Sophie Matthews-Paul Passed Away at 68

Veteran print technology and communications consultant died at her home in Herefordshire, UK.
Sophie Matthews-Paul

Sophie Matthews-Paul, the veteran print technology and communications consultant, has died at her home in Herefordshire, UK. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in January of this year and given a six-month prognosis, Sophie enjoyed a peaceful departure, in the presence of her son, James. She was 68 years old.

Sophie Matthews-Paul's resume reads like a register of the printing industry’s largest and most specialized organisations. Originally a journalist and editor of a number of trade publications, Sophie launched Screen and Digital Printer in the 1990s before contributing to a number of other titles, from PrintWeek to Output, Image (Australia) to Large Format (Germany).

Sophie’s son, James Matthews-Paul, is the founder and editor-in-chief of Output.

Over the last three decades she acquired a wealth of knowledge about the digitization of the industry, becoming instrumental in the evolution of digital ink-jet’s role within the fields of wide-format, textile and industrial print. A renowned international speaker, Sophie was also a mentor to many, both officially and unofficially, and is often credited as the midwife of the modern industry.

The family wishes to thank St Michael's Hospice, Marie Curie and Macmillan for the care provided to Sophie over the last six months, as well as to Jessica Morris and Jake Fox, who lived with Sophie and James towards the end.

Arrangements for Sophie’s memorial service are currently being made. For further information about these, or to send a message to the family, please contact

Signs of the Times October 2018

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