Online printing is a technology that many individuals and businesses make use of on a daily basis. This service is highly convenient and gives a low cost solution to anyone looking at getting business cards, flyers, posters or any other marketing materials mass produced. However, this process is much more interesting than you may have first thought. Keep reading to find out five interesting facts about online printing.
Fact 1: Paper production is good for the environment
One issue many people have with the concept of online printing is its environmental impact. The print industry obviously requires paper, and many people argue that it is leading to deforestation. In reality 90% of deforestation happens because of agricultural processes, not because of paper production. In Australia, paper production supports sustainable forest management; the paper industry is in support of continual forest growth and effective forest management. As a result of this, the process is not bad for the environment. In reality, paper production offers economic, social and environmental benefits.
Fact 2: Australia’s first printing press was used by a convict
Although online printing is a relatively new concept, printing itself has been around for many years. Interestingly, a small hand press was brought over to Australia in 1788 with the First Fleet. While this was useful, no one knew how to use it. To solve this problem, someone had to teach themselves to use the machine. Therefore, between 1795 and 1800 a convict named George Hughes taught himself how to use it. Regardless of his convict status, no one else had the skills to use the hand press, so the New South Wales governor John Hunter commissioned him to print orders and regulations.
Fact 3: Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press
Johannes Gutenberg was a German inventor, blacksmith and printer who introduced printing to Europe. Although online printing is simple these days, this was not always the case, but we do have Gutenberg to thank for introducing the first hand press. Interestingly, his introduction of a mechanical movable printing mechanism was the beginning of the printing revolution in Europe. On top of this, he also introduced the use of oil based ink for printing books and adjustable moulds. Essentially, the printing industry would not be the same if it hadn’t been for this German inventor.
Fact 4: The Chinese invented printing
As mentioned above, Gutenberg invented the printing press, but a common misconception is that he invented printing itself. In reality, the art form was invented by the Chinese. Gutenberg may be responsible for bringing the media to mass market and creating a machine to make the process easier. But the printing actually originated in China. Over 500 years before Gutenberg invented the press, Chinese monks used wooden blocks dipped in ink to create text on parchment. Online printing is undoubtedly the easiest and most cost effective method today, but it is still possible to learn about the more traditional Chinese methods.
Fact 5: The Chinese also invented business cards
When you think of online printing, you probably imagine getting business cards created. Business cards are the most common item to be mass produced, both for business and individuals. Although these may seem like a modern invention, just like printing itself, they are much older than you may think. In the 1400’s the Chinese culture invented an early version of today’s business card. Instead of being used for commercial purposes, they were used as calling cards. Essentially, they contained information and were used to announce a meeting with another person.