By Talbert Toole
The Magazine Innovation Center (MIC)—housed in the School of Journalism and New Media—presents “Between the Pages” at the University of Mississippi Thursday in its inaugural partnership with Project Peacock, a traveling digital print show-and-tell brought to the conference rooms of ad agencies and brands.
Samir Husni, director of the MIC, said tomorrow’s event will showcase the many changes taking place in print technology and how print and paper are making the best of the technological inventions and advancements in today’s digital age.
“While some folks are writing print off, the Magazine Innovation Center at The University of Mississippi has been on the forefront of amplifying the future of print in a digital age,” Husni said.
The students, who Husni said are the future industry leaders, will be able to hear, see and touch some of the greatest examples the print and paper industries are producing today.
Deborah Corn, director of Project Peacock, said the project is all about Printspiration, and that the group came to the MIC to share connection, communication and creative possibilities that can be manifested between the pages. Joining Corn in presentation is Sheri Jammallo, senior advisor of marketing for Canon, and Ashley Maydak, brand marketing manager for Domtar.
“I truly hope these future journalists and publishers embrace the information we share and learn that digital print can open new doors, turn cool ideas into reality, and be a partner in storytelling,” Corn said.
After meeting with more than 600 buyers, designers and marketers to share the new possibilities with digital, inkjet and wide format printing, and seeing first-hand that end-users are in dire need for direct education, Project Peacock expanded the program to reach more print customers, according to the project’s website.
The project continued to innovate itself in the publishing field by debuting Project Peacock Peeks in November 2018. Peeks is an educational video series that informs print customers about presses and printing.
Continuing its innovation in 2019, Project Peacock expanded once again with “PRINT FAIR!”— a pop-up, show-and-tell event that kicked off March 14 in New York City.
Print Fair will travel to Dallas (June 27), Chicago (Aug. 1) and Los Angeles (Sept. 12) for its next events.
For more information on Project Peacock, visit the program’s website.