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16th May 2016
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  

Last week's survey results...

Are your customers getting more fussy over the issue of consistent colour or colour management?
  • I don't know if they are getting more fussy but I try to avoid that by getting the information off the customer as soon as I can. 
  • Yes, in particular, consistency between different jobs and re-runs of jobs at different times.
    One of the biggest problems is client supplied files for print that are not setup correctly. This has always been an issue, but now with the portable devices becoming more powerful, clients are assuming their smartphone is an accurate screen for proofing. Emailing proofs to clients is dangerous with regards to colour. We have all the disclaimers etc. but nobody reads those, so we still insist upon clients signing a hard copy colour proof. Annoying and time consuming to the client, but still an essential step to ensure the client is fully aware of what they will receive.
    Also, client expectations are somewhat higher, or more commonly unrealistic.
  • No, Most of our customers wonder why WE are so fussy about Colour accuracy... (Scott, Shotz Performance Printing) 
  • What we are finding is clients give us a Pantone Colour when actually they are asking for it's CMYK equivalent! This can be a problem where they supply digital artwork (with Pantone colours) that they have viewed printed out on their cheap CMYK A4 printer. The "fussiest" customers are usually more ignorant to colour management. But they are the best customers - if you get it right the first time they will never go anywhere else. You could get all technical with them, but I don't have 4hrs to explain additive and subtractive colour or CMYK gamut basics to them. So, I ask them to look at the on-screen version and their print out side by side and "ours will be somewhere in the middle" (you know: "trust me I'm a doctor, I mean signwriter")! BUT I make sure what we produce the 1st time is consistent from then on. Nothing worse than a fleet of 20 cars parked side by side and every single one is different in colour consistency!
  • Not really, we go to a lot of trouble to make sure our colours are consistent on repeat jobs so clients do not complain.
  • In the early days we had some issues about this but not any more.

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Smile: It's only Monday!
(a little rude today, hope you don't mind!!!) 
Two Aussie builders (Keith & Ken) are seated either side of a table in a rough pub when a well-dressed man enters, orders a beer and sits on a stool at the  bar. 
The two builders start to speculate about the occupation of the suit.
Ken: - I reckon he's an accountant. 
Keith: - No way - he's a stockbroker.. 
Ken: - He ain't no stockbroker!  A stockbroker wouldn't come in here! The argument repeats itself for some time until the volume of beer gets the better of Ken and he makes for the toilet. On entering the toilet he sees that the suit is standing at a urinal. 
Curiosity and the several beers get the better of the builder. 
Ken: - 'Scuse me.. No offence meant, but me and me mate were wondering what you do for a living? 
Suit: - No offence taken! I'm a Logical Scientist by profession. 
Ken: - Oh! What's that then? 
Suit: - I'll try to explain by example... Do you have a goldfish at home? 
Ken: - Err.... Mmm . Well yeah, I do as it happens! 
Suit: - Well, it's logical to follow that you keep it in a bowl or in a pond. Which is  it?
Ken: - It's in a pond! 
Suit: - Well then it's reasonable to suppose that you have a large garden. 
Ken - As it happens, yes I have got a big garden! 
Suit: - Well then it's logical to assume that in this town if you have a large garden then you have a large house? 
Ken: - As it happens I've got a five-bedroom house...built it myself! 
Suit: - Well given that you've  built a five-bedroom house it is logical to assume that you haven't built it just for yourself and that you are quite probably married? 
Ken: - Yes I am married, I live with my wife and five children. 
Suit: - Well then it is logical to assume that you are sexually active with your wife on a regular basis?
 Ken:- Yep! Five or six nights a week! 
Suit: - Well then it is logical to suggest that you do not masturbate very often? 
Ken: - Me?  Never. 
Suit: - Well there you are!  That's logical science at work! 
Ken: - How's that then? 
Suit: - Well from finding out that you had a goldfish, I've told you about your sex life! 
Ken: - I see! That's pretty impressive...thanks mate!
Both leave the toilet and Ken returns to his mate. 
Keith: - I see the suit was in there. Did you ask him what he does?
Ken - Yep! He's a logical scientist! 
Keith: - What's that then? 
Ken: - I'll try and explain. Do you have a goldfish? 
Keith: -  Nope. Ken: - Well then, you're a wanker. 
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