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Happy International Print Day 2017!

October 18, 2017 is International Print Day. I am happy to celebrate my love of print with you! This year’s theme, is the User Experience.

Printed maps provide a great User Experience!

The spatial awareness you get from the big picture of a large printed map, combined with the ability to crunch down into the details with your computer or mobile phone, when used together, gives you the best of both worlds for the best User Experience!

Here’s a quick video with just a few of the maps we have printed in the last few months. Enjoy. #IPD17 #PrintUX




Williams & Heintz Map Helps You Print Smart for International Print Day16

Use #PrintSmart on social media to learn about all the great things that you can do with print in International Print Day, October, 19, 2016

Use #PrintSmart and #IPD16 on social media to learn about all the great things that you can do with print on International Print Day, October, 19, 2016

Happy International Print Day!

This year the International Print Day theme is Print Smart. #PrintSmart is all about sharing education and resources for learning about how wonderfully relevant print is in the digital age.

At Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, we would like to share some Map Printing Tips. Our map printing tips were originally published as a series of posts when we first started our blog. We answer frequently asked questions about Map Pre-Press, Map Printing, and Map Folding.

Map Printing FAQ

How do I choose the paper for my map?

How do I  decide on the size of my map?

How do I choose ink colors for my map?

What do I need to consider about Map folding and finishing?

Is it important to ask questions and communicate with my printer?








Happy International Print Day

A map is tactile

A map is tactile. Many people find that  there’s just something enjoyable about holding a printed map in their hands.

Print is Gloriously Tactile

Humans were designed to touch and feel. Print—an extremely tactile media —caters to this need.

While much of the marketing world’s attention seems to be turned to the digital arena, print continues to be an extremely effective part of the marketing mix. When you think about the emotional impact that print’s physicality has, it’s easy to see why print works.

Perhaps it’s because it exists in the physical world that print is so capable of grabbing our attention. From the map of your favorite event, or magazines sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, to the newspapers in the rack at your favorite coffee place and the letters and fliers that arrive in your mail, print has a way of calling out to be picked up and read.

Many people find that there’s just something enjoyable about holding a printed piece in their hands. Print stimulates the senses. You can feel the texture of the paper, turn the pages, see the colors as they were meant to be seen. Print can be shared, thumbed through and dog-eared. Coupons and articles can be cut or torn out and set aside. Plus, of course, print is always available, no connectivity required.

Print not only provides a warm and friendly experience that no other medium offers, it also offers a sense of permanence that simply feels more trustworthy. In fact, recent studies show that consumers find print ads quite a bit more trustworthy than those they see online. While 60% of consumers trust newspaper and magazine ads, just 48% trust search advertising or online video ads, and only 42% find online banner ads worthy of their trust. (1)

The tactile nature of print undoubtedly contributes to the effectiveness of newspaper and magazine ads. One recent study shows that newspaper ads rank noticeably higher than ads on radio, TV or online-only sites when it comes to measures of advertising effectiveness such as “usually notice ads” and “likely to purchase.” (2)  Another recent study shows that magazines outperform TV and online for critical purchase drivers such as brand awareness, brand favorability and brand purchase intent. (3)  In contrast, social media—the darling of the marketing world—may not be that darling after all. In a recent survey of more than 1,700 social media marketers, less than 8% were actually happy with their efforts and 21% were so dissatisfied that they’re ready to replace their social spend with more traditional buys. (4)

Print is gloriously tactile, which makes it capable engaging audiences in a way that other media simply cannot.


1 Nielsen, Global Trust in Advertising and Brand Messages, September 2013
2 Nielsen, 2013 National Cross-Media Engagement Study
3 MPA, Magazine Media Fact Book, 2013-2014
4 iMedia Connection, The Declining Value of Social Marketing, Jan. 15, 2014

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