5 Creative Annual Report Designs

It is that time of year for companies and corporations, Annual Report season. This is not a real season but it is an important time for many companies to share the success of the previous year. At DOME, we have had many opportunities to design annual reports for companies, non-profit organizations and associations. You can say that we love to design annual reports. Its a great opportunity to run with a suggested topic and design a great layout with the theme and company brand in mind.

The purpose of this blog to show some of our favorite design concepts, that kept the company brand in mind and really expressed the theme at hand, from around the internet. Doing a basic Google search will allow you to view all sorts of designs, some creative and unique and some very similar in style. The following design, to me, are fantastic use of color, concept and creativity to really sell the message.

U-HAUL’s 2010 Annual Report created by Jacob Gilbreath

This has to be one of my favorite annual report designs. This design just uses the company branding and theme really well. Using the design of a packing box and layering elements through out the piece, creates a sense of everything U-HAUL has to offer. Check out the link for more detailed look.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/UHAUL-Annual-Report-2010/1064319

Rosneft’s 2011 Annual Report created by VolgaVolga

I love the use of color and the creativity of using hand illustrated elements to convey the message from the companies identity.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/Rosneft-Annual-Report-2011/4669509

Google’s 2014 Annual Report

I love the sharp edges in the design, along with the use of Google’s color palette. Very modern and clean design.

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e2/1c/7a/e21c7aab6b03fbf22865568b15bba682.jpg

Wates Group 2010 Annual Report Design

I love the use of whitespace, the splash of color with the grayscale images. Very nicely designed.

http://www.theallotmentbranddesign.com/our-work/wates/

DOME Printing Brings Wide Format Printing In-House

FREMONT, CA—August 11, 2014—EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Sacramento, CA-based Dome Printing has purchased and installed a pair of 3.2-meter wide EFI VUTEk printing systems—an EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet pressOpens in a new window and an EFI VUTEk GS3250LX Pro LED inkjet printer.Opens in a new window The presses are the centerpieces of Dome Printing’s new, superwide-format graphics business.
 
Dome Printing, one of Northern California’s leading independent commercial offset print businesses, is attracting new customers with its equipment investment—clients that did not purchase offset before but had specialized superwide-format signage and graphics needs. Many of the company’s existing customers are also taking advantage of Dome Printing’s new inkjet capabilities, expanding their current print marketing efforts to include superwide-format graphics applications. In those scenarios, the high-quality imaging available with EFI VUTEk equipment and the EFI Fiery proServersOpens in a new window Dome Printing also installed with its new inkjet devices ensure accurate color matching between offset and inkjet print jobs.
 
The company, a long-time user of EFI’s MIS workflow software products, is effectively and efficiently expanding its business offerings with its new VUTEk purchases. Both machines are hybrid format devices that can print work on rigid substrates as well as banners, billboards and other graphics printed on flexible roll media.
 
“The white ink printing capabilities on our new VUTEk equipment was important, but the real deciding factors were the hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll capabilities and the fast throughput,” said Bob Poole, Dome Printing’s co-owner. “The quality is exceptional, especially with the EFI Fiery proServer and its superior color management capabilities.”
 
Inkjet graphics growing ‘by leaps and bounds’
 
Founded by Ray Poole in 1969, Dome Printing offers everything from creative services and digital printing to fulfillment and integrated business solutions, including custom client storefront solutions. Ray’s sons Tim and Bob Poole have now restructured and built a next-generation business since purchasing the company from their parents in 2004.
 
“We grew 20 percent last year and expect that same level of growth this year,” said Tim Poole, who is Dome Printing’s CEO. “Part of that is attributable to the technology solutions we offer customers, but we are seeing the VUTEk business growing by leaps and bounds as well.”
 
Installation of the new printers and their color calibration went quickly. “We were already running a huge retail package on our VUTEk GS3250LX Pro the first week it was in our shop,” Bob Poole said, “and it went off without a hitch. We could hardly wait to get our hands on the HS100 Pro the following week. We already needed the capacity!”
 
Prior to the installation, many of the company’s local clients had to go to Southern California or out of the state to get the type of large-format printing they were seeking. “By adding that service to our mix,” Bob Poole stated, “we are able to bring that business into the Northern California economy.”
 
“We are very pleased that Dome Printing chose EFI as the partner it can rely on to get this exciting new business launched,” said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. “Dome Printing’s clients will benefit from the superior versatility, quality and productivity these two EFI VUTEk products offer.”
 
Powerful print solutions for roll and flatbed graphics
 
Both of Dome Printing’s new VUTEk investments feature true, variable-drop grayscale imaging for higher image quality and accurate spot-color matching. They also offer opaque white ink and a unique, multilayer printing capability for high-end visual appeal on backlit displays and other applications.
 
Operating at speeds up to 100 boards per hour, the EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro press gives Dome Printing a more-cost effective option to produce a wide variety of medium-run graphics jobs. The digital UV inkjet press represents a true alternative to analog equipment, offering throughput comparable to screen printing with print quality that approaches offset. The press features EFI’s Pin & Cure imaging technology, which offers precise ink lay-down, gloss control and greater imaging accuracy.
 
The EFI VUTEk GS3250LX Pro is a production-level LED inkjet hybrid printer. Its “cool cure” LED curing technology lowers operating costs and provides a greener alternative for graphics printing, with significantly less energy consumption and virtually no VOCs. LED also gives the VUTEk GS3250LX Pro the ability to print on heat-sensitive and less-expensive lightweight media that cannot withstand the heat of other drying or curing methods.
 
Complementing its installation of new EFI VUTEk printing equipment, Dome Printing also acquired an Esko cutting table for finishing flatbed-printed graphics jobs.
  
About EFIOpens in a new window
EFI is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. Based in Silicon Valley, CA, with offices around the globe, the company’s powerful integrated product portfolio includes digital front-end servers; superwide, wide-format, label and ceramic inkjet presses and inks; production workflow, Web-to-print, and business automation software; and office, enterprise and mobile cloud solutions. These products allow users to produce, communicate and share information in an easy and effective way, and enable businesses to increase their profits, productivity, and efficiency.

Source: http://www.piworld.com/article/dome-printing-sacramento-ca-installed-two-efi-vutek-printing-systems/[email protected]#utm_source=today-on-piworld&utm_medium=enewsletter_headline_story11&utm_campaign=2014-08-11 and EFI.

Get Inspired! Augmented Reality Examples

In one of our previous posts, we spoke about Augmented Reality and the ability to combine the digital and print world. Posted below are some sample videos portraying the use of AR and print together.

Augmented Reality Lego® Set

I believe Lego® utilized Augmented Reality effectively. Showing a 3D image of the product already constructed, allowing kids the ability to view Legos® in a 3D space.

NET-A-PORTER Allows There Customers to Window Shop

Fantastic example of interactive print and technology working hand in hand. Imagine using this technology on end caps on aisles and pop-up displays.

ABSOLUT Vodka Takes you on a Trip

Real cool example of size and scale the AR piece can be while providing information.

Tic-Tac Mints Offers up Trivia

Tic-Tac Mints provides some added content that you can thumb through on this creative bus stop add.

VW Takes you on a Test Trive with an Ad Space

VW has a lot of different examples of Augmented Reality ads. This one, for example, allow the viewer to watch advertisements come to life

So, what do you think is a creative way to utilize Augmented Reality in print? Feel free to post some more examples below!

Augmented Reality Takes Print to the Digital World

Hearing that “print is dying” or “direct mail is not effective” because of the emergence of digital advertising spaces and the speed of social media is an uncreative thought. With preparation and planning, print can very well benefit from the digital world. Take Augmented Reality paired with digital printing. A digital world and a physical print world, working together to create a unique, personalized message for the consumer.

Augmented Reality, or AR, is a technology that will allow the user to view an enhanced “real world” view, connecting creative content with the user. AR is not a new technology. It has been used in TV, video games and film. AR can have a huge impact on print adverts and marketing campaigns, sometimes referred as “interactive print”. With Augmented Reality, people can scan an image with their smartphone or tablet to add an extra layer of information – whether it’s videos, audio clips, images or even links – directly on top of the printed piece.

Publications, like Elle and Maxim magazine, are using AR technology to provide interactive content for their readers. A recent article published by WSJ.com, talks about how Augmented Reality is gaining traction among recognized brands like Pepsi and Heinz.

At DOME, we can help our clients produce AR campaigns. Whether it is a cross media campaign, a printed large format item (like backlit posters and point-of-purchase items), or a direct mail piece, the ability to expand your message with interactive technology is endless.

What are your feelings about Augmented Reality? Do you feel like it is a gimmick or is it the next great form of cross media advertising? Comment below with your thoughts and check out our personal favorites when it comes to Augmented Reality and Print.

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304585004579417612087615766

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/what-is-augmented-reality-iphone-apps-games-flash-yelp-android-ar-software-and-more/#!3ilAC

Innovative Solutions at DOME

 

Letter from the President, Tim Poole:

DOME’s mission is to provide an exceptional buying experience and to create greater value by helping our clients achieve their goals through the utilization of our innovative solutions.

How do you define the many valued solutions that DOME provides? There is much debate within the printing industry on how to define the many value solutions that we provide our clients. Unquestionably providing services in graphic design, web page development and e-mail services define us as a Marketing Service Provider (MSP). On the other end of the spectrum, we provide complex data processing, secure fulfillment services with the power of web-store deployment and just-in-time deliveries to assist in meeting customers’ goals.  These solutions squarely put us in a strong business partnership with our clients.

As you can see, we have intentionally left “Printing” out of our name. Printing is only one of DOME’s capabilities and services that our clients are accustomed to. Printing is a core capability and many of the markets we serve clearly refer to us as their printer and we are ok with that. This is a new era and it is exciting to be part of the print evolution.

As you may have noticed from our internal print media and all throughout this website, DOME is removing the “Printing” tag line from the logo. Since we offer great services and new products to our clients, it was a move to show the growth of DOME as a company. With innovative solutions like, DOME Storefront, Email Marketing/Cross Media Marketing design, and the expansion of DOME Direct, DOME has evolved.

I am personally excited to see where our growth takes us.  With the additions of our Wide Format machines, DOME is adding more capabilities to our already awesome services.