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Chicago-based specialty substrate manufacturer GPA announces the winners of its 2016 Print & Design Contest.
Companies across North America submitted their entries on GPA substrates to compete in five product categories for the Best of Category award; from those winning entries, one was chosen Best of Show. Additionally, six entries were presented with the new Award of Distinction for making a lasting impression on judges.
Fort Worth, Texas-based Cockrell Enovation won this year’s Best of Show Award for a jumbo-sized booklet featuring famous Texas firsts, including the corn dog, margarita, and Liquid Paper. The company says they wanted to showcase the capabilities of their HP Indigo 10000 press while shattering people’s perceptions about the limitations of digital printing. They collaborated with Pinkerton Design and freelance copywriter Brian Pearce to develop and execute the winning idea, and the finished booklet has been met with enthusiastic approval since its debut.
“For us, winning Best of Show means that people embrace the direction our business is heading in,” says John Cockrell Jr., vice president at Cockrell Enovation. “When you’re dealing with what could be considered new technology, you could have a customer base that wants to fight it. This win shows that we’re heading in the right direction as the type of company we want to be and the message we want to lead with. From concept to design through production, everybody truly understood the potential of this piece, and this win reinforces that we succeeded in what we set out to accomplish.”
Cockrell Enovation selected two GPA papers for this project: Ultra Digital 100# Midnight Black Uncoated Cover and Ultra Print 70# White Uncoated Text. They printed the black sheet with white ink and selectively layered color for a striking cover design, and chose full-page images for the inside text pages to demonstrate how flawlessly they could execute heavy ink coverage and color consistency to their brand-conscious clients.
“The GPA uncoated sheet has always performed above and beyond what other text and cover sheets have. We realized our booklet was going to have very heavy ink coverage, and working with GPA papers, we just knew it was going to be the perfect sheet,” says Cockrell Jr.
Best of Category winners:
- Non-Adhesive Synthetics: Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Carlson Print Group, with design by The Meyocks Group Inc.
- Pressure Sensitive Synthetics: Van Nuys, California-based Colornet Press
- Papers: Uncoated & Uncoated/C1S & C2S Boards: Hamburg, New York-based Gateway Printing & Graphics
- Pressure Sensitive Papers: Burbank, California-based Maskell Graphics Inc.
Award of Distinction winners:
- Bristol, Connecticut-based Advanced Printing Services Inc.
- New York, New York-based Aldine Inc.
- Evansville, Indiana-based AlphaGraphics
- Glendale, California-based Chromatic Lithographers
- Morton Grove, Illinois-based Quantum Group
- Carlsbad, California-based ZUZA
This year’s contest was judged by a panel of four industry experts: Gary Greis, sales manager at Graphco; Kari Somers, Dean of Students at Columbia College Chicago; Michael Johnston, president of Top Graphics in Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Trish Witkowski, “chief folding fanatic” at Foldfactory. Entries were evaluated on uniqueness of design, number of substrates utilized, complexity of production, application use, and quality of printing.
GPA’s Print & Design Contest is an annual opportunity for printers and end-users to showcase their best work and gain industry recognition. For a submission to be eligible, it must be from an actual job or promotion that was printed by a GPA customer on a qualified GPA substrate.