Animating Type on the Riso

Event Info

This two-day, hybrid workshop takes place at CBA and on Zoom on Saturday and Sunday, October 29—30, from 10:00 am–1:00 pm ET. 

  • Saturday, October 29, 10–1 ET
  • Sunday, October 30, 10–1 ET

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on October 22, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by 2022 CBA Faculty Fellow Kelli Anderson. 

This workshop will consist of physical and digital components. The class will be held over Zoom, but your frames will actually be printed, scanned, and mailed to you. Over Zoom, we will cover the entire process of printing a short looping typographic animation on the RISO. We will output frames, we will automate a contact sheet formatted for RISO, we will discuss color choices, we will perform color separations, we will print, and finally: we will stitch it all back together again into something AMAZING.


Instruction will be led using Photoshop, since it has easy-to-use automation to set up your file (however, alternative tools will be discussed.) We will discuss the basic operation of the RISO, changing between different color drums, and the accurate registration of multiple colors. (We can’t all necessarily gather around the RISO to learn about its functionality, but we can cover all of the components on video and ask questions.)


These contact sheets will then be scanned, shared among participants, and we will stitch the frames back together.


Everyone attending will receive: printed contact sheets (via USPS media mail) and scans of those contact sheets.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email


  • Strong Photoshop skills
  • Attendees will need to come to class with a short looping animation video (or animation frames). Email instructions provided after registration.

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, animator, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials to seek out possibilities hidden in plain view, in humble materials. Her books and projects have included a pop-up paper planetarium, a book that transforms into a pinhole camera, a working paper record, and techniques for misusing RISO to create tactile, inky animations. Intentionally lo-fi, she believes that humble materials can provide entry into the endless, tunneling complexity of our world, making those wonders accessible on a multi-sensory, rich, human level. By opening “black box” concepts up to the poetics and playfulness of the senses, her projects function as a lab space for collaborative through, thereby broadening accessibility and the diversity of voices at the table. She is currently completing Alphabet in Motion, an interactive book on the relationship between typography and technology with Letterform Archive.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on October 24 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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