In-Print 2018 Contest Judging is Monday
The one-month extension of the entry deadline for In-Print 2018, the only printing contest exclusively for in-plants, boosted the entry total to 442. On Monday, those pieces will be judged for their print quality.
IPG and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA), partners in the In-Print 2018 contest, are hosting the judging in Kearney, Mo., inside IPMA's headquarters. This year's judges will be a mixture of in-plant managers and commercial printers:
- Chris Donlon, Kohler
- Nathan Thole, Iowa State University
- Ben Fowler, Shelter Insurance
- John Yerger, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Terry McSparin, Henry Wurst Printers, Kansas City, Mo.
To make their decisions, judges will consider not only quality, but the degree of difficulty required to print a job. They often consult the entry forms to see which equipment was used. They will scrutinize is the folds on entries for cracking and to make sure both halves of the sheet line up perfectly. Color variation of logos or tabs from page to page, is another red flag they will watch out for. For each category they will select Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, depending on how many entries were in that category (e.g., in a category with only six entries, just a Gold winner will be selected; with 30 entries there may be Gold, Silver and multiple Bronze winners).
IPG Editor Bob Neubauer and IPMA Executive Director Mike Loyd will oversee the process, and long-time IPMA member Larry Clements will photograph the winners and serve as an extra judge when required. Neubauer will also video the selection of the Best of Show winners. This video will be shown during the IPMA awards banquet in June to reveal the two Best of Show winners (offset and non-offset).
To get an inside peek at the judging—and an early glimpse of some of the winners—check IPG's Facebook page throughout the day on Monday, March 19: www.Facebook.com/inplant. If you're on Twitter, follow @IPGBob.
Here's what the judging looked like last year: