Exploriso: Low-tech fine art
Risography as an artistic printing process, written and edited by Sven Tillack

Editor and Design

Sven Tillack

Concept, Photography, Lithography

Studio Tillack Knöll
Sven Tillack & Steffen Knöll


Jonas Teichert

Copy editing

Sara Hoss
Hanne Mächler

Printing & Binding [Exploriso]

Offizin Scheufele Druck
und Medien GmbH & Co. KG
Tränkestraße 17
70597 Stuttgart

Printing & Binding [Color Suite]

Colorama Risoprint
Veteranenstrasse 21
10119 Berlin

[Book] published by

Spector Books
Harkortstraße 10
04107 Leipzig

[Paper, Offset Print / Colour Suite]

Metapaper Smooth Coldwhite
120 g / m2
Metapaper Rough White
160 g / m2

Exploriso was written in German as part of the diploma thesis by Sven Tillack, a former student in the class of Prof. Uli Cluss doing his Communication Design studies at the Institute for Book Design and Media Development at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in the summer semester 2017 and has been revised, translated and proofread for the first English edition. Special thanks to basICColor, without whose generous donation of test licenses for their software the creation of ICC profiles for the risograph would not have been possible. Another special thanks to Metapaper GmbH & Co. for providing a generous paper donation as well as RISO Deutschland GmbH for donating colour to print the Exploriso Colour Suite. The biggest thank you goes out to everybody all over the world who contributed text and illustrations as part of the Exploriso Colour Suite, in order of appearance: Tiziana Jill Beck, Blexbolex, It’s Raining Elephants, Maja Behrmann, Ben El Halawany, Hansje Van Halem, Pooroni Rhee, Lea Dohle, Zoran Pungerčar, Christoph Feist, Stefan Marx, Hyojoon Jo, Raby-Florence Fofana, Dr. Alderete, Kati Szilágyi, Patrick Thomas, Craig Proud, Rachel Littlewood, Herr & Frau Rio, Marjolein Schalk, Sigrid Calon, João Doria, Paul John, Christiane Haas, Sina Schindler as well as Erwin Blok for providing the photos of the mimeographs. The author is truly grateful to be part of an amazing community.

The illustrations of the patent specifications published by the US Patent Office have been reproduced to the best of his knowledge and with the information that, subject to certain exceptions, “the texts and drawings of a patent are generally not subject to copyright restrictions”. https://www.uspto.gov/terms-use-uspto-websites). With regard to links within the book, Sven Tillack expressly points out that no illegal content was discernible on the linked pages at the time when the links were created. The author has no influence on the current and future design, content or authorship of the linked pages. Sven Tillack therefore expressly disassociates himself from all contents of these pages that have been changed since linking and assumes no liability for such contents. All rights reserved. No part of this printed publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or in any way electronically, mechanically, photocopied, recorded or otherwise without the prior written consent of the publisher.


“Exploriso: Low-tech Fine Art” appears in the first year of the Discovered series, a cooperation between the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, the HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg, and the HGB Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, which honours a selection of student projects with the opportunity to publish their work with Spector Books.

Discovered is a competition for editorial projects developed by students at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, the HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg, and the HGB Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. The winning entries will then be supported through the production and editing process by the staff at Spector Books, under the supervision of Professors Uli Cluss, Ludovic Balland, and Ingo Offermanns.

© 2020, Studio Tillack Knöll; the authors, the artists for their contribution and Spector Books, Leipzig.