‘Mean Green’ Named Best in Digital
Raising money for a new business school building complex is a top priority for the University of North Texas. So when the dean of UNT's College of Business brought staff from the Advancement office to UNT Print & Mail Services to present ideas for a book highlighting the look and mission of the proposed complex, Director Jimmy Friend knew that this job had to turn out better than anything the in-plant had ever done.
"It was a very important piece," he emphasizes—not only for the university but for in-plant, as it presented yet another opportunity to demonstrate the shop's value by supporting one of the university's key initiatives.
Friend was not disappointed with the results. When the last of the "Business Leadership Building" books was completed in November—printed on the in-plant's HP Indigo 5500 digital color press—the quality was exceptional. But it wasn't until last month that he and his staff found out just how exceptional it really was.
That 32-page wire-bound book was selected to be the first recipient of the In-Print Best of Show award for digitally printed pieces. At an awards banquet during the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference, Friend and Assistant Director Judy Willis watched a video showing the contest judges unanimously choosing UNT's piece for this honor.
When Friend stepped on stage to accept the award, the emotion in his voice reflected not only pride in his staff but also recognition of how far his shop had come in the past decade and a half. After all, he revealed, in 1992 the in-plant had been in danger of being shut down. Moving from those precarious days to this national victory is certainly a momentous feat.
Friend gives all the credit for this award to his 40 employees. It started with designer Robert Peters, whom he praises as "an exceptional artist." Peters and Laura Connaughton, customer service representative, met with the College of Business and the Advancement office to hear their ideas for the piece. Peters fleshed out their concepts, and the project took off.
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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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.