Digital Direct Printing (DDP) began in 2000 as a marriage between two different companies – Graphic Knights Service Bureau, with expertise in prepress and digital file manipulation, and Victoria Online Graphics, a small offset printing company. With the purchase of our building and a new digital direct to Heidelberg DI Offset press, DDP was born. Three years later, and after the demise of two major local print shops, Fleming Printing and Manning Press, Victoria was in danger of losing much of this region’s print work to offshore printers – OK, maybe the Lower Mainland is not technically “offshore” – DDP saw an opportunity and bought still more Heidelberg presses, including a Speedmaster 74 six-colour press with inline aqueous coating – still the largest sheet-fed press on the island – and all the finishing equipment needed to support it. The following year we added a state of the art prepress system complete with colour profiling and computer-to-plate making capability. Now, after almost two decades of renovations, equipment purchases and software upgrades, DDP has become the go-to printer for many area businesses. Thank goodness for that!
What makes us different?
Our team can help you get your projects done on time, on budget and with results which will have you coming back for more. Call for a quote today!
- Experienced team of print pros that lives and breathes printing – seriously!
- Full colour (CMYK) and spot colour offset printing with varnish and coating options
- In-house bindery for all your finishing needs
- Large format signage, tradeshow displays, point-of-purchase promos, banners and posters
- Photographic copy work
- Archival-rated Giclee printing on canvas and photographic papers
- A prepress team that can pull you through the most challenging of projects
- Fully colour managed PDF workflow to get the colours and quality you need and want!
- Environmental stewardship
We’re an award winning, environmentally sustainable manufacturer. All our standard in-house paper stocks feature chain-of-custody sourcing certification and/or contain recycled fibers and we frequently print on 100% recycled fiber stocks. Even our synthetic stocks are manufactured from recycled plastics! Virtually everything we routinely use is reused or recycled, including our printing plates. Even our coffee grounds and food wastes are bicycled away to become fertilizer!
Our Bio Sustainable mark is our promise that we care about our collective environment, the impact of your printed products, and our worker’s safety. From our reduced power usage on light fixtures and climate controls, low VOC and vegetable-based inks, H2O based press wash solutions and fixers in our plate developer, and natural Gum Arabic as our plate sealer, we have invested heavily and strategically to ensure we tread softly with our carbon footprint!
We actively support our community
Founders John and son Geoff have giant hearts – plus a shared love for curling! Since founding DDP, they have gifted hundreds of thousands of dollars in printed products to needy charities, not-for-profits and special events. Among other things, that has helped to put smiles on tiny faces and food in hungry bellies!
Most of our staff belongs to at least one special interest group and together we believe in supporting events which assist those in need, and still others which help bring visitors and new businesses to our island paradise.
In alphabetical order, a partial list of those we provide support to:
- Ballet Victoria
- Bayview Place/DC Payments Golf Open
- BC Ferries Media Charity Classic
- BC Paraplegic Association
- Boys and Girls Club of Victoria
- Canadian Junior Curling
- Compassionate Resource Warehouse
- Ford Men’s World Curling
- Graphic Designers of Canada Vancouver Island Chapter
- Help Fill a Dream Foundation
- Mustard Seed Food Bank
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Orbus Business Networks
- Royal BC Museum
- Saanich Minor Hockey
- Victoria Curling Club
- Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
Our strong sense of giving back to our community comes from an appreciation of all the hard work others do on behalf of our fellow citizens, and a recognition of the importance of each and every project we’re entrusted with.
Working together, we all succeed!