The RisoLAB at the School of Visual Arts in New York City is the only dedicated educational Risograph printing facility of its kind, offering classes and workshops in Risograph printing for designers, illustrators, cartoonists, photographers, and creatives from all corners of the art world.
Poster for our 12th Print Slam, our end-of-semester print sale and exhibition. Designed by summer 2019 Artist-in-Residence Heesang Lee.
Risograph poster by Artist-in-Residence and Faculty member Wren McDonald for his 2018 workshop at the RisoLAB
Our brand new RisoLAB Remote Series is a suite of online courses that focus on the design, file preparation, and conceptual work that goes into preparing a Risograph print project. Register for our Fall 2020 courses today!
Since 2015, the SVA RisoLAB has offered Risograph print based classes, workshops, an Artist-in-Residency program, and Open Lab Access for current and former students. We are dedicated to providing a high level of technical and aesthetic training in Risograph printing for artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, and creatives of all backgrounds. Our classes are offered both to the general public as well as matriculated students at the School of Visual Arts. The RisoLAB has been featured on Atlas Obscura, The Comics Journal, and in a video showcase shot in our studio in 2018 by Riso Kagaku, Inc., among other venues.
The RisoLAB is closed to students for the Fall 2020 semester, but we are offering Online Continuing Education courses, and have a number of new initiatives that we will be announcing soon.
This website is in the process of being updated to bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What is a Risograph?
A Risograph is a compact, high speed printer made by the Riso Kagaku Corporation of Japan. It fits into a category of printers known as duplicators. While it may resemble a photocopy machine, a Risograph prints using soy-based ink rather than plastic toner. Designs are printed in individual spot color layers, which are passed through paper stencils that are automatically created and wrapped around ink-filled drum cylinders. While originally designed and marketed to cater to schools, churches, restaurants, and small businesses, the Risograph has been adopted by artists and designers interested in self publishing over the last twenty years. The Risograph’s speed, low cost of materials, ease of use, and vivid spot colors make it the perfect tool for printing and publishing small editions of zines, prints, books, and flyers.
Browse our gallery of Risograph prints, zines, and Riso based works. Our archives draw on the work of over 700 artists, designers, illustrators, photographers and other creatives who have used the RisoLAB since 2015.View Gallery
We offer both online and in-person classes and workshops during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Check out our current and upcoming course offerings.View Program
Welcome to the brand new RisoLAB website! To mark five years in existence, we decided that it was time that we had a site that truly matched the RisoLAB’s spirit, graphic sensibility, and community.Read More about: Hello World!
The RisoLAB Logo: An Evolution
When the RisoLAB first opened in September 2015, there was much work to do on the logistical front. How would the RisoLAB operate? Would we charge fees for hourly usage, or would students pay per print and master?Read More about: The RisoLAB Logo: An Evolution
Riso Circles Exhibition at SFSU
In the fall of 2019, the RisoLAB was invited by San Francisco State University student Maxwell Lohr and SFSU Faculty member Christensen to contribute Riso printed zines, books, editions, and ephemera to an exhibition on campus documenting and explaining the Risograph printing phenomenon.Read More about: Riso Circles Exhibition at SFSU