Stretch: conference acknowledgements

stretch: conference acknowledgements

STEP inside design would like to thank the sponsors of the STEP Stretch conference in Austin, Texas, last May. Stretch offered an exciting opportunity for attendees to expand their thinking about graphic design. Several companies and organizations participated in Stretch as sponsors, presenters, and exhibitors in the STEP Stretch trade show and we’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge them and thank them.

AIGA

AIGA is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business, and cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis, and research and advance education and ethical practice, www.aiga.org

APPLETON COATED

Appleton Coated offers the most comprehensive lineup of premium coated papers available today marketed under the Utopia brand. From the elegance of Premium to hardworking Utopia Three, the Utopia family of coated papers offers five ways to ignite a passion for paper. Appleton Coated joined STEP Stretch Austin as the official Inspiration Sponsor, www.appletoncoated.com

CRANE & COMPANY

Crane & Company, entering its third century of papermaking, remains the world’s premier manufacturer of the finest stationery for personal and business correspondence. Its complete line of cotton fiber papers, all with matching envelopes, offers letterhead, including metric and monarch, notecards, and sheets, as well as heavyweight cover stock, www.crane.com

CREATAS IMAGES

Creatas Images is your source for royalty-free stock photography, illustration, and footage. Its extensive and always expanding online collection makes choosing easy with over 450,000 ideainspiring images available for review. Creatas Images also offers in-depth searching, an easy-to-manage lightbox system, secure purchasing, and reliable downloads, www.creatas.com

CURIOUS PAPERS

From its inception, the Curious brand has been all about technical innovation married to-or at least on an intimate footing with-passionate craftsmanship. As Curious continues to celebrate the pleasure of unusual printing surfaces, it’s proud to present the Curious Collection: Fourth Wave, www.curiouspapers.com

IMAGE SOURCE

Image Source is the world’s leading independent producer and brand for creative and commercial royalty-free stock photography. Search the collection to purchase and download from thousands of individual images or hundreds of themed discs. The fresh, clean look of Image Source and its smooth, hassle-free search makes it easy to find the images you need, www.imagesource.com

JUPITERIMAGES

JupiterImages features the world’s largest collection of wholly owned stock photos, stock footage, photo objects, clipart, illustrations, fonts, animations, and flash components. This comprehensive library contains over 7 million digital images from world-renowned photographers and brands such as Comstock Images, Brand X, FoodPix, Botanica, Nonstock, PictureQuest, Thinkstock Images, Thinkstock Footage, Photos.com, Creatas Images, Dynamic Graphics, Goodshoot, AbleStock.com, liquid-library, and Clipart.com, among others, www.jupiterimages.com

MICROSOFT

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac helps you to manage the business of life with ease so that you can get back to the business of being creative. Office 2004 provides intuitive, intelligent tools you need to take control of your information and transform ideas and opportunities into action. Microsoft was the official Business Strategies Sponsor at Stretch, www.microsoft.com/mac

MOHAWK FINE PAPERS

Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., is the largest manufacturer of premium printing, writing, and imaging papers in the country. Flagship grades include Strathmore, BriteHue, Mohawk Superfine, Beckett, Via, Mohawk Color Copy, and patented Inxwell products, Navajo, and Options. A leader in environmental stewardship, Mohawk is the first large-scale production facility in the U.S. to use non-polluting wind energy to manufacture paper, www. mohawkpaper.com

NEWPAGE

In May 2005, MeadWestvaco turned to a NewPage in its story and announced the launch of its new name, NewPage. This evolution represents a tremendous opportunity for them to focus on and invest in their core business, www.newpagecorp.com

ONREQUEST IMAGES

With OnRequest Images Custom Stock photography services, the way marketing and creative teams conceive and purchase images is completely revolutionized. OnRequest Images’ 1,600 professional photographers in 53 countries produce original photography to customer specifications in just 2-3 days, at rights-managed stock photography prices, providing custom images for consistent, original, on-brand marketing materials, www.onrequestimages.com

PICTUREQUEST

PictureQuest is one of the largest online stock photo libraries offering both rights-managed and royalty-free stock photography from the world’s leading photo agencies. Its evolving stock photography content offers a wide range of choices-from innovation to contemporary to classic-making it easy and enjoyable to discover and express your most creative ideas, www.picturequest.com

SAPPI

Sappi Fine Paper produces a range of uncoated graphic and business paper, coated and uncoated specialty paper, and casting release paper used in the manufacture of artificial leather and textured polyurethane applications. Sappi’s “Ideas that Matter” program supports design for the public good by awarding monetary grants to designers to help them create and implement projects that serve worthwhile causes, www.sappi.com

WETMORE

Since 1947, Wetmore has set the standard for printing in the Southwest, and as a member of RR Donnelley it continues to lead today through innovation and customer service. Wetmore offers unparalleled customer service, prepress, printing, bindery, shipping, and fulfillment, www.wetmore-printing.com

XPEDX

SuiteShop is a new online portal developed by xpedx to serve the design and prepress communities. Through SuiteShop, you gain access to the programs and products that transform your ideas into tangible realities. Products are in stock and ready to ship; services are online and just a click or a call away from industry leaders such as Apple, Dell, Pantone, International Paper, Neenah, Mohawk, Stora Enso, Sappi, NewPage, Prepress Training Solution, The PaperMill Store, and many more, www.suiteshop.com

YUPO

For more than three decades, Yupo Corporation has been the industry leader in the research and development of synthetic papers and in the quality controls that govern the manufacturing process. www.yupo.com

ADOBE LEARNING CENTER

The Adobe Learning Center allowed attendees to explore their own creativity in the context of what they’d heard at the conference. The following companies, led by Adobe, participated in the Learning Center in Austin as sponsors and workshop presenters:

ADOBE

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a powerful, unified design environment that enhances your creativity by combining full new versions of Adobe’s professional design tools with file version management and support for consistent color and Adobe PDF file creation. Add centralized file browsing and direct access to royalty-free stock photos to the mix, and your productivity soars. When you’re working in a team or it comes time to share your ideas with clients, Adobe CSa enables new methods of collaboration that can save you time and money, www.adobe.com

DIGITAL CRITERION

Digital Criterion works with small businesses, educational institutions, government bodies, and even consumers to help them set up, use, and maintain their technology. They can help a company with any step in the process of technology implementation. With consultants across the country, they strive to serve all types of businesses and individuals with professional service at an affordable rate, www.digitalcriterion.com

GRETAGMACBETH

GretagMacbeth designs, manufactures, and markets color management solutions, including instrumentation, software, and services, which enable companies large and small to consistently communicate and control color across devices, industries, processes, and locations, www.gretagmacbeth.com

BAG SPONSORS

As bag sponsors, the following companies included a special giveaway item in the attendee gift bag:

AGEFOTOSTOCK

FONTSHOP

HOEFLER & FRERE-JONES

MAP RESOURCES

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