ADV @ UNDERCONSIDERATION      Peek here for details



Lead Image

2013 Isometric Risograph Calendar


Production Method




Paper Pusher

Jp King - Design, Printing



Jp King

This calendar showcases Risograph printing through an exploration of overprinting, halftones, and fluorescent inks on craft paper. Jp King designed the mid-century-esque, utopian geometric graphics with two goals in mind: imagined depth on a two dimensional surface and accentuate the inherently retro feel of risography. The finished piece is a fine sample of what can be achieved with this printing method. 




Quantity Produced


Production Cost

Production Time

One Week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

7.125 × 12 × 0.125 in

Page Count


Paper Stock

Number of Colors




Bulldog Clip


Whitney SC

This piece is available for purchase for $18

Description ---

Recent Posts



Project Description

Paper Pusher is a publisher located in Toronto, Canada, with a focus on Art, Literature, and Design, who also provide Risograph printing services to independent artists, authors, curators, and galleries.

We decided to release this 2013 Calendar to exemplify the Risograph printing process. We wanted to explore overprinting, halftones, and fluorescent inks, while using graphics that would provide illusory depth on a flat surface. With a careful attention to detail and some simple trapping, we were able to get near-perfect register, which goes against the myth that Riso is a sloppy process. The fluro pink ink creates a luminosity that compliments the fibers of kraft paper. An inherently retro "feel" to Riso honours the utopian geometry of isometric angles.

We printed this project by hand on a RISO RP3700, using blue, yellow, and fluorescent pink inks, and rounded the corners at a 3/8" radius. All 12 pages are simply bound with a bulldog clip, so as not to disrupt the paper surface, and hung on a nail, or hook.

Production Lesson(s)

Both a challenge and pleasure with Digital-to-Plate in RISO is choosing the right LPI. On some months I've created chunky halftones (38 LPI) -  See close-up of SEPTEMBER, while on other months the shapes are made up from smooth shades (200 LPI) - See close-up of JANUARY/NOVEMBER. Overprinting various percentages (from 5% to 80%) of each of the three colours creates a range of new hybrid colours - See close-up of JULY.

Near-perfect register was achieved by careful monitoring and manual shifting during the printing of each layer.”

Post Author

Author Picture

Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

More: Online / On Twitter


Date Published

May 6, 2013


Filed Under



Tagged with


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ Add This



FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.

FPO uses Fonts.com to render Siseriff and Avenir Next.

FPO is run with Six Apart’s MovableType

Syndicate / RSS Feed

All comments, ideas and thoughts on FPO are property of their authors; reproduction without the author’s or FPO’s permission is strictly prohibited

Contact us by e-mail

Twitter @ucllc

Sign-up for Mailing List

Mailing list managed by MailChimp

Thanks to our advertisers

About UnderConsideration

UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Bloomington, IN. More…

blogs we publish

Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

products we sell

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work.

Brand New Conference videos / Individual, downloadable videos of every presentation since 2010.

Prints / A variety of posters, the majority from our AIforGA series.

Other / Various one-off products.

events we organize

Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.


Favorite Things we've Made / In our capacity as graphic designers.

Projects we've Concluded / Long- and short-lived efforts.

UCllc News / Updates on what's going at the corporate level of UnderConsideration.

The End