The Future of Printing
Printing is intrinsic to the physical reproduction of virtually all written and visual content. Since the explosion of computing and digitization at the close of the twentieth century, we have witnessed a significant social and technological change within this medium driven by consumer appetites and behaviour. The emergence of portable and miniaturised screen technologies such as the smartphone, laptop and tablet have lessened the need for costly and cumbersome printing products.
With this dramatic shift in mind, the aim of this project is twofold: firstly, to appraise in detail the current landscape of print technologies and the reasons behind the manifest stagnation in design and waning consumer desire for many of these products; and secondly, to explore ink-less printing technologies that utilise light-sensitive surfaces to record images and text.
The resulting design, a laser-based ink-less printer, offers a rewarding alternative
to current printing technology within the home and office. In particular, this re-writable printing may result in a reduction of waste and cost compared to current ink printing techniques.