Some Things I Have Made

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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.

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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).

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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.

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The Extra Terrestrial

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It’s the classic story of boy meets girl meets probing aliens. The Extra Terrestrial is a digital tabloid comic from illustrator Alicia Jennings, who just finished up her degree at the University of Hertfordshire. (Her final project was a lovely study of cabbie’s shelters in London.)

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Alicia created her illustrations with newsprint in mind, explaining that she used bold, clear lines and a limited colour palette to suit the medium. The result is a simple story presented beautifully — an encouraging case of manipulating constraints to your favour.

 

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Looking for more illustrated newspapers?  We’ve written about some of our favourites here on the blog and you can browse even more in The Newsagent. Thinking of printing your own illustrated newspaper? Request a sample or get in touch with us at support@newspaperclub.com with any questions — we’re happy to help.

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The Collector

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Here’s a charming project: London-based designer Fiona Gacki printed a digital tabloid newspaper of old family photos and illustrated the cameras used to take them. The effect is a poignant layer of context — obsolete cameras alongside fleeting moments. Fiona writes:

I wanted my newspaper to showcase my personal collection of cameras that have been passed down to me through the family, next to photos that were taken with them, capturing small moments in my family history. I feel that printing a newspaper really enhances the old photos and helps capture the different eras in history.

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The newspaper showcases cameras from each era ranging from the 40s to the 80s — cameras such as the Six-20 Popular Brownie, Polaroid Land Camera J66, Olympus 35RC, and the Prinz Autowind 3000 Tele. My personal favourite camera is the Kodak Brownie 127 from the 50s.

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You can see more of Fiona’s work on Behance. Thanks for printing with us, Fiona!

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Paper of the Month: Way Over Where

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Paper of the Month for June is Way Over Where from photographer Winnie Au. She filled a mini newspaper with big, bold colours and holy smokes: it looks amazing. Winnie’s work has appeared in all sorts of publications, from Bon Appetit to Modern Farmer, and she has a long client list to keep in touch with — which is where a newspaper comes in. Winnie tells us more:

I’m a NYC-based photographer and love sending out printed promos to photo editors, art buyers, and clients throughout the year. It’s a great way to keep in touch with people through something more tactile than an email. And I really love the creative process of putting promos together.

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I printed a newsprint photography promo Wander Over With through Newspaper Club last year and received such a good response that I decided to create a second edition of my photography zine.

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This one is called Way Over Where, and it takes you on a visual journey through the homes and workspaces of various people who I photographed throughout the past year. I’m lucky enough to get to work with very talented artists, musicians, designers, chefs, and dogs all over the US.

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To create the zine, I started by going through and selecting my best images from the past year for the promo. Next I worked with a designer through several layouts and revisions until we had the right pacing, content, and overall feeling.

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The printed copies just came in (yay!) We printed a run of 1,000 and are going to ship 500 to editors, art buyers and art directors, and the rest will be kept on hand as leave behinds.

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If you would like a copy of Way Over Where, shoot me an email at me@winniewow.com. To view more images visit winniewow.com

A big thank you to Newspaper Club for the feature!

Congratulations Winnie and 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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Embrace Annual Report

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We recently printed a beautiful Annual Report for Embrace, a nonprofit organisation ‘committed to advancing maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world’s most vulnerable populations.’  The report covers the organisation’s impact and growth over the past year, but it’s not just financials — interspersed throughout are photographs and first-person stories from mothers in developing countries whose lives have been impacted by Embrace. It’s a lovely, inspiring publication.

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The Annual Report was designed by Advocate Creative, an award-winning creative agency working with nonprofits, social ventures, and causes. Art Director Jessie McGrath tells us more about the project:

The 2014 Embrace Annual Report highlights the incredible work they are doing to reduce newborn mortality rates in countries around the world by integrating technology with training and education to support health workers and families in low-resource settings.

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We wanted the design to capture the texture and immediacy of the stories from the field featured throughout the annual report, and the Newspaper Club traditional mini provided the perfect format and aesthetic to accomplish this. We are thrilled with the printing, and happy to be able to tell about the important work Embrace is doing through such a distinctive format.

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A thoughtfully-made newspaper that conveys the vision of a remarkable organisation. Thank you for printing with us!

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The Mancunian Way

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If your city were home to a building called the Toast Rack, wouldn’t you be proud? Illustrator Jacob Phillips sure is, and he’s published The Mancunian Way to prove it. It’s a limited edition digital tabloid zine celebrating Manchester’s charms — ‘from the heavy grey skies, right down to the grease-blotted paper on the ground outside your favourite takeaway.’

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With a collection of Manchester-centric work from illustrators, writers, photographers, and designers, The Mancunian Way is a diverse and delightful publication (complete with ‘Dress a Manc’ paper dolls and requisite Morrissey portraits). Each copy of the zine comes signed and numbered — and includes an original sketch.

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You can skim The Mancunian Way in The Newsagent or order a copy from Jacob’s online shop. Thank you for printing with us!

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Voyage of the Friendly Floatees

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In 1992, a shipment of nearly 30,000 Friendly Floatees rubber toys was washed overboard a container ship. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracked the Floatees for years, using their movements as the basis for his models of ocean currents. Beachcombers reported sightings on the shores of Hawaii and the Gulf of Alaska, and Floatees were even discovered frozen in Arctic ice.

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Illustration student Rachel Cook loved this story (who wouldn’t?) and created a series of paper cut outs of the Friendly Floatees for a university project. She imagined their journey with her delightful illustrations and collected them in a digital tabloid newspaper.

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Rachel had some kind words to say about the process: ‘I am so incredibly happy with the final outcome from Newspaper Club. I will definitely be coming back to hopefully make some more quirky newspapers. The quality of  print is fantastic. I had a good idea of the size and colours that the newspaper would be as you can order a free sample which has pretty much everything you will need to know before sending to print.’

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Thanks for printing with us, Rachel!

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Welcome to Leipzig

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When illustrator Rachel McParland visited Leipzig, she filled her sketchbook with her favourite aspects of the city: ‘the buildings, the history, the bikes, and even the pretzels!’ She used the illustrations in her response to a Student YCN Brief for Airbnb encouraging people to ‘belong anywhere’ — and chose a digital tabloid newspaper to showcase her work.

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‘I wanted to show Leipzig off, show it as the vibrant colourful city that it truly is,’ she tells us.  ‘I created a series of watercolour illustrations of all the things I felt people should know about or pay attention to in Leipzig.’ The result is Welcome to Leipzig — a lovely travel journal pointing out the type of delightful landmarks that an M. Sasek book would celebrate (the zoo, the choir hall, Bach’s burial place).

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Rachel is selling her wonderful view of Leipzig in The Newsagent and you can see more of her work on her website. Thank you for printing with us, Rachel  and happy travels!

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Monday toons

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Craghoppers – our 8,000,000th newspaper!

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That right there is the 8,000,000th newspaper we’ve printed. Crikey!

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We like to celebrate these milestones with a little present for the customer who orders the millionth mark paper. This time it was travel outfitters Craghoppers. They printed a classic tabloid newspaper made in conjunction with outdoor retailer Blacks to promote Craghoppers products in their stores. It looks great, and is available in all 75 Blacks stores throughout the UK for the next month.

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Thanks to Craghoppers and everyone else who has printed with us and kept our presses so busy!

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