.

One toner drum....of course the big question was "how much do those cost"

Taking a peek under the hood

I was finally able to squeeze in a quick trip to the Andy Warhol museum before hitting the airport. It was worth it!

Not only was I entranced by the actual canvases, but the display of his history was impressive as well. It was a combination of great images and typography.

Instead of waiting on the shuttle I hit the pavement and walked back to the hotel. It was about a mile, but there was so much to soak in through the Cultural District, I barely noticed the walk!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thanks for Dinner Joe

Tonight Joe treated our group, Greg and Tom to dinner at Rolands, in the Strip District

This was our first outing with Donna, she's local, so she has had the luxury of sleeping in her own bed every night!

Steve, Joe and Natalia having a very deep and meaningful conversation about JDF, MIS and CIP4....do you believe me?

Dinner was excellent! Stuffed shells, hot italian sausage, chicken, potatoes and veggies

Chi and Tom
Thanks to Natalia we had a little surprise for Joe.....his own 6 pack!

Natalia bought an extra apron the night we were at Hoffbrau, and we all signed it. You could see the joy in his eyes as she tied it around his waist....he stood taller, his chest swelled....I don't think he'll ever take it off....

Oh, and it feels so nice, too!

The waitress was nice enough to take this photo with 6 different cameras!

Dinner was great, Joe, thanks. The entire week has been an unforgettable experience for all of us. We have had many discussions on the content we have been exposed to and all of us are in awe that we have had the opportunity to experience this first hand. PIA is an amazing organization and the Teacher's Update conference is truly a gift to each of us. All of the instructors this week have done a great job and each one has had a wealth of information to share with us.

Teacher's Update | In the Trenches

Today was our "field trip" day! While one group went to Ditto Document Solutions, the other toured Brady Communications, a Marketing Communications firm.

Leah Osley, Brand Strategy Diretor, took excellent care of us.

Their awards.....

This clever self promo piece and snazzy note pad were waiting on us in the "board room"

Marilyn made signs directed you to the ladies room!

A few more awards!

The "work" room

Photo prop storage

Designer and Art Director giving us a demo of the iPad Wine and Dinner menu application they developed for a cruise line

The client specifically requested photos of food NOT be used so within 4 days they had to develop these clever icons to accompany the food selections.

Art Director's work space.....oozes creativity, don't you think!

This chart is an example of their work flow. It helps keeps the team on task for each of their many clients.

Production team giving an explanation of the latest Boy Scouts of America annual report. He was discussing how they used a recycled, uncoated sheet, and had to maintain close contact with the printer and watch the ink density to make sure the art work held it's nice black areas.

They have 7 designers on staff and 5 print production people. They like to have their files as close to perfect when they are sent off to print. Don't we all!

One production artist's super hero collection

We also got to chat with the primary photographer/designer for Del Monte

Artwork collage in the entry way

Nice photographic display advertising "on the way"

PIA book store

Along the hall of PIA and even in the restrooms there are award winning print industries framed

This just might be my single most favorite person at PIA....Kathy. She has organized the most amazing meals for us. We have been eating quiche, sandwich wraps, breaded pork chops, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, and peach cobbler, and chocolate cupcakes… just to name a few! Thanks for the extra pounds, Kathy!

Tom came through for us! Yesterday while demonstrating the folder, he told us he would trim some of the pamphlets we were test folding. They are basic printing information pamphlets, perfect for our classrooms. He not only trimmed them, he packaged and wrapped them for us!

Chibaud and Dr. Mark, although Mark claims he is not a "geek" he is leaps and bounds beyond the rest of us when it comes to his knowledge of the "science" of printing. He also knows everything there is to know about JDF's.

Bill should be on staff at PIA. He's part of our class, but has served as a personal tour guide for the hotel group. Each night we've met in the lobby and said "Ok, Bill, where we going tonight?" He is very familiar with Pittsburgh, and has not failed us yet! Bill is from Ohio and is a hardcore rollerblader.

We got so many great things to take home from PIA, I had to make a pit stop at Fed Ex to ship a few things home. I snapped this lion on my walk back to the hotel.