Print industry trade magazines have evolved into multimedia “content platforms” that offer subscribers or members a mix of text, audio, and video content. Some publishers also produce research reports, buyers guides, webinars, and/or live events.
The publications listed below discuss print-business-industry trends and how different types of printing equipment, materials, and finishing processes can be used to make different types of marketing collateral, packaging, books, catalogs, direct mail, permanent and temporary signs, promotional displays, educational exhibits, temporary or permanent decor, vehicle wraps, decorated apparel, and personalized or promotional products.
Scroll down this page to learn more about some of the print-industry publications within these general categories:
- commercial printing and publishing;
- wide-format graphics;
- label and package printing;
- screen printing;
- sign fabrication and visual branding;
- garment decorating and promotional products;
- industrial printing
Commercial Printing and Publishing
Graphic-arts industry trends, news, and emerging technologies for commercial printers. Includes news about offset, digital offset, production inkjet, digital toner presses, and wide-format printing.
Topics covered include prepress, color quality/control, consumables, data management, finishing, binding, interactive print, mailing and fulfillment, data management, mergers and acquisitions, press accessories, software, and profiles of successful executives and companies.
Digital Publishing Solutions
Digital publishing solutions for corporate enterprise, government agencies, financial institutions, and graphic-arts companies. Content on managing business documents from digital creation and capture to final output. Coverage includes: digital printing, labels and packaging, document capture, storage, document workflow, asset management, content management, customer retention management (CRM), variable data printing, one-to-one marketing, e-billing, ecommerce, and Web publishing.
Online portal and newsletter for businesses that create high-volume production print and direct mail printing. Strong focus on production inkjet. Founded as Inland Printer magazine in 1883, American Printer stopped publishing a print edition in 2011. American Printer is now published solely online by the OutputLinks Communications Group, a data-driven, publishing, marketing, and consulting firm.
Covers printing and finishing technologies and operations management for leaders of print shops within corporations, colleges, schools, and government agencies. Topics include production inkjet, wide-format printing, binding and finishing, mailing, business operations, and strategies for proving the value of in-plant printing operations.
Graphic Arts Magazine
News, events, and strategies that affect the business of printers and graphic arts professionals in Canada. Coverage includes trends, new technology, new products, supplies and equipment, workflow software, design, photography, people, events, opinions, and sales strategies. In addition to commercial printing, editorial covers wide-format printing, labels and packaging, and 3D printing.
Published by: B.K.L.K, Inc.
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Content platform published by the Association for PRINT Technologies for progressive print executives seeking success in the ever-changing landscape of printing supply chains. Articles include stories of entrepreneurial printers who are transforming their businesses, expert advice from outside the industry, and strategies for achieving success and prosperity. APTech believes printing industry innovation not only comes purchased technology, but also from the creation of forward-looking business models.
What They Think | Printing News
Since 1928, this publication has focused on improving efficiency and increasing sales and profits in the print shop. Industry experts share ideas and technical knowledge on ways to improve operations.
The target audience for the Printing News edition of the What They Think magazine includes management, production operations, sales and marketing, design and other industry personnel working with Commercial Printing, Publishing, Labels and Packaging, and Print Brokers, Buyers, and Suppliers. The What They Think website also includes coverage of wide-format and grand-format printing, signage, out-of-home advertising, in-plant printing, textiles, apparel, and industrial printing.
Wide-Format Graphics Publications
WhatTheyThink | Wide-Format & Signage
Since 1993, this publication has focused on reprographics, architectural & engineering, and wide-format printing. Formerly Modern Reprographics, the publication was renamed Wide-Format & Signage to better reflect the changes in the market.
Content focuses on improving efficiency and increasing sales and profits. Industry experts share. The market audience includes management, production operations, sales & marketing, design and other industry personnel
involved with wide-format and grand-format printing, signage, textiles, visual communications, out-of-home advertising,
The WhatTheyThink website also covers offset printing, marketing technology, toner and inkjet presses, finishing and mailing, and industrial printing.
PRINTING United Journal
Association journal includes technical and business insights and information related to graphics printing, sign making, apparel decoration, industrial and functional printing, commercial printing, package printing, and digital textile printing.
Published for members of the Printing United Alliance,
Resource for senior-level executives, business owners, and managers of printing and signage companies that provide wide-format printing services. Content includes industry trends, emerging technologies, and news related to visual communications companies and products.
Practical guide for managers, employees, and users of wide format printing services. Content includes: products for image capture, design, output, and finishing; application stories; and buyers’ guides. Readers include digital print specialists, graphic designers, and employees from commercial printing firms, sign companies, screen printers, service bureaus, and ad agencies.
Published by: Rockport Custom Publishing
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This publication has covered the wide-format digital print market since 1996. Content includes new tools and technologies for wide-format printing plus trends and analysis, insider perspectives, case studies, and business and career insights.
Published by SmartWork Media
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Digital magazine published by the wide-format industry consultants and analysts at FLAAR Reports. Themed issues cover topics such as UV printing, print-shop automation, sustainability, packaging, 3D printing, decor, screen-printing, and textiles. Content geared for veteran print providers, business leaders, and printer operators.
Package and Label Printing Publications
Covers markets and products for tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, corrugated printing markets and converting. Includes information on market conditions, new and developing technologies, best practices, environmental issues, competitive installations, and trends that impact businesses strategies and printed packaging markets.
Label & Narrow Web (L&NW)
Covers the narrow web and labeling segments of the package printing and converting industry. Readers include owners and managers of converting companies, technical and prepress specialists, and sales and marketing managers. Content includes news about materials and equipment for printing and converting the many different types of labels and flexible packaging.
Published by: Rodman Media
Screen Printing Publications
Information for professionals who use screen printing and pad printing processes for graphics, garments, and industrial applications such as product decoration and printed electronics.
Includes news, products, features, and columns that educate screen printing professionals about the latest methods, equipment, and materials.
Published by SmartWork Media
Specialist Printing Worldwide
Global technical reference source for users of screen and digital printing systems for the industrial, graphic and textile sectors. Worldwide distribution to over 100,000 printing industry professionals.
Published by: Chamond Media, Ltd.
Covers flexographic printing, a technology that produces more than two-thirds of the world’s printed packaging.
Includes information about processes, materials, and equipment for producing labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, corrugated boxes, envelopes, paper towels/tissue/napkins, shrink sleeves, stickpacks or specialty multiprocess applications. Published for members of the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association).
Sign Fabrication and Visual Branding Publications
Sign Builder Illustrated
“How-to magazine” targets sign professionals where they work — on the shop floor. Includes informative how-to articles, analysis of trends, industry news, and the latest product releases.
In addition to covering digital equipment for printing and finishing banners, awnings, and signs, Sign Builder Illustrated covers dimensional signage, digital signage, lighting fixtures and LED modules, architectural signage, and installation.
Signs of the Times
This magazine has provided comprehensive sign-industry news, technical information and in-depth analysis since 1906.
Content to educate and inspire sign and graphics professionals includes editorial perspectives, technology updates, new product reviews, state of the industry reports, and graphics techniques.
Garment Decorating and Promotional Products
For modern, multi-faceted graphics businesses, this publication covers awards/personalization, signage, and apparel decorating. Topics include
apparel, architectural signage, awards, business and marketing, commercial and lighted signs, customized gifts, direct-to-substrate printing, embroidery, engraving, exhibits and retail display, graphic design, software, heat transfer, sublimation, screen printing, wide-format graphics printing and finishing, and wraps.
Launchedin 2020, Graphics PRO consolidates three former magazines: Printwear, Awards & Engraving, and SDG (Sign & Digital Graphics)
Business and technical information crucial to building and sustaining a profitable decorated apparel business. How-to instruction on the software and equipment needed to perform the four major apparel-decoration processes: screen printing, embroidery, heat-applied graphics and digital decorating (sublimation and direct-to-garment printing).
Readers include textile screen printers, embroiderers, promotional product distributors, digital decorators and retailers.
Industrial printing systems are used to produce building materials, ceramic tiles, consumer packaged goods, or textile rolls for apparel or home goods. These publications focus on industrial printing systems.
Printed Electronics Now
For professionals who are using 3D, rollfed and sheetfed printing technologies to revolutionize the manufacturing of electronic components and systems including sensors, displays and lighting, medical devices, smart cards and packaging, RFID and NFC-enabled devices, wearables, solar cells, batteries, and military equipment.
Covers raw materials, equipment, product design and testing, contract manufacturing, suppliers, mergers and acquisitions, and more.
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