The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 12 Issue 24
Thursday December 15, 2011

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2012 Vehicle Template Collection and New North American Website
Over 9,000 vehicles and specialty templates specifically for the North American vehicle graphics specialist, including the original vehicle template library. 20 years of expertise in precision and accuracy. +300 page, hard copy vehicle template guide book. North American sales and support.
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Stretch Chrome Film
Alsa of California has released a stretchable chrome film with comformability beyond your imagination. A 6 mil chrome film with EasyTac adhesive. Tinted as copper, silver, gold, red and more. Find out more.
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Wide Format Laminators and Specialty Films from
Laminator.Com features a large selection of Wide Format Laminators, Cold and Liquid Laminators plus Specialty Laminating Films. users receive additional discounts up to 10% off of our already low prices. Order your Laminator and/or Specialty Laminating Films from today!
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Accent Signage Systems, Inc. is a wholesale fabricator of interior signage utilizing Raster® Braille.
We provide Raster® Braille as part of both finished signage as well as a stand alone solution for your sign shop. Are you producing tactile interior signage on your own, in-house? Our Raster® Pen and Raster® Braille supplies provide you with the tools necessary to produce ADA-compliant signage easily. Our automated Pen systems allow you to produce Braille signage 5 times faster than our handheld model.
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Get Your Free Trade Show Pass to the ISA International Sign Expo 2012 in Orlando
The International Sign Association’s International Sign Expo returns to Orlando, Florida, March 21 - 24, 2012, with the latest sign trends and technologies driving the growth of the visual communications industry. Click above for a free trade show expo pass.
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Sign Industry News

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Self Inspiration

    "In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up."
      --- Larry Niven

A good dose of inspiration is usually what is needed when one gets in a funk--- especially in business. We tend to grind, grind, grind without taking (read having) the time to look up and evaluate why we are doing what we are doing. Yes, we have our mission and goals in mind, but sometimes that only keeps us on the tracks. It isn't always enough to motivate us to get the caboose across the finish line.

We need a refresher of the inspiration that originally led us to get into this business in the first place. We can't always depend on others for that inspiration so we need to find ways to create it on our own.

    "In life you need either inspiration or desperation."
      --- Tony Robbins

Out of necessity, we work hard to make payroll, buy groceries and get ahead. That is one form of inspiration and it does work for a period of time. But true inspiration keeps firing-up our engines for that long haul. It is what keeps our focus on completing quality projects and providing great customer service.

This type of inspiration is the kind that touches deep inside our bellies and hearts and provides steam for our dream. It is that personal Rocky theme constantly playing in our head or a vision of some Olympic triumph that causes the hairs to rise up on our neck.

    "If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three."
      --- Robert Motherwell

Inspiration comes in many forms and it is up to you to discover what form to follow. For some, reading biographies of successful business people provides inspiration. For others reading daily motivational quotes, listening to music, practicing visualization, praying, meeting with mentors, and many more. Find out what it is that you can use for inspiration and go to that place on a frequent basis for recharging your batteries.

    "Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself."
      --- Billy Joel

Getting back to the basics of why you got into the sign industry to begin with can help you to get inspired again. Did you get away from why you started this business? Did outside forces cause you to abandon your true aspirations? If so, take time this month to think about what it is that tickles your fancy. Think about what your inspiration is for being in this business. If you can't find it, go look for it and change things up to match your inspiration.

    "Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."
      --- Vincent Van Gogh

Advertiser - ISA's International Sign Expo

Everyone in the Sign Industry will be at ISA's International Sign Expo!
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ISA's International Sign Expo 2012 is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for the sign industry. Meet face-to-face with exhibitors, learn from industry experts and connect with others in the field.

With more networking opportunities than ever before, you're certain to make valuable connections that will make a positive impact on your business.

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ISA International Sign Expo 2012
Education & Networking Events: March 21 - 24, 2012
Trade Show: March 22 - 24, 2012
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Orange County Convention Center

Feature Articles

Pricing Guidelines for Direct-to-Garment Products
By Ken Hope, AnaJet

Pricing Strategy for Direct Garment Printing and a snapshot from a shop in the business.
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Seasonal Maintenance for Direct-to-Garment Printing
By AnaJet

When it comes to protecting your capital equipment investment for your business, nothing could be 'smarter' than putting your equipment at the top of your maintenance calendar schedule. You will drastically reduce the need to work 'harder' to keep your printer performing at peak levels.
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5 Important Steps in Direct-to-Garment Printer Maintenance
By AnaJet

It is critical to your business that your printer be routinely maintained to assure its productive life and longevity. Direct-to-garment printers have evolved in just a few short years from a category of machines that were un-proven, to being recognized as very productive printers which require minor regular maintenance.
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The Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 produces the industry’s widest color gamut – with eight individual colors – for unparalleled output quality at the fastest print speeds in its class. Its profit-focused design sets new standards in overall reliability, maintenance and a reduced total cost of ownership. And, while its all-new ink technology is compatible with virtually any solvent-based media, it has less impact on the environment and worker health. Produce prints with amazing color fidelity and accuracy for the most demanding vehicle wrap or fine art project. Or create stunning outdoor banners, posters, and tradeshow graphics faster than you thought possible. Whether you're trying to supplement your existing production process or require a single printer to produce virtually any print job that comes your way, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 is the ultimate investment for any size printing company.
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Funny Signs

On a Scientist's door:

    "Gone Fission"

Sign on front of Tattoo Parlor:

    "Tattoos while you wait!"

In a local courthouse in the Passport renewal office:

    "If you look exactly like your passport picture you are too ill to travel"

We know those funny signs are out there. Take a moment and send them in to us and we'll share them with the world. Send all hysterical observations to:

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  Sean Scott
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