5 Things You Never Knew About Printing

Fancy impressing your friends with some expert knowledge? Read on for more fun facts…

1. Some fonts could end up costing you far more money than others! Yes, you read that right. Whilst you might not have considered the impact your font has on how much space and ink it takes up on the page, the difference between heavier and lighter fonts can affect your costs by up to a staggering 10%. If you’re a big fan of using Franklin Gothic Medium, Tahoma or even Arial for all of your text, for example, then perhaps consider changing to a lighter font like Century Gothic or Times New Roman if you want to save your money.

2. Johannes Gutenburg, the first person to introduce the printing press and movable type to Europe back in 1439, actually died a poor man. The unlucky guy was sued by his wealthy business partner and moneylender Johann Fust in 1455 and lost the lawsuit, which resulted in the iconic printer being forced to give up his printing business due to bankruptcy. He died in 1468.

3. Printing is far from environmentally friendly. Okay, that one you might have already worked out for yourself – but did you know that if the world’s discarded printer cartridges were stacked end-to-end in one year’s time, they would circle the earth over three times? That’s a LOT of cartridges!hulk_pocket_books_vol_1_1

4. Harry Potter still holds the record for the biggest initial print run. J.K. Rowling’s final installation of the Harry Potter series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – back in 2007 is still the biggest initial print run ever recorded, with a staggering 12 million copies produced for its first release to the bookshops.

5. The Incredible Hulk was never meant to be green. The Hulk’s green skin actually only became that way because of a colour printing error in the debut of Stan Lee’s comic book series! Lee had originally given the Hulk a grey skin colour to deliberately disassociate the monster with any particular ethnic group, but due to colouring problems with the printer, each copy ended up with a different-hued Hulk. Lee spotted that the Hulk was green in some of the copies, and liked it so much that he decided to use it for all copies. The Hulk’s iconic skin shade was born.