Print Production


I was first introduced to the printing industry at the age of 9 years. At that time my father was a printing engineer and he encouraged me to take an interest in printing technologies. I had been fascinated with colour from the first day of school when I learnt how to mix green from yellow and blue. At that time my aunt was a supervisor at another printing company and on this basis it was in the family.

It was a natural progression for me to enter into the printing industry after I matriculated and by the time I was twenty-five I was managing director of my own company, situated in Artarmon, Sydney.

The business began as a small printing operation but soon evolved into a specialised trade service to printers, supplying colour separations and plates to printers in the area. During this time my clients included some of the finest printers in the country including "The Pot Sill Press", "Megaprint", "Maps Litho" and "Rawson Graphics". Some of the projects I worked on were for many blue chip companies such as BHP, Aust-Wide Insurance, Bank of Tokyo, Westpac, Dept. of Agriculture, Price Waterhouse, Baileau-Knight-Frank, Jones-Laing-Wootan, Consolidated Currencies, a variety of magazine and book publishers and a host of others.

It was during this time that I began writing a computer program in order to keep up with the demands placed upon my staff and myself. As time went by the program grew and my abilities improved to the point that I decided to release the program onto the commercial market. After almost twenty years of development this has eventually lead to me studying for a degree in Information Technology, which I am currently engaged in at Southern Cross University.

The printing industry has long made use of computers especially in typesetting. Before any desktop computer ever existed there were photo-typeseting machines that fulfilled the role of producing type that today's computers take care of.

Information Technology as we know it today is an evolution and an extension of the printing industry. This can be seen in the correlation between graphic design, and web design. The same principles apply and it isn't surprising to find that an ever increasing number of printers are now also offering web design to there clients, along with their traditional services. After all photography did start with a print maker by the name of Thomas Wedgwood, after Marco Polo, had returned from China with the camera obscura.