JP Graphics – Letterpress Making a Comeback

Why Is Letterpress Making a Huge Comeback?

Holding a letterpress print is a completely different experience than holding a digital or offset print. Run your finger over the surface and you can see and feel the embossment of the letters; feel the substantial weight and rich surface of the paper and experience quality that speaks of high craftsmanship, of elegance and the revival of a lost art.

There are reasons that, 30 years ago, letterpress almost disappeared. This kind of printing is fussy. To print books and small matter, you arrange blocks of metal type in a press to spell out words; headlines or posters often use large type cut from wood. A letterpress then pushes paper down onto the blocks, which have been covered with a thin layer of ink. You wind up with inky fingers and aching muscles. And it’s impossible to achieve completely consistent results.

But for every degree of difficulty, there’s an equal measure of aesthetic appeal. Martha Stewart was among the first to highlight this as letterpress faded, and clamored for its revival. In the 1990s, her lifestyle empire extolled the handcrafted look and feel of letterpress work, especially for wedding invitations. Stewart’s outlets tended to feature prints with a deep relief, known as debossing, which photographs well at an angle in a shallow depth of field. You can feel the impression with your eyes. (Embossing raises paper towards the reader, pressing up from underneath.) Photo credit: Adrian Harrison.

Have a project you’d like to share with us? Get a quote from JP for your letterpress artisanal print project. You will be pleasantly surprised!

FREE Business Training from Inner City Capital Connections

Do you know of a small business that can benefit from this unique, free business training opportunity slated to begin this summer? The nominations deadline is June 30, 2017, so please take a minute to see how you can help support small business and the vitality of our inner cities. JP Graphics is a proud alumni of the ICCC Program.

ICCC is a national program that helps small businesses in low-income areas – or with a majority of employees who live in low income areas — build capacity for sustainable growth. The program provides:
-12 hours of training in strategy, sales & marketing, talent management and small business finance
– virtual training sessions over a several month period
– one-on-one coaching with experts in small business finance and operations
– direct access to providers of capital

Along with Janet Liang, President, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and the Oakland Thrives Leadership Council, I invite you to nominate businesses that you think might benefit from the program.  Please find more details about this free training on the ICCC Oakland website.

To nominate a small business (or self-nominate), email the nominating form directly to Hyacinth Vassell  or nominate online at http://icic.org/inner-city-capital-connections/nominate-apply/   ICCC will follow up with every business that is nominated to be sure the program is a good fit for them and answer all their questions.  All we need are nominations!

Feel free to share this information with others who may have ideas about businesses that could benefit.

Employee of the Month – Claudia Rubio at JP Graphics

JP Graphics Employee of the Month in Bindery Services

We’re proud to announce our latest Employee of the Month, Claudia Rubio in Bindery!

Claudia was selected because she is the definition of an outstanding employee and a perfect fit for our team.

Claudia is:

Reliable – and always there, and will stay until the job is done

Talented – she knows all the machinery and print bindery processes

Quality Oriented – she always checks and double checks her work

Claudia is known for going above and beyond, and is very fast and efficient!  You can tell from her smile that she loves what she does, and her strong work ethic shows she takes pride in her job and with JP Graphics!

Thank you Claudia, for a job well done, we’re lucky to have you as a part of the JP Graphics team!

Learn more about JP Graphics Bindery Services here.

JP Graphics is Proud Sponsor of SF Travel Conference 2017

JP Graphics is a proud sponsor of the The San Francisco Travel 2017 Marketing Conference along with Audi, the Ritz-Carlton and others. The conference promotes San Francisco as a global travel brand, showcases new research about tourism in San Francisco and provides an update on major events coming in the next year, all at the 2017 SF Travel Marketing Conference.

JP Graphics sponsors Marketing Conference

Employee Appreciation Day – Norberto Gonzales of JP Graphics

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Meet our first recipient of JP Graphic’s Employee of the Month award, Bindery Manager, Norberto (Norbi) Gonzales.

Norbi has worked for JP Graphics since Feb 12, 2002, and was selected unanimously due to his dedication and commitment to his work.

Congratulations Norbi, and thanks to all of the JP Graphics team for the work you do today and everyday! 

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JP Graphics Installs HP Indigo 10000

The new HP Indigo 10000 at JP Graphics, Santa Clara, adds to the company’s digital printing muscle with its speed and flexibility. The first install in a commercial shop in the Silicon Valley Bay Area. Here is Joan Escover, founder and owner, being recognized in the Visual Medial Alliance publication. We are proud to add this printing capability to our already formidable line-up. Find out more about the HP Indigo 100000 at JP Graphics.

JP Graphics Trade Show Services in SFTRAVEL

Save precious energy, time, and money by having your conference materials waiting for you when you arrive.

At JP Graphics, we understand the amount of logistics involved in trade shows and corporate events. Whether your event is at the Moscone Center, San Jose Convention Center, Santa Clara Convention Center, Oakland Convention Center, any of the many Convention Hotels in the area or other San Francisco Bay Area venues, JP Graphics is there to provide all of your material needs, from programs and schedules to signs, banners, and trade show booths. Whatever your print collateral needs are, we can help you, locally. We do it all! Download our equipment list.We provide offset, digital, large format printing and promotional items. We have a complete print shop with 10 different presses and a full bindery department so you job stays under one roof without the need for outsourcing. This enables us to make sure that your job is done right and most importantly, on time. We can deliver directly to you so there is no need to worry about additional shipping costs or missed deliveries.At JP Graphics we have a dedicated account representative to work with you every step of the way. So you know you will be in good hands when you rely on JP Graphics to provide your printed collateral. Please contact Delicia Niami directly at Deliciajp-graphics.com or 408-372-5500 or 408-592-5793 to discuss your needs.

JP Graphics
3310 Woodward Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054
For trade show services in Santa Clara give us a call at (408)372-5500

HP Indigo 10,000 – The Bay Area’s First

JP Graphics acquires a true ‘Game Changer’….the Bay Area’s first HP Indigo 10000 in a commercial print environment!

•Matches or even exceeds offset
•The largest digital sheetfed press – B2 size
•7 colors – white included
•Compatible with more than 2800 certified substrates – from 45 lb text to 150 lb cover
3-18 pt. in thickness – coated, undercoated, and SBS board for folding cartons
•175-line screen
•Perfecting

Ask how JP Graphics can change the game for you! Contact us.

JP Graphics acquires JP Indigo 10000

New Zund Digital Die Cutter

Digital Die Cutting Takes Your Marketing Collateral to a Higher Level. The Zünd die cutter adds a custom touch to any project.

If you require unique, custom designs in your industry or want your work to stand out from everything else, consider the use of our new Zund digital die cutter. This fully automated, digital cutting system creates custom cutouts of almost any size or shape. Our custom digital router allows us to apply routing and cutting technology to your one-of-a-kind signage, cardboard packaging or display projects.

A short list of custom items we can develop for you using our new die cutting machine:

•Custom Packing Boxes
•Folding Boxes
•Display Boards
•Exhibits
•Custom shaped post-it notes
•Cardboard Packaging
•Architectural Models
•Signage & Presentation Boards
•Large flags

Custom folded boxes

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