Lucky number 7…million!

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What we’re holding here is a very special publication. It’s the order that included our 7 millionth newspaper printed to date! Unbelievable really. It’s made us reflect about how grateful we are for all the newspapers that have passed through our presses and brought us to this impressive milestone. Big, big thanks to all who have printed with us over the years.

Special thanks and a box of treats to Wash Design who created this classic tabloid for Lakes College. The paper will be distributed to thousands of homes around West Cumbria as part of a campaign to promote apprenticeships at Lakes College.

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Instagram rebooted

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We’ve revived our long lost Instagram account! And were happy to discover a whole hashtagged world of papers we’ve printed already in operation. Nice! If you’ve shared your paper, do let us know with an @newspaperclub shout.  We’ll also be sharing some snapshots from our cosy office so if photos of cups of tea are your cup of tea, please follow along.

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21st Century Fortunes

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Manjit Thapp is a student studying illustration in London and this is her delightful newspaper comic. It’s called 21st Century Fortunes and was created in response to a brief on the theme of ‘conversation.’ It’s a great interaction between a cunning psychic and her beguiled client.

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It’s a clever and beautifully drawn story and you can read the whole thing on Cargo Collective.

 

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Manjit posts her illustrations and works in progress on her blog A Thousand Daisies and it’s well worth a visit. Thanks for printing with us!

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No Artificial Colours

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We have a fondness for a certain tube-dispensed chocolate round here so we instinctively caught out No Artificial Colours in The Newsagent. It’s a digital broadsheet of images printed in the distinctive 8-colour palette of Nestle’s Smarties and comes with this enticing proposal: ‘With enough Smarties at one’s disposal – and room – the images can be reproduced by swapping pixels for Smarties.’ London-based designer Roberto Christen is the mind behind the project. He says:

No Artificial Colours is a feed of geo-tagged photographs of everyday things. Each photo is cropped square and downsampled into the playful 8-colour palette of Nestle’s popular Smarties sugar-coated chocolate discs.

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Two hundred and ten photos from the photo feed (some dating back several years) were chosen and printed on newsprint as a digital broadsheet journal. Unpacking and unfolding the journal yields three posters (52cm wide and 75cm tall) with a grid of 70 photos each.

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No Artificial Colours has its own website where you can scroll through all of the images. Thanks for printing your clever paper with us, Roberto!

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How do you like your eggs?

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…With a tiny, unexpected newspaper tucked in the carton, naturally. A nice touch from Vital Farms in Austin.

This has been a dispatch from the far-flung Texas branch of Newspaper Club.

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Bad Transport Poetry

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As it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow we thought we’d share a bit of poetry. Not that sort of poetry —  bad transport poetry, rather. Giles Turnbull spends a good deal of time on trains and buses and has taken to composing poetry about it. He’s published some of these poems together in a newspaper, a collection that he says is not always ‘bad transport’ poetry, but usually bad ‘transport poetry’. (Only it’s actually sort of brilliant.) He tells us how his newspaper came about:

Bad Transport Poetry is a collection of short, terrible poems about public transport. I spend quite a lot of my time on buses and trains because I work in London and live near Bath, and spend a few days in each every week.

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It started as a publication for Little Printer, a clever gadget that printed things out when the internet told it to. You could use it for all sorts of fun things, and lots of people did. At first I thought making a publication for LP would be beyond me, but I read these instructions by Phil Gyford and realised it would actually be pretty simple. All I needed was something to publish.

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That’s where the awful poetry comes in.

I took inspiration from the Vogons, who as everyone knows write the third worst poetry in the galaxy, and sought to apply the same method to bus routes and Tube delays. It seems to have worked out quite well.

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While Little Printer was still active, subscribers to Bad Transport Poetry (almost two dozen of them! Imagine!) got a fresh new ghastly verse delivered to them automatically, every Wednesday morning. Despite my efforts to make the poetry worse as time went on, no-one unsubscribed. Or if they did, they didn’t bother to tell me. But then, why would you?

Anyway. Sadly, Little Printer faded away and I wondered what I could do with this pile of appalling rhyme. So I made a newspaper.

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I imagine it might be the sort of thing people could read on the loo. Honestly, it’s really really bad.

With that kind of endorsement surely you want to buy a copy of Bad Transport Poetry from The Newsagent for £5? Thanks for printing with us, Giles!

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Food for thought

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Here’s a charming newspaper we printed recently. Le Flaneur is a thoughtful classic tabloid produced through a collaboration between The School Life and Le Pain Quotidien. The publication was introduced at a ‘philosophy breakfast’ held recently in Canary Wharf to discuss some great thinkers’ thoughts on food and wine.

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The cheery paper was designed by Lisa Sjukur of Studio April, who has this to say about the project:

Le Flaneur is a light-hearted quarterly newspaper filled with articles on free time, fresh philosophical ideas, friendship and food. It was commissioned to ensure customers feel comfortable spending their time sitting, thinking, and talking — creating a genuine ‘community spirit’.

Articles cover the importance of staring out the window, cafe culture and existentialism, and why conversations are so boring. There’s even a crossword!

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And it’s free — while supplies last, of course. Available at Le Pain Quotidien locations around London.

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All Change at Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club is about to enter its fifth year of trading and looking back, it’s amazing how far we’ve come. We’re not really a start-up any more, but a stable, thriving business with staff in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Texas, and customers all over the world.

Having got to this happy stage, our founders Russell Davies, Ben Terrett and Tom Taylor have decided to sell their shares in the business to Sharman & Company Ltd. Their vision and expertise turned the whimsical idea of printing newspapers in a digital age into a proper going concern. Somehow they surfed a tide that appeared to be going in the opposite direction and five years on, print is still very much alive. Their departure makes way for more focused, long term owners to take it to the next level.

Sharman’s are a Peterborough based family business who have been printing newspapers since the 1800s. We have worked closely with them since day one, and their experience and professionalism has helped to make Newspaper Club the company it is today.

Mark and James Sharman are now on our Board of Directors, with Mark becoming our Chair. Tom is staying on as a non-executive director, while he takes up a new, exciting position with Moo (back in our old building) and David Moore joins us to spearhead our tech plans for the future. Gareth Williams stays on as non-executive director and all other roles stay the same.

Although this is a big development, it’s relatively smooth for the business, with no major changes to our day to day running or products. We have a lot planned for this year and are looking forward to getting on with it all. Onwards and upwards!

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Two wheels good

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CycleHack is a grassroots movement that promotes accessible cycling. They come up with all sorts of clever ‘hacks’ that make getting around on a bike a bit easier for everyone — we love the Penny In Yo Pants solution for cycling in a skirt. The CycleHack team recently published a digital tabloid newspaper about their project and you can read the full issue online. Sarah Drummond is the group’s Director of Design and she writes to tell us about putting together the publication:

CycleHack recently published their annual for 2014 with Newspaper Club.  We’re a 48-hour global event that looks to reduce barriers to cycling by bringing people together to prototype solutions that solve these, set up by Sarah Drummond, Matthew Lowell and Johanna Holtan.  In 2014 we brought over 100 people together in Glasgow and concurrently ran the hack in Beirut and Melbourne.  In 2015 we go truly global with over 40 cities signed up to run CycleHack.

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We chose to work with Newspaper Club and the newsprint medium because it adds that extra special tangibility to what you’re doing.  At the end of each hack our participants upload their prototype examples to an online catalogue to share with the world, we wanted to bring that into newspaper form to allow people to browse and create an annual of sorts for documenting CycleHack on a yearly basis.

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The process of producing the newspaper focused us as a team to sit down and think, ‘what do we want to say about who we are?’.

It was tough and cathartic and over and above the content on the hacks we produced, really forced us to say ‘What do we do? How do we present ourselves?’  The production of the newspaper led to a larger critique of our business model, our narrative and our presentation.

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Our papers have gone like hot-cakes with everyone who sees a copy in our studio asking to have one.  In a world where emails, PDFs, websites are sent to us, and our spam folders countless times a day, using Newspaper club has ensured we retain that little something special about our content that people take the time to find out about.

If you’re a cyclist you can keep up with CycleHack on Twitter. Thanks for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Archive + Estate

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Our Paper of the Month for January is Archive+Estate, a limited edition series of papers that ‘seek out the hidden and reveal the intriguing.’ It’s a clever collaboration between two creatives — photographer Andy Weekes and graphic designer John Dowling. So far they’ve printed four digital tabloids exploring very different subjects, from the moody landscape of Glencoe to a look inside Lincoln Cathedral. It’s all black-and-white photography, which looks very dramatic in newsprint, and you can buy three of the editions in The Newsagent right now. More to come, we hope. Here’s what John says:

Our initial intention was to produce limited edition papers which satisfied our own curiosities. Self-initiated projects which allowed us the control and creative flair to run with an idea without having to be slave to the brief or client.

 

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As things developed we used Archive+Estate as a vehicle to gain access to places and locations which weren’t always available to the general public. The big attraction from our point of view is visiting our favourite destinations and seeing things which have been hidden away from view for one reason or another, allowing us to reveal and share our experiences.

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It really is a ‘not for profit’ scheme as we normally put together a paper for the person or location that allowed us access as a free gift – a way of saying thank you – with the intention hopefully that they will love it so much they will do an extended print run which they pay Newspaper Club directly for.

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This is why the idea of designing it as a newspaper and working with Newspaper Club is a perfect match. We can do a very small limited run, normally around 50 copies as a way of ‘selling’ the idea, and then maybe print an additional 2,000 like we recently did for the National Trust Workhouse at Southwell, for them to give away to their visitors. At the end of the day everyone is happy and we’ve had fun creating something new and hopefully inspiring for people to enjoy.

Thanks 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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