Where Did We Get Such a LOVE for College Hoops?

Where Did We Get Such a LOVE for College Hoops?

Technically it all started in 1939 at a game between the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University – welcome to the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament! Now as we start talking trash and filling in our brackets – here are some fun facts that might impress your friends…

  • Originally there were only 8 teams that participated in the tournament – a far cry from the 65 teams we see today
  • The most successful team in NCAA men’s tournament? The UCLA Bruins with 11 championships.
  • Most Outstanding Player in history? Lew Alcindor, later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, won the award three times in 1967, 1968 and 1968
  • Brent Musburger was the first to use the term “March Madness ®” on air
  • The NIT used to be the premiere basketball event
  • Austin Carr has the record for the most point in a game 61!
  • LMU has the record for the most points by a team in one game- 149 and it was against Michigan, who by the way scored 115 points that game – and YES it was the game that holds the most points scored between two teams

So if you love college hoops like we do – fill out that bracket, pull up a chair and enjoy – there is nothing like it… until April… and Tigers baseball!

Don’t Wait For The Light To Go On

Don’t Wait For The Light To Go On

People always ask me, where do you find your inspiration, and I tell them that not everything is sitting in a meadow and waiting for creative idea to hit you. There is actually so much more in what goes into a design, and especially logo design. Here are some tips I have gleaned from my years in pre-press and as a designer – that might help, or get you to your AHA moment!

  • Understand Competition
    • Who does the company compete with? Look at all their logos – you don’t want something you create to look anything like the competition.
  • Why?
    • I always ask a company – why they want to do the change? Do they feel the culture of their organization has changed? Has the competition changed? Do they feel dated? Whatever the answer, it will help drive you to the result.
  • The Customer Is Always Right!
    • You need to be flexible as a designer. If a customer wants purple and it is in your best design judgement that it won’t work – say your piece and try to move the decision to your way of thinking – but in the end if they want something – try to figure out a way for it to work.
  • Respect History
    • Every logo and company has a past. Remember it is your job to create a new look but respect the road the company has traveled to get it to where it is today. Embrace it!
  • A logo is just one part of the puzzle.
    • How a logo works with other printed pieces and digital pieces needs to be thought of – the logo is just a piece and needs to be brought into bigger picture thinking to make it work!

And, if none of those things work for you … crank up the tunes, fine a quiet place, banter with other creative people and find your groove… the idea will come to you! Good luck!

Pre-Press Moment, With Mary

Pre-Press Moment, With Mary

Good morning! My name is Mary and I am the pre-press queen for Compton Press. The guys thought that it would be a good idea to share some tips and tricks with designers out there. So look for tips from me on our web and also on our social media!

Today, I would like to talk about “bleed”. The term “bleed” is used for all objects overlapping the border of your document. After your piece is printed, it will be cropped to its correct size – the bleed in your document give the cropping some room for error. Yes, there are errors when a printed piece is cut – like the machine moves slightly when it runs, paper expands and contracts – so you want to make sure your piece is set up correctly.

In your InDesign® file the settings for a bleed are in the new file dialog box. You need to hit the “more options” button and the bleed and slug will become visible. Standard measurements for the bleed is 1/8” in the US, but sizes may differ per printer, if you’re not sure about the bleed – just ask, any printer will be happy to tell you what they prefer.

Don’t forget to add crop marks to you document too. InDesign® will automatically set the crop marks for you – so make sure they are there.

AND if you have any questions, about how to set up a file with bleeds and crops – just call our team! Our pre-press team will be happy to assist you in getting your file set up correctly.

Not a Printer or a Card Designer? We have you covered!

Not a Printer or a Card Designer? We have you covered!

Happy Valentines’ Day! They say to way to someone’s heart is showing them that you care and although a printed card and flowers is the “typical” way to go (and we would encourage a printed card) we wanted to give you some ideas for personal messages that you can do at home. Our friends at Better Homes and Gardens have provided a few great ways to make handmade Valentine’s Day Cards. Just follow the link and let the creativity take over!

AND if you want to have someone who LOVES printing help you with your next project – give us a call, we are here to help!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow today? How about a young person in your office or community, let them be your shadow today! The Groundhog Shadow Day aims to provide students with an up-close look at what a “real-job” is like, it helps subtends see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and what they will need to achieve their goals, it will show students that they have choices and we hope it motivates the next generation into the careers we love.

Did you know that Compton provides shadowing during the year to some of our leading graphics programs in Metro Detroit? We are thrilled to show upcoming designers and printers how it all comes together! We are a proud supporter of local schools and programs of the arts! If you would like to tour our facility with your school or program, please don’t hesitate to call Brian at our office.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Creating a Culture of Engagement

Creating a Culture of Engagement

Compton Press is excited to share a webinar being put on by the Printing Industries of America in support of 2017 Continuous Improvement. We work with a number of companies from big to small and one thing we can relate to and we hear a lot is how do we keep our team engaged? The Printing Industries of America will be holding a seminar on Creating a Culture of Engagement ON March 1, 2017 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. The goal of the seminar is to:

Find and keep engaged employees is a tremendous challenge. Companies with highly engaged workforces significantly outperform their peers. Engaged employees will build relationships with customers, innovate, and be a part of a continuously improving business. This webinar examines the benefits of engaging employees, what the best companies do to create a workplace where people want to stay and contribute.

To learn more or to join the discussion: http://www.printing.org/events?event_id=328

Dan Michaels

Dan Michaels

Owner

Married to Michelle, daughter of founder Don Cowlin.

3 children, Brian, Eric and Chelsea.

Been at Compton since 1980.

Enjoys camping, golfing, casinos, scotch, and cigars. He’s basically our Ron Burgundy.

Jeff Gulian

Jeff Gulian

Owner

Married to Ann.

3 Children, Kate, Judie, and Gabe.

Came to Compton in 2007.

Classic car collector.

Enjoys camping, golf, casinos, scotch, and cigars. Basically our happy-go-lucky Ron Burgundy.

Mary Riley

Mary Riley

Prepress Manager

CATS! Seriously, lots of cats.

Married to Will.

2 stepchildren, Gaelan and Donovan.

18+ years in prepress, 8 with Compton.

Enjoys traveling, cooking, vodka, again, her cats (Tesla and Westinghouse), and science fiction.

Is a published author, all-round nerd.

Brian Michaels

Brian Michaels

Production Manager

Marrying Megan in Sept. ’17.

No children, just rescue dogs.

3rd generation printer, grandson of founder Don Cowlin.

Enjoys travel, concerts, open bars and all access passes. Hibernates Nov-March, unless in Caribbean.