Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A, a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, announced a project produced on its print production equipment by customer Post Press Specialties in Independence, Missouri has been recognized with a Best in Show: Best Use of Digital Foil award by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) as part of its 30th Annual Gold Leaf Awards.
KONICA MINOTA originally entered in the category for Best Use of Digital Foil (Self Promotion) – for which it also won a Gold Leaf Award – Post Press Specialties created the piece “Willy,” featuring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka from the 1971 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to demonstrate the company’s capabilities. The graphics were created in Adobe Illustrator, with small dots of opaque foil intermingled to create an image resembling a lithographic photo, producing foil halftone dots in different colors in a way none of the team members had ever seen before.
“Willy” was created on a leftover scrap piece of board that the team laminated, and the project was created in an afternoon with fewer than ten copies made. The piece was produced on the Konica Minolta JETVarnish 3D Evo 75, which offers a full in-house production and prototyping print embellishment system without screens, dies or plates on a wide range of substrates and media. The foil was supplied by Crown Roll Leaf Inc., in Paterson, NJ.
According to Andy Humble, Owner, Post Press Specialties he said “This piece was designed as a project to find out what Konica Minolta’s JETVarnish 3D Evo 75 is truly capable of producing,”
“I issued a challenge to our operator to attempt to produce a duotone foil, and after a few more moderate attempts, he embraced the challenge. “Willy” was created out of a desire to have a sample to show clients the possibilities that digital embellishment opens up, and in doing so, we pushed the envelope. Sometimes you have to go over the edge to know your limits. Or, as Willy Wonka himself said, ‘Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.’”
Humble also noted that the piece was produced with no ink, only multiple colors and levels of foil.
“The most intriguing part to me are the highlights around the eyes that almost seem to follow you based on how the light refracts off the foil, not the heavy purple of the jacket,” stated Humble.
The annual Gold Leaf Award entries are judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in 47 different categories with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category. FSEA received a record number of entries from countries around the world during this year’s competition, including the U.S., Canada, India, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Japan, South Africa and Taiwan. Entries are submitted from all over the world by finishers and binders that want to compete against the best in the industry.
Six other Konica Minolta customers received awards at the annual FSEA event, four of whom won more than a single award, totaling 14 FSEA awards for Konica Minolta customers. The winners included:
Elite Print Finishing, Burlington, NC – Gold Leaf award for Best Use of Digital Foil/Embossing, and a Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Digital Foil – (Self Promotion) for EPF-E3D
Print Panther, Ontario, Canada – Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Foil/Embossing Stationary for Tequila Brand Ambassador Cards; a Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Digital Foil (Varnish Adhesive) for the Konica Minolta Shine and Evolution Direct Mail Campaign; and a Bronze Leaf award for Best Use of Digital Foil (Self Promotion) for Hunters Original Artwork Limited Edition Prints
NAPCO USA, Sparta, NC – Bronze Leaf award for Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Spirits Box & Label – Rigid Box for “The Count” and a Bronze Leaf Award for Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Spirits Box & Label – Rigid Box (Difficult) for “Black Cast”
Blue Ocean Press, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Label (Creative), for Black Carbon Professional Grade Seasoning Blend
Sundance, Orlando, FL – Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Foil/Embossing – Direct Mailer for Levin Rinke Direct Mail Die Cut Door Postcard and a Silver Leaf award for Best Use of Specialty UV Coating for the Spring Hill College “Seek More” Brochure
“Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s competition,” said Bill Troxil, President, Industrial Print and Production Print Business, Konica Minolta. “We are especially thrilled with the award results for our Konica Minolta customers. This year, 14 of the 40 digital embellishment awards were won by customers who use our equipment, which shows how our digital technologies can create innovative solutions that attract attention for our customers’ customers. Konica Minolta is fully committed to developing exciting enhancements with our devices and helping our customers and partners do more with embellishment in the future.”