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 Pamela Simmons

Pamela Simmons

As Director of Marketing at Technology Publishing Company (publisher of Durability + Design, PaintSquare, and JPCL), I’m here to shed light on the human side of our collective endeavors in the industries and trades we find ourselves engaged in. We'll talk about the people behind the projects: creating the designs, using the technologies, industry interactivity, and achieving the synthesis that makes it all work.


Getting Your 250,000 Cents Worth
By Pamela Simmons

Let’s face it. Pennies have become pretty much useless as currency. Banks don’t seem to have much interest in them, it isn’t even worth the effort to pick one up off of the ground, and I’m not so sure... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Problems
By Pamela Simmons

In the name of beautifying neighborhoods and downtrodden spaces, murals have been springing up on many metropolitan landscapes across the country. Commissioned by respectable artists, real money is ex... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | 1 COMMENT

Frank Lloyd Done Wrong
By Pamela Simmons

Hard to believe, but a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright may soon be torn down—and it isn’t the first landmark structure designed by this icon to find itself in such a predicament. Not by a long sh... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 9, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

Painting it Forward, 1 Town at a Time
By Pamela Simmons

Sometimes you have to stop thinking about painting and just paint. On Sunday, September 9th, workers at Durability + Design did just that. Technology Publishing Company, which is also home to ... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 | 1 COMMENT

Recycling Paint: Making Jobs Out of Junk
By Pamela Simmons

After 20 years in the paint business as everything from contractor to salesman, and a later stint at a failed business, Jim Cosby decided to ignore the desperate pleas of his parents to “Please just g... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 31, 2012 | 6 COMMENTS

Paint on Demand: Thinking Outside the Can
By Pamela Simmons

The terms, green and sustainable are thrown around rampantly these days, but what do they really mean in terms of business practices? Naturally the first place we look is to the products... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 24, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

The Art of Paint Recycling
By Pamela Simmons

It is estimated that the amount of paint discarded in North America each year is almost five times the amount of oil that the Exxon Valdez spilled into Prince William Sound in 1989. That incident has ... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

The Flip Side of Social Media: The Evolution of Connectivity that Counts
By Pamela Simmons

Like the telephone and the mail, social media applications have many uses and can be applied to many situations. But aside from the predictable, unusual connectivity opportunities have opened up for F... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 9, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

Op Art, Circa 2012: Demystifying the Hidden Secrets of the QR Code
By Pamela Simmons

D+D News published a story recently about a QR code painted on the roof of the new Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. QR codes may project a complex appearance, but they work very simp... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 2, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

The Little House That Did: Inspiring an Architectural Landscape Part 2
By Pamela Simmons

In her book, Margaret Henderson Floyd explores deeply the projects of these influential architects. Initially, Henderson Floyd, (now deceased), an architectural history professor at Tuft’s and an expe... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 9, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

The Little House That Did: Sunnyledge, Inspiring an Architectural Landscape
By Pamela Simmons

Along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s fashionable Shadyside area, sits a somewhat plain brick house, larger than many by today’s standards, but still modest in comparison to the 19th century mansions tha... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 9, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

Inventive Reuse: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s…House?
By Pamela Simmons

Anyone who appreciates a good beer now and then knows that it can taste like heaven, but the Buddhist monks of Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew raised the beverage’s status even closer to godliness when they bu... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2011 | 2 COMMENTS

Between a Rock and a Really Cool Place
By Pamela Simmons

“Pop, someday I’m going to build a house with three walls and the fourth one is going to be a rock wall like that one.”... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 24, 2011 | 3 COMMENTS

Mail Pouch Tobacco: Hitting the Broad Side of 20,000+ Barns
By Pamela Simmons

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family rarely took a trip when I didn’t spy at least one barn painted with a Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisement: “CHEW MAIL POUCH TOBACCO TREAT YOURSELF TO THE BES... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 3, 2011 | 2 COMMENTS

Graffiti: It’s Not Just for Criminals Anymore…at the ‘Pintura Project
By Pamela Simmons

Graffiti has long struggled with its position in the world, striving for recognition as a legitimate art form, all the while landing its spray-can-wielding creators in jail for defacing private proper... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | 1 COMMENT

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