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Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing

Risograph, Mimeograph and Other Stencil Duplicators

John Z. Komurki

Risography, named after the Japanese firm Riso, is a stencil printing process based on screen printing techniques that was developed in the transition phase from mechanical to digital printing. Although the printer looks like a copying machine, the colors are transferred onto the paper without the use of heat or chemicals, saving energy and making the process ecologically friendly. Graphic artists and designers from around the world have now rediscovered the risograph for themselves – along with other machines for similar almost forgotten techniques such as mimeography –and sparked an unexpected renaissance of analog printing.
A comprehensive introduction that addresses past, present and future is followed by an essay about the key pioneers in the contemporary risography scene. In the chapter Risoworld notable risography-oriented publishers, printers and design studies from around the world are presented. At the heart of the book are fabulous, hugely diverse examples such as postcards, magazines, posters, flyers and experimental printed products, all of which inspire by the force of their color, their unique textures and, above all, the perfectly imperfect authenticity of risography.

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ISBN-13: 9783721209662

232 pages, illustrated thoughout, 20.5 × 25.5 cm, hardcover, English

Niggli, 2017
€ 39.90

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