c.a 3100 BCE
Cuneiform, the first writing system made of wedge shaped marks that was developed in the ancient civilization, Sumer. Sumerians used a blunt stylus made from reeds were used to carve cuneiform on clay tablets.
The Papyrus plant was being used as a writing surface and Lamp-black ink was invented in China.
Paper was invented by Chinese monks. Codex books also emerged from the Roman Empire and coptic binding from Egypt.
Wood block printing, which is a method of carving characters onto a wooden block and using it a a stamp, emerged from China.
Paper bills were used by the Chinese who started carrying folding money during the Tang Dynasty.
Paper mills are established in Baghdad during the Abbasid Dynasty.
The oldest dated printed text known, The Diamond Sutra, was printed.
Chinese adapt the wood block printing process to mass produce classical books.
The moveable type printing press was invented in China.
First paper mill in Europe is established in Xative, Spain.
Paper is first used in England.
The adjustable type mold is developed by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany.
Gutenberg's Bible is completed by Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer.
Shakespeare's First Folio is published.
The Bay Psalm Book becomes the first book to be printed in the American colonies.
Mezzotint, the first tonal method that can produce half-tones without cross-hatching or stippling is created.
Paper making began in Philadelphia and newspapers published, Publik Occurrences. Paper money is also made in the American colonies to pay for the war.
Statute of Anne regulates copyright in Great Britan.
Jacob Christoph Le Blon published Coloritto, which described a RYB three-color printing process.
Basic stereotype printing plates were developed.
Benjamin Franklin publishes Poor Richard's Almanac, which was a yearly published almanac.
Thomas Paine prints Common Sense. Thomas Bewick develops wood engraving, and Japanese picture books are published, leading to graphic novels.
Declaration of Independence was printed by John Dulap.
Francois-Ambrois Didot developed a typographic point system based on the pre-metric French inch.
Alois Senefelder invented lithography, a process of printing from a flat surface that was treated so ink was repelled, except for where it was needed.
Carbon paper, which is a thin paper coated in carbon used for making copies of written documents, is developed.
George Clymer develops the Colombian printing press which is a cast iron hand press with a lever which replaced the simple screw mechanism and was distinguished by a bald eagle on the lever.
Photoengraving process is created and Richard Whittaker Cope develops the Albion press iron.
William Pickering begins to issue cloth bound books in London.
The New York Sun became the first mass produced newspaper and the penny press was invented.
Paperback books appear in England and Ireland.
Essential wood type making machinery that lasted for over 150 years was developed by combining the first wood type with the pantograph.
Chromolithography, which is a method for making multi-colour prints, was invented.
Tauchnitz Verlag publishes the first paperback books in Germany.
Paper is made from wood pulp.
The bank of England issues standardized bank notes.
Offset printing, which is a printing technique where the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to a printing surface, was invented by Robert Barclay.
The Smyth Sewing Machine is invented to help with book binding.
The Yellow Pages is created.
The Ludlow typo-graph hot metal typesetting system is developed.
The modern screen-printing process is developed.
Synthetic rubber printing rollers begin being used in offset printing, and are still used today.
Penguin paper-back books are introduced in England by Sir Allen Lane.
J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly invented the computer.
Inkjet printing is developed, but they could not reproduce digital images generated by computer until the 1970's.
Pantone Color Matching System, which is a proprietary color space used in a many industries, but primarily printing, is introduced.
Laser printers, which are linked to a computer and use a laser to create patterns of electrostatically charged dots on a light-sensitive drum, which attract toner, are invented at Xerox.
Thermal printing, which is a digital printing process that prints images by selectively heating coated thermochromic paper when paper passes over the thermal head, was developed.
3D printing is developed.
Photopolymer plates, which are photosensitive materials that when exposed to UV rays, hardens the polymer, are used by studio letterpress printers.
Indigo digital color printing got introduced by Benny Landa.
The Hewlett Packard Wifi laser printer is introduced.