Did you know that the history of printing dates back almost 1,400 years? That might seem baffling, but that is how long ago it was when members of the T’ang Dynasty in China carried out the earliest known printing, using ink on wooden blocks to transfer images to paper.

Over the centuries, print technology gradually developed one step at a time, with the first paper mills opening in France and Germany during the 14th century, Gutenberg’s historic printing press and the creation of Braille embossed printing for the blind the most notable landmarks. Even in the last 50 years, there have been several key advances in print technology, including laser, 3D and digital printing. You can be sure that, in the next 20-25 years, there will have been further ground broken with creations that are impossible to imagine now.

For a more in-depth look at how print technology has grown since the 7th century days of the T’ang Dynasty, browse through this excellent interactive storymap by Canada-based plastic card printer Colourfast Printing (http://www.colourfast.com/usa/loyalty-cards/).