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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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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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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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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Face Me

9Poppy Skelley is an illustrator who recently finished her final year at Cambridge School of Art. She put together a digital tabloid newspaper called FACE ME, a fine collection of faces drawn over the course of her studies. Her lovely black-and-white drawings look great in newsprint, and we asked her to tell us a bit about her work:

FACE ME is a self-initiated project based on the topic of the face. I was researching into masks, faces and sculptures for a project that I was doing at university where I intended to create my own 3D busts out of clay. I had a lot of sketches and illustrations from museums and books that I produced throughout my project and I wanted to display them in some way.

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Printing through Newspaper Club was the ideal way to show my collection of illustrations and I found the online layout tool ARTHR really useful for playing around with page layout and page order.

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This paper also includes sketches made at home of my friends, self-portraits and faces drawn from my imagination. I am continuously drawing people and faces and it seems to be something that captures my interest and inspires me.

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The illustrations are produced using black and white gouache paints, pencils and pens.  I usually work with a lot of colour and texture in my illustrations, so it was a challenge to put together something that was black and white. It proved to be refreshing to work in a different way to what I am used to and I am very happy with the printed result.

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You can buy prints of Poppy’s drawings, including sketches from FACE ME, in her online shop. She keeps a very lovely illustration blog, too. Thanks for printing with us, Poppy!

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WASPS Open Studios

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This weekend (25th & 26th October) our studio complex South Block in Glasgow will be taking part in Wasps Open Studios. We printed a traditional mini brochure for the event, which has been happening at Wasps studio spaces around Scotland all this month:

Throughout October artists within Wasps’ Studios across Scotland will be providing visitors with a behind the scenes look at how they develop and make the high quality works on offer within Scotland’s galleries, museums and public spaces.

As part of GENERATION, a nationwide celebration of the past 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, the 2014 edition of Wasps Open Studios will include a specially devised programme of talks, events and workshops from well-known and emergent artists. Wasps Open Studios first started in 2002. Since then, the event has attracted nearly 50,000 visitors. Its success shows a real appetite for audiences to learn more about how and why artists make their work.

Visitors have unrivalled opportunities to meet artists in their place of work and to gain a greater understanding of studio practice- a vital aspect of the creative process. Around 250 artists will open their studio doors to showcase the broad range of creative practices that Wasps’ supports. Wasps Open Studios is a nationwide event and one that celebrates the diversity of studio communities across ages, art-forms, practice and experience. It will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Irvine, Selkirk, Kirkcudbright and Newburgh.

Wasps regularly welcome those who are keen to learn about contemporary visual and applied arts and this year’s event will include events of interest to children, young people and school groups, international visitors and arts professionals, local residents, families and higher education students. Join us at Wasps Open Studios 2014 to celebrate this wealth of talent across the country!

South Block will be hosting artists’ talks and live screen printing– visit the Wasps website to see a full list of the events happening at South Block. Tickets are free but very limited so best to book online if you want to take part. Hope to see you there!

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The Daily Veil

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Adele and Steve were married in March and they printed their order of service as a digital tabloid newspaper — The Daily Veil. The paper was even handed out before the ceremony by their very own flat-capped newsboy, Adele’s nephew. Adele and Steve have shared some photos from the day and written a bit about putting the paper together:

When it came to choosing our order of service design we wanted something unique and that would set the tone for the wedding right from the start. I had a vision of all of our guests holding newspapers whilst singing in the church and I instantly knew it was the right way to go.

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The trickiest bit was the content and the design, we really wanted to create a newspaper feel but yet keep some of the church traditions that you come to expect at a wedding. (We also knew we had to keep the vicar happy otherwise our newspapers would be a waste!)

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Once uploaded and sent to Newspaper Club they arrived in super speedy time and we absolutely loved them! So I whipped up a bag for my newspaper boy (nephew) and we were ready to go!

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On the day itself our newspaper boy was on fine form playing his vital role and everyone loved them. They are great as a keepsake and we know that any wedding we go to in the future no one will outdo our lovely papers!

Congratulations to Adele and Steve and thank you for printing such a special newspaper with us!

We’ve written about a few other lovely wedding papers on our blog and there’s a fine collection under the ‘wedding’ tag in The Newsagent.

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Noir newsprint menu for Bang Bang Canteen

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Here’s an unusual thing to see in newsprint: a menu for ‘Noodle Noir’ restaurant Bang Bang Vietnamese Canteen in London. Arm and Eye creative studio came up with the idea of printing a digital tabloid menu as part of a film noir dining concept. We love the idea of a restaurant full of diners holding up newspapers and asked Arm and Eye to tell us more:

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Vietnamese restaurateurs David Le and Jimmy Yeung commissioned us to rebrand their new restaurant situated on Warren street in the heart of central London. Using the name Bang Bang as a starting point we have created what can only be described as the first ever ‘Noodle Noir.’ This hard-boiled film noir story is told in fractured pieces across the restaurants menus, napkins, social media, and a huge graphic artwork spread across one entire wall of the restaurant.

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The menu is a list of the amazing Vietnamese street food that David and Jimmy have carefully selected from dishes that they encountered on their travels. It also acts as an introduction to the story and the characters in this twisting tale of mobsters, double crossing and soft shell crab.

The Napkin has a lipstick kiss with a phone number scrawled on it. Calling the number takes you to a message left by one of the characters. Plenty of other clues are also hidden in the restaurant, and the canteen itself features in several key scenes.

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The plot plays out across social media with additional scenes, character back stories and clues revealed over the upcoming months. You can of course just go and enjoy the great Vietnamese cuisine on offer, or maybe delve a bit deeper and see what you can discover.

You can see more clever work from Arm and Eye on their website and see what’s cooking behind the scenes at Bang Bang on the restaurant’s Instagram. Thanks for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Medea/Worn

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We recently printed our 6 millionth (!) newspaper but we’re still constantly being surprised by new and imaginative uses for newsprint. Our Paper of the Month for September is a perfect example: Medea/Worn is a script for an original play printed in the style of a 1950s dress pattern. It’s a beautiful piece of work, printed as two separate digital tabloids that are folded together. The paper was designed by writer and illustrator Emily Juniper, who was just nominated for Best New Playwright in the Off West End awards. We asked Emily to tell us more about project:

Medea/Worn is a limited edition, illustrated script, designed to look and feel like a 1950s dress pattern.  I explored the narrative of Medea’s bloody decision by giving voice to her wedding gown. I wanted to give voice to her wedding gown, as it turned from innocent dress to murder weapon. I wanted this transition to act as a vehicle for Medea to explore her justification and anguish as she considers the consequences of her horrific notion, that she must slay her own children in order to punish Jason completely for his treachery.

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I hand-made pocket-gusset envelopes, risograph printed by Ditto Press, which you must tear open to discover the folded sheets of newsprint within.  The quality of paper was so important to me, and the Newspaper Club allowed me to produce pages that really look and feel like the real thing.

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I’m currently studying for an MA in Illustration and Authorial Practice at Falmouth University.  When I was commissioned by The Faction Theatre Company to write a version of Medea, I felt it was a great project to combine with my exploration of illustration.

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I wanted to create a space for the play text that would utilise the performative quality of paper and also exploit the intimate encounter of the book as an object.

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As the new character in Medea was going to be her gown, I chose to set my poetic text against the schematic drawings of a dress pattern.  I loved the tension between the dense words and economical drawings.

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I sourced vintage patterns and created a grid for my words.  As Medea begins to lose her mind, the formal structures of the pattern disintegrate and the final page, when she has made the decision to kill her children, is blank.

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My hope is that the mathematical lines and shapes provide the same canvas for the imagination as is employed when unpicking metaphors or similes in prose.  Which is why this seemingly disparate connection between poetry and schematic drawings can be made.  The drawn lines in the pattern are compared to the folds and falling of fabric, but one is ink on a page and one is a three dimensional object. The conjuring act involved in this might be compared to the way Shakespeare describes winter branches as Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. The writer asks the reader to perform an act of poetic creation. This is what an illustrator is doing with ink lines on the page.  It is not the same thing as the object, yet it invokes it.

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Congratulations Emily, and thank you for sharing your brilliant project 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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