Truffle Time Newspaper

The nice people from Madame Truffles in Melbourne, Australia have written a blog post about their recent, beautiful, newspaper which we are reproducing here.

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I thought it was worth writing an additional post with a bit more detail about the truffle newspaper we’ve made this year. When I say ‘we’ve made’, it’s important to note this includes Ian who designed it so beautifully, and The Newspaper Club who actually got the thing printed. (I thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to make a paper about, well, anything really, to use them.) The papers arrived this week and they look and feel great.

The paper will be available in store (to take home) for anyone wanting to learn more about truffles. Some of the pages are shown below. It’s been fun making it and we’ve had to do a lot of digging around ourselves (not sure if that’s a truffle pun, but if it is, it’s not intended) and have learnt a lot along the way.

There’s an interview with Simon Harvey – an ex military dog trainer who now trains truffle dogs in Tasmania. And also an interview with Peter Marshall from Terra Preta truffiere in NSW. Some of you may recall Peter from when we went truffle hunting with him last year. His approach to truffles is quite unique and he’s a fascinating man to spend time with, which hopefully comes across in the article.

There’s also hints and tips on looking after truffles, a few recipes (thanks to Tony, Kate and Andrew), some facts and figures about the industry, plus some other nonsense in there as well.

A page for the fact fans

 

I’m pretty sure it was P Diddy who once said ‘Truffles are the bomb’

 

They’re not that easy to find…

 

The magical world underneath the trees

You can see the newspaper in the Newsagent

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Behind the zines – how we sell Ferment

Hello! I’m Sarah Plant and I work on a little zine called Ferment. The chaps at Newspaper Club have asked me to talk a bit about how we solved some problems with selling our zine.

Ferment covers

The idea behind Ferment is that for every issue we choose a theme that we hope will be as widely interpreted as possible, thus inspiring an extensive range of responses from our invited contributors. Initially writers respond to the theme, then illustrators respond to those writers’ poems or short stories. We then publish the paired-up results as a 12 page black and white newspaper. I design each issue, along with James Weiner, and our editor, Paul Askew.

Inside an issue of Ferment

Without Newspaper Club, Ferment probably wouldn’t exist. All of us were finding something lacking in our day jobs, wanted to do something creative together, that we had control over, and that was fun to do. We don’t intend to ever make any money from Ferment, but it does need to pay for itself. To do this, we sell it from our website, but we also sell it into shops around Oxford, where we are based.

Whilst online sales are reasonably healthy, the feedback we were getting from our stockists was that whilst customers were interested, it was hard to shift issues as Ferment could be mistaken for free music or illustrated magazines. This was obviously an issue that needed to be overcome. So how are we solving it?

We are attacking the problem in two ways for our next issue; a neat little bit of packaging design, and some simple changes to our masthead (the bit at the top of our front cover with our logo, pricing, etc).

Ferment rolled-up-issue

Things like shrink-wrap and cellophane didn’t really tickle our fancy as people wouldn’t be able to get a feel for the paper, which is important to how Ferment is experienced, plus it can seem a bit tacky. Instead, we decided to roll up each issue and wrap it in a black belly band – perhaps evoking the quality of a morning paper thrown onto a lawn in an 80s John Hughes movie. The band is then ‘sealed’ with a small matt vinyl sticker that we got printed cheaply, featuring our logo and website address.

Ferment belly band close-up

The other piece of the puzzle was to reinforce the value of Ferment, and to increase the desire for it. We came up with the idea of clearly individually numbering each copy of each issue, much like limited edition prints or records. The edition number will be positioned prominently next to our logo and price in the masthead, and can be seen even when the zine is rolled up.

So that’s it – feel free to rip off our ideas – although we probably won’t know how effective they’ve been until a few weeks after our next issue goes on sale in early February. The theme is ‘Cities’, and if you live in Oxford, you’ll be able to see the fruits of our (and our esteemed contributors’) labour in Comma, the Old Fire Station, and Blackwell’s book store or you can get it from fermentzine.com.

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Good Times for Blue Monday

Monday 16 January is officially the most depressing day of the year. Those clever people at the Church of London wanted to do something about that. To combat the winter blues they’ve created a great-looking, colourful newspaper full of good news. Called what else but The Good Times, it’s available from locations throughout London today. To find a copy check out The Good Times website and turn that frown upside down.

If you can’t get a paper copy, the PDF is on the website along with a great account of how the paper was made in 7 days.

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We’re Hiring a Front-End Developer

Working here is as fun as shopping here!

We’re quite excited about 2012 at Newspaper Club. It feel like there’s a real head of steam building behind us at the moment, and it’s time to start pushing ahead with some of our big plans.

But it’s not going to be easy and we’re going to need some help to do this.

We’re looking for a talented front-end developer to work full-time alongside Tom, our co-founder and engineer, in our London office.

In case you’re new here: we help anyone make and print their own newspapers. We believe the web is too important to be left to screens, and that newsprint is a highly evolved technology too. We build things that combine the two, using each medium for what it’s best at.

Amongst a number of things, we’ll be completely overhauling ARTHR, our tool that lets anyone make a paper in their browser, developing a print-on-demand marketplace, and building a number of products and services that use personalised newsprint in completely new ways.

Things like the Postcode Paper we built for Data.gov.uk. Or the prototype of the Telepaper, which turns Readability + Instapaper content into a delivered newspaper.

We like people who can think like both a designer and an engineer, with a good sense of product intuition. We’re especially interested in folks with experience building complex Javascript web apps, or (dare I mention) Webkit development.

Enthusiasm, attitude and interest counts more than years of experience. We’d like to see things you’ve made and code you’ve written.

Our London office is in a small co-working space in Shoreditch, next to Moo, with a handful of interesting folks like the Really Interesting Group, MakieLab, IRCCloud and others. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If you’re interested, drop us a line at jobs@newspaperclub.com, with a note about yourself and links to things you think we’d find interesting (eg. Github account, CV or portfolio).

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The Page Turner

With this level of innovation print simply can’t be dead…

Thanks to @structomagazine who helpfully suggest we ship this, er, device with every order.

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Anne in the FT

No sooner does Anne get made MD than she’s being name-checked in the FT. But then we know she’s a fast worker.

Newspaper Club was featured with our friends at Moo.com and Berg (and their intriguing Little Printer) in a piece about how Tech City Silicon Roundabout is knitting together paper and pixels. The message of the piece:

Many digital natives, it seems, are still remarkably attached to  legacy media.

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