Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

Last week we were in Austin, Texas to speak at SXSW Interactive. We also went to hear other talks, to meet up with friends and to investigate taking Newspaper Club to America.

We thought it would be a good idea to print a newspaper while we were there and seeing as our panel was at the end of the week we thought we would include content generated during the conference.

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing contained articles kindly written for us by Matt Jones, Bobbie Johnson, Clay Shirky, Warren Ellis, Dan Hill and James Bridle.

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

Chris Heathcote made a Buzz Word Bingo for our panel, David McCandless sent us a beautiful infographic, we included some Noticings from the week and we added a Walking Paper for Austin.

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

But my favourite bit was the centre spread. Foursquare and SimpleGeo very kindly gave us some anonymous checkin data from which Michal from Stamen made this gorgeous map of foursquare checkins during the conference. If you checked in on Monday, this was in the centre spread on Tuesday afternoon.

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

To make the newspaper we found this little nook inside the conference centre and set up a mini BRIG studio for two days.

BRIG, SXSW Edition

BRIG, SXSW Edition

The panel seemed to go really well and people seemed to like the newspaper which we handed out at the end.

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For a blog post

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Because our panel had Spime in the title, Bruce Sterling himself turned up. Luckily Twitter seemed to think he liked it.

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One of the things we spoke about was analogue friction. Problems you encounter when making stuff in the real world as opposed to just on the web. We experienced this first hand as we neared the deadline for our newspaper just as Ev Williams started his keynote.

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First they nicked Michal’s chair.

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Then Engineering started to feel the pressure.

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Then we tried to upload the files just as all the @ev’s brought the conference wifi to a halt. Eventually we had to go outside and upload via Michal’s MiFi.

Stamen / Newspaper Club upload race

We made it just in time.

Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing

We had a great time. Thanks to everyone who helped with the paper and thanks to everyone who came along to the panel.

Posted by Ben | Comments (9)

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9 Comments

  1. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 at 7:06 pm
    Jens Permalink

    This is such an inspiration.

  2. […] our moderator Molly Wright Steenson. Chris has written up his introduction and Ben has written up Newspaper Club’s excellent contribution. I did “the books bit” and my notes are […]

  3. […] are perfect for this type of process, flipping constantly between screen and paper (and indeed the experiments at SXSW have begun to explore this), but what I’ve come to realise is that I need the process to take place at many scales. What […]

  4. […] Engineering Dept are currently on a mini-tour of the US, following SXSW (see previous). Somewhere on a mammoth train journey between San Francisco and New York, they managed to find the […]

  5. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 at 11:39 pm
    Gutenberg 2.0 | Media | Il Post Permalink

    […] in un giornale formato tabloid i post più belli che i suoi amici avevano pubblicato in rete, Things our friends sent us for printing. Scoprendo quanto può essere economico stampare nelle grandi tipografie in certi orari, ha pensato […]

  6. […] mate Ross recently returned from SXSW where he saw a newspaper called Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing. It was a collection of articles by people like Clay Shirky and Warren Ellis but it was also the […]

  7. […] recently attended South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, I noticed the free newspaper ‘Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing’, published by The Newspaper Club. It contained articles by people like Warren Ellis and Clay […]

  8. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 at 5:03 am
    Ross Floate Permalink

    You guys have been a major inspiration to our project. Our “thing” is very different, but the spark certainly came from seeing your paper at SXSW.

  9. […] Austin, Texas, and one component of that is the Interactive Festival. I saw this newspaper called Things Our Friends Sent Us For Printing, which was basically a small, I think a 12 page newspaper put out by a group called the Newspaper […]

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