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Back to the Basics: Training and Education

(September 2008) posted on Thu Sep 11, 2008

Timing may be perfect to return to the classroom.

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By Gregory Sharpless

SGIA 08 Conference: The 2008 edition of the SGIA Expo ( will feature more than 50 educational sessions over the course of the event’s four days, October 15-18, in Atlanta. The sessions will be placed into four separate tracks: Digital Graphics, Garment Decoration, Production Management, Business Management, and Screen Graphics. Three free "Starter Sessions" will also be offered this year: "Introduction to Digital Imaging," "Purchasing Options," and "Screen Printing Basics." SGIA also makes available an array of webinars ("Digital Imaging 101," "Corporate Sustainability," "Breaking the Print Sales Barrier," etc.) via its website, and offers various workshops, which are held at its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Finely focused conferences and associations
Education-only conferences (no tradeshow component) allow the user to finely focus his or her attention on the subject at hand. Associations typically do the same. In both cases, there may be some limited type of exhibit space available (such a table top exhibits), but product exhibitions are generally not the focus of the event.

Color Management Conference: Hosted by PIA/GATF, the annual Color Management Conference ( will be held December 7-9, 2008 in Phoenix. Specific session titles include: "Managing Spot Color Processes Across Different Printing Processes," "Best Practices for Successful Color Management," "When to Use a Color Consultant-and When to Do It Yourself," "What Breaks Color Management" and others.

At the Graphic Arts Information Network (GAIN,, sponsored by PIA/GATF, print providers can find an ongoing list of PIA/GATF seminars throughout the country as well as further sources of customized training.

Information Management Institute: Conference coordinator IMI ( produces conferences designed to assist the digital-printing industry in understanding technology developments, markets, and applications requirements. US-based conferences include the Inkjet Printing Conference (winter 2009, locale not yet specified), the Toner & Toner Chemicals Conference (also winter 2009), the Security Printing Conference (November 17-19 in Baltimore). Earlier in 2008, IMI offered a week-long Digital Printing Summer Camp in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, as well as a score of other conferences.