Creativity = Courage

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We get lots of student portfolios this time of year, and final degree projects, and new graduate CVs. It seems like a lot of you are getting ready to leave university, and might find encouragement in timeless advice from Colors co-founder Oliviero Toscani.

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Toscani, the photographer behind the controversial Benetton campaigns of the 80s and 90s, gave his ‘Creativity = Courage’ speech at the 92nd Art Director’s Club Festival in 2013. The Art Director’s Club put his words to newsprint with a set of illustrated posters, which were sent to 2,000 top creatives around the world to promote the 93rd awards in 2014. (The newspaper was also made available as a PDF online.)

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The two-part newspaper was designed by illustrator Ben Weeks and Underline Studio, and was printed as a traditional broadsheet and a classic tabloid– four hand-lettered posters printed on broadsheets enfold a tabloid transcript of the speech. Inspired design fit to embody inspiring words.

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Creative Directors: Fidel Peña, Claire Dawson
Designers: Emily Tu, Yosub Jack Choi
Design Studio: Underline Studio
Client: Art Directors Club
Illustrator: Ben Weeks
Writer: Oliviero Toscani

Photographs courtesy of Emily Tu

Graham McDougal and Boston Print Club

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We printed Graham McDougal‘s trippy Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] tabloid newspaper over two years ago and it has remained a solid office favourite. We came across it again on Instagram recently (on display at the Baltimore Publications Fair) and figured it was high time we shared this fantastic paper on the blog. We knew nothing about the hypnotic publication, so we asked Graham to tell us about his work:

Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] references the street address of a defunct company that manufactured clichés for the printing industry. This publication is based on a series of advertisements published in Graphis magazine between 1969 and 1977. It presents a series of distortions applied to the Graphis pages and documents a series of paintings based on these redacted forms.

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Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] is printed on tabloid web-press newsprint and uses single process colors, black and full (cmyk) color to document a range of production; from scanner drags to studio installation views. The edition includes variable, screen-printed additions on the inside cover pages.

Graham shares a lovely studio (pictured below) with Elizabeth Corkery, who runs Print Club Boston. Elizabeth is a printmaker who produces beautiful, limited-edition silkscreen prints and aims to establish a community print shop in Boston. (If you’re in the area, sign up for updates.)

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Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] will soon be for sale through in-the-works Print Club Book Club, but in the meantime you can buy a copy at Printed Matter (or, if you’re an artist or maker yourself, perhaps you can wrangle a print swap).

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Minnesota Landscapes

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Rebecca Silus is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She runs Field Office Studio and is the recent recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work is concerned with history and place and travel, as her digital tabloid newspaper Minnesota Landscapes beautifully demonstrates. Taking inspiration from the journals of 18th and 19th century explorers, Minnesota Landscapes is a year-long sketchbook project that Rebecca describes as ‘studies of Minnesota’s natural and built landscapes, small in scale and produced with minimal materials.’

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Rebecca wrote about the paper on her blog, explaining:

The choice [of newsprint] seemed like a good fit for two reasons. The project referenced the sketchbooks kept by 18th and 19th century explorers in Minnesota, so conceptually I liked using the popular media of the time—the newspaper. Second, the tabloid format was so much larger than any book. It allowed me to feature one large painting across two pages in the middle of the newspaper, which could be hung on the wall as a poster.

I was super happy with the results and can’t wait to make another. It was so easy—they have software that simplifies the layout process if you don’t want to start completely from scratch. Or you can do what I did and layout a custom design in InDesign, then upload it.

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You can see more of Rebecca’s work on her website and follow her dreamy travels on Instagram. Thank you for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Monogamy

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Our Paper of the Month for April is Monogamyfrom University of Hertfordshire illustration student Gemma Louise. We fell in love with her digital tabloid newspaper, which was inspired by the true relationship between two inseparable greylag geese (Gemma saw the story in a documentary on animal behavior and crafted a university project around it.)

With wonderfully textured and expressive illustrations, Monogamy is truly beautiful storytelling – a publication we’d happily settle down with for a lifetime.

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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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Bright Old Things for Selfridges

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William Forbes Hamilton used to demonstrate magic tricks in the Toy Department at Selfridges in the 1950s before turning into a horror movie villain in such films as ‘Doctor Blood’s Coffin’. Now he’s a painter and back at Selfridges – at least back in a profile from their new publication, Bright Old Things, which celebrates the discovery of creative outlets later in life.

William is one of fourteen Bright Old Things featured in the classic tabloid newspaper printed by Selfridges earlier this year (there’s also an architect turned topiarist and product designer turned sci fi blogger).

It’s a lovely and uplifting project, featuring photography and illustrated interviews from Todd Selby. Here’s what Selfridges has to say:

Since 2011 Selfridges’ Bright Young Things has championed young creative talent, but this year the tables turned.

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Bright Old Things is Selfridges’ celebration of the retirement renaissance. Those inspirational individuals who have created a new vocation for themselves in later life. The men and women who show that creativity is ageless.

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To support this store-wide scheme, and to tell the stories of the older creatives featured in Selfridges’ world-famous windows, the team chose to work with us to create a Bright Old Things newspaper featuring amazing photography by renowned photographer, author and illustrator Todd Selby alongside insightful interviews with each of the 14 Bright Old Things.

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From ‘70s fashion editor-turned-artist Molly Parkin to legendary punk hero Bruno Wizard, each interview gives an inspirational insight into the wide possibilities that are open to us in our later years.

You can learn more about all of the Bright Old Things and follow #BrightOldThings for updates.

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Design Is Everything: Paul Rand at MCNY

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Should you find yourself in New York in the next few months, there’s a really lovely collection of Paul Rand’s work on display at the Museum of the City of New York until 19 July. Rand started out designing clever graphics for newspapers and magazines in the 1930’s – as the New York Times puts it, he ‘started his career as a 20-year-old wunderkind and never stopped being brilliant.’ This small but dense exhibition explores his brilliance in everything from book covers to light bulb packaging. Very recommended!

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Winter Wonderland now available at Good Press

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Last year we wrote about Winter Wonderland, a publication of peaceful wintry landscapes we printed for Takeshi Suga. We’re pleased to say that you can now find Winter Wonderland amidst all sorts of other lovely zines at Good Press in Glasgow.

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Linzie Hunter’s Hand-Lettered Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are fleeting things. So we’re grateful to Linzie Hunter for putting such a delightful collection of them on paper, immortalised in digital tabloid form. Linzie is a Scottish-born illustrator based in London, and her work can be found everywhere from the The Wall Street Journal to the covers of a toppling stack of books published by the likes of Scholastic and Penguin.

Earlier this year Linzie called upon her social media following for New Year’s resolutions, which she then illustrated, one resolution a day, throughout January. By the end of the month she had a wonderful series of hand-lettered good intentions.

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Linzie tells us why she decided to publish her illustrations in a newspaper:

At the end of January, I felt it would be nice to see all the images printed together in one small publication, rather than just being displayed online or printed as individual postcards. I had wanted print my own newspaper for a while so this seemed like a great opportunity and a nice way to wrap up the project.

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A large part of my commercial work is digital so I spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. It’s great to be able to publish your work online immediately for all to see, but nothing quite compares to seeing your work in print and on paper. Traditional print-making is a lovely escape when I have the time. And it’s also nice to be able to print big on newsprint!

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I managed to squeeze in some Gocco printing and have produced some starburst-shaped postcards to send with each newspaper.

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Lizzie is sending her newspaper to friends, art directors, and existing clients. If you’re keen to get a copy for yourself, get in touch with Linzie through her website, where you can also see the full set of illustrated resolutions. Thanks for printing with us!

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Burnt Coffee Shadows

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Burnt Coffee Shadows caught our eye in The Newsagent recently. It’s got a great title, for one thing, and feels like an old school zine — no wonder, since the ongoing project from Paul Richards features fax machine prints and journal pages from the mid-’90s. It’s very cool to see these monochrome experiments gathered together in a whopping 64-page digital tabloid newspaper. We wanted to know a bit more about these ‘typescapes’ and Paul obliged us:

Too many late nights and lots of caffeine have led to the design of a typographic journal entitled ‘Burnt Coffee Shadows’. This black & white, 64-page newspaper includes material taken from note and sketchbooks that date as far back as 1996. Featuring visuals generated from thoughts, scribbles and experiments with hardware (old fax machines feature prominently) this book uses impression and expression to create dark, brooding typographic landscapes — typescapes.

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These typescapes mirror the cacophony of noise around us, the visual and audio onslaught of the modern environment – be it amongst the sprawling mish-mash of London, the complexity of Tokyo, or the towering grids of New York. The constant barrage of half-heard conversations, snippets of thoughts, emotions and overlapping communications combine in a visual flux conjured from and inspired by the milieu.

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An on-going experiment, this newspaper is the first ‘pause’ in a continuous process. Taking inspiration from the music scene, this edition will be followed by a series of companion ‘remix’ titles, released as alternate versions including collaborations with other artists. Just like the contemporary website, blog or software, the material is in a constant state of renewal and versioning, with this initial release being the catalyst for additional volumes.

 

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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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