Reviewing 2018 – The Year in Print

As we ring in the brand-new year, we’re taking one last look back at the year in print and some of the most popular stories we covered in 2018!

2018 was yet another major year for the print industry. New innovations were made, exciting new projects were launched and there was a ton of fascinating print related news for us to cover. Here’s our take on the year in print for 2018 and be sure to check out the articles themselves for a more detailed look into each topic we’ve mentioned!

2018 – The Year in Print

The Short Story Dispenser

Short Story Dispenser

We kicked off the year with our first glance at a machine created by Short Edition in FranceThe Short Story Dispenser. This intriguing new concept aligned perfectly with Short Edition’s mission of getting people to look away from their phone or tablet screens, and instead, enjoy a short printed story on the go.

Best of all, the Short Story Dispenser is community driven, with members of the literature community contributing their short stories and novels to be considered for selection for inclusion in the dispensers. With Short Edition’s aim to bring literature to the most unlikely of places, the company has been in talks to sell their dispensers to businesses and governments.

This could certainly be one to continue to keep an eye on in 2019!

Print Can Make You Feel Happier

Print Can Make You Happier

March saw us produce a feel-good article for the year on how print can make us feel happier. Whilst it’s a bold statement to make, the facts certainly don’t tell a lie! A survey conducted by Canon UK and Ireland in 2017 found that printing photographs made British people feel happier.

And it doesn’t stop there as approximately two thirds of the 2,000 surveyed agreed that they felt more positive and happier when viewing print. The reason given for this was that it allows them to remember stories from the past when looking at physical photos rather than digital ones on a screen.

So next time you need a little pick up, why not turn to print to help you relive some happy memories and look forward to any new and exciting life events?

How the Royal Wedding Invitations Were Created

Royal Wedding

Later into the year saw the country whipped up into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation for the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. What many may not have realised however, was how exactly the invitations for the Royal Wedding had been designed and printed, something we were all too eager to help share!

For print each invitation correctly and neatly, we explained how a printing process known as Die Stamping was used. The process dates back all the way to the 15th century and is the technique used which created the elegant raised imagery included on every invitation.

Printing the invitations was no sole effort from a machine however! We made sure in our article that we mentioned the operator behind it, Lottie Small. Under a lot of expectation and pressure to create each invitation to the extremely high standards expected, Lottie flourished! Using her expertise and knowledge of the Die Stamping process, Lottie was able to produce every invitation in elegant style before the big event took place.

Impressive work indeed!

Could 3D Printing Be Damaging Our Health?


Moving onto one of our more serious topics covered now, which was an article we produced in August on how 3D printing might be having an effect on our overall health. With much research evidencing a need to air caution on the long-term use of 3D printers, we made sure to take a closer look.

A findings report from Unweltbundesamt analysed and assessed the 3D printing process in full. From it, they were able to find that 3D printers are more likely to produce higher levels of greenhouse gases due to the high energy demand in order to power them. This could be particularly alarming for those who work in industrial environments, as nanoparticles created from 3D prints could cause some major and minor health issues if accidently inhaled.

But it’s important to stress that it’s not all doom and gloom. The report mentions the key benefits behind bioprinting and how it could be likely to have less of an environmental impact in the long term, with a quoted contribution of 96% less in greenhouses gases and other harmful materials.

With this, it’s certainly too soon to suggest 3D printing could be harmful to our health but be sure to take a look at the full article we created below for a more detailed insight into the topic.

Carols for Printers

Christmas Carols

Capping off another amazing year for print was a heartwarming insight into the annual Christmas Carol Service for Printers event. Hosted by the BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation), The Printing Charity, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and Trade Union Unite, the event sparked a night of festive fun and Christmas carol singing by all!

Joining the attendees were the talented St Bride’s Choir, who sang blissful and peaceful renditions of both traditional and modern Christmas carols. And the fun didn’t stop there! Once the Christmas Carols had been sung, guests were treated to several readings from the traditional nativity story and were invited to join the hosts for some festive drinks and snacks at an after-event in Bridwell Hall.

For those in the printing industry, the Christmas Carol Service for Printers event is one they look forward to and marks the start of the magical Christmas and New Year period!

What was your favourite article featured on FMS Blog in 2018?

Why not tweet us @FindMySupplies with your picks, we’d love to hear from you!

Sam Rose