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Frank Romano


Residence: Boston, MA

Frank Romano has spent 58 years in the printing and publishing industries. Many know him best as the editor of the International Paper Pocket Pal or from the hundreds of articles he has written for publications from North America and Europe to the Middle East to Asia and Australia.

He began his career at the Mergenthaler Linotype Co., with stints at VGC and Compugraphic, all in senior marketing communications positions. At the age of 30, he became one of the first consultants in the printing industry and helped hundreds of companies convert from hot metal to phototypesetting and from letterpress to offset lithography. As print tehnology changed, he aided companies in all areas of graphic communication. His clients have included almost all Federal agencies, the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, as well as major insurance companies and manufacturers.

He is the author of 60 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano), the standard reference in the field. His books on QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and PDF workflow were among the first in their fields. He has authored most of the books on digital printing. One of his books is the 800-page textbook for Moscow State University.

He has founded eight publications, serving as publisher or editor for TypeWorld/Electronic Publishing (which ended in its 30th year of publication), Computer Artist, Color Publishing, The Typographer, EP&P, and both the NCPA and PrintRIT Journals. He founded the Digital Printing Report and was the editor of the EDSF Report.

He joined RIT in 1990 and advanced to director of the School of Print Media. He was awarded Emeritus status in 2010.

Romano lectures extensively, having addressed virtually every club, association, group, and professional organization at one time or another. He is one of the industry’s foremost keynote speakers and has spoken to groups in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

He wrote the first report on on-demand digital printing in 1980 and ran the first conference on the subject in 1985. He has conceptualized many of the workflow and applications techniques of the industry and was the principal researcher on the landmark EDSF study, “Printing in the Age of the Web and Beyond.” Wikipedia says he coined the term “Variable Data Printing.”

He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Times of London, USA Today, Business Week, Forbes, and many other newspapers and publications, as well as on TV and radio. He contributes to InfoTrends with commentary on the printing industry. He debated Clifford Stoll on National Public Radio.

He is president of the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA where his 6,000 book library now resides. He is passionate about preserving the rich history of typesetting and printing. He has appeared in a History Detectives episode and advised Hollywood on print-related issues.

He continues to teach courses at RIT, CalPoly, and other universities and works with students on unique research projects. To maintain his objectivity, he does not consult for vendors and volunteers to speak at their events.​ His expert testimony work has involved cases with Mark Zuckerberg and J.K. Rowling.

To keep up with change, he has attended every major national and international trade show and conference in the last 50 years. While he has an encyclopedic knowledge of how it was, he intends to be a part of what it will be.