Five Interesting Printing Facts


The world of print truly is an interesting topic - of course, there may be a slight bias on our part!

To enlighten you on the power of print, we have gathered some of our favourite printing facts from historical and modern day print.

  1. In the early printing days of typesetting, letters that were not capitalised were stored in ‘lower case’ drawers (as they were used most frequently) and capitalised letters were stored in ‘upper cases’, hence the terms of ‘upper case’ and ‘lower case’ letters - which we still use in the modern English language today! 
  2. Originally, fonts were created by hand and often named after the printer/type designer who created them. An example of this is French designer and printer Claude Garamond, whose font is still in use today (check Microsoft word and you will find it)! 
  3. Digital inkjet printing is a non-contact process. The images, words and patterns produced are the result of inkjet nozzles controlled by a computer; these nozzles spray the desired amount of ink onto the paper.  
  4. In 1981, Xerox developed the world's first laser printer designed for office use - it cost a huge $17,000 at the time and was therefore limited to businesses with a very large budget.
  5. Printing has led to our intelligence. Without the invention of the printing press, far fewer people would be able to read. This is because it increased the speed of which printed items could be produced, therefore making printed material widely available for all classes of people.