Paper Matters Blog

Gallery Favorite: AIGA Eye on Design

Eye on Design magazine takes a decidedly different approach to design journalism. Printed on Cougar, see what we love about this journalistic masterpiece.

The Declaration of Independence Re-imagined

Back in 1776, paper was a much different substrate than it is today. What would the Declaration of Independence look like if it was written today?

How To Establish Yourself As the Print Expert …

No matter how much print experience your customer may have, offering your suggestions will set you apart and establish yourself as the print expert.

Learning on the Fly: Training Resources for D …

Whether you get nudged into learning a new skill or actively seek out training the good news is graphic design training resources are just a keystroke away.

Paper Matters Magazine Sneak Peek: Field Note …

Field Notes cultivates success and (and a cult following) with creative branding and memo books that fans are obsessive about.

Creating a Positive Sustainable Forest Future …

Domtar partners with HP, World Wildlife Fund and other industry leaders to maintain a sustainable forest future in protection, restoration and management.

How to Conduct a Remote Press Check

There are a variety of print proof options to help you conduct a remote press check. You're going to want this check list to stay on track.

Ballot Envelope Design Best Practices

2020 election year brings new opportunities for printers. Here are a few things to learn about vote by mail and envelope design for this year's election.

Crafting Values to Attract the Next Generatio …

To attract the next generation, embracing perspectives that may differ from those of previous generations, you’ll open your business to new opportunities.

The Value in Diversity

The value in diversity is more than a new idea, it’s what we use to progress. Growth, be it personal or professional, cannot happen in an echo chamber.

Differentiated Storytelling with Wake Forest

Standing out in higher-education marketing is tough. Discover how Wake Forest customized communication method of storytelling makes its brand shine.

Crafting a Business Narrative

The word brand can mean a lot of different things to many different people. Crafting your business narrative is important to build a strong brand.

In Praise of Paper Ballots

Paper ballots can ease concerns around security and safety during election season. Domtar has some great solutions for this year’s election voting.

Collaboration on the Print Frontier

Collaboration between OEM and Paper Manufacturing provides greater insights and innovation in the production inkjet print market. 

Direct Mail: 4 Reasons it’s the Ultimate Se …

Direct mail is the ultimate tool for emotional marketing, when paired with digital in an optimized media mix, advertisers get the results they crave.

Rethinking Your Restaurant Menus and Design

Restaurant menu facts you need to know and options to consider when re-opening your business post COVID-19. Stay informed.

Tips on How to Set Yourself Up As A Print Par …

When it comes to printing, let's face it, many designers have no clue. Here are a few tips to help you turn that inexperience to becoming a print partner.

Bringing Back the Fun in Paper

My wish for kids today and future generations is that we don’t let the craft of making a good old-fashioned airplane die. Let's bring back the fun in paper.

Managing the Transition Back to the Office

As business leaders plan for the return of employees, each manager plays an important role in helping the team plan for the transition back into the office.

An Inside Look at Our Treated Production Inkj …

Detailed production notes can help you become a better printer and designer as you learn. Here are some details to your newest print promotions.

Ways To Invest In Yourself During Isolation

How to use your time in isolation wisely. Some tips and resources to help you stay motivated and in control during this time.

The Power Of Paper Swatchbooks

For customers who are new to the design or print industry, the swatchbook is a great introduction to paper specifications and paper options.

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Everyone’s favorite question as summer begins is “What are you reading this summer?” Here are a few Domtar Paper classic summer reading pick list.

Three Ways Designers Can Learn More About Pap …

Understanding commercial printing papers is essential if you want your print design to stand out. Here are some resources to help you learn about paper.

What You Print On Matters

Jobs printed on premium office paper look and feel better, making it an ideal medium for presentations, sales materials and other important documents.

Keeping Connected – Even When Apart

Working from home doesn’t working alone – let Domtar be your resource for education and inspiration with our blog and resource downloads.

5 Reasons to Feel Good About Using Domtar Pap …

Our demand for wood offers landowners an economic reason to keep North American forests as forests and not sell their land for other uses.

Learning About Deforestation

Deforestation is defined as the conversion of forests to another land use or a permanent loss of forest cover. Learn more and see how you can help.

Tips to Build Your LinkedIn Profile Copy

What can you do when there's downltime at the job? Work on your LinkedIn profile! Here are a few great tips to build your LinkedIn Profile for beginners.

Exploring Production Inkjet? Choose the Right …

As your business evolves to embrace new technology; such as, production inkjet technology, depend on Domtar to adapt alongside you.

Is Cheaper Paper Worth the Risk?

For printers, the right paper can make the difference between a “one and done” customer and one that sticks around. Is cheaper paper worth the risk?

Swatchbooks, A Useful Tool for Designers

If you are new to swatchbooks, start by flipping through one. It can be your best friend, if you understand what it can offer you and how you can use it.

Studies Show Reading is the Key to Relaxing

Working from home can be stressful for those who are used to being in an office; however, studies have shown that reading is key to relaxing. Learn more.

4 Tips for Managing a Creative Team Remotely

When you manage a creative team that has turned into remote workers, how you can help the team maintain the same level of collaboration and enjoyment?

The Future of Forestry: Domtar’s Use of Dro …

Domtar has harnessed the power of drone technology at its Ashdown Paper Mill in Arkansas since 2016, changing the future of forestry with the use of drones.

Print, Paper and The Customer Journey

When planning your marketing campaigns, it's important to think wholistically including print and paper in your customer journey.

Dear Marketer, Drive Direct Mail Response wit …

Did you know that 36% of people under 30 look forward to checking the mail each day? Direct mail should be part of any marketing campaign you are planning.

Staying Productive When Working From Home

We have a few tips to help you find work/life balance and staying productive when working from home with all your everyday tasks and family life.

Print – The Essential Brand Storytellin …

When thinking of brand storytelling, it’s easy to get excited over latest digital advances. Yet, print remains a vital and trusted part of the media mix.

Books are Essential – Especially Cookbo …

Books are essential, especially family recipe books and technology has made it easy to create and print your own. Here are a few of our personal favorites.

Balance in the Classroom

Are you home from school but your classes are still rolling? Hear what the experts say about keeping the balance in the classroom and remote learning.

Find the Right Print Technology to Fit for Yo …

Knowing about the printing process prior to beginning the design process will give you a much more effective end result. Learn how the print technology can fit your design.

Top Tips From Senior Graphic Designers on Wor …

Many creative teams across the globe, whether working at an agency or for a brand, site collaboration as the source of many of their most creative ideas.

Top 5 Tips for Transitioning to a Work-From-H …

When you’re used to working together in a face-to-face setting, working remotely is certainly a challenge. Here are my tips to working from home.

Tips On How To Cultivate A Life-long Reader

For parents with school-aged students, this is a great opportunity to cultivate a life-long reader. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

5 Tips on How to Attract the Next Generation …

Looking for the right professional to add to your team. Learn how you can attract the next generation to print with these 5 tips.

Why the World Needs Today’s Designer to Be …

The world needs today's designers to do more and be more, design thinking is a process of dreaming big while paying attention to the details. Learn how.

Kit Hinrichs’ Uncompromising Design

Kit Hinrich continues to sway industry standards. His work is included in some of the most popular venues for Modern Art and we have his views on print.

Lynx Digital Super Smooth: The Uncoated Sheet …

We introduced Lynx Digital Super Smooth a few years ago and it has continued to surprise us. Learn more about the possibilities you can achieve.

How to Spec the Right Paper for Digital Print …

Knowing how to spec the right paper for digital printing makes all the difference. Here's what you need to know to stay up to date with print technology.

Staying Productive When Working From Home Cop …

March is National Reading Month and a great time to focus on the benefits of reading, specifcially the reading printed books over electronic books.

Printing Technique Talk: Cougar® w/Purpose P …

Printing technique matters. Get the details on the print production and techniques used in the Cougar w/Purpose promotion.

Elections and Direct Mail Go Hand in Hand

read more about elections and direct mail.

Why Paper Formation Matters in Print Quality

If a paper is well-made, it usually has even paper formation which yields better print quality. Discover how paper formation can elevate any print project.

Graphic Designer Inspiration ala The Quickie …

What happens when you fuse graphic design inspiration with a good story? You get the Quickie podcast about the struggles and successes of graphic designers.

Husky® The Reliable, Dependable Paper

No matter the size of the press run or whether it’s offset, digital or inkjet, Husky is reliable, dependable paper and gets it done right.

Why Paper Specs Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Paper specs are good guidelines to use when deciding which paper will work best for your print project, how-ever, they aren’t the end all, be all.

A Love Letter to My Commercial Printer

A love letter to my commercial printer.

5 Reasons to Love Cougar Digital Color Copy

Digital printing has evolved into a reliable and high-quality option for printed pieces. Make digital print projects shine with Cougar Digital Color Copy!

A Printer’s Guide to Do’s & …

Having trouble with your print projects? We've pulled together a printer's guide to do's and don'ts to help you keep those projects on track and on budget.

A Vote for Paper

The results of the 2020 Iowa caucuses were delayed more than 24 hours when an expiremental voting app failed, causing many citizens to ask "why not paper?"

How Print, Paper and Design Combine

When print, paper and design are considered together, the possibilities are endless. Learn how collaboration can enhance your next print project.

Calm and Confident: Classic Blue

The Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue, when printed on the right paper shade, it could alter your audience's state of mind.

Our Top Picks for Podcasts that Inspire Creat …

Podcasts are one of the best ways to stay current on trends, issues and influencers. Here are our top podcasts for designers that inspire creativity.

Building Brand Loyalty through Empathy

How can marketers build brand loyalty in a world full of competition? Learn more from industry thought leader Stefan Mumaw.

The Hallmark of Every Great Brand

Purpose. This word is at the hallmark of every great brand. It’s what gives them meaning. It’s what speaks to the soul.

The Power of a Paper Letter: Letter from Birm …

Would the email, tweet or text message from Birmingham Jail carry the same gravitas? I think not. The power of a paper letter stands the test of time.

The Print Production Insider: Introducing Cha …

Questions about print production? Follow our blog and get the latest in tips and best practices to ensure your print projects are on time and within budget.

Enhancing the Customer Retail Experience

Today's consumers are looking for experiences that are convenient, encompassing and hands-on, here are 4 tips to enhance your retail customer experience.

Research is Ammunition in the Design Process

Before you start designing, make sure to take the time to do your research in the design process. It will take you a long way in your career.

Gallery Spotlight: The glassybaby catalog

This oversized catalog, printed on Lynx paper, is a great example of how a simple design printed on the right paper can change the brand experience.

The Secret Ingredient in Cougar® Paper

The secret ingredient in Cougar paper is the people behind the product and their passion for making Cougar paper. Learn more about Rothschild Paper Mill.

Sunbrella – Banner Blind, Paper Ready

Sunbrella, an industry leader in performance fabrics like indoor and outdoor upholstery, is a believer in the powers of paper.

Paper that Sends the Right Message and Streng …

The choices you make in the design process can have an important impact on your brand position. Choosing the right paper can strengthen your brand.

Social Media Is Here To Stay

Social media is here to stay and will continue to be a driving force in consumer purchasing behavior in 2020. Here are a few facts to help make your case.

There’s More To Packaging Designs

Innovative and attractive packaging design is an art. Here's a look back into our gallery at a design that grabbed our attention. Designed on Cougar Vellum.

When Should You Start the Paper Selection Pro …

Avoid disappointments by learning when you should start the paper selection process and what to look for before starting your design.

Specifying Paper for Various Printing Equipme …

When specifying paper for your print project, it is important to know how to select the right paper for the right technology. Here are a few tips to help.

Unlock your Marketing SuperPowers with Print …

Print and social combined are the superpowers behind your marketing strategy. Take your marketing to the next level in 2020 with a strong integrated plan.

6 Reasons to Love Lynx Opaque Ultra Paper

All our brands are made with the same high quality fiber but each are unique in their own ways. Here are 6 reasons why we love Lynx Opaque Ultra paper.

Customer Experience and the Rise of Print Mar …

Customer expectations have changed so much in recent years with the rise of technology. See how print marketing can improve your overall performance.

Four Tips for Better Ink Coverage on Uncoated …

Printing on uncoated paper? See how you can achieve better ink coverage on uncoated paper with these four tips.

Press Check from a Designer’s Perspecti …

Avoid print surprises with scheduled press checks with your printer. Here are a few etiquitte tips we pulled from the title, Designing for Print.

Power of Partnership

Shift in trends in the print industry, it's more than just the print technology, it's about partnerships and finding the right solutions for your customers.

10 Tips to Help Build Your Brands with Linked …

B2B marketing leader, LinkedIn, continues to pave the path for brands. Learn how to build your brand on Linkedin with advice from the experts.

Ink and Paper: The Half and Half

Screen printed poster printed on Cougar By the Half and Half design company was created for our VIPs who attended our Gallery Collection Event. Read more.

Making Colors Pop on Uncoated Paper

When comes to making colors pop on uncoated paper, there are no other options than the high-quality performances of Cougar and Lynx.

Embossing Basics – Different Dies for D …

Embossing can add a memorable element to your print design but do you know the embossing basics to ensure you have the right paper selection?

Let Our Paper Do The Heavy Lifting

For resources to help you select the right paper for the job, you can count on us. We've highlighted a few key paper specifications to help you sort it out.

Paper Finishes for White Paper, More than Mee …

When we talk about a paper’s finish, we are referring to the tactile feel of the sheet itself. Paper comes in a pretty wide range of finishes. Read more and stay informed.

Cougar w/Purpose – Creating Meaningful Reta …

Creating a retail brand that connects with your audience begins with a vision and purpose. Think of Cougar paper as your conduit to connect.

Three Simple Ways to Keep Your Print Customer …

Today, 87% of consumers will begin their research online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind once you get your print customers to your site.

Meeting the Unique Needs of the Food Services …

Domtar meets the needs of customers in the food services industry who are looking to create unique products for their own customers.

4 Project Planning Tips for Your Next Digital …

Let's face it, print disasters will happen; however, having a strong print project plan in place will help avoid major surprises.

The Gallery Collection Event – Powered by C …

For over seven years, The Gallery has been a platform for graphic designers and printers to share their experience on Domtar Paper. Submit your work.

Certified Virgin Paper Plays an Important Rol …

Which is better for the environment: responsibly sourced certified virgin paper or paper made with recycled fiber? The answer may surprise you. Learn more.

Why Paper Brands Matter: Xerox® Paper and Sp …

Domtar offers two products within the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line, each with its own characteristics that help it stand out from the competition.

How To Get The Best Results When Printing Wit …

If your next print project includes printing with metallic ink, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to achieve the best results.

5 Critical Conversations Between Printers and …

To avoid printing disasters, we pulled together a list of the top 5 critical conversations a printer and designer should have before a print project.

The Benefits of Printed Financial Statements

Domtar continues to raise awareness in Capitol Hill for our rights to choose. Learn more about the benefits of printed financial statements.