Introduction to the Evolution of Magazine Printing

Magazine Printing Singapore

A magazine is a periodic publication that contains articles, stories, poems and other forms of written materials by a variety of writers. It also contains images and drawings.

History of Magazine Printing

  • The printing press was one of three inventions that changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world. Before the invention of the printing press, books had to be painstakingly copied by hand. In 1440 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Through this, he enabled knowledge to be mass-produced for the first time in human history. In a century of its advent, the printing press was used to print pamphlets, almanacks, newsletters, Bibles and religious materials.
  • In 1663. a periodical called Erbauliche Monaths -Unterredungen (“Edifying Monthly Discussions”) was created by a German theologian and poet called Johann Rist. Cultured young intellectuals readily devoured the periodicals, which summarized new books and welcomed scholarly articles.
  • In 1672, a French writer and playwright Jean Donneau de vie’ created and published the first “periodical of amusement” Le Mercure Galant (later called Mercure de France), it contained news, songs, short verses, and gossip. Despite being disparaged by other writers of the day for its amusing rather than intellectual content, it became very popular in France.
  • In 1731, The Gentleman’s Magazine was published by an Englishman named Edward Cave. He created the word “magazine” from the Arabic word makhazin, which meant storehouse. His goal was to create a magazine that the general public would be interested in. The publication contained everything from essays, poems, stories and political musings.

Types of magazines

Magazine printing has evolved and with it came many genres for every possible niche in the market today such that there is something for everyone.

However, the genres can all be categorized under two major categories of magazines namely:

  1. Business Magazines

This is a category of magazines aimed at a certain audience to provide information about certain products and services offered by a company or companies. It is usually written in a serious tone and is very detailed.

  1. Pleasure Magazines

Every other magazine that is aimed at lifestyle, living, gossip and any other related information that is not business oriented, falls under this category. The tones used vary from magazine to magazine. The font used may tend to be more casual and the titles eye catching.

Available magazine printing option:


This printing option is slowly dying as it has been overtaken by other more sophisticated printing processes. It is used to produce standard and reliable printouts. It is hard to come by but it works perfectly for simple magazines.

Offset lithography

It can be termed as the most time efficient and cost effective printing and publication process due to its simplicity yet complex machinery. It is used to print on thick cardboard, paper or plastic. Magazines that opt for this option undergoes three processes; plate making, wetting and then inking. You will not be able to edit the layout and plate since it is permanent.

Digital printing

It is the most preferred due to its ability to produce a high quality image without limits and in a very timely manner. It has a very fast computer technology that allows it to generate almost twice as much output as offset lithography within a given amount of time.

Modern flexography

It is an upgrade of letterpress. It has incorporated the use of paper plates in its printing such that the plates have a photo attached and they allow ink to flow onto the paper where images and characters are.


Though not pocket-friendly, it can produce same quality prints as digital prints but this technology uses plates.

With the evolution of magazine printing comes a variety of options. This might confuse one but if you take your time to understand the available options, you will be able to choose the best for your magazine.