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Burnt Coffee Shadows caught our eye in The Newsagent recently. It’s got a great title, for one thing, and feels like an old school zine — no wonder, since the ongoing project from Paul Richards features fax machine prints and journal pages from the mid-’90s. It’s very cool to see these monochrome experiments gathered together in a whopping 64-page digital tabloid newspaper. We wanted to know a bit more about these ‘typescapes’ and Paul obliged us:

Too many late nights and lots of caffeine have led to the design of a typographic journal entitled ‘Burnt Coffee Shadows’. This black & white, 64-page newspaper includes material taken from note and sketchbooks that date as far back as 1996. Featuring visuals generated from thoughts, scribbles and experiments with hardware (old fax machines feature prominently) this book uses impression and expression to create dark, brooding typographic landscapes — typescapes.

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These typescapes mirror the cacophony of noise around us, the visual and audio onslaught of the modern environment – be it amongst the sprawling mish-mash of London, the complexity of Tokyo, or the towering grids of New York. The constant barrage of half-heard conversations, snippets of thoughts, emotions and overlapping communications combine in a visual flux conjured from and inspired by the milieu.

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An on-going experiment, this newspaper is the first ‘pause’ in a continuous process. Taking inspiration from the music scene, this edition will be followed by a series of companion ‘remix’ titles, released as alternate versions including collaborations with other artists. Just like the contemporary website, blog or software, the material is in a constant state of renewal and versioning, with this initial release being the catalyst for additional volumes.

 

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Filed under: art, case studies, digital tabloid

An End to the PaperLater Experiment

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We launched PaperLater in June, as a big experiment for us. We wanted to see if there was appetite for a personalised newspaper service, both from consumers and from publishers.

It’s been running for just over 6 months now, and while we had a strong launch, we haven’t seen the kind of repeat usage we’d been hoping for.

As a small, predominantly bootstrapped business we have to make difficult choices about what we invest in, and right now, all our attention is on improving our site and ARTHR in 2015.

We’ve decided that the best thing to do is to call an end to this experiment and shut PaperLater. This week will be our last week of operation, and the last orders will go to print at 2pm on Monday 22nd December. The site will remain fully functional until then, but we won’t be inviting any more beta testers.

(If you’ve already got an account, and you want to give it one last go, there’s still time to get an issue for the Christmas holidays!)

After next Monday we’ll delete your PaperLater bookmarks and newspapers, but keep your account, as it works on the main Newspaper Club site too. If you want a copy of any of your data, please let us know and we can get that for you.

We’ve learnt a lot from PaperLater, and the concept of a fully automated, personalised newspaper is still fascinating to us, but this wasn’t quite the right product at the right time.

We hope to revisit some of the ideas in it in the future, but for now, thanks a lot to everyone who gave it a go.

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Filed under: Announcements, PaperLater, running a business

Paper of the Month: The Sea

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Our Paper of the Month for November is The Sea, brought to us by a group of home-schooled teenagers in London. Going by the name Group93, they thought it would be fun to work on a project together, so they printed a very limited edition (10 issue) run of a digital tabloid. The paper was designed with ARTHR and has a loosely nautical theme but they admit ‘it also goes off topic every now and then’. (There’s a skate park review and brownie-making instructions, for example.)

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They’re hoping to print another issue soon and are working on a website to go along with it.

Thanks for printing with us, Group93!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

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Filed under: ARTHR, digital tabloid, Paper of the Month

Duffy Spirits Collection

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Duffy & Partners is a branding and design firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They do all sorts of creative work with clients ranging from Armani to Hallmark. They decided to create a focused portfolio in the form of a classic tabloid to highlight the work they’ve done with wine, beer, and spirits. It’s a handsome little 8-page catalogue with a bit of history about the brands. You can flip through it in The Newsagent.

They were happy with the results and sent through some nice photos we thought we’d share. Cheers!

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Filed under: case studies, classic tabloid

Start spreading the news(papers)

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Sunday Morning founders Daniel Arenas and Vanessa Rueda got married in New York last summer and spread the word through a charming newspaper invite. They printed a soft-hued digital tabloid with hand-drawn maps to wedding locations. Doesn’t it look lovely?

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Thank you for sharing your paper with us!

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Filed under: case studies, weddings

Time at the Bar

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Pubs and newspapers go well together. Photographer Greg Levitt has put together a paper about pubs that we like very much: Time at the Bar is a digital broadsheet chronicling two hundred and thirty shut down pubs in Brighton and Hove. While it’s a shame to see so many handsome pubs abandoned, it’s a lovely thing to have the buildings so carefully memorialised in this publication. The project was recently included in the Brighton Photo Biennial. Greg writes about his newspaper:

Time at the Bar is a photographic typology cataloguing the demise of the traditional British boozer across Brighton & Hove; an observation of the architectural – and psychological – spaces that are left in communities when a pub calls ‘time’ for the final time.

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Using the newspaper format is an attempt to get away from the notion of works of art hung on walls within the stuffy confides of elitist galleries – instead presenting art as a cheaply made and easily affordable mass-produced commodity, with no special worth. The deadpan aesthetic, neutrality of the documentary style and seemingly banal subject matter belies the crumbling fabric of society, hidden behind the facade of these once community-focused locales.

 

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For further information and to see more of Greg’s work, visit his website. Thanks for printing with us!

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Filed under: case studies, digital broadsheet, photography

Designing a Wedding Newspaper

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We’ve seen lots of wedding papers go through our presses lately. Invitations, orders of service, keepsakes for guests– all sorts. We’ve been meaning to write something about making a wedding paper and then we got a message from designer Adam Morris, who put together a digital tabloid newspaper when he got married earlier this year. He’s written an excellent blog post about creating a wedding newspaper, sharing all the thoughtful details that went into his design process. It sums up everything we would want to say, and has some lovely photos to boot. It’s a beautiful memento and great starting point for anyone thinking of making a newspaper for their wedding. Adam says:

We loved putting the newspaper together. It was a lot of effort, and it took a fair while to mastermind. But it was great to re-live our day and share the photos in this unique way with all of our guests. One of them even said it was the best thing they had received in the mail for years!

We really recommend hopping over to Adam’s blog to read the the whole thing. We love reading the stories behind well made papers, and this was a really nice thing to find in our inbox. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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Filed under: case studies, guest blog, Newspaper Stories, weddings

Paper of the Month: Connected

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Our Paper of the Month for October is Connected, a publication concerned with the Internet of Things. The latest issue is a 16-page digital tabloid looking at wearable technology and features essays by clever minds from all fields and backgrounds. Connected is edited by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Ana Bradley (of Designswarm) and Peter Bihr (of The Waving Cat). They tell us more about the newspaper:

We hope to provide insight, analysis and different perspectives into the Internet of Things: what it is, what it could be, what we all want it to be as an industry and a society.

In this issue of Connected, we focus on a subset of the Internet of Things: wearables. Between fitness trackers, health devices and smart watches, there is a lot happening in the space that warrants a closer look at the devices, services and players, as well as at the larger implications on our lives and the industry.

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Through a collection of thoughts, ranging from essays to showcases to info graphics, our authors help draw the landscape of short and long-term challenges and opportunities, document lessons learnt from the pioneers and showcase the most exciting connected products of the past 10 years of development – as well as an outlook on what to expect over the next 10 years.

Connected is for sale in The Newsagent for £9.75. (If you’re outside the UK, you can also buy the newspaper directly through the Connected website). Thank you for printing with us!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

 

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Filed under: case studies, Paper of the Month

Christmas and New Year print times

Merry Christmas from all at Newspaper Club

Here’s a note of our festive opening times. Please plan ahead if you need anything for late December/January, or contact us now if you have any special requirements.

Last print runs

  • Thursday 11 December 2014 – last date for Christmas delivery overseas
  • Tuesday 16 December 2014 – last date for Christmas delivery to UK (except digital minis, last print date on 11 December)
  • Tuesday 30 December 2014 – last print date of 2014

Christmas opening times

Open and printing as usual (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) except:

  • Wednesday 24 December 2014 – closing at 12pm
  • Thursday 25 December 2014 – closed
  • Friday 26 December 2014 – closed

New Year opening times

  • Wednesday 31 December 2014 – closed
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 – closed
  • Friday 2 January 2015 – open

After that everything is back to normal – printing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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We’re Hiring a Ruby on Rails Developer

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We’re looking for a Ruby on Rails Developer to join our small, happy team. If the job description below sounds like you, please get in touch– we’d love to hear from you.  And please help spread the word!

Newspaper Club helps people make and print their own newspapers. Since 2010 we’ve printed over 6 million papers, built a rich Javascript web app (ARTHR) for designing a paper in your browser, launched a print-on-demand marketplace (The Newsagent) and a personalised newspaper service (PaperLater), which launched recently, to much acclaim. Here’s a great blog post from a recent customer of ours.

Our small tech team is now focused on overhauling our site and redeveloping ARTHR to make it even easier for anyone to make their own newspaper. We’re looking for an experienced Ruby and Javascript developer to join us and help build the next generation of Newspaper Club.

We’re looking for someone with 3+ years experience writing modern, tested, production-ready Ruby on Rails code, and a strong interest in object oriented Javascript (ARTHR is primarily built on Backbone.js). You’ll work closely with a small team to develop the next iteration of ARTHR and support development of our core site and services, with our experienced customer service team. You’ll be a pragmatist with a desire to iterate quickly on a product, while balancing that with the need to build well engineered software.

Our main office is in Glasgow with team members also based in Birmingham and London. We use tools like Slack, Skype, and Basecamp to communicate so clear communication skills are a must. Ideally you’d work in one of our existing locations but you could work remotely, with some occasional (expenses paid) travel to one of our offices. The following experience would be useful, but is not required for this position:

• Backbone.js or similar Javascript frameworks.
• Linux server administration experience, including configuration management tools such as Ansible and Chef.
• PDF files, and the printing process in general.

In return, we’ll offer a competitive salary (up to £45k for this position), flexible hours and a relaxed working environment. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an application to jobs@newspaperclub.com describing why you’d be right for the role, with a link to your site, CV, portfolio, GitHub page or similar.

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