Aaron Beehre and Stuart Geddes discuss the aesthetics of and motivations for risograph printing.
Luke and Aaron are both award winning designers and are well known for their work in publication design and independent publishing. Head Full of Snakes, designed, printed and published by the Ilam Press, won Gold at the DINZ Best Design Awards in 2012 and received an AGDA Award (Australia) the same year. Gavin Hipkins: Leisure Valley was a finalist in the editorial section of the 2014 DINZ Best Design Awards.
Aaron Beehre has an MFA and has been working in the field of graphic design for the last twenty years. His experience in the industry covers working in small design studios to large agency environments. Aaron is currently lecturing at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. There, with colleague Luke Wood, he established the Ilam Press in 2011. The Ilam Press is a non-profit arts publishing project and operates as a center for both teaching and research at the school, while also providing significant connections and working relationships with artists, designers, curators, and institutions in New Zealand and internationally. Many – but not all – publications are produced onsite using a two-color risograph and an in-house bindery. Larger jobs are outsourced to local binderies, and, if required, high-end digital and/or offset printing is managed by the press.
Aaron’s design awards include Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning which won 3 awards at the BPANZ Book Awards (including best book) as well as a 2008 Montana Book Award; Julia Morison: a loop around a loop, which was a finalist for a 2007 Montana Book Award as well as taking out best book at the Australasian Museums Publication Awards. His recent collaboration with Gavin Hipkins Leisure Valley was a finalist at last year’s Best Awards.
Stuart Geddes designs books and other publications for various people. He also co-edits/designs/prints/publishes motorcycle magazine Head Full of Snakes, and is a researcher and PhD candidate at RMIT University.
Stuart continues a teaching relationship with RMIT and Monash Universities, is on the board of West Space, one of Melbourne’s most prestigious and innovative ARIs, was for two years the art director of Monument magazine, was for two years a councillor for AGDA Victoria, and in 2008 was an international judge on the London D&AD awards in the Newspaper and Magazine design jury.