The Jan 11 issue of Wired has a small piece on Risograph printing. They describe it as ‘a cross between a photocopier and a silk-screen printer’. They sound like the Lomos of the printing press to me.
You can get them pretty cheaply on eBay. Based on the price of some of them, you may even find one on Freecycle.
The article mentions Ditto Press, a fun looking company set up by Lynsey Atkin and Ben Freeman almost exclusively producing small run jobs using this machine:
Risograph printing is a rarely used commercially, not because it is disliked, but because it is, in Lynsey’s words, a “faff”.
“It’s not an accurate science. You have to really persevere with it. It’s a huge lot of trial and error. Anybody that wanted to make quick money out of printing, this is not the way to do it. You’ve got to want to do it and you’ve got to get satisfaction out of doing it.”
If I had some studio space, I’d totally get one of these and offer the service. It’s very appealing…
- First set of pictures from the brilliantly named Landfill Editions (specifically their Flickr stream).
- Second set of pictures from Ditto Press. I especially liked their chart of available colours.
- Wired also mentions Duke Press and Black Box Press.
- BTW, The current issue of Wired has a lovely metallic TRON front cover.
- And the irony of posting this after a post on interactive magazines is not lost on me.