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Ricoh books largest ever exhibit at Print World
Ricoh Canada is coming to Print World 2012 with the largest exhibit it has ever had in a Canadian printing show. The 3,600 sq. ft. space will primarily showcase applications and new opportunities for customers, complemented with hardware offerings from Ricoh’s broad product portfolio.
Ricoh has upgraded its floor space by 70% from its 2010 Print World outing of 2,100 sq. ft. sending a signal that it is strengthening its focus and presence in the graphic arts industry and that it intends to become a leading supplier.

The Pro C901, one of Ricoh's flagship digital presses
Ricoh says it’s using the Print World stage to highlight its hardware, software, and services offerings to present new business possibilities to its existing and prospective clients.

Equipment on the floor will include its new L4000 wide-format latex, aqueous device introduced at Drupa, and its flagship digital presses, the Pro C751 and Pro C901.

But the key focus for the customer experience will be a wide selection of applications and the Total Flow workflow solutions including web to print, transpromo, variable data, and more.

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For a short highlights video, click here. To see a slideshow of the 2010 show, click here.

To receive a 2012 Exhibitor Kit or the 2010 Post Show Report with full demographics and statistical information, click here.

Best of Region winners named at rocking Reggies design awards

TORONTO—Designers and studios from eight regions across the country were honoured last night at the Regional Design Awards (Reggies), produced by Design Edge Canada.

The best of region winners were announced at a packed house at the Hoxton in Toronto, the new home for the awards party.

Winning best of region for Ontario was Hagon Design from Kitchener for its Smoke Free Greece website. Tops in the Atlantic region was Trampoline Branding in Halifax for its Youth Addictions Awareness website, while the winner in the highly competitive BC/Yukon region was Public Architecture+Communication in Vancouver for its environmental design of the UBC Faculty of Arts Pavilion Pool.

In the hotly contested Alberta/NWT region, the judges named Foundry Communications tops for its ACAD annual report, while in the growing Prairies and Nunavut region, Danielle Tuchelt from Lumsden, Saskatchewan won for the print design of Luther Invitational Tournament 60 Years 1953-2012.

Quebec yielded many entries and taking best of region was Cossette for the website redesign. In the Ontario Horseshoe, another highly competitive region, the winner was 35OH In-House for RMP Athletic Locker (Mississauga) for the Fall 2012 Ripzone Catalogue.

Last but not least was Toronto, which had 14 category winners. This year the judges chose to give a special mention to an entry that struck them as unique, being the Love Condos Campaign from LA Inc. The big winner for Toronto was Concrete Design Communications for its Lida Baday website.

Multiple category winners last night included Foundry Communications with four wins, LA Inc with three wins, TAXI with two, as well as Trampoline Branding, Extreme Group, Subplot Design, Bradbury Branding & Design, Cossette, and 35OH In-House.

Reggies sponsors included Unisource, Kallima, Toronto Standard, TI Group, Pantone, Flash Reproductions, Burroughes Building, Bigstock, ASL Print FX (who printed the cover of the awards annual), Annan & Sons, and Eliquo.

Design Edge subscribers should watch the mail soon for their copy of the Regional Design Awards annual, containing all finalists and winners.

Winning entries will also be posted here.

Graphic design pioneer Ken Rodmell will speak at Regional Design Awards Party on June 26

TORONTO—Canadian graphic design pioneer Ken Rodmell, a man who magazine publisher and editor John Macfarlane has described as having "trained a generation of Canadian art directors," will be feted at Design Edge Canada's Regional Design Awards on June 26, 2012 in Toronto. In collaboration with the Toronto Chapter of the Communication Designers Association (CDA), Rodmell will present a short retrospective of his life's work to the Reggies audience, sharing stories of his method, his mentors, his career and his craft.

Rodmell, winner of the Les Usherwood Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, as well as the National Magazine Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award, has art directed such prominent publications as Canadian Art, Canadian Business, Quill and Quire, Where, Toronto Life, and Toronto Life Fashion. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, Rodmell went on to be a long-time instructor in OCAD University's Graphic Design program.

Come meet Ken Rodmell, see an exhibit of the nearly 250 finalist and winning work from the 2012 Regional Design Awards, and cheer on your colleagues, when we announce the category and Best of Region winners. Purchase your tickets here.

To view a complete list of finalists click here.

Print World unveils innovative new marketing strategy for 2012 show
Print World unveils today a new marketing strategy for the 2012 show in Toronto, with its unique Special Market Focus program that takes maximum advantage of all that Print World has to offer both visitors and exhibitors.
Because the “world of print” encompasses not only the commercial printing industry, but many more sectors with specialized needs, the new strategy is built around Special Market Focus websites and related print, email, and social media target marketing campaigns.
In addition to the main Print World website and the existing Design City website for graphic designers (Design City takes place within Print World), four new sites have been launched:
Postal World (

Each site highlights Print World features and exhibitors relevant to the market focus. For example, Canada Post is exhibiting for the first time at Print World 2012, and will also be featured on Postal World and Publishing World. PDS Pressdown, which markets digital, four-colour envelope printers, will be highlighted on Print World and Postal World.
“For exhibitors, this adds tremendous value to their participation at Print World, without costing a penny more,” says show manager Alexander (Sandy) Donald. “We have the databases, list partners, and digital and marketing wherewithal to create targeted campaigns most relevant to each sector.”
“The shoe dropped for me at the last Print World when some of my friends in the publishing industry attended for the show for the first time,” adds associate show manager Doug Bennet. “They said to me, ‘This is a fantastic show.’ Exhibitors have so much to offer across the verticals, we just wanted a better way to highlight that.”
Research conducted by show producer North Island Graphics Media revealed that many sectors of the economy have a vested interest in the print process, even if they are not in the print industry. For example, frame shops, museums, retailers, and hospitals all have a stake in the print process, with much to learn—and purchase—at Print World.
“Graphic arts shows tend to focus on the traditional graphic arts industry. That’s important and the core, but we know that there’s more business happening beyond the traditional industry,” says Donald. 
“Fortunately, we have the resources and new tools to reach out beyond the traditional industry, and present the show in a way that’s relevant to these other players. It’s all about making it relevant. A sign shop cares about wide-format but probably not envelope printing, while envelope printers probably want to know about Canada Post’s Print Partner Programs, and so on.”
The market focus program actually began at the last Print World, with targeted print ad campaigns at non-traditional sectors. That brought newcomers to the show, and sales were made to frame shops and museums, for example.
To learn more about the Special Market Focus program and other benefits for exhibitors at Print World—including the “Beyond the Booth” and “E-Invitation” programs, contact:
Alexander (Sandy) Donald
Show Manager
905-625-7070 ext. 230
4th annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards early-bird deadline this Friday

The countdown has begun…

Friday June 1 is the early-bird deadline for
the 4th
annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Save 20% by entering before midnight Friday (EST)

BONUS: Entries received by the early-bird date will be entered into a draw to win one of two full conferences passes to the Folio Show in New York City, Oct. 29-31, a $1,300 value. The Folio Show is one of the world’s premier conferences for publishers.

NEW FOR 2012:

The COPAs return this year with many new benefits and features including:

New Data Visualization category New printed COPA Yearbook of all winners, finalists and sponsors… get included in the who’s who of digital publishing! $7,500+ worth of new entry prizes to be raffled away, including four copies of the Mobile App Report ($399 value each) published by Access Intelligence LLC New venue: The Hoxton, Bathurst & King, Toronto, Oct. 22

The COPAs celebrate and reward the best in Canadian online and digital publishing from editorial-based publishers including consumer, B2B, newspapers, broadcasters and online-only publishers.

Enter today!

Follow us on Twitter: use #COPAwards @Mastheadmag

For sponsorship information, contact Doug Bennet at


Judges for the 2012 Regional Design Awards announced
Design Edge is happy to announce the 2012 Regional Design Awards judges, who will evaluate all the entries (except those from their own geographic region). This year's Reggie judges bring a wealth of design expertise and experience to the task. They include: 

Representing British Columbia and Yukon: Chris Dallin, director, Branding & Design, DDB Canada, Vancouver, B.C. Dallin brings 20 years’ experience to the judging panel. His resumé also includes Ken Koo Creative and Hangar 18 Creative Group. 

Representing Alberta and Northwest Territories: Ryan Kelly, creative director of RED the Agency in Edmonton. In his time at RED Ryan has helped build the agency into one of Western Canada’s largest independents. 

Representing The Prairies and Nunavut: Catharine Bradbury, president, Bradbury Branding & Design Inc. in Regina. Catharine has won well over 200 international, national and regional design awards and has been at the helm of her prosperous design company for 23 years.

Representing Ontario (K, N, P postal codes): Leslie Miles, creative director of Gordon Group Marketing + Communications in Ottawa. With over 20 years in the industry, Leslie specializes in developing strong, high-impact brands for organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Representing Ontario Horseshoe (L postal code): Peter Gabany, creative director of Limelight Advertising & Design in Port Hope, ON. Limelight grew from a creative incubator into a hotbed of creative and strategic thinking. Peter is experienced in strategy, creative, and conversion. 

Representing Toronto (M postal code): Dave Watson, creative director of design, North America at TAXI North America in Toronto. Over the last 10 years, Dave has created award-winning work for national and international clients. 

Representing Quebec: Barbara Jacques, creative director of Identica Branding and Design (Cossette Communications Group Inc.) in Montreal. In 2004, Barbara co-founded Hero agency where she was able to sign many different brands. Cossette bought her agency in 2007 and now at Identica she guides a multidisciplinary branding and design team.

Representing Atlantic Canada: Tom Murphy, creative director of Target Marketing & Communications Inc. in St. John's. Tom has won hundreds of national and international awards over the past 25 years.

To read longer bios of each judge and view their photos, visit the judging page on the Reggies website. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, craftmanship, effectiveness, and overall experience. 

The earlybird date for Reggies' entries is Feb. 3. So far the Ontario Horseshoe region is leading in entries, with B.C./Yukon not far behind.

Design Edge Regional Design Awards Now Accepting Entries

Design Edge Canada is proud to present its third annual Regional Design Awards. Last year’s awards were the best yet – with a 30% increase of entries over the previous year!

This year we’ve got two new categories:
• Campaigns (you can submit between 4 to 8 elements as a group)
• Mobile design (phones, tablets & e-readers)

This year we’ve streamlined the submissions process:
• Work submitted in five of the categories can be submitted online.

This year we’ve upped the benefits for participating:
• Each entrant will receive 10 free photo credits courtesy of sponsor Bigstock
• Best of Region winners will be profiled on the Reggie Honour Roll featured on the Reggie Facebook page.
• Plus a whole host of other benefits

The only awards program of its kind in Canada, the Regional Design Awards sees designers and design studios from the same creative community compete in 14 categories, with a chance to be named Best in Region.

You compete within your own geographic region. Top designers from outside your region will judge your work.

Canada is blessed with great talents from all corners of the country. Show the rest of Canada what you’re made of. Let’s celebrate the best design from Campbell River to Iqaluit! 

Entries are now being accepted. Click here for entry rules and to start your entry today.
North Island launches digital publishing conference
Announcing an exciting expansion of COPA:
COPA+ Digital Publishing Conference
Monday, Oct. 24, The Gladstone Hotel - Limited Seating!

Now in its third year, the Canadian Online Publishing Awards is growing again… this time with an exciting new one-day conference — COPA+ — aimed at the needs of leaders in Canada’s digital publishing industry, and held the same day as the COPAs.

COPA+ will inspire and inform publishers, editors, designers and marketers from the ranks of Canada’s digital publishers, including those from newspaper, magazine, broadcast and digital-only backgrounds. The conference features:

insightful keynote sessions
networking opportunities
technology presentations
the unique COPA Café & Market
products and services for digital publishers

COPA+ is set at The Gladstone Hotel on Toronto’s hip West Queen West district. As the home of COPA, it’s the perfect space for the first COPA+, with free wireless throughout, relaxed workspaces and networking zones, and delicious food and drink.

COPA+ Conference: 9:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
COPA Café & Market: 2:15 – 5 p.m.
Product & Service Demos: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
COPA Awards Ceremony: 5 – 7 p.m.

Here’s an initial line-up of confirmed speakers, panelists, moderators and hosts; more to be confirmed:

Staffan Ekholm, CEO, Moving Media+, New York/Stockholm
Geoff Teehan, Co-founder, Teehan+Lax, Toronto; Co-creator, Tweetmag
Bob Atkinson, Publishing Consultant, Digital Monetization Strategies (U.S. and Canada)
Duncan Clark, VP Digital Media, National Post, Toronto
Candice Faktor, VP Strategy & New Ventures, Torstar Digital
JP Fozo , GM, Digital, Current Affairs and Business, Rogers Publishing, Toronto
Christopher Frey, Editorial Director,
Jerry Brown, Associate Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global Entertainment & Media Practice, Toronto
Nora Young, Host, “Spark: Technology and Culture,” CBC Radio 1, Toronto

COPA+ is specially paced to allow time for learning, inspiration, networking, and celebration. You’ll likely learn as much from other conference goers as you will from the official presentations. And, of course, there are breaks to give you time to check in with the office, your CMS, your social media and email accounts.

A full Conference Pass gives access to all keynotes, networking luncheon, the COPA Café & Market in the afternoon, and the Awards presentation in the evening, emceed by CBC Radio’s Nora Young, host of Spark, CBC’s leading-edge technology and culture show.

A Conference for You
While the conference landscape is cluttered with events for digital marketers and advertisers, editorial-based publishers have very different—and often divergent—needs and challenges. COPA+ is designed to tackle these issues in an intimate, highly focused setting.

COPA Award participants include Canada’s leading editorial-based digital publishers, including Rogers Publishing, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Transcontinental Publishing,, CTV, St. Joseph Media, and many more including exciting digital start-ups.

For full details, visit the Canadian Online Publishing Awards site.

For updates, sign up for our free weekly Express newsletter, or follow us on Twitter.

Design Edge: winners of Regional Design Awards announced
TORONTO—Last night, to a packed house at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, with finalists and designers in attendance from across the country, category and Best of Region winners of Design Edge Canada's 2011 Regional Design Awards were announced.

In B.C./Yukon region, Vancouver's Subplot Design took Best of Region for Level Ground Trading Complete Indentity/Packaging. Category winners include Mountain Equipent Co-op, Ion Branding + Design and Industrial Brand. The winner in the student category was Miguel Molina (The Bitter Chocolatier).

In Alberta/NWT, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada Annual Report designed by Foundry Communications in Calgary was declared Best of Region. Other winners include Pure Vision, three76 Design and Outcrop Communications.

In Prairies/Nunavut the top prize went to COMBINE Design & Communications, of Lumsden, SK, for Building Pride: Saskatchewan Roughriders Centennial Exhibitions.

In the Ontario region, which excludes Toronto and the Golden-Horseshoe, Cayenne Creative in Ottawa came out on top; its entry entitled Public History Corporate website was awarded Best of Region.

In the Golden-Horseshoe region of Ontario, AmpersandAmpersand in Hamilton won Best of Region for Elly Cinder Business Cards. Reggie judge Mark Busse said about the winning design: "There's a whole story here that is told in traditional, classical graphic design..."

In Toronto the Best of Region prize was awarded to Compass360 for the GTAA Annual Report; a special mention was given to Monnet Design for printed pieces done for the Summerworks Theatre Festival 2010. Companies winning multiple categories in Toronto include Taxi 2 and Zulu Alpha Kilo.

In Quebec, Bleublancrouge was the big winner with multiple category wins and the Best of Region award for District Griffin.

And in the Atlantic region, one-man shop HelloDaylight of Halifax took the Best of Region for Ironworks Distillery packaging. Designer Stephen Bishop was on hand to accept his award. 

Complete list of winners & finalists

Announcing the 10th Annual Canadian Newsstand Awards

All New Categories!
Higher Total Prize Credits!
New Winners’ Promotion Program!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Newsstand Awards, and we’re shaking things up with more categories, an all-new category system, higher total prize credits and a new consumer-focused winners’ promotion program.

While these are the biggest changes to the Awards since their launch, the Newsstand Awards maintain their unique judging system with 50% of the total scores based on sales percentages, and the other 50% based on creative criteria.

The Canadian Newsstand Awards/Grand prix d’excellence en kiosque honour outstanding achievement in single-copy sales and cover design for English and French-language Canadian magazines published in 2010. Each year the Awards also honour the Newsstand Marketer of the Year.

New Categories:
We’ve overhauled the category system to create more categories and hot competitions! Instead of the previous circulation-size categories, the new categories are based on the subject matter of your magazine. The new categories are: 

Women's Service
Fashion, Shopping & Bridal
News, Business & Celebrity
Home & Decor
Sports & Leisure
Family & Kids
General Interest, Arts, Lifestyle & Regional
SIPs and New Magazine

Each category will have a Silver and Gold winner, and Gold winners receive a $3,000 credit towards newsstand promotions at LS Travel Retail… for a total of $24,000 in available credits, a 33% increase in total prize credits!

Entries Now Open!
Early Bird Deadline: Friday, June 17 
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 8
Awards Event: Fall 2011, Toronto, date tbc

For full details including entry criteria, entry fees and entry forms, visit

The Canadian Newsstand Awards are sponsored by LS Travel Retail North America, CMC Circulation Management Association of Canada, Audit Bureau of Circulations and produced by Masthead.

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