Steam Whistle Letterpress makes an impression with newsprint

Steam Whistle Press traditional broadsheet newspaper

Steam Whistle Letterpress takes print tradition seriously. That’s not to say their cards don’t have a sense of humour (they definitely do) but their printing process is no joke. Each card is handset with individual pieces of wood type and run through an antique press up to six times, once for each colour. The result is a beautiful and skillful collection of cards – a “throwback to the days when letterpress was king.”

Steam Whistle Press traditional broadsheet newspaper

So when Steam Whistle moved from Ohio to Kentucky last year, they wanted to make the announcement the old-fashioned way: with a big broadsheet newspaper.

Steam Whistle Press gets the news out and shows off their latest letterpress goods – cards that run the gamut from birthday greetings to holiday wishes from the cat. It’s a perfect pairing of print processes, and the bold colours of their letterpress designs look fantastic in newsprint. Steam Whistle shared a fun video of both letterpress and newspaper in action.

Steam Whistle Press traditional broadsheet newspaper

“Our experience working with Newspaper Club was fantastic,” says Steam Whistle founder Brian Stuparyk. “We submitted the art on a Thursday and the newspapers arrived at 10 am the following Monday.”

All retailers and re-sellers who would like a copy of Steam Whistle Press can send a request to wholesale@steamwhistelpress.com. Get your letterpress fix by keeping up with Steam Whistle on Instagram.

Learn more about our traditional broadsheet newspapers. Big enough to hide behind, with plenty of room to say everything you need to say. A proper newspaper, printed on a traditional press.

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Five Line Gallery hosts unconventional exhibitions in newsprint

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

It’s rare to find a pleasant surprise in the classified ads. Since February, Five Line Gallery has hosted unconventional exhibitions in the back pages of LA Weekly, situated amongst “a landscape of prostitution, marijuana and questionable legal practice.” Each artwork, boxed in yellow, consists of no more than five lines of cryptic text (or approximately 125 characters). It’s a tiny, strange gallery housed in a newspaper. Needless to say, we love it.

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

Five Line Gallery aims to “take art out of the ‘white cube’ and place it directly in the vein of vernacular culture,” says founder Ben Schwartz. He recently printed a digital mini to catalog the exhibitions so far. The artworks are juxtaposed with the real ads from LA Weekly, showing the Five Line Gallery space in its original context. Contributing artists include Simon Johnston, Coral Saucedo, Stephen Serrato, Dante Carlos, Austin Redman, Mungo Thomson, and Pat Slack.

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

“Newsprint was the perfect medium for the production of the catalog,” Schwartz tells us. “As the artworks were published in a newspaper, reproducing the works in their original material seemed appropriate.”

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

The publication will be available soon from Verb Editions. You can read more about the project on Ben Schwartz’s website.

Learn more about our digital mini newspapersThe sweet size for magazines, brochures, and more – all nicely stapled, too.

Proêmes de Paris’s library-worthy lookbooks

Proemes de Paris newspaper lookbook

Paris-based label Proêmes de Paris is inspired by the crossroads of fashion and the written word. So it makes sense that they would approach their lookbooks like literature: “We would love to have people collecting our lookbooks season after season, as you would with short story collections,” says Proême’s Ulysse Meridjen.Proemes de Paris newspaper lookbook

They create two lookbooks each year (one for each collection) to send to press and buyers. Their traditional tabloid catalogues are printed on 52gsm recycled newsprint – a classic off-white paper stock that’s slightly sturdier than your daily broadsheet. It’s a fitting format for their elegant-but-wearable aesthetic. “Having a newspaper is the perfect medium for us,” agrees Meridjen. “It connects perfectly to our ideas.”

Proemes de Paris newspaper lookbookProemes de Paris newspaper lookbookThe Autumn/Winter 2016 lookbook pictured here features photography by Grégoire Alexandre and creative direction by Pascal Monfort. You can keep up with the latest looks from Proêmes de Paris on Instagram.

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How the Bedford Clanger became our longest running newspaper

The Bedford Clanger celebrated 5 years in newsprint

We printed the first issue of the Bedford Clanger in May 2011. Thirty-one brilliant issues later and it’s our longest running newspaper! We’ve loved printing the Clanger and watching it grow and change shape over the years. As the Clanger celebrates its 5th anniversary, editor Erica Roffe writes to tell us how the publication has gone from strength to strength in newsprint:

High five!

Five years ago, just six weeks after we’d come up with the initial idea, the first issue of the Bedford Clanger was printed by Newspaper Club. Our aim was clear: to provide a free, monthly platform for Bedford’s independent retailers, cultural providers, designers and creatives. 

We wanted to shine a light on the broad range of theatre, live music, dance, art, food and culture that was happening right on our doorstep. We wanted to make non-Bedfordians want to visit and to make Bedfordians proud of their town – and we wanted to do it by making a newspaper.

The Bedford Clanger celebrated 5 years in newsprint

We’ve loved working with Newspaper Club over the years to develop the Clanger. We may have printed on every available format – from mini to tabloid to broadsheet – but one thing has remained constant: we consistently showcase the very best of Bedford. Each month we collaborate with local designers, illustrators and photographers to create unique covers and layouts. We have a strict 60:40 editorial to advertising ratio and pride ourselves on working with an amazing group of contributors who share our ethos. The Bedford Clanger celebrated 5 years in newsprintPhoto courtesy of Katie Allen

We’ve been on a pretty steep learning curve over the last 5 years but it has really helped being part of the Newspaper Club family – like the time they spotted that we’d put the wrong date on the cover or when they’ve delivered our order earlier than expected. They’re legends!

Fairly early on, we were contacted by Adam Perry of the charity Media Trust after he read a blog post we’d written for Newspaper Club. Adam was working on a citizen journalism project and introduced us to other hyperlocal newspaper makers. He went on to host Media Trust film-making and blogging courses for our readers and we recently collaborated with their Do Something Brilliant campaign. We would never have made this connection without Newspaper Club.

The Bedford Clanger celebrated 5 years in newsprint

Back in 2011, the Bedford Clanger would not have been possible without our designer Marissa Straccia and photographer Shaun Armstrong. They completely understood the Clanger ethos and created a unique visual identity that was – and is – unlike anything else in Bedford. The design baton was handed onto Kristina Bullen and now Adam Boreham is at the helm. We’ve added Julia Course-Crofts as Commercial Manager to our team and the Clanger brand is going from strength to strength. We’re huge advocates of print media and passionate about citizen journalism. We have some big plans and look forward to working with Newspaper Club for the next five years to make them happen!

Newspaper number 11,000,000: YO! Sushi

Traditional mini newspaper menu for YO! Sushi designed by &Smith

Congratulations to YO! Sushi on two counts: they ordered the 11,000,000th newspaper we’ve printed and they’re our biggest print job to date!

We printed nearly 1 million copies of their traditional mini menu, part of the new YO! Sushi identity developed by branding experts &SMITH. They launched the new menus last month, and it’s been making us hungry to see them popping up underneath delicious plates of their new dishes:

Traditional mini newspaper menu for YO! Sushi designed by &SmithTo present “a true taste of modern Tokyo” with the new menu, &SMITH looked to manga comic books for inspiration, using illustrations rather than photos of the food. They also introduced Kanji script to the menu.Traditional mini newspaper menu for YO! Sushi designed by &Smith

After diners have ordered, they can flip to the end of the menu for articles from Metropolis, the leading English-language magazine in Japan.

“We wanted to give everyone a taste of what’s going on in Tokyo right now,” says Aimee Emerson of &SMITH on Identity Designed. “That’s where the zine/newspaper menu idea came from. It gave us the chance to show some nice snippets of art, fashion and music alongside their food. The idea is that the editorial content will change four or five times a year.”

Traditional mini newspaper menu for YO! Sushi designed by &Smith

The new menus have been rolled out across all 70+ sites in the UK, with plans to launch on all sites in the US later this month – which means lots more newspapers to print, and lots more photos to make us hungry. Thanks for printing with us!

Learn more about our traditional mini newspapers. Printed on real high-speed newspaper presses. These booklet-sized newspapers are a great way to tell your story, with the vibrant colours that come from traditional newspaper printing.

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The Society of Publication Designers celebrates editorial design with newsprint

Traditional tabloid programme for Society of Publication Designers Awards Gala 2016Last Friday, the Society of Publication Designers held its 51st Annual Awards Gala in New York City. The event celebrates achievement in editorial design across mediums, from magazine covers to animated apps. Nominees were chosen from over 6,000 entries this year, with a jury of 50 creative directors, illustrators and photographers from leading publications picking winners in 83 categories.

Traditional tabloid programme for Society of Publication Designers Awards Gala 2016

We were proud to sponsor the event and print the programme that was given out to all attendees. The traditional tabloid features designs from the nominees in each category, alongside big, colourful block quotes from design legends like Paul Rand and Milton Glaser. Needless to say, the Society of Publication Designers knows how to put together a fantastic newspaper.

Traditional tabloid programme for Society of Publication Designers Awards Gala 2016“We wanted the programme for the event to be BIG,” says Creative Director Anton Ioukhnovets, one of the chairs of this year’s gala. “In our day jobs we are limited to more or less an A4 format, with many of us designing for a small screen.”

Traditional tabloid programme for Society of Publication Designers Awards Gala 2016“We wanted go in the opposite direction and bring some old-school largesse to our show – to let people feel the actual paper and have a warm, tactile experience. Naturally, newsprint came to mind, and it could not have been any more perfect for us.”

Congratulations to all of the medalists this year and thank you to the Society of Publication Designers for printing with us!

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Newspaper of the Month: Washed Out

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Our Newspaper of the Month for April is Washed Out, a colouring zine that aims to raise awareness of mental health through art. Created by UK-based illustrator Jamie Kirk, Washed Out is a collection of illustrations designed to be coloured in and to encourage readers to “explore creativity and eliminate stress” in the process of learning about mental health.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Contributors to the digital tabloid zine include French illustrator Jean Jullien, Spanish illustrators Brosmind and Portland-based artist Sam Larson.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Washed Out will be available to purchase through The Newsagent from the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week on 16 May.  All profits will go to a mental health charity. Follow @feelingwashedout for regular updates.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. Printed by Newspaper Club.

About Newspaper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one newspaper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a newspaper with us, share your newspaper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

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The Rhubarb Triangle at the Hepworth Wakefield

Rhubarb Triangle - Martin Parr exhibition newspaper for Hepworth Wakefield

Since the 1970s, photographer Martin Parr has documented surreal pockets of everyday British experience – from bored couples to garish foodstuffs. Last year, the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery commissioned Parr to turn his lens on the Rhubarb Triangle, a nine-square-mile area in West Yorkshire known for its prolific production of early-forced rhubarb.

Rhubarb Triangle - Martin Parr exhibition newspaper for Hepworth Wakefield

Parr told the The Guardian in January: “There are only 10 or 11 growers left in total and we approached them all [about taking part]. A couple said no but we photographed all of the others, several of whom had never been captured before. It is a fascinating subject and really helps connect the gallery with the local community.”

This new work is included in the Hepworth Wakefield’s retrospective of over 200 of Parr’s photographs, The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories: Photographs by Martin Parr, which opened in February.

Rhubarb Triangle - Martin Parr exhibition newspaper for Hepworth Wakefield

To accompany the exhibition, the Hepworth Wakefield published a traditional tabloid of photos from the Rhubarb Triangle series, tracing the plant’s journey from arduous harvest to glamorous pie competition, hosted annually by the Leeds & District Market Gardener’s Association.

Rhubarb Triangle - Martin Parr exhibition newspaper for Hepworth Wakefield

Rosie Ripley, of the Hepworth Wakefield, says the gallery was eager to publish the photos the newsprint. “Martin Parr and the Hepworth Wakefield both strongly believe in the accessibility of art for the broadest possible audience,” she told us. “The cost-effectiveness and democratic possibilities offered by the opportunity to upload a design and then see it manifested as a newspaper were too good to miss!”

The Rhubarb Triangle is for sale in the Hepworth Wakefield shop for £5. The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories: Photographs by Martin Parr exhibition runs until 12 June 2016.

The newspaper was designed by Leeds-based communications studio The Common Room.

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Twice as nice: two colourful catalogues for U Studio

U Studio tabloid catalogue and mini newspaper gift guide

If you’ve admired the stationery shelves at the Tate Modern or V&A, chances are you’ve seen the work of Bristol-based U Studio (formerly Urban Graphic). The publisher and purveyor of lovely printed goods also supplies Paperchase, Waterstones, Urban Outfitters and many more.

Since 2013, they’ve been steadily building a design-led portfolio of greeting cards and, more recently, homewares – so much so that they needed two newspapers to show everything off.

U Studio tabloid catalogue and mini newspaper gift guide

They recently printed a traditional mini gift guide alongside a traditional tabloid catalogue. The mini is perfect for seeing their wide range of products at a glance; the tabloid has more space for big photos and interviews with some of their very talented collaborators.

U Studio tabloid catalogue and mini newspaper gift guide

So nice, you’ll want to read ’em twice. Thanks for printing with us!

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A traditional catalogue for heritage craftsman Robin Wood

Robin Wood woodwork at Haddon Hall newspaper

Few people are as attuned to the ways of wood as Robin Wood. For more than twenty years the master woodturner has strived, he says, “to simply to make the very best wooden bowls.”

His process, however, is far from simple. Using a foot-powered lathe and hand-forged tools, Wood crafts his tableware with meticulous attention to form and technique. In 2014, he was awarded an MBE for services to Heritage Crafts and Skills.

Robin Wood exhibition at Haddon Hall

We printed a traditional tabloid catalogue for the first exhibition of Wood’s work, which took place at Haddon Hall in his home of Derbyshire last year.

The exhibition’s focus on “natural uneven textures and things which age gracefully” makes a newsprint catalogue a fitting format. The newspaper showcases Wood’s beautiful bowls and offers glimpses into the age-old, and largely forgotten, processes behind them.

Robin Wood woodworker at Haddon Hall newspaper

On printing with us Wood says: “My experience was a pleasure. Formatting and submitting the content was remarkably straightforward. We were running on a very tight deadline as we wanted to include photos of the opening of the exhibition in the newspaper, yet get it printed and out without delay.

Newspaper Club’s turnaround was faster than advertised and we had newspapers available on the first Saturday of the exhibition – they were exceptionally well received.”

Robin Wood woodworker at Haddon Hall newspaper

Wood offers bowl and spoon making courses throughout the year, which you can learn about on his website. His wood craft blog is a lovely read – we especially enjoyed his entry on Welsh cawl spoons.

Learn more about traditional tabloid newspapersOur most popular size – perfect for catalogues, zines, comics, newsletters…the possibilities are endless. Our traditional tabloids are printed on real high-speed newspaper presses.

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