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GOA-LOGO-FLAAR REPORTSEvery year FLAAR has been invited to lecture at Graphics of the Americas so returned in 2013 and 2014 to speak again. We look forward to GOA 2016, especially since it is early in the year.

GOA provides all aspects of printing; so a lot more than just signage. At FLAAR we are primarily interested in signage but we are also aware of offset, screen printing, and office printers (and copiers). I especially like the new digital printers to replace offset for short-run jobs.

Dr Nicholas will lecture on textile printers (in English), on 3D signage and on new ink developments (each in Spanish).

Spanish Lecture GOA 2016 water based inks Nicholas Hellmuth
GOA 2016 textile printing DR. Nicholas Hellmuth lecture
Spanish Lecture GOA 2016 Dr Nicholas Hellmuth 3D

Thursday 18, February
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Lecture E7
Spanish Lecture on
Water-based inks

Friday 19, February
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Lecture E14
New Technology in
Printing on Textiles

Saturday 20, February
11:00am – 12:15pm
Lecture E23
Spanish Lecture on
3D printing and signage


Graphics of the Americas continues in Miami for 2016 exhibitor list

Where to meet FLAAR at a trade show?

Six years ago, for international events, you can often find Dr Hellmuth at FESPA Mexico, the Dubai Sign & Graphics event, Sign Africa (now FESPA Africa), FESPA (Europe), several VISCOM events (but no longer at VISCOM Spain since that has shrunk in size), and occasionally in Eastern Europe (T-Rex in Ukraine and possibly Reklama in Moscow). But even people in Russia told us already several years ago that the expos there have shrunk; so we stopped flying to Russia (and for additional obvious reasons would not attend a trade show in Russia during 2014 or 2015).

All European and East European expos have shrunk, and APPPEXPO in Shanghai in March has grown to immense proportions. So we rarely attend expos in Europe, and for other countries we attend when invited to lecture or when invited for us to evaluate their trade show.

Dr. Nicholas is also at Photokina and some other trade shows related to photography and fine art giclee, such as ArtExpo in New York. But ArtExpo shrunk and the two years we requested a complimentary Press booth they said we had to promote also a single private commercial company. We felt that request was inappropriate and have not bothered to attend ArtExpo again.

You can definitely find Nicholas at most of the Chinese shows: We used to attend D-PES in Guangzhou but when the huge expo across the street abandoned Guangzhou and moved to Shanghai later in the year, we no longer attend D-PES. Best place to find us is at APPPEXPO in Shanghai, But it is essential to make an appointment in advance.

This year (2016) we will also attend Glasstec in Duesseldorf, Photokina in Cologne, and Technargilla in Rimini, Italy (a ceramic printer expo).

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth occasionally is invited as speaker or as VIP Guest to other trade shows. If you, or your company, wish FLAAR in your expo or OpenHouse event, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (this e-mail is not for general correspondence; only for invitations for lecture and guest appearance, and for asking for professional consulting).

We look forward to seeing you at Graphics of the Americas, late February 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Remember, you can request consulting assistance for any and all Chinese expos (starting with FLAAR helping you understand the pros and cons of each of the various competing Chinese expos).

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Nicholas Hellmuth's Spanish lecture on 3D Printers, GOA 2015


Graphics of the Americas remains in Miami for 2016

During GoA 2010 I interviewed dozens of people: booth managers of exhibiting companies as well as attendees (print shop owners). All were very clear: “we like Miami as a location because almost everyone here speaks Spanish.” So it was nice to see Graphics of the Americas returning to Miami in 2014 and hope to see a vital exhibitor list for GOA 2015.

Since FLAAR has been associated with Latin America since our inception, and as the main office of FLAAR Mesoamerica is in Central America, and as all FLAAR staff are multi-lingual, it is no surprise that FLAAR is interested in Graphcs of the Americas.

The South Beach area of Miami is a popular spot for tourists so a lot of the print shop owners and managers who attend Graphics of the Americas bring their families. There are plenty of hot clubs all throughout Miami for individuals who come by themselves. Sorry I can’t provide a list since we have to type up our notes in the evening, name the photos, and prepare the evaluations.

Miami Beach is also relatively reasonable in price (not over-priced like Duesseldorf during any expo there, especially the excessive hotel prices during Drupa). Attending FESPA costs much less than attending Drupa.

Attending GOA in Miami is also at an acceptable price point. Plus the South Beach area is relatively crime free (not something that can be said about downtown Atlanta near their otherwise nice convention center).

At least two of us attend Graphics of the Americas every year, so we hope to see you here on late February 2017.

It would be nice if they could get more students to attend GoA and FESPA Americas

Sign expos in Italy are packed with students of graphic design. Photokina expo in Germany probably has more than 5,000 students attending during the week-long event (held every two years in Cologne). Even the Dubai show has had student groups attending. Thus it has been sad to see so few students in past years at Graphics of the Americas.

Florida in general, and central and southern Florida in particular are packed with colleges, universities, and trade schools. Outreach is needed to organize and bring in student groups to attend GOA (especially to attend the lectures).


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General View of GOA 2014

Sign printer trade shows that have disappeared

The BigPicture Show was a congenial event for many years; but it did not survive. DPI was "ample and well visited in Atlanta in 2001." It did not survive as an independent trade show and forms only a segment at SGIA. Gutenberg Festival likewise is no longer a meaningful event.

Seybold San Francisco used to be an immense international event, filled with wide-format printers. Until 2002. By then they lost focus. The same company also ran Comdex. Comdex was a huge annual event that used to include exhibits of large-format printers. The most apt expression would be "they ran Comdex into the ground." The last Comdex was about 2003.

In other words, in 2000-2003 there were trade shows every few months. And many of them were substantial. Silly decisions and lost focus resulted in expo after expo going bankrupt. And this was during the boom years: no recession caused these venues to fail.

Unfortunately Gutenberg Festival trade show collapsed years ago, Seybold San Francisco collapsed even earlier. Even the major computer trade show in Las Vegas (that had dozens of wide-format printer booths in past years) went bankrupt long ago.

IRgA is too narrowly focused and booth space is too expensive for the few people that bother to attend any more. They should join another association if they wish to survive.

GraphExpo was once a huge trade show. Now it has shrunk every single year (as ISA stays viable and as SGIA gets bigger).

But we are now entering 2016 and the primary events in the USA at an international level are ISA and SGIA and Graphics of the Americas in Miami for USA + Latin America + Caribbean print shop owners, managers, and distributors. We are pleased that GOA continues every year.


Most recently updated January 27, 2016.

Updated September 16, 2010, October 18, 2010, April 17, 2013 and Dec. 19, 2014.
First posted May 13, 2010.



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