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Printing Gold: Excellence Begets Excellence; Housing, Too

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 8, 2009

Printing Services has brought home the gold.

Twice.

The 12-man shop learned recently they took top honors for two pieces of work submitted to the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association’s annual competition, beating out the Universities of Delaware and Missouri in one category and the University of Oklahoma in the other.

Twenty-four companies submitted 427 entries to vie for 66 gold, silver and bronze awards. UNH submitted three pieces and won for two.

“We looked through what we’d done for work and came up with a couple of pieces we were really proud of,” says Paul Roberts, director of Printing and Mail Services.

One of those pieces was the 2008 Faculty Excellence Awards booklet. The other was a pocket folder done for the housing office. Taking the gold for both is especially meaningful because they were printed on a two-color press. Most shops, Roberts says, are using four-color presses.

“With a four-color press, you see the result from the beginning to the end. We lay down two colors and then have to lay down two more. It’s just more difficult,” Roberts says.

Difficult because the two sides of the photo are printed in different places and have to be brought together and perfectly aligned. In the picture below, for example, the girl’s elbow begins on the left page and ends on the right.

 

“It’s called crossover—the image crosses over from one side to the other. You have to be very precise. It doesn’t get any harder,” Roberts says. “I think that was something that probably impressed the judges, that we did this great piece on a two-color press.”

The housing folder was designed by Printing’s Julie Pardus-Oakes. Brandon Karcher was the large format press operator on both projects and Roberts called his work “outstanding.”

“There aren’t a lot of ways for Printing Services to be recognized,” Roberts says. “This is pretty much the one place that puts us out there on the national level. It’s kind of nice to know where we stand.”

And while the group is happy to have won the gold, Roberts says they are equally proud of being green: Printing Services uses vegetable-based inks and paper that is postconsumer recycled.


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