November Inspiration: Risograph printing

November 21, 2018 | Written by

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Risograph is a word that evokes creativity and inventiveness. It belongs in the company of photograph, autograph, holograph, lithograph and monograph. Obviously, I could go on.

Risograph printing is a very basic print process, created in Japan by Riso Kagaku in 1986 and is designed to be a cost-efficient alternative to toner-based copiers or offset printing. Some call it a digital duplicator.

The Risograph is an environmentally friendly print process that uses soy-based inks to produce totally unique outcomes. The results are very similar to that of screen printing, although there are limitations in terms of colours available to use; but this just adds to its simplistic appeal.

The unique characteristics of Risoprint have become popular with studios such as Hatopress and Before Breakfast who are championing and promoting the technique and producing stunning and original work. Like all creative tools it is how you use it that makes all the difference.

Over recent years creatives have adopted the process to produce original and unique work due to the inconsistencies of the process and its outcomes.

What do we love about Risograph printing?

“The ability to create bright and bold artwork that feels unique and individually crafted, in the same way a screen-print does. It has a real authenticity about it which visually adds value to the finished work.” – Tim

“I’d not really come across this printing method until recently, but what struck me immediately was just how unique, aesthetically pleasing and instantly recognisable the quality of print is.” – Hugh

“The imperfections are my favourite part about the risograph process and these prints, I think the slight mis-alignment makes you consider the artwork that little bit more.” – Rachel

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