Dave Swormstedt Sr. Memorial Award

The Dave Swormstedt, Sr. Memorial Award is presented, annually, to the author(s) of an article written on any aspect of any print technology and published in the previous calendar year. Chosen by the members of The Academy, authors are recognized for their outstanding writing ability and exceptional industry insight.

Congratulations to the 2023 Swormstedt Winner!



Bruce Ridge is shown receiving his Best-in-Class plaque and the Swormstedt award for his "The History of Nazdar" video series. Bruce is standing between Neil Bolding (Vice-Chair) and Dave Dennings (Chair) of the Academy.

Our Past Winners

  1. 2018: “Optimizing Your Flash Curing,” by Mark Coudray
  2. 2017: “The Fourth Disruption: Why Venture Capitalists are Eyeing Garment Decoration,” by Mark Coudray
  3. 2016: "The Golden Image Ratio of Image to Screen Size: A Mathematical Reference Offering a Visual Guide as to the Proper Image to Screen Size Ratio " by Bill Hood
  4. 2015: "High-Shear Conductive for Micro-Traces " by Joe Clarke
  5. 2014: “A History of Screen Printing, How an Art Evolved into An Industry” by Guido Lengwiler
  6. 2013: "Pushing the Limits of Functional Printed Inks " by Don Banfield, Ryan Banfield and Miranda Lawrence, which was published in the March/April Industrial & Specialty Printing Magazine in 2012.
  7. 2012: "Squeegee Design Innovation (Part One, Two and Three) " by Joe Clarke
  8. 2011: "The Future for Curing " by Bea Purcell and Laura Maybaum
  9. 2010: "Fine Line Screen Printing of Thick Film Pastes on Silicone Solar Cells " by Dean Buzby and Art Dobie
  10. 2008: "Accumulative Density: A Powerful Color-Control Tool " by Mike Ruff
  11. 2007: "Hybrid Curves " by Mike Ruff
  12. 2006: "Taking Control with Color Management " by Rick Auterson
  13. 2004: “Putting Theory into Practice” by Dr. John Anderson
  14. 2003: "Mesh Movement and Its Impact on Screen Tensions, Part 1 and 2. " by Dr. John Anderson
  15. 2002: "Balancing Act " by Joe Clarke
  16. 2001: "Producing the Best Backlit Signs " Steven Abbott, "It's the PITS: Pile Height in Process-Color UV Printing" by Todd Cleery and Deepthi Sid
  17. 2000: "Lenticular Imaging" by Joe Clarke
  18. 1999: "Quality Control for Halftone Screen Printing" by Hans Gerd-Scheer
  19. 1998: "The Truth About High Tension Screens" by Shannon Boothe/Doug Brendle
  20. 1996: "Floodbar Fundamentals" by Tamas Frescka
  21. 1995: "Becoming a Super Color Matcher" by Tamas Frescka
  22. 1994: "Stochastic Halftones" by Mark Coudray
  23. 1993: "Screen Printing in the Year 2000" by Tamas Frecska
  24. 1992: "Understanding Halftone Moire" by Mark Coudray
  25. 1990: "Taming Microregistration" by Tamas Frecska
  26. 1989: "Woven Nylon Imprinting" by Joe Clarke
  27. 1988: "Proper Techniques & Process Control for Printing Overlay Front Panels" by Mike Young
  28. 1987: "Screen Printing Criteria in HalftonePrinting" by Hans Gerd-Scheer
  29. 1986: "Control Without Confusion" by Joe Clarke
  30. 1985: "Screen Fabrics: A Question of the Right Parameters" by Tamas Frecska
  31. 1984: "Development and Research of High Efficiency Jet Dryers and UV Curing Systems" by Sylve Ericsson
  32. 1983: "Ultimate Screen for Close Tolerance Screen Printing" & "Rheological Considerations for Screen Printing Inks" by Elmar Messerchmitt
  33. 1982: "Ultraviolet Printing: Backyard Molecules" by Ron Mason
  34. 1981: Michel Caza
  35. 1980: "The Influence of the Stencil Fabric on the Ink Deposit and Consumption of Screen Printing Ink" by Hans Gerd-Scheer
  36. 1979: Peter Herman
  37. 1978: Hans Gerd-Scheer