MILLEDGEVILLE — For the past 44 years, Studio Designs Printing has satisfied customers’ printing needs using equipment and technology that has evolved just as commercial printing desires have.
“Over the years technology has changed so much. It’s still an artform but technology has certainly made things where it’s not as much of a craftsmanship as it was years ago,” said Travis Strickland, president of Studio Designs Printing. “We used to use some of the old printing equipment, like the letterpress and printing blocks from back in the 1800s, and now we’re using a press that is environmentally-friendly, which uses no harsh chemicals and a lot of our work is digital. Our printing has definitely come a long way.”
Studio Designs Printing originally opened in 1969 on Jefferson Street before moving to its current location in the early 1980s off North Columbia Street in front of Kmart. Strickland took over the business in 1996 immediately after graduating from Georgia College.
“I’m the third generation. My father and uncle started the business, and over the years there’s been other family members involved, from my granddad to my cousins,” Strickland said. “I used to work here before I could even drive, sweeping the floors, taking out the trash and learning the trade of printing; I grew up through this business. My father passed away in 1990 and my uncle operated the business from 1990 to 1996. My uncle got ready to retire in 1996 and I took over from there.”
The commercial printing, mailing and design company offers a wide range of services, including binding, graphic design, marketing, printing, copying and letterpress.
“We’ve gotten into wide format printing where we can print anything up to 44 inches wide. We’re printing wall designs, trade shows, UV printing, window clings and we can help with an entire marketing campaign,” Strickland said. “We like challenges, big projects and help customers solve their problems. We enjoy helping other business grow their business.”
A new full-color press allows for Studio Designs Printing to continue to grow business and keep production in-house.
“Most of our stuff is done in-house, but there may be some specialty jobs where we contract it out,” Strickland said. “In the past we’ve been ink on paper, but we’re listening to our customers and what they want. We’re evolving toward their needs.”
Customers can also fulfill their printing needs through the company website, from designing their project, receiving a proof and purchasing the final product.
“The trend now is that everything is digital with shorter runs and faster turnaround times,” Strickland said. “We’re considering expanding into offering more products along the lines of our marketing side to help customers with trade-show displays and printing in 3-D. Our location is out of space and we’re also considering some options to expand.”
As the company is set to mark its 45th anniversary next year, Strickland said he had a “vision that it would grow into this.”
“I’ve got the best crew I’ve ever had and if you added up everybody’s printing experience, it would exceed 100 years,” Strickland said. “I’m very happy where we are and we’re humbled with having good partnerships with our customers, some of whom have been with us since day one. All of our success is based off our employees and customers.”
Studio Designs Printing has earned numerous printing awards at the state level and The Union-Recorder’s Readers Choice Award for Best Print Shop in Milledgeville for the past eight years.
Studio Designs Printing is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 478-452-7721, or visit www.studiodesignsprinting.com.
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