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Printing News Roundup 07/12/2012

Printing News Roundup 07/12/2012

Rather predictably the majority of printer articles that caught my eye this week are festively themed or at the very least, appeal to my inner child. As soon as December hits and an advent calendar appears in the Stevenson household my mental age halves (at least).

Hacked Pinball Machine Prints You Game

by Kyle VanHemert Follow @FastCoDesign

This first article comes from the Fact Company Co.Design blog and features the design work of Sam van Doorn. It is centred around a modified pinball machine that leaves a trail of ink behind the ball. This not only shows the players style and strategy, but also acts as a nice memento of the game.

See the fruit of van Doorn’s labour and learn more here.


Turning Your Photos Into Holiday Gifts

by Juli Clover Follow @julipuli

App Advice have written a nice little article highlighting some ways you can produce quality personalised gifts for your loved ones using your iPhone. The companies mentioned are all based on the other side of the Atlantic and it may be a little hard/expensive for our UK readers to take advantage of them, but the article is sure to inspire.

All of the suggestions and links to the relevant sites can be found here.


Nebula Wrapping Paper

by Michelle Armas  Follow @ArmasDesign

Artist Michelle Armas has a great idea for creating unique wrapping paper that is simply out of the world. You would need a pretty impressive setup at home to achieve it yourself, but your local printer should be able to help you relatively cheaply. Be sure to check it out via the link below and please forgive me for the terrible pun earlier.

More details of Michelle’s brainstorm and links to dozens of fantastic potential wrapping papers can be seen here.



by Barry Ritholtz’  Follow @ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz’ blog brought an excellent video and App to our attention this week. The mention of printer giant HP piqued my interest initially, but once I saw the quality of the Foldify app this became a distant memory. This app lets you design and print your own papercraft figurines with ease.

View the video and article from Barry’s blog here.


Free Printable Christmas Math Worksheets

by Classroom Jr. Follow @WooJrKids

Classroom Jr have come up with an innovative Christmas themed approach to painting by numbers. They have thrown addition and subtraction into the mix, meaning the child (or easily entertain ink cartridge enthusiast) will have to solve a simple sum in order to know which colour to use. Seems like a great way to entertain the kids and keep their brains active to me.

These festive worksheets can be downloaded for free from here.


That is all for this week. I hope there has been something of interest for you here. I can’t say with certainty that it will be any more focussed on the printer industry, but I can promise there will be another round-up soon. I am sure there will be lots developments as well as festive downloads available in the coming weeks.

Be sure to Tweet your favourite articles using the custom tweet buttons provided and let us know your thoughts and suggestions for next time in the comments below.

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I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.

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