Frank Romano, Celebrated Author, Returns to Cal Poly as Research Professor

February 4, 2017

Frank Romano Print GuruProfessor Frank Romano, a celebrated graphic communication author, researcher and educator, will return to Cal Poly in winter quarter 2017 as part of the Research Professors from Industry program for the fourth time in eight yearsRomano, professor emeritus from the Rochester Institute of Technology, will teach a course on book production and publishing in the Graphic Communication Department.

Over the 10-week quarter, a team of 16 students will design a book using Adobe InDesign, managing color files to print consistently using two different printing processes.

“Having Frank Romano here to engage with our students is an absolutely extraordinary event,” said Ken Macro, chair of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department. Students in graphic communication gain tremendous opportunities — not just in learning from his mastery of subject matter — but also having exposure to the vast network of professionals with whom he communicates. It is an honor to have him here, and we look forward to it every couple of years.”

In the spirit of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, students in Romano’s course will assist in book design, layout, photo-prep and placement, and impositioning of a book entitled “Mike Bruno’s History of Printing in the 20th Century.” The book highlights the life and contributions of Michael Bruno, renowned scientist, scholar and editor of “Pocket Pal Graphic Arts Production Handbook.”

Professor Romano has extensively studied Bruno’s research and notes and has collected photographs and interesting personal materials from Bruno’s collection, which is now housed at The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

“This book is about the person who had a profound effect on the development of printing technology,” Romano said. “It will be a time capsule for a bygone era.”

Cal PolyThe book will be printed by Quad Graphics. For information on where to purchase it, visit grci.calpoly.edu/. All proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Graphic Communication Department.

- Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly: grci.calpoly.edu/ 

- Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly: grc.calpoly.edu/

Started in the 1980s, Cal Poly’s Research Professors from Industry program provides the opportunity for highly experienced professionals to share their knowledge with students. Organizations such as Apple, Adobe, Information Architects, National Printing Bureau, JAPAN, K/P Corporations, AdMail Express, US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Munich University of Applied Sciences, and others have participated.

The Graphic Communication Department was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest and best-known programs of its kind in the U.S. It includes concentrations in graphic communication management, web and digital media, design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging, and individualized study. The program is strongly supported by industry with grants and endowments and equipment, supplies and software for the department’s more than 33,000 square feet of modern laboratories. The department is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications.

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