Love Your Bike Portsmouth

Claire Sambrook teaches at The University of Portsmouth and is helping organise the Love Your Bike event in Portsmouth tomorrow. They’ve made a newspaper for the event and we asked her to write a little bit about it for the blog.

The weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow, you should pop down to Portsmouth. It sounds like a great day.

Love Your Bike Portsmouth Promo's

As part of Love Your Bike Portsmouth a goodie pack has been produced which includes a cyclist bag, bike charm necklace, spoke cards and a newspaper. This 1st edition newspaper features 50 cyclists from around the city telling their stories of their bikes and why they love them.

The Love Your Bike Portsmouth Goodie Pack

Love Your Bike Portsmouth aims to encourage participants to fully embrace the possibilities of connecting with their bikes and explore the many ways that they can improve it’s appearance and design. Bike culture is an important part of cycling and regaining the streets. With this in mind, the event also aims to get more and more people using their bikes around the city. It’s a celebration of all the innovators who design and create wonders on two wheels. If you love your bike then you will use it more often. The event will feature workshops, bike demo’s, bike polo, marketstalls, bike artwork, bike safety and a showcase bike arena.

Ben Wilson, Death Spray Custom, Tokyo Fixed Gear, Raw Bamboo Bikes and Gocycle are amongst some of the participants and I Love Dust have designed the branding and newspaper.

Follow the event at loveyourbikeportsmouth.co.uk

(A footnote from the Art Dept. Claire tells me that I Love Dust used our InDesign template to help them design this newspaper.)

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Ipex 2010: Engineering Dept Report

Newspaper Club bridges two worlds – the web and the printing industries. We think we understand the web fairly well – that’s our background as a team. But printing is hard, and we need to understand printing technologies and logistics to the same degree if we’re going to build products and services that pay to both world’s strengths.

Ipex is the largest printing technology trade show in the English speaking world, and it’s on at the moment. So I decided to go.

I knew it was going to be big, but nothing quite prepares you for 11 halls of the Birmingham NEC. It’s absolutely huge.

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That’s not surprising when you get inside. There are companies that must have relocated their entire industrial operations into the NEC for a week. Vast stands, with massive machines churning out demo print after demo print. Robot arms lifting parcel after parcel of newsprint. Conveyor belts with box after box going round and round. And it’s all shiny, clean and, dare I say, beautiful.

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Technology trade shows are the same the worldwide. There are suited men wearing wrap-around microphones demoing hypnotising high-speed lamination machines. Huge bags of publicity materials to avoid. Branded 32MB USB sticks. Prize draws for obscure pieces of technology.

Win this machine

I came away slightly surprised that the technology is still marching towards printing more copies, faster and glossier. I guess that’s valid for certain section of the industry, but that’s not what we’re trying to do.

We’ve made it no secret that we’d like to be able to print one copy of a newspaper, on demand, shipped to you, preferably in colour. If we were called Glossy Magazine Club, we’d be there. But the thinner paper of newsprint is still an issue for many of the short-run machines.

That said, there are a handful of companies making strides, and at risk of breaching our strict “under promise, over deliver” policy, hopefully we’ll be there before too long.

And it made me more excited about Newspaper Club. At its simplest, we wrap all of these amazing technologies and systems in a friendly face; something that the printing industry finds hard to do. And printing is going from strength to strength – presses are still being bought, and they’re getting smaller, less polluting and more efficient.

Overall, despite leaving the NEC smelling of toner, it was a day well spent.

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newspaperCulture

Back in the early days, when we had no idea whether this was a good idea or not, we took a lot of comfort from the nice things that Jeremy at magCulture said about us. He seemed to like what we were doing and he knows a lot about publishing.

So we were really delighted when Jeremy used us to make a 4th Anniversay Best of magCulture Paper. And even more delighted that it’s for sale. We really like it when we can help create something that people can sell, it’d be brilliant if we could become a platform for other little businesses.

Anyway – you can get a copy of the magCulture here, and you should. It’s only £4 in the UK. (£5 for Europe, £7 for the rest of the world.)

(pictures from magCulture, hope that’s OK)

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Platforms, perspectives and points of view

Our friends at BERG launched Schooloscope this week. It’s a lovely piece of work, sweeping up all sorts of impenetrable data about schools and making it glanceable, readable and accessible. You can tell they’ve really worked hard on the details and, having glanced over their shoulders a little while they’ve been making it, we can attest to how they’ve worked to turn inherently judgmental and binary data into something fair and nuanced. Schooloscope’s perspective is that of someone neutral and informed, it’s therefore a brilliant tool for comparing schools, for exploring a terrain that’s completely baffling to many parents. It’s a superbly intelligent platform for data.

newspaper club - all souls school paper

If you’re already connected to a school though, the portrait they offer of your school probably won’t feel adequate. Deliberately neutral government data will never do justice to what someone involved with a school feels about that particular school. All of which struck me because we’ve just printed a newspaper for All Souls School in Westminster – an unashamedly un-neutral paper celebrating all that’s good about the school – aimed at recruiting more kids and parents.

newspaper club - all souls school paper

It’s a lovely piece of work and made me realise that Newspaper Club is a platform too and perhaps an especially good platform for people with particular points of view. (More pictures)

newspaper club - all souls school paper

And, it should be noted, both platforms are supported by 4iP.

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Wedding Newspaper

Wedding Newspaper by Iain Tait

One of the many surprises at Newspaper Club is seeing what people do with our platform.

For example a few people have got in touch about making a newspaper for their wedding, which is a brilliant idea. Here are a few pictures from the newspaper Iain and Sophie made and sent out to all their guests.

Wedding Newspaper by Iain Tait

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Our Flickr stream

Printed by Newspaper Club

We’ve set up a Newspaper Club Flickr account and we’ve filled it with some wonderful pictures of newspapers we’ve printed taken by the superb Russell Duncan.

Quiet Press by Nous Vous

We’ve also set up a Flickr Pool where you can add any photos you may have of Newspaper Club papers.

Words And That by Abingdon School

We probably don’t talk enough on this blog about some of the gorgeous papers you’ve created. That’s all about to change as over the next few posts I’ll showcase some of them.

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