48HourPrint Wins 13 International Awards for Print Quality
Judges at the 37th annual International Gallery of Excellence printing competition didn’t know what to expect from Boston-based online printing firm 48HourPrint.com. But after multiple rounds of rigorous technical evaluation, they honored the company with 13 awards for print excellence, quality and graphic design.
“48HourPrint was a first-time entrant in the International Gallery, and the judges didn't really know what to expect from a large online printing firm,” said Kevin Keane, president and CEO of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, which oversees the competition. “What they found was excellent, highest quality printing, with great execution in many, many formats, as evidenced by the 13 awards the firm earned among stiff competition.”
The competition drew hundreds of entrants, including large companies in the offset and digital printing world in the United States and 15 other countries, according to Keane. Judges evaluated quality and difficulty of the graphic arts processes used, ranging from ink coverage, intensity of solids, registration, dot structure, paper usage, bindery, finishing, overall visual appearance and communication effectiveness, Keane said.
The company won 6 Golds, 4 Silvers, 2 Bronzes and an Honorable Mention for print projects ranging from 7-color posters, direct mail postcards, glossy pocket folders and brochures to a “Print Dreams Kit” that showcases 48HourPrint’s custom services, including die-cut shapes, scratch-off tab coins, PMS colors, rounded corners and perforations.
“When people hear ‘fast turnaround’ like what we offer, they sometimes think it means they have to sacrifice quality,” said Glenn Kacsh, vice president of manufacturing for 48HourPrint.com’s facilities in Arizona and Ohio. “It’s not true. The print quality on our sheetfed offset and digital presses stands up to anything else you can find in the market today. Yes, we are fast … but we’re also very quality conscious. People come to us looking for speed, but they stay with us for our quality and customer service.”