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PRINT IS DEAD!

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Well, that is what you want everyone to believe. We think we are living in the age where we print has evolved from every day to something special. Printing something presents an opportunity to establish an emotional connection with a reader. When we started Nicework 11 years ago every branding job involved the production of physical assets. We produced full-colour letterheads, compliment slips, custom envelopes, business cards, glossy folders and sometimes even personalised stationery for each of the management team. All of this has been replaced with Microsoft templates and digital signatures.

When you print something you have the opportunity to engage a few more senses. It is a very personal thing to receive a something physical, especially custom-designed printed materials. Which captivate the eyes and hearts of an audience. Delivered by features like unique inks, foiling techniques, die cuts, folds and textures. We use print to help brands deliver positive, engaging and powerful results that increase promotional efforts. Print possesses gravity and authority not held by digital channels, which are increasingly getting fuller and fuller with content that delivers less and less value. Print is where we historically mark births, deaths, marriages and major announcements – we still use the term ‘front page news’. This sense of authority has always had applications for branding and marketing.

And the most crucial assumption brands have made about people, particularly millennials is that they prefer the immediacy of digital. In an age where the average office worker receives 121 emails a day and sends around 40 business emails daily. We believe that people respond to the physicality of a printed piece. For us, what makes print so good is that you have to make considerations about what goes into it. You are making a commitment and creating something with a level of permanence.

Here is a selection of projects we have worked on with clients to tell their story and the impact they had.

Here are four compelling reasons to invest in printing a project:

When you have a piece of content that deserves the focused time of your audience. We can help you to make something which is treasured, which ends its days making the bookshelf, coffee table or toilet just that little bit prettier and more civilised. When you create something that deserves the time of the reader, printing it, is a way of giving it the gravitas it deserves.

When you have something that needs to set in time. Something that people will reference or look back on over a period of time.

To introduce an idea or kick off a project. The reality of today is the majority of content is delivered digitally (and will continue to be) but a beautifully designed piece of print can introduce a concept, let people know a change is coming or launch a new project in a way that stands out. It is a great way to set the tone in the beginning before switching to digital.

And lastly our favourite reason. The reason we like the myth that “print is dead”. Everyone else has gone digital. This presents an opportunity to stand out.

If you have a project that deserves more than an email in a spam folder. Get in touch for some Nicework

Published by Ross

Ross grew up on the wrong side of the Jukskei. He studied at Vega and was awarded the Top Student prize at his graduation. After working as a freelancer for four years, he founded Nicework with Ben Vorster. He has a penchant for Scandinavian wood furniture and really nice shirts. He is open to bribery- all iPads are welcome. He also likes chocolate cake and is happily married.

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