Exploriso offers views into risography’s history, insights into how colour and paper interact, rules and regulations of the printing process and ways to handle the different challenges that occur while using this tabletop duplicating device.
A true novelty is the integration of high quality colour management processes, usually only to be found in highly economised offset printing, and the development of unique colour profiles which then integrated into a publishing practice.
The establishment of a large number of small independent publishing houses fifteen years ago led to a revival of risography. Artists and designers from all over the world have installed a “Riso” in their studios to produce small print runs inexpensively and independently of large printing houses.
Smaller publishers in Latin America still print exclusively on the Risograph on grounds of cost. The primitive stencil printing process has a huge colour spectrum and creates an interesting optical effect by means of spot colours and coarse screening, which gives the result a homemade look. In the book, factors like colour, paper, file preparation, printing, and processing are explained.