AIGA NOLA Social Study: H-UV Printing with Pel Hughes


On July 26th, we launched Social Study, AIGA New Orleans’ new professional development series at Pel Hughes Printing.

The evening kicked off with mingling and drinks before a primer on H-UV printing from Pel Hughes’ account executives Kevin Alker, Brian David, and Rusty Harris. A corresponding take-away print sample book of New Orleans-themed photography and design demonstrated the possibilities of H-UV printing with various inks, varnishes, and textures.

During the crash course, members learned about H-UV (Hybrid UV) printing and inks. Rather than using solvents or sprays to dry the inks, H-UV inks instantly dry on press when exposed to an ultraviolet light. This results in fewer chemicals in the environment, on the final printed product, or in the print facilities. Due to its quick drying, H-UV printing can produce vivid colors and crisp details.  

Following a Q & A session, groups took a tour through Pel Hughes’ expansive facility. The 65,000 square foot facility was impressive, equipped with the capability to manage a variety of marketing materials, digital and offset printing, displays and signage, full-service finishing and bindery, knitting and packaging, fulfillment, and mail service. Tour groups remarked on the impressive variety of printers and machines, many of which were personified with names, such as “Katie the Komori”,  the H-UV press, which plays a tune while it’s working! Print specialists were on hand to demonstrate processes and properties of some of the machines. 

“Floral Arrangement”

Pel Hughes provided a wealth of print samples to peruse while attendees mingled. The tables were decorated with printed “floral arrangements” and strewn “petals” that provided H-UV printing fun facts (see photo).  

Social Study Takeaway

AIGA NOLA Membership Coordinator, Amanda Garcia, and Secretary, Erin Callais greeted attendees, who received personalized printed name tags and festive New Orleans tricentennial posters designed by Pel Hughes’ designer, Laura Fitch as well as special event swag designed by AIGA NOLA board members Mary Louise Killen and Dan Sause.

Kevin Alker, Brian David, and Rusty Harris

We’re all pretty much experts on H-UV printing now, thanks to Kevin Alker, Brian David, and Rusty Harris!

Touring the Facility

Events & Programming Director, Mary Louise Killen, and guests enjoying the tour. 

Secretary, Erin Callais, pointing out some samples of AIGA’s uncut sample print job with spot gloss coating. 

Attendees touring the printing facility. 

Katie the Komori

“Katie the Komori”,  the H-UV press, which plays a tune while it’s working! Print specialists were on-hand to demonstrate processes and  properties of some of the machines.


By Ashleigh Sparks
Published August 3, 2018