Paper of the Month: Picture the Poet

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Our Paper of the Month for September is Picture the Poet, a publication celebrating words and images from North East England. The digital tabloid newspaper is part of a Sunderland-based project that paired local poets with student photographers, in support of the touring Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery:

During the summer holidays Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens ran a photography workshop with eight young people aged 16 – 17 years old from Southmoor Academy in Sunderland. The young people worked with photographers Louise Taylor and Paul Alexander Knox to develop their practical photography skills and learn from Louise and Paul’s professional practice.


The group photographed eight North East poets in selected locations around Sunderland. Their work is featured in this newspaper, as well as being exhibited in the Open Space Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 19th September to 1st November 2015, supporting the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition Picture the Poet. Picture the Poet is a partnership programme between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Literacy Trust, and Apples and Snakes, working in collaboration with six museum partners over three years.


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An exhibition of high quality photographs of living poets has a targeted learning, participation, and audience development programme at each regional venue to increase engagement with creative writing, poetry and photography.

The Picture the Poet exhibition is on show at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens between 19th September and 29th November 2015. For more information, please contact Jennie Lambert, Learning Officer, Sunderland Museums. You can also follow #picturethepoet on social media.

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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.

Shillington Post

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The good guys at Shillington College are renowned for their creative campuses around the world, and have been printing their very own classic tabloidShillington Post, with us since 2014.


Their latest issue of the Post was printed on 55gsm improved stock, and celebrates all things America, playing tribute to a host of their favourite designers, U.S inventions, and student success stories from the Shillington campus in New York City.


Here’s their 2nd issue in all its glory, fresh off the press! Find out more about Shillington and their creative courses on their website, or click around their brilliant blog. Thank you for sharing your publication with us!

Learn more about our Classic Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular size—perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters…the possibilities are endless. Our classic tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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Newscastle Science Comic: Spineless

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Newcastle Science Comic strikes again! The wonderful folks behind Asteroid Belter have teamed up with curators and researchers from Great North Museum: Hancock to produce a bug-centric comic for the museum’s latest exhibition. Spineless is all about invertebrates–where they live, what they do, and why they’re important.


‘We chose to print on newsprint as it’s fun for reader to read and for artists to work with,’ says editor Lydia Wysocki. ‘The traditional mini format is an ideal size for children age 6-10 (and adults too) to read both at the Spineless exhibition and to take home from the museum. It also proved cost-effective for our whopping 20,000 print run.’


Spineless is published by Applied Comics Etc with contributions from illustrators Jess Bradley, Terry Wiley, John Gatehouse, Dave Windett, Emily Rose Lambert, Sigmund Reimann, and Samuel C Williams.

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The Spineless exhibition is on at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle from 1 August-1 November 2015. Both the comic and the exhibition are free.

Learn more about our Traditional Mini newspapers. These booklet-sized newspapers are a great way to tell your story, with the vibrant colours that come from traditional newspaper printing.

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Souplesse: For the Modern Cyclist


Souplesse is a gorgeous digital mini newspaper celebrating the history and visual culture of cycling, published by the design-minded folks behind The Modernist. The magazine is cleverly printed on newsprint so ‘you can stuff it up your jersey after you have read it should you find yourself on a long and cold descent.’ Form and function.


Publisher Eddy Rhead further explains the choice to use newsprint: ‘Newspaper and cycling have a lot of shared history. The three Grand Tours in France, Italy, and Spain all came about as promotional races for newspapers. Traditionally cyclists have been known to stuff newspapers up their shirts on a long mountain descent to keep warm. Newsprint seemed the perfect medium for Souplesse, and a cost effective way of getting a full colour publication. The quality of newsprint is unique and the immediacy of the process is very satisfying.’


Keeping with the focus of The Modernist, the magazine is concerned with the visual culture of cycling, eschewing product reviews and training regimens. Topics for this issue include an architectural history of the Olympic velodrome, photographic study of the British bike fan, and an answer to the burning question of why cyclists shave their legs (“There are few things more visually offensive than a pair of pasty, furry legs pouring out of a pair of bib shorts.”)


Souplesse is very nearly sold out but you may be able to grab one of the last copies in The Modernist’s online shop (and if you’re lucky, a badge that says ‘Fuelled by flapjacks and fizzypop’). Thanks for printing with us!

Learn more about our Digital Mini newspapers. The sweet size for magazines and brochures, and all nicely stapled too. All the fun of a magazine without all of the costs.

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One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres


Sabine Lewandowski is a photographer based in Bremen, Germany. Hundertdreiundvierzig Zentimeter (or One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres in English) is an intimate series of portraits of her younger sister, who has Down Syndrome. The title is a reference to the average height of a person with Down Syndrome, about 4.5 feet.


Sabine collected the portraits in a 60-page digital tabloid newspaper as part of her BA thesis, which explores attitudes towards people with Down Syndrome. She says:

One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of “impairment.” The series addresses social issues everybody finds difficult to answer: how do we deal with strangeness and unfamiliarity within the frame of what society calls “normal.”


My pictures show my view of my wonderful sister and her life. Her heart is so good and she has the ability to sense how others feel and experience emotional connections that are often lacking in our world.


The project was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards earlier this year. You can see more images from One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres, as well as Sabine’s other incredible work, on her website. Thank you for sharing your story with us!


Learn more about our Digital Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product—perfect for wedding invitations, zines, comics, newsletters, catalogues…the possibilities are endless. Print one copy or print hundreds. We deliver worldwide in just a few days.

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I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use


What’s black and white and not read all over? Terms of use, according to a Guardian article reporting that 73% of people don’t study the fine print. This fact prompted graphic designer Cleber de Campos to publish a digital broadsheet newspaper as a ‘typographical critique of things I agreed to without reading.’


I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use was conceived as a university project during Cleber’s studies at UAL: London College of Communication. He recently reprinted the publication for inclusion in a newspaper exhibition at Collectif Blanc in Montreal.


The newspaper presents the terms of use of major social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Twitter) in a new light. By subverting design tactics used to make text undesirable to the reader, Cleber transforms dull writing into a dynamic typographic experiment. His manipulation of type reveals sinister implications behind mundane documents.


Cleber says newsprint was a perfect fit for the nature of the project. He chose a big broadsheet newspaper to contrast the “digital immateriality” of online text. And seeing that text set against the familiar scale of a broadsheet makes the lengthy policies all the more jarring.


I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use is a clever and unsettling study of visual language. And it’s surely the most fun you can have reading terms and conditions.


You can find more of Cleber’s work on his website. Thank you for printing with us!

Learn more about our Digital Broadsheet newspapers. Our biggest format makes a big impression. Great for pull-outs, posters, and portfolios.

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St James’s Correspondent


The last time St. James’s had a local newspaper, Oscar Wilde was writing letters to its editor. After more than a century without its own news source, St. James’s can now boast  The Correspondent as its trusted man on the ground.


The classic tabloid publication, wonderfully designed and art directed by dn&co, is part of a project commissioned by The Crown Estate to rejuvenate the identity of St. James’s. Now in its ninth edition, The Correspondent champions a vibrant local community, showcasing the many independent retailers and restaurants in the area.

As the The Crown Estate explains: ‘Global news is very much big business, but often the important local news, exciting events, and the individual voices and stories of our immediate surroundings get lost.’


You can flip through the latest issue online—36 pages of thoughtful content featuring the Sunspel factory in Derbyshire, the Portland Stone quarries of Dorset, a day in the life of the kitchen at The Ritz, Canadian outdoor clothing company Arc’teryx, the Jermyn Street Theatre, The Bike Rooms, a letter from Dylan Jones, and London’s newest destination, St James’s Market. There’s also photography from Ivan Jones, Josh Shinner, Patricia Niven, and Tian Khee Siong.


The Correspondent is distributed quarterly at Piccadilly Circus, Bond Street, and Green Park London Underground stations and has a readership of over 40,000. The next issue will be out in mid-September. Email for a physical copy and, in the meantime, keep up with the editors on Twitter.


All images courtesy of dn&co

Thank you to dn&co and St. James’s for printing with us!

Learn more about our Classic Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular size—perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters…the possibilities are endless. Our classic tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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Donna Wilson Catalogue

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We printed a delightful catalogue for staff favourite Donna Wilson, purveyor of fine, alliterative creatures like the Curious Capybara and Clumsy Caribou. The classic tabloid catalogue shows off Donna’s range of homewares, textiles, and woolly wonderfulness in all their vibrant colour.


If you’d like a copy of the catalogue sent to your home by post, just send an email to with your name and address.

Learn more about our Classic Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular size—perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters, …the possibilities are endless. Our classic tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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Paper of the Month: Raised Eyebrows #2

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July’s Paper of the Month is Raised Eyebrows #2, from Melbourne-based illustrator Oslo Davis. It’s a digital tabloid collection of Oslo’s witty and understated comics, a welcome follow-up to Raised Eyebrows #1 which he printed with us this time last year.

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Oslo contributes two cartoons a week to Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, as well as a weekly cartoon for his brilliant Overheard feature in The Sunday Age, where he illustrates out-of-context snippets of conversation (a recent comic shows a man in a puffy vest talking into his phone: ‘I got the purple. Will it stay this puffy or die down a bit?’) Oslo has said his jokes ‘start with something that we can all connect to and then just take a step further into the unknown; and hopefully it’s funny.’ We asked Oslo to tell us about his latest collection:

Raised Eyebrows #2 is the second edition of an annual newspaper I do to promote what I do. I am an illustrator and cartoonist for newspapers and magazines worldwide, and this edition of Raised Eyebrows is a roundup of some of the better cartoons I’ve done recently.

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Newspapers as a format are no-nonsese and less-precious than books or glossy magazines. They are accessible, foldable, readable and don’t take themselves too seriously. And because of this they are especially perfect for cartoons.

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Cartoons themselves are, I think, inherently ephemeral and light: you look at them quickly, maybe laugh, then move on. You might even cut them out, stick them on your fridge. And since many of my cartoons appear in local broadsheet newspapers here in Melbourne, producing a collection of my work in my own newspaper made perfect sense.

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You can buy Raised Eyebrows #2 for £6.50 in The Newsagent. Congratulations, Oslo — thank you for printing with us! We’ll look forward to #3 next year.

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.

Some Things I Have Made


Matt Chase is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Washington, DC. He has a wildly varied roster of accomplishments, from designing a cracking guide to Copenhagen for Herb Lester to having the chutzpah to propose a radical rebranding of the United States Postal Service. It’s no surprise, then, that he put together one of the most dynamic and eye-catching portfolios we’ve seen. He chose a digital tabloid to showcase major editorial and illustration projects — we’ll let him explain:

I printed Some Things I Have Made in 2014 as a mailed self-promotion piece, which contains—as the title infers—a whole heap of things I’ve created, over the course of about five years.


My work spans a fairly wide gamut, and I realized that a multi-page mailer would afford far more opportunities to showcase my projects than, say, a simple postcard (which is relatively small and easy to ignore).


The reception was overwhelmingly positive—I had several art directors call me the moment they received the piece, and one Creative Director even mentioned in an e-mail that it was the single best promotion he’d ever been sent. Honestly, I barely expected the piece to garner enough commissions to cover the cost of printing, but I can happily say that it’s paid for itself nearly ten times over.

matt-chase-self-promo-4_1000You can keep up with Matt’s latest projects through his great work journal. Thanks for printing with us, Matt!

Learn more about our Digital Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product — perfect for wedding invitations, zines, comics, newsletters, catalogues…the possibilities are endless. Print one copy or print hundreds. We deliver worldwide in just a few days.

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