A lot has changed, but some things remain…
16 Years of Beauty | Innovation | Goodwill
While we may not exactly have an iconic “garage start-up” story, it’s not far from it. Our humble beginnings in 2003 consisted of a scanner (that was never used), a copy machine, a computer, a desk and 800 square feet of rented space. We entered the stage at a time of massive and disruptive industry change that has only escalated in the years since. What we’ve discovered is that our kind of start-up story, in our industry both then and now, is actually quite unusual…which seems appropriate. We like unusual.
How were we unusual? There is a long list that includes things like being 100% independent with no outside investors, funding, deep pockets or wealthy relatives… and managing growth organically (no mergers & acquisitions), but the standout is simply the fact that we founded a printing company from the ground up all within the 21st century. With communication beginning to go electronic, even in 2003 the word on the street was “print is dying.” This was why we thought our primary business might be scanning/digital archiving (hence the scanner we purchased that was never used). We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. What we discovered was a whole new world of quality digital print that was just starting to emerge.
Fast forward 16 years, and now you’ll find a talented team utilizing almost 10,000 sq ft of production space and some of the most cutting-edge technology and equipment the industry has to offer. While there is a lot to be proud of, there are three things that stand out in my mind as being the most significant.
One, we’ve come a long way from that single little digital copy machine, developing production capabilities (machinery/equipment/technology) and talent (developing a great team) to create some of the highest quality print available. It has been a long process and we continue to strive for improvement.
Second, we have gained the reputation for being “the place to go when you have a complicated project or idea.” We love to solve problems and dig into new ideas and concepts… the more unusual, the better . It is a significant honor to have gained that level of trust with our clients.
Third, we have established a company rooted in the philosophy of conscious and sustainable business practices. While “doing the right thing” has been our philosophical aspiration from the beginning, as our business grows and this world becomes more complex, we have had to make a continuous effort to learn, grow, get curious and explore different ways of doing things. We take pride in knowing that we are making a difference in our little part of the world.
We look forward to many more years of creating beauty, innovation and goodwill.
Indigo Ink Digital Printing, Inc.