Laurel has been in the graphic arts industry for over 35 years. She started out as an accountant for a printing company in London but got bored and went travelling. She got caught up in the Desktop Publishing revolution working in California for the Seybold organisation, where she was instrumental in the development of the Seybold conferences. Laurel works with several ISO working groups and is the convenor of ISO’s Working Group 11. This group develops standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology, including print media. Over the years she has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing. Her work regularly appears in publications and on websites around the world. Laurel is a regular speaker at industry events in North and South America, Europe and Asia. She is managing director of Digital Dots which provides international consulting and educational services.
Laurel is also a Visiting Professor at Shenzen Technical University in China and one of a small cohort of Women of Distinction selected by US publishers, Output Links. Agfa Graphics has awarded her its Sustainability Award for her work in sustainability and the Indonesian printing industry association, ATGMI, has also recognised her for this work.
Paul Lindström entered the graphic arts industry in 1980, first as a typographer and graphic designer, later as production manager. Between 1993 and 2003 Paul worked as technical editor for AGI, Scandinavia’s leading graphics arts trade magazine. In parallel, he lectured part time for the Graphic Arts Departments at Malmö and Copenhagen Universities, running degree courses on digital imaging, colour and quality management, print and publishing workflow systems.
Since 2003 he is part owner and senior technical editor at Digital Dots. Since 2008 Paul is an UKAS accredited auditor for ISO 9001 and ISO 12647 certification. He is also an appointed expert to ISO TC130, the technical committee responsible for authoring ISO standards for graphic arts and print media production.
Nessan Cleary studied for a degree in Film and Drama before working in television news as a sound recordist, covering events ranging from G7 summits to terrorist attacks in London.
Following this, he completed a postgraduate course in journalism and worked briefly on local newspapers. He moved into the graphic arts in the mid-90s, becoming editor of Electronic Imaging, a magazine specialising in digital technology for printing and photography.
Over the past 20 years he has covered the development of digital technology from prepress workflows through to modern inkjet presses and wide format printers. Along the way he's also written about conventional printing from offset to flexo as well as the associated finishing equipment. He’s interested in all aspects of publishing from books to newspapers, as well as design and photography.
Todd Brunner is owner of web development company, Squidworld, and has been at the forefront of online development since the mid 90s and the beginning of the web. Previous to this he was involved in interactive development for games, presentations and corporate marketing materials.
Todd has had a long term relationship with the graphic arts since first discovering a love for the smell of ink at age 14. He worked for the Seybold organisation in the US and UK between 1983 and 1992, cementing long term relationships with graphic arts companies whom he has worked with in various capacities ever since. His design and layout work is reflected in all products and websites from Digital Dots, with whom he has worked since the company’s founding in 2003.