Monday, December 9th 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year– a new issue of UC. Quarterly is out! It’s issue number three, and looks just as smart as the first two issues we printed for Austin-based design team UnderConsideration. As with the previous issues, each copy of UC. Quarterly comes wrapped in its own unique, hand-stamped cover, salvaged from their letterpress makereadys.
UC. Quarterly is a traditional mini gathering together projects published across UnderConsideration’s network of blogs, which for this latest issue means hand-drawn menus, Japanese manhole covers and Jupiler beer coasters modified by typographers are all featured. You can have a look through the Flickr set for more images of the new issue, or watch their lovely wee preview video to get an idea of what’s inside:
We asked founder Armin Vit if he had anything more to say about it:
By now, the third issue, we’ve worked out most of the kinks and issues in coordinating the sizes and thicknesses of the bodies with the covers that can come from up to five different printers. We’ve also minimized the time it takes to hand-assemble and print the covers with unconventional tricks.
For example: the rubber bands need to be stretched slightly so that they lose some of their tension and not crumple the covers; we used to stretch 3 or 5 at a time with our hands, now we take 15 or 20 at a time, hook them to a fire extinguisher outside our house and pull them all at once, using gloves since the bands leave a lot of residue when stretched. Fun, right?!
UC. Quarterly 3 is available in the UnderConsideration webshop while supplies last and you can keep up with UnderConsideration on Twitter.
Friday, December 6th 2013
We’ve been writing a lot about portfolios and professional projects here lately, so thought it was time to feature something a bit different. Joanna Goddard is a regular customer ‘with many hats!’ as she says, and one of those hats is acting as Chair of the Parent Council Communication Group for Broughton High School in Edinburgh. Joanna recently printed the traditional tabloid Inside Broughton High School using ARTHR and had some kind words to say about the design process:
I find Newspaper Club not only a cost effective way to communicate with our school and local community, but also a super tool for collaborating. When acting as a member of the Parent Council it’s not like when I am running my own business and can fire ahead and decide on layout and content. When supporting a community project you often need to consult a team of people for their views. I was able to easily guide a number of people who had never used a design tool before to navigate it and collaborate remotely on finalising our paper.
The first edition has had overwhelmingly positive feedback from pupils, parents and local businesses. Inside Broughton High School will be a regular local newspaper in future!
It’s great to see ARTHR used to build a successful community project. Lovely stuff! Joanna has also used ARTHR to design a newspaper for her own business Estate Life and The Knowledge for law firm Young & Partners– it seems ARTHR can wear many hats as well. Thank you for printing with us Joanna!
Thursday, December 5th 2013
We spent last weekend as a sponsor at the amazing Thought Bubble Festival. It’s a fantastic gathering of comic artists and fans held in the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
We set up camp in New Dock Hall and gave out stickers and specially printed newspapers for people to draw on. We set a little challenge where the most inventive drawing wins a £50 voucher.
It was great to see visitors letting their imagination run wild. If you picked up a paper remember to send it back to us by 8th December for a chance to win.
Tuesday, December 3rd 2013
November’s Paper of the Month is Neutrality vs. Sensationalism by Brighton-based illustrator and designer Jamie Eke. Jamie made the most of his digital tabloid and published two newspapers in one, for a clever typography project examining standards of journalism. One side up the newspaper presents an illustrated alphabet depicting stories from The Independent; flip it round for The Sun. Two different worlds across one spread.
Neutrality vs. Sensationalism was recently exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in London. Jamie had this to say about the project:
[It] explores the contrast in nature of news coverage by the British quality press (broadsheets) and the British popular press (tabloids). The typefaces both represent the month of April, 2012 – each character embodies a front page story; A = 1st, B = 2nd etc. – however one corresponds to The Independent and the other to The Sun. The illustrations serve to demonstrate the contrast in priorities, including the much higher degree of personalisation evident in tabloids – containing many reports of individuals’ (usually celebrities) circumstances and ordeals – as opposed to accounts of extended processes found in broadsheets.
Jamie is also selling large format (60x80cm) limited edition prints of each of the typefaces, which come along with a copy of the newspaper. Get in touch with him at email@example.com if you’d like to buy one.
For a closer look at the newspaper, and to see more of Jamie’s work, visit his website. Congratulations Jamie and thanks again for printing with us!
About Paper of the Month
Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in our Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.
Friday, November 29th 2013
A few months ago we wrote about My Favo(u)rite Magazine, a project in support of creative director Bob Newman. Since then the newsprint publication has been read all around the world, from Tokyo to Ipanema Beach. Bob has been collecting photos of the well-travelled My Favo(u)rite Magazine and posting them in a massively lovely series of photosets on his Tumblr. He was recently interviewed by Magculture and had this to say about My Favo(u)rite Magazine and its role in his recovery:
The process of taking and collecting snapshots has been amazing. It started with the illustrator Brook Meinhardt, who lives on Orcas Island in Puget Sound between Seattle and Vancouver. She posted hers on my Facebook page, and it took off from there. We’ve gotten them from babies, 90-year-old friends of my mom’s, dogs and cats, and everyone in-between. And there are people like the illustrator and art director Neil Gower who took his copy all over London, photographing it in the British Museum and in various offices and studios.
Obviously the My Favo(u)rite Magazine project is important to me personally because it’s raising a significant amount of medical and living expenses funding for myself and my family. Of course I’m very grateful for that. But in addition, the process of collecting the photographs and promoting the project has been great therapy for me. It helped me get back into online posting and communicating, something that my doctors kept stressing was essential to my recovery…I hope that we can continue to get and share pictures from My Favo(u)rite Magazine, and again I want to thank everyone involved for making such a significant contribution to my recovery.
We’ve loved seeing all the support for this project and finally got around to taking our own photo for Bob’s collection. Hullo from the Glasgow office!
Copies of My Favo(u)rite Magazine are available from the Magculture shop. And you can keep up with Bob and his ongoing recovery on his Twitter and Facebook page.
Wednesday, November 27th 2013
We started printing digital broadsheets just over a month ago, and we’ve had some brilliant orders coming in since then. Here’s one that caught our eye: a collection of Swedish-inspired graphics from Connor Campbell, a design student based in Edinburgh.
The newspaper documents visual inspiration from a trip to Gothenburg and it’s a neat intersection of portfolio and postcard. We asked Connor to tell us a bit about his project, and why he chose to create a newsprint souvenir:
As a graphic design student I am always on the look out for new and interesting formats for print. After recently visiting the excellent city of Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of a university project where I had to spend 48 hours somewhere that was new and unfamiliar to me, I was drawn in by a number of things which were visually inspiring.
I wanted to create a publication of some sorts which reflected my trip, and I felt newsprint was definitely a great way of presenting this, allowing for the semi-transparent nature of the paper to create some really interesting effects. The digital broadsheet was perfect for giving the bold impression that I wanted for readers, as it is absolutely massive! These guys did a fantastic job of printing, especially under the crazy time limit that I had, and I now have a complete visual piece of work to remember the city of Gothenburg by. Amazing!
A novel use for a broadsheet and it’s great to see the transparency of newsprint, sometimes problematic when printing bold graphics, turned into a really lovely feature of this newspaper.
You can have a look at Connor’s newspaper in our Newsagent and see more of his work on his website. Tack for printing with us!
Monday, November 25th 2013
We popped into Guardian Coffee earlier to take a look at the Long Good Read issue 4, available today. It’s brilliant to see how far it’s come in just a few issues. (Find out more about the project.)
There’s a great selection of articles from all sections of the Guardian: from Doctor Who to Pussy Riot to Proteus.
This time round we’ve tried to explain what’s going on under the hood, with a natty centre spread designed by Ralph (at the top of this post).
For each article we’ve unpacked the reasons for including it in the paper, showing how the algorithm (and sometimes the editor) makes its selection.
Pick up your copy this week, for free, from #guardiancoffee in Shoreditch. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Tuesday, November 19th 2013
Here’s a note of our festive opening times. Because of the way the holidays fall this year we have fewer festive print runs than usual. 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 5 December 2013 – last date for Christmas delivery overseas
- Thursday 12 December 2013 – last date for Christmas delivery to UK
- Thursday 19 December 2013 – last print date of 2013
Christmas opening times
- Monday 23 December 2013 – open
- Tuesday 24 December 2013 – closing at 12pm
- Wednesday 25 December 2013 – closed
- Thursday 26 December 2013 – closed
- Friday 27 December 2013 – open
New Year opening times
- Monday 30 December 2013 – open
- Tuesday 31 December 2013 – closed
- Wednesday 1 January 2014 – closed
- Thursday 2 January 2014 – open, printing at 2pm
- Friday 3 January 2014 – open
After that everything is back to normal – printing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, November 12th 2013
The second edition of our publishing experiment with The Guardian, ‘The Long Good Read’ is printed and available from the #guardiancoffee shop.
The Long Good Read is a collection of articles, selected using data about the most read articles from the Guardian website. The paper is edited by Dan Catt, you can read about how he’s put it together in the paper or on his blog post ‘On Algorithmic Newspapers and Publishing‘.
The second edition shows how the experiment is already starting to take on its own character, the cover art is a data-visualisation of when The Guardian publishes articles and there is a very nice bit of art-direction, with this spread:
It nicely demonstrates how the freedom afforded by a single art-director/editor can yield engaging results.
If you’re in Shoreditch pick up a copy.