As a designer, I think we’ve all come to a point that we needed to print our work. Just for personal use, as a gift for a friend, or as deliverable for a client. Either way, you have to make a decision, are you going to a physical print shop, or are you going to use the (often cheaper) online print shops. For me, I always choose for an online solution. I create my artworks, simply upload my files and hope for the best, without leaving my chair. But then their is the question, which of the online services I am going to use… One of those online companies is 24HourPrint.com.
From their website: “24HourPrint.com is a leading online printing company that provides high quality printing at the most affordable prices. For over 25 years, 24HourPrint has been a trusted leader in online printing, featuring its signature easy-to-use website and the famous Free File Review, a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment. 24HourPrint offers convenient marketing support services such as design, lists, and direct mailing to help grow small and medium-size businesses nationwide. Powered by brand new fully automated in-house Komori presses and CREO direct-to-plate, we offer faster turnaround with minimal human error and lower overhead cost. This allows us to provide customers with consistently high-quality printing at the lowest possible prices. We are a division of UPrinting Network, with offices and facilities based out of West Los Angeles and Van Nuys, CA.”
When I am visiting a website which is a possible candidate for my print work, the first thing I do is scan the homepage. Does it have a nice feel (colors, content, icons, etc.) not needed for the job, but hé, I am a web developer, it’s in my blood!
24HourPrint does a good job on that, check out the frontpage below. You’ll immediately see the color palette they use (red, grey, white), and they use it in a good way throughout the whole site. For the call to action button, which needs all the attention, (we call it the banana here in the Netherlands) they use a striking green button.
The footer is a little big in my opinion, I am not going to read it all, it’s to much and I have probably more to do. But the rest of the page was enough for me to click through.
After that, I am looking for the real info, how about the delivery, how easy is it to upload files? The biggest disappointment is creating nice works, uploading it to the site and then, when the delivery man comes and you open the package you discover something went wrong and it looks like shit. You wasted your money and need to do it all over again. 24HourPrint has you covered! As you can see below, they have basic templates for all sorts of working formats and an easy upload proces. And in case anything still went wrong… They have product and delivery guarantee, which can be seen below.
But only knowing they guarantee their product and their delivery isn’t enough, it is also important to know what products they deliver. 24HourPrint have ordered their products in 4 categories: Marketing & Promotions, Business Identity, Large Format & Signs, Home & Family. I doubt they don’t have the product you where looking for. (You can always contact them in that case of course). The only problem? As far as I can see they only deliver in the states, so for me, here in the Netherlands, not an option. But who knows, maybe you’re in the states and looking for a printing company, you know where to go!
If you have any experience with them, or with other online printing companies, feel free to tell us your experience in the comments below!