A risograph is a Japanese printing device that produces unique, colorful prints with plant-based inks in an environmentally friendly process. The idea for today's risographer was invented by Noboru Hayama when he mixed ink at home in his kitchen in the mid-1940s. Hayama's vision was to turn a stencil machine (the mimeograph) into the "duplicator" of the future, and with the company RISO Kagaku (rough translation "ideal science"), Hayama developed the risograph, an efficient office machine that is still widely used today.
In Sweden, the risograph is not so often found in offices but is often used by associations, parishes and hospitals due to its simple technology and economic benefits. In recent decades, the design world has discovered the enchanting color scale and the exciting possibilities that Riso printing offers.
That’s RISO! is produced by Form/Design Center in close collaboration with the Malmö-based Riso printing company BEAST Studio. The exhibition is carried out with the support of The association of Swedish illustrators and graphic designers. Exhibition design by Annika Carlsson and Jennie Margareta Andersson.