Two in a Row for University of North Texas
As he sat on the edge of his seat at the IPMA awards banquet last month, watching the video that would reveal the non-offset Best of Show winner, Jimmy Friend tried to stay calm. But after seeing piece after excellent piece get eliminated until only the University of North Texas and Briggs & Stratton were still standing, his heart began to race.
"To see it get down to the final two...it was just really exciting," recalls Friend director of UNT Printing & Distribution Solutions. "I felt that if we had a chance, it would be with that piece."
That piece was a glossy invitation with a perfect gatefold. It was up against a spiral-bound Briggs & Stratton self-promotional booklet full of sharp, colorful photos. Watching the judges try to decide between them was excruciating. In the end, with the digital printing on both pieces equally impressive, the judges let the difficulty factor of the gatefold sway them and picked UNT as Best of Show winner.
"We were just blown away and excited about winning it two years in a row," Friend enthuses.
The preciseness of the gatefold was not just pure chance, he points out. His staff toiled diligently to make sure they could do it right, experimenting with proofs before even beginning to print the 2,000 invitations ordered by the client.
Practice Makes Perfect
"We went to bindery before we printed the entire job to make certain that we could make this gatefold," Friend remarks. "The trim had to be exact, the scores had to be great."
This was, after all, a very high profile job that had been entrusted to the in-plant. Ordered by the Office of Advancement, the piece was an invitation to key university donors to attend the Emerald Ball at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. Proceeds from the ball would benefit the Emerald Eagle Scholars program for financially challenged students.
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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.