Paper of the Month: National Collective Zine

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February’s Paper of the Month is the National Collective Zine, a new publication from an arts movement ‘founded with the aims of arguing the positive case for Scottish independence.’ 

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It’s a limited edition improved tabloid (only 200 available) with contributions from a great collection of Scottish artists and creatives, including specially commissioned artwork from Alasdair Gray and an exclusive interview with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite. There’s photography, fiction, collage, political and cultural commentary, poetry — all contained within 36 well-designed pages.

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Copies are available from the National Collective shop for £3.50, while supplies last. Thank you for printing with us!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in our 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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Seven on the Spot

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Seven on the Spot was one of the first papers to go on sale in the Newsagent, and we couldn’t be happier to open shop with such a lovely paper on offer. It’s a collection of writing from seven author friends, all required to use the same set of seven words in their stories. Co-editor Anne Shewring says: ‘Even though we started work on the same day, with the same words in mind, all our stories are very different.’ We asked her to tell us more about the project:

Seven On, now in its second edition, is a collection of short stories, written by a group of writers and friends. Our first collection was born over a drink. Sandra Deeble and Anne Shewring were grumbling about how hard it is to get any short stories published.  Then it occurred to us – we could do it ourselves. Anne had already published a couple of newspapers with Newspaper Club, and the format seemed ideal for getting something done easily.

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I’m not sure where the idea for seven came from; maybe it was how many people we knew who were prepared to write a story and not get paid for it. Our first theme was austerity, the word of the moment in 2011, and we asked illustrator Mike Howard to design and illustrate the newspaper, which he did splendidly.

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Seven on Austerity looked great and it was lovely to see our work in print, so lovely, in fact, that we decided to produce another edition. We invited writers to send us stories on the theme of laughter, but then didn’t really enjoy anything that came our way. Abandoning that idea, we went back to the original seven, with one change, and went away for the weekend, to Anne’s tiny cottage in Derbyshire, one of our writers coming all the way from Gettysburg to join us.

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We took a walk around the village of Holbrook and, inspired by what we saw, each of us returned with a word. The seven writers then produced a story containing all of these seven words. The result is Seven on the Spot. Mike Howard has again illustrated, with help from a few friends, and has produced a really lovely looking newspaper.

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We’re happy if anyone reads our Seven On papers, and there are some great stories in there, but really, the fun is in the writing and publishing. We’d love to be able to afford to produce thousands and give them away to commuters to jolly up their journeys, but at the moment that’s not possible.  Maybe one day. In the meantime, watch out for Seven On number three.

Seven on the Spot and Seven on Austerity are available to buy in the Seven On shop in the Newsagent for £4.25 each, delivered.

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Lichtspiele and cinematic typography

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“Lichtspiele” is the German word for the distinctive style of early 20th century cinema. It’s also the name of a fantastic typography newspaper from Stefan Huebsch, a graphic designer from Saarbruecken, Germany. Stefan is currently studying communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and wrote to tell us about his publication:

Lichtspiele is a diploma project about exceptional movie theaters in Germany, alongside interviews with movie theater owners, cinema operators and a bunch of real film nutcases. There are also pictures of the film theaters and infographics about cinema history.

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The  cinemas are all special in their own way– from the world’s oldest drive-in to a movie theater where the film posters are all hand-drawn.

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In addition to being a newspaper about these cinemas Lichtspiele is also a headline font. It transports you back to a time where neon lights and marquee letters decorated cinema facades. The fonts shown in the newspaper are reminiscent of 1920’s movie theater programmes combined with a double-sided movie-poster.

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It was a quite nice experience to create this newspaper, from test-printings to the final product, which was — by the way — delivered fast as hell. Unpacking the box of newspapers, the smell of paper and print brings you back in time where ‘digital’ was just something sci-fi.

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Head over to Stefan’s website to see more of his work, and you can also follow him on Twitter. Lovely stuff Stefan, thank you for printing with us!

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The visual language of the London Underground

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The London Underground operates on a cryptic visual language that few people are aware of, and even fewer understand. Graphic designer Reece Taylor’s digital tabloid Underground Codes seeks out these easily overlooked ciphers and offers a rare explanation of their meaning. It uncovers some fascinating quotidian details– for example, platform category stickers displaying A or B tell staff what type of platform they’re on: an ‘A’ is a platform where the driver needs mirrors or monitors to see the entire platform; a ‘B’ is a platform where he or she can see the entire platform through the train window. Who knew? Reece said about the project:

This project was for my final major research project at the University of Portsmouth. The project was an exploration into the rich visual language on the London Underground and during my research I discovered that beyond the literal visual language that we associate with it such as the roundel there was trails of another unknown visual language.

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The newspaper is designed as an introduction into that unknown rich visual language and celebrates the signs that surround us as we commute through the Underground on a daily basis. While celebrating the existence of the signs it is also giving recognition to the workers who use them and who have kept the service running for 150 years.

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You can look through Underground Codes in the (newly refurbished!) Newsagent and see more of Reece’s design and typography work on Behance. Thank you for printing with us!

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The ghosts of Krantje Loulé

foto-3Marjan Van den Berghe is a visual artist based in Antwerp. Her newspaper, Krantje Loulé, is a rather haunting collection of black and white photographs taken in Portugal in the 1980s. The ghostly nature of the images really comes through in newsprint– it feels a bit like looking through a long lost scrapbook. We asked Marjan about her project:

I made this paper for my Portuguese friend, Fernando Correia Mendes (pictured below). He had an exibition in Antwerp, Belgium, where you could admire some of his daily drawings. I thought it would be nice if visitors could find out about his splendid photographic work too.

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I found a book too conventional and expensive and looked for something more fragile, more enchanting, something that is more appropriate in look and feel. A journal, ‘een krantje’ as we say in Flemish, would be perfect! I teach graphic design at an art school in Brussels and we had one made for our summer exibition last year, so I already knew about Newspaper Club and their excellent services.

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Fernando has thousands and thousands of photo negatives and it wasn’t easy to choose. The sometimes bizarre pictures that ended up in the paper are all from one specific period in the 80s, of the places and people in a small town in the Algarve, Loulé. A lot of these places have been demolished since then– people, ants and dogs died or left. Fernando’s dream is to have an big exhibition in this town with a range of the best pictures he took, invite everyone, and confront them with the ghosts of their past.

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The pictures are accompanied by writings of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s best known poet.

We found this poem particularly lovely:

To be great, be whole: don’t exaggerate
Or leave out any part of you.
Be complete in each thing. Put all you are
Into the last of your acts.
So too in each lake, with it’s lofty life,
The whole moon shines

You can look through Krantje Loulé in the Newsagent and see more of Marjan’s work on her website. Thank you for printing with us!

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Right Now in Glasgow!

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It’s been a busy week of hammering and sawing and taping and printing and cutting and sticking, but we’ve finished and there are more things on the walls downstairs than I think I have ever seen. For one whole month you can now experience the joys of newsprint first hand at our retrospective exhibition, on the ground floor of Southblock, Osborne Street.

Map Here.

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We’ve managed to squeeze 47 newspapers into the exhibition, and you can read about all of them in our handy programme here:

There are also permanent, physical copies of these, and some of the papers on display for you to have a flick through at the exhibition, as seen here on the opening night!

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Preview night was lots of fun, and thanks to our generous sponsors we were able to feast on Tunnock’s Teacakes and Fyne Ales’ IPAs all night long. Here’s how things looked before we let the raging hoardes in.

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And here are some of Glasgow’s finest folk talking about paper and admiring some of our customers’ beautiful designs.

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You can also pick up a free copy of the Long Good Read whilst you’re here, and catch up on some of the week’s best long form reporting from the Guardian.

The exhibition is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm every weekday in February. We look forwards to seeing you there.

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Print’s Not Dead – A Newspaper Club Exhibition!

We’ve been helping institutions, individuals, designers, schools, communities, families, artists, experts, amateurs, gardeners, restaurants, engineers, dreamers, thinkers, and grandparents to print their own papers since 2010.

Our customers are a talented bunch – we find the newspapers people want to make can be beautiful, charming, funny and informative. This exhibition represents a little bit of everything we’ve found it a joy to print over the last four years.

You can drop by at any time over the next month to the ground floor of our building in Glasgow for a browse through some of our favourite newspapers. You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the Long Good Read every week – part of our collaboration with the Guardian, for the duration of the exhibition.

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We’re now gearing up to cram as many lovely newspapers as we can into the exhibition space in our foyer downstairs – here’s a wee preview of my incredibly high tech hanging plan.

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Come along on Friday evening for a flick through some of the best papers we’ve printed, a drink and a teacake!

Sponsorship kindly provided by Wasps, Fyne Ales, and Tunnock’s.

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A portfolio from Vincent Perraud

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Vincent Perraud is a French photographer who specialises in bike photography. He created an end-of-year portfolio to mail out to clients and sent us some photos of his newspaper (a digital tabloid) looking terribly handsome, so we thought we’d share them here.

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You can follow Vincent on Twitter and Instagram to see more of his wonderfully atmospheric photographs. 

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A Fish Out of Water

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Last year we printed a newspaper documenting the building of a ship– here’s a paper we’ve printed recently that shows what happens at the other end of a ship’s life.

London-based photograher Tim Mitchell spent nearly two years documenting the ‘breaking’ and recycling of the RFA Grey Rover in Canada Docks in Liverpool between 2009 and 2011. These photographs are now on display at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland as part of his debut solo exhibition A Fish Out of Water, which opened 11 January and will run until 23 February.

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To accompany the exhibition Tim created a very unusual improved tabloid. It’s made to be taken apart, a tactile rendering of the dismantling process depicted within the images. One page featuring a grid of photos taken from his two-year time lapse (see video below) can be used to create a flick book.

In addition to being available in the gallery, copies of the newspaper have been posted out to every primary and secondary school in the Tyne and Wear area– nearly 500 schools– along with educational material for teachers to use in the classroom and in the gallery.

We asked Tim to tell us a bit more about the newspaper:

The publication is intended to be an oblique, experimental newspaper, where the form of the newspaper itself echoes the subject matter within– a document made up of contrasting forms and perspectives, all looking at the same subject matter. The sheets of paper become like the sheets of steel, the structure of the newspaper inviting the reader to pull it apart– as has happened with the ship it portrays– in order to reveal the ‘bigger picture’. Once disassembled the newspaper can then be reformed into another order– much like the act of recycling the steel from the ship. No page numbers on purpose.

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The addition of the Sunderland Interviews sheet is specific to the occasion of the exhibition at the National Glass Centre. It is intended to give the publication a broad and oblique sense of the life and death of not just a ship, but of our Nation’s relationship with ships themselves. The interviews are also intended to carry the ‘voice’ and perspective of those who worked on ships locally to Sunderland; to give a counterpoint to the artist’s perspective and even that of the academic or expert. The individual anecdotes from men who worked on ship building in Sunderland hopefully bring a human voice to the sheets of steel within A Fish Out of Water.

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It’s fun watching how people interact with the newspapers. Opening them. Starting to look through. Realising what’s going on and pulling them apart and then realising they can’t remember quite how it came. Then they have to really engage.  

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It was designed by the wonderful Brighten the Corners after lots of discussion and play. It’s the second time we’ve made a book together. A lot of fun.

While supplies last, A Fish Out of Water is available on Tim’s website for just the price of postage and packaging (which works out at £1.70 for the 28-page newspaper if you’re in the UK and £5.20 outside the EU.)

You can see more of Tim’s work on his website and find him on Twitter. Thanks for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Neutrality vs. Sensationalism

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November’s Paper of the Month is Neutrality vs. Sensationalism by Brighton-based illustrator and designer Jamie Eke. Jamie made the most of his digital tabloid and published two newspapers in one, for a clever typography project examining standards of journalism. One side up the newspaper presents an illustrated alphabet depicting stories from The Independent; flip it round for The Sun. Two different worlds across one spread.

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Neutrality vs. Sensationalism was recently exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in London. Jamie had this to say about the project:

[It] explores the contrast in nature of news coverage by the British quality press (broadsheets) and the British popular press (tabloids). The typefaces both represent the month of April, 2012 – each character embodies a front page story; A = 1st, B = 2nd etc. – however one corresponds to The Independent and the other to The Sun. The illustrations serve to demonstrate the contrast in priorities, including the much higher degree of personalisation evident in tabloids – containing many reports of individuals’ (usually celebrities) circumstances and ordeals – as opposed to accounts of extended processes found in broadsheets.

Jamie is also selling large format (60x80cm) limited edition prints of each of the typefaces, which come along with a copy of the newspaper. Get in touch with him at jamieeke@live.com if you’d like to buy one.

53011_10152143782285004_1874126794_oFor a closer look at the newspaper, and to see more of Jamie’s work, visit his website. Congratulations Jamie and thanks again for printing with us!

About Paper of the Month 

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in our 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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