St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

St. Cloud State University‘s men’s hockey team participated in a Pink The Rink game this past Saturday, October 14. The team played in pink jerseys and held a jersey auction in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Central Minnesota in 2017.

The Huskies swept their weekend series against the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a 5-4 OT win on Saturday. It was sophomore forward Nick Poehling with the overtime winner.

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Summer 2017

Another summer back home, working at That’s My Dog, and family love

Magazine & Palmer Printing

In SCSU’s Art 320 class we were assigned to design a magazine about design. We were given guidelines on subject matter and page layout, but overall given creative freedom. I went through many major design changes through this process and ultimately came out with this:

Art 320_Magazine (Click link for full interactive PDF)

On Tuesday, March 28th, our class attended a trip outside of the classroom to Palmer Printing located in St. Cloud, Minn. We were shown the layout and environment of an everyday professional printing press. It was a much larger space than I was expecting. Palmer offers almost any type of printing on any material you can imagine. They also have a large creative and sales staff that work in the front-of-house directly with clients.

Designers should know and understand the basics of printing. This was made clear to us because even through a designer can come up with the creative product in their head, on paper, or on a computer; the outcome they desire is not always translated through the printing process. Although printers can do a lot creatively, they can’t create the impossible. It is important for designers to have a clear and open conversation with their printer to ensure everyone is happy with the end result.

Offset vs. Digital Printing

Offset Printing:

Rolls the selected image onto a sheet of paper by first using plates to transfer the image onto a rubber “blanket.” Offset is often used in more professional settings to print large quantities cost effectively. It gives a crisp final product with accurate color payoff. Offset provides a large variety of colors with the option of spot colors, paper types, and finishes. This printing still holds a large grasp on the industry and still prints superior over digital.

Digital Printing:

Instead of large scale rolls, digital printing uses toner or liquid ink. Digital printing, although it is not always the same high quality payoff as offset printing, is much more versatile and easier for the “average user” to understand. Digital is better to use in-house for businesses. As offset produces good quality prints on a large scale, or large quantities, digital printing is inexpensive for making lower minimum quantities. A large strength of digital is the use of variable data. The technology of digital printing is fairly new but has made a tremendous impact on the industry.

Both offset and digital printing are widely used for a variety of reason. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, but give users and customers the end result they desire in different ways.