Graphic arts higher learning
What's important to know

Frank Romano

Jason Lisi

Harvey Levenson
John Leininger

Join us as professors from four of the top universities and colleges for the graphic arts discuss industry trends and new technologies in the context of what’s most important for  graphic arts and visual communication students to know before entering the workforce. Delivered in a roundtable format, this session is good for anyone who is planning a career in the graphic arts, as well as managers in the industry who want to understand more about the knowledge and skills universities are focusing on. 


About Frank Romano

Frank RomanoRIT Professor Emeritus Frank Romano's career has spanned 56 years in the printing and publishing industries. Many know him as the editor of the International Paper “Pocket Pal” for over 30 years, or have read one of the thousands of articles he has written. He has edited newsletters for EDSF and PIA and was a founder of the Digital Printing Council. He was the editor and publisher of TypeWorld and later Electronic Publishing magazine, plus Computer Artist and Color Publishing magazines. He is the author of 56 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano), the standard reference in the field. His books were among the first on digital printing, computer-to-plate, workflow, PDF, QuarkXPress, InDesign, and new media. His latest books include the 400+ page “History of the Linotype Company” and “History of the Phototypesetting Era.


About Jason Lisi

Jason is an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management ( in Toronto Canada, where he teaches premedia and advanced technology subjects. His research interests lie in PDF standards and specifications, and he has published several journal articles, whitepapers, and technical reports on the subject. Jason is currently the Interim Director of the newly formed Print Media Research Centre at Ryerson University.

Jason is an executive member of the Ghent Workgroup (, and is currently working with the ISO TC130 Working Group to develop the application notes for the latest PDF/X standard being developed. Before joining Ryerson, Jason worked in a premedia house in Toronto that catered to colour scanning and prepress work for high-end print production.


About Harvey Levenson

Dr. Harvey R. Levenson is Professor Emeritus and past Dir. of the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (GrCI).  Prior to joining Cal Poly in 1983, Dr. Levenson founded and chaired the Div. of Graphics, Design, and Communication at La Roche College, Pittsburgh; and was GATF’s (now PIA) Assoc. Dir. of Tech. Services.

Dr. Levenson holds four degrees in printing and communication, and is the recipient of many related awards and honors. He has served on committees and boards for GATF, TAGA, EDSF, and GALA, and is past President of the Industry’s Collegiate Accrediting Council.

An active researcher, author, expert witness and speaker on matters related to the industry, Dr. Levenson has provided counsel to ~250 organizations.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Levenson resides in Atascadero, California.


About John Leiniger

John Leininger has been a Professor in the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University for 28 years. He has taught courses in digital printing, lithography, flexography, inks and substrates as well as the department’s management class dealing with estimating, planning, equipment purchasing, cost analysis and plant layout. Like his teaching, John’s training and presentation strategy reflects the Clemson Department of Graphic Communication’s Mission Statement: To develop dedicated, practical problem solving people for the printing, publishing, imaging, packaging and allied industries.