Welcome to the June’s ACPME Despatch

We promised. We delivered.

We promised to engage you and were delighted with the turn out for our recent Special Interest Group meetings. There were fantastic talks by ACPME members, special guests and our overseas colleagues. Inspiration across all of our disciplines and thought-provoking topics to take into future discussions. Our thanks to everyone that contributed and to our brilliant suppliers who kindly sponsored.
We also promised to make the content from these events available. We have now uploaded the three sessions to the ACPME’s Vimeo account. Feel free to watch talks again or to catch up on anything that you missed.
Don’t miss the next supplier’s talk from Antalis (16 June, 10–11am) and remember to block out the ACPME Virtual Conference (7–8 December 2021) in your diary.
We hope you enjoy a stroll down memory lane and enjoy looking through the links to images of what we’d normally be getting up to, face-to-face together, at this time of year. There really is nothing like the #ACPMEFamily.
Take care and stay safe.

Stephen McCann, Vice-Chair of ACPME

The showcase is private to ACPME members, our 2021 sponsors and overseas guests. You’ll be sent a password to access all of the videos.

The recordings do not include Zoom discussions. You have to attend our live events to benefit from open forums.

Design SIG – Monday 24 May 2021

This gallery shows stills from the ACPME Design SIG.

(Click image to enlarge and scroll)

Creatives start the Super SIG week with a BOOM 

Monday kicked-off with ACPME favourite Tony Harmer taking a deep dive into Adobe Acrobat – showing some of the other features that 95% of users are missing out on.

Mark Udall, of Warwick Print, then demonstrated how to set up Indesign documents to have a better chance of passing all accessibility checks, before giving an inspiring talk about how his team have adjusted skill sets to deliver creative design solutions for screen rather than print with a demo of a project in After Effects. 

Adam King also picked up on the theme of After Effects and of expanding digital design capabilities to become a creative ‘one-stop-shop’, showing excellent examples of the University of Leicester’s output that followed modest investment in personalised Adobe-accredited training.

Another masterclass followed, with Paul Atkins sharing how Loughborough University use InDesign data merge and shared Excel spreadsheets to populate design layouts and accelerate larger jobs.

The day closed with Richard Barrett, ex design studio manager of Glasgow Caledonian University, exploring a flexible and cost-effective digital document solution.

Print SIG – Tuesday 25 May 2021

This gallery shows stills from the ACPME Print SIG.

Print Super SIG makes a BIG impression 

The Print SIG started with whistle-stop tours of Birmingham City University, Cardiff Met University and Nottingham Trent University’s print unit. Each manager talked about their capabilities, services, and new services being added.

This was followed by Chris Myers from Arizona State University who spoke about their exciting large format experiences. He showed an enterprising range of projects –  from graduate ‘yard signs’, to stadium fan cut-outs printing onto a pre-cut substrate using a Fuji flatbed printer. Watch out for those being sold to alumni at our sporty institutions soon!

Our friends at Ricoh then gave a talk about marketing services and how print rooms are adapting to new ways of working.

To cap a fine afternoon, University of South Wales presented on how they utilise Instagram and Twitter to market their services to students as well as local businesses.

Zoom discussions ranged from new products and services, such as scanning, to making marketing and online storefronts.

Photography and video SIG – Wednesday 26 May 2021

Great images and inspiring stories 

What better way to start than with more magical wizardry from Tony Harmer. Once again we were wowed by a full on ninja delve into Photoshop and Premiere Pro’s neatest new features.

This was followed by fast-paced short presentations from some of the sig group members on what they have been up to since Lockdown. These included Phil Wilson and Jon Shears from Loughborough University, Alec Millward from University of Nottingham, Nic Delves-Broughton from University of Bath, Paul Shields from University of York, Fergus Connor from RGU Aberdeen and the SIG Chair Stephen McCann representing University of Glasgow.

Next up was Dave Parry from Canon who gave the expert lowdown on the Canon R5 and R6 mirrorless camera solutions.

Finally, we shot across the Atlantic to hear the inspiring story of The University Photographers Association of America. We’re hoping to emulate the success of their 60-year-old association. https://upaa.org/. With well-organised and inspiring events like this SIG we’ve got every chance.

This gallery shows stills from the ACPME Photography and Video SIG.


A fraction of the great conference memories shared. See links (right) to many, many, more.

It’s that time of year when we’d normally have met for face-to-face networking and to celebrate each other’s hard work at the ACPME Creative and Print Awards. Facebook and Google Pictures have been reminding us of great memories shared. Here are a few more.
Take a look at Martin Parker’s galleries if you want to reminisce further about the fabulous #ACPMEFamily:

Gallery one (UPMG)
Gallery two (APME)
Gallery three (ACPME)

ACPME Conference Comic Glasgow 2017
ACPME Conference Comic Norwich 2018
ACPME Conference Comic Cheshire 2019


Discover the benefits of Antalis media

16 June 2021, 10–11am

Antalis will be presenting two of its leading Coala products to help members decorate and add protective solutions to their institutions to create a safe and attractive learning environment for students.

Members need to pre-register to join the meeting.

Follow Antalis on Twitter  / Facebook / LinkedIn.


Find out more

To discuss membership, sponsorship opportunities or annual conference please contact 
Jennie Mort, ACPME Administrator: 01527 893675 | admin@acpme.ac.uk
Contact address: Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6HB

Or feel free to contact members of our Board
Details here

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