Digital Graphics magazine covers color management, UV flatbed printers, and more, with articles by knowledgeable specialists Print

There are four trade magazines in the US that consistently cover wide-format inkjet printers.

  • Big Picture Magazine
  • Digital Graphics
  • Digital Output
  • Wide Format Imaging (formerly a reprographics magazine with a different name)

Of these four, the first three have always covered wide-format inkjet of all sizes and kinds. The fourth was previously a reprographics magazine, covering everything from blueprints to the diazo machines of those times (I was studying architecture at Harvard in the 1960's, so remember reprographics from my past life). But of course today, in 2009, the technology is quite different and things are moving quickly to textile printers and long ago have moved to UV-cured flatbeds.

Of the three long-term wide-format printing magazines, I know Digital Graphics best, because I am on their Technical Advisory Board. Typical articles in Digital Graphics magazine cover UV-curable flatbeds, XY-cutters, solvent printer applications, RIP software, color management, laminating, and occasional articles on fine art giclee and even CO2 laser engravers. Dye sublimation textile printers and other crucial topics are also covered with articles.

The articles on color management are by a professor, Richard Adams, who knows color management for decades. The articles on wide-format inks are by Dr Ray Work, who was a leading ink chemist and manager at DuPont (Dr Work is now an international consultant). For printheads they have James Gill who knows inkjet printhead technology inside out.

Increasingly this magazine has articles on using wide-format printers for the growing home decoration market and printing on textiles.

Average issue is about 60 to 64 pages; The October 2008 issue is 94 pages.

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Ken Mergentime is the Editor of Digital Graphic magazine. This magazine published articles about UV-curable flatbeds, XY-cutters, solvent printer and more.

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NBM Sign Business & Digital Graphics Show

The company that owns Digital Graphics magazine also organizes successful trade shows that cover all aspects of signage and advertising. In 2008 these popular regional events were held in Charlotte, Fort Worth, Baltimore, Long Beach, and Indianapolis. So anywhere you live in the US, you are near one of these wide-format printer trade shows. I have attended about three of these shows in past years, usually in Indianapolis.

Since it can cost a fortune to attend DRUPA printer trade show in Germany, it is often more practical to consider a regional trade show in the US. The hotel in Duesseldorf, for a single night, will cost more than your round-trip airfare or gasoline getting to the US show of NBM.

Some articles of the magazine, Digital Graphics.


Most recently updated January 27, 2009.

First posted January 8, 2009.