A recent Konica Minolta project produced on its print-production equipment by client and partner Print Panther of Oakville, Ontario has been recognized by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA – Topeka, Kansas). As part of its 28th Annual Gold Leaf Awards, the guide earned a Gold Award and a Best in Show Honourable Mention. The Annual Gold Leaf Awards competition comprises an exciting array of colour, dimensional and eye-catching effects representing the most exquisite works throughout the printing industry. Entries are judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in over 35 different categories with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category. A Best of Show award is selected from among all of the Gold Award winners. New technologies have fuelled the competition, with expanded award categories in areas such as digital foil and other specialty UV coatings. This year, the FSEA received 237 entries from all over the world.
In the category of Best Foil/Coatings Selection Guide, Print Panther earned the Gold Award for its Konica Minolta Extreme Digital Guide – capturing the feel of creativity. The guide was a labour of love for Christine Yardley, President of Print Panther, as well as her production team. As FSEA reviewed the Gold Award recipients for the Best in Show Award, this year’s tough competition left the organization with two strong standouts and a difficult decision, leading to a Best in Show Honorable Mention awarded to Print Panther.
The guide was produced using a variety of Konica Minolta equipment. In addition to the Konica Minolta MGI Jet Varnish 3DS with iFoil S, Print Panther used the AccurioJet KM-1e LED UV Inkjet Press, described by Print Panther as a “phenomenal inkjet press” that allowed for a lot of texture, embossed papers and unusual substrates, with incredible registration. The project also utilized an AccurioPress digital colour press and the OEM’s AccurioWide 160 hybrid UV LED wide-format inkjet printer. “The world is going to be looking for new ideas when we emerge from this, and print can tell a story like nothing else can,” said Yardley. “Konica Minolta handed us the reigns for creative license on the guide, and wholeheartedly embraced the concept and design. The guide became my saviour during the pandemic, giving me a much-needed creative outlet with my designer.”