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See-through graphics offer a huge opportunity but the most commonly used materials have their drawbacks. As leading player Contra Vision points out with their technical knowledge, new developments mean it’s worth looking again.

Mention see-through graphics, or one-way vision graphics as the medium is also popularly known, and thoughts immediately turn to perforated self-adhesive materials that are printed and then subsequently applied to all manner of transparent surfaces from vehicle windows to office partitioning; architectural glazing to impressive expanses of buildings’ exteriors and retail windows. That however, far from encapsulates the medium. There are other ways of producing see-through graphics, and other materials to use. They work practically anywhere perforated media can be used, and in thousands of places, situations, and applications where they simply can’t.

Sophie Matthews-Paul unravels some of the elements used when working with colour, and stresses why we need a standard.

The application of the term ‘colour management’ in the wide-format display sector is all about control but, until the chaps from ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) step in with an overall compliance initiative, this remains each to his own. Everyone knows that the parameters surrounding accuracy of output compared with the original data are reliant on several criteria but, in this industry sector, it is still filled with confusion and queries and, to a certain extent, blame.

Sophie Matthews-Paul speculates on the next year in wide-format production and technical knowledge.

As we venture into 2011, having experienced relatively few changes to the wide-format world of technology in the past twelve months, it is probably folly to try and predict what the coming year will bring. Acceptance, overall, that we have reached a plateau in developments, albeit a relatively temporary one, should be viewed in a positive light, however, as this pause can enable everyone involved in the industry to make the most of the systems they already own.

Who are you going to call to fix it? Sophie Matthews-Paul weighs up the options of manufacturers’ warranties and service agreements versus ad hoc arrangements.

It’s a hefty topic, service, and maintenance, with all of its implications, is probably an even heavier one. No-one wants to pay for something they never use but, conversely, everyone is swift to criticise kit and suppliers when a broken machine ends up costing money, lost jobs and lost confidence.