Tuesday, October 26th 2010
We’ve had some pretty unusual topics for newspapers so far, and last week had our first about a bus station. Well, why not? It’s not any old bus station. It’s Preston Bus Station. Not just a vital transport hub but a meeting place and unlikely object of desire for fans of 20th century architecture. We spoke to Adam Murray, from the fantastically named Preston is my Paris to find out more about it.
Robert Parkinson and I founded Preston is my Paris in July 2009 in order to encourage the exploration of the city where we live, Preston, as a subject for creative practice. From this has grown Preston is my Paris Publishing which we set up to self publish photographic publications that although are not necessarily just about Preston, do fit in with some of the underlying themes of the project.
The newspaper that we have produced features photography from Jamie Hawkesworth, Robert Parkinson and myself, and writing by Aidan Turner-Bishop and is about arguably the most iconic building in Preston; the Bus Station. During one weekend in August we set up a project space in one of the disused shops in the bus station and produced a photographic document of the building and the people that use it.
The reason for printing in newspaper format was that we wanted to produce a large scale publication but one of the crucial points with our work is that we want to make things affordable. Therefore by producing a newspaper we are able to distribute some copies around the bus station for free and then sell other copies for just £4.
Copies are available from Preston is my Paris Publishing. Thanks Adam!
Thursday, October 21st 2010
We’re delighted to be in the running for a BIMA Award (that’s British Interactive Media Association). Newspaper Club is one of six finalists in the Media and Entertainment category. Nice.
The final decision takes place in early November. Fingers crossed…
Monday, October 18th 2010
I spotted this in the Newspaper Club Flickr Group the other day. A really lovely looking thing.
The creator Roberto says, “Excited to finally try out Newspaper Club. The small newspaper has 12 patterns generated using a simple processing sketch that exploits repetition and randomness to produce a variety of effects using a limited set of line types.’
Monday, October 11th 2010
(the picture above was taken from Hybrids, a show at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, that features some of the stuff that Newspaper Club has printed)
When we first started Newspaper Club we set a number of restrictions to make it as simple as possible for us to get up and running, and to limit the number of things that could go wrong.
One of those was pagination: on day one, you could only print a 12 page newspaper. It made it easier for us to calculate the shipping costs and deal with logistics, and it felt like a reasonable compromise – 12 pages is thick enough to feel like a proper newspaper, but not so thick that it’s hard to fill.
But we’ve grown up, and many of our customers want a bit more flexibility. So, from today, you can print anything from 4 to 64 pages (in multiples of four, obviously).
Hurrah! Head on over to the pricing page to find out what it’ll cost you.
In addition, we’re now able to offer lower quantity full colour runs – now as few as 300 copies, down from the 500 minimum before. We know that you want even lower quantity colour runs, and we’re working on it, but we’re not quite there yet.
Wednesday, October 6th 2010
Here’s Rosie Sherry of The Software Testing Club on why they chose to print a newspaper with us:
The Testing Planet by Rosie Sherry
A newspaper inspired by superheroes, monsters and The Newspaper Club!
I attended dconstruct last year which is where I first heard about Newspaper Club. I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted to create something. Almost a year later we at The Software Testing Club have created our first and very beautiful newspaper.
We are a community of people that like to test software. The industry has a perception of being dull. Everything we are doing is to prove this wrong by livening up the software testing industry. We do this by focusing on being seriously fun through our ‘social network‘, our blog and other fun activities.
We felt a newspaper was the ideal option for our regular ‘publication’. A standard magazine just wouldn’t cut it. And the feedback from our community has been fab, they love it.
Thanks Rosie! There are more photos in this The Testing Planet Flickr set and you can download the PDF to find out more.