This project consists in a series of unprecedented experiments around the materiality of printed matter : ink, paper, printing techniques. Based on the available tools, various processes will be rigorously tested and random experiments will be carried out, then filtered and eventually presented in a publication, halfway between an artist book and a technical handbook.

A first result is a database of color profiles for artists, designers and printers who are looking for a novel yet professional color management solution. These new tools can convert images for printing devices using two, three, four or five spot colors. It offers a large variety of combinations, from basic colors to metallics, neons and pastels.

Main applicants

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
Tatiana Rhis (project leader)

Research team

Guy Meldem
David Keshavjee Julien Tavelli


september 2014

 – december 2017

Supported by

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
Strategic fund of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO RCDAV)



Les impressions magiques, 2011
Les impressions magiques, 2011
C alendar 2012, Ecal
Workshop with Franz Sigg, 2014