Infraredesign invention and its contribution in the development of Graphic Communication and Media Technology science

Anastasios E. Politis


In last decades we are witnessing constant and at the same time rapid developments of science in the wider field of printing, graphic communication and media technologies. Research groups, individual scientists, as well as research organisations and manufacturers, have all contributed in this development. It is true, that a significant percentage of these developments have been based on industrial research from various manufacturers in printing and publishing such as Adobe, Xerox, and Heidelberg (names indicative only). Further, significant contribution has been performed by research associations such as CIE, FOGRA and GATF. Hence, it was and it is people behind all those developments. I would just like to mention some of them, for example Felix Brunner (CH), Frank Romano (USA), Benny Landa (Israel), Andrew Tribute (UK), and Rainer Prosi (DE). These and a lot more visionary and mainly self-motivated people, contribute with their research in the development of the print/graphic/media scientific fields, adding value by their initiatives and innovations to the sector and the industry. The reference to the researchers’ names and organisations are purely indicative. It is beyond doubt, that an extensive investigation needs to be done in order to document and evaluate the scientific and technological research that led and still leads the way towards innovation in the wider field of graphic arts scientific fields. Although quite important, this field is not the main subject of this paper and presentation. The main objective of this paper is to examine the contribution of Infraredesign in the scientific domain of the graphic arts. And the question is: What is Infraredesign? Evolution, Innovation, Development, Science, Invention, Research, commercial application? Actually it is all of these! An Invention that has been transferred to innovation in Print and Media Industry and is contributing significantly in the overall development of the graphic arts scientific fields. This paper tries to summarize the research work and the steps towards the invention and its further evolution. Through the participation and study of Infraredesign development, it became clear that such an invention required multidisciplinary research at a wide range of specific fields; To mention some, Infraredesign invention has been based in research ranging from prepress and electromagnetic spectrum to ink properties, from the development of specific software to colour processing and management, from Postscript and algorithms to raster, from CMYK to spot and twin colours, from specifications of printing to the suitability of substrates and material science. All these have led to the Infraredesign invention, which did not stay simply as a research outcome but it is applied at various fields ranging from security printing to the protection and authentication of documents and from packaging to military uniforms. Infraredesign is the “child” of a great team of Croatian researchers, namely, Vilko Žiljak, Jana Žiljak-Vujic, Ivana Žiljak -Stanimirovic and Klaudio Pap. This team together with their partners managed to achieve the Infraredesing invention through teamwork, brainstorming, inspiration, deep knowledge of science and technology in printing and related fields and full dedication on the research objectives. As such, Infraredesign is an Invention that has been created by the vision and dedicated research and work of the research team and their partners. Infraredesign revealed new horizons of printing technology and created a wide range of innovative applications in the scientific world of graphic arts and media technology. Therefore, this scientific work can be surely regarded as a milestone for the graphic arts/communication and media science.

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