Thursday, December 18th 2014
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, December 10th 2014
Duffy & Partners is a branding and design firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They do all sorts of creative work with clients ranging from Armani to Hallmark. They decided to create a focused portfolio in the form of a classic tabloid to highlight the work they’ve done with wine, beer, and spirits. It’s a handsome little 8-page catalogue with a bit of history about the brands. You can flip through it in The Newsagent.
They were happy with the results and sent through some nice photos we thought we’d share. Cheers!
Thursday, November 27th 2014
Sunday Morning founders Daniel Arenas and Vanessa Rueda got married in New York last summer and spread the word through a charming newspaper invite. They printed a soft-hued digital tabloid with hand-drawn maps to wedding locations. Doesn’t it look lovely?
Thank you for sharing your paper with us!
Thursday, November 20th 2014
Pubs and newspapers go well together. Photographer Greg Levitt has put together a paper about pubs that we like very much: Time at the Bar is a digital broadsheet chronicling two hundred and thirty shut down pubs in Brighton and Hove. While it’s a shame to see so many handsome pubs abandoned, it’s a lovely thing to have the buildings so carefully memorialised in this publication. The project was recently included in the Brighton Photo Biennial. Greg writes about his newspaper:
Time at the Bar is a photographic typology cataloguing the demise of the traditional British boozer across Brighton & Hove; an observation of the architectural – and psychological – spaces that are left in communities when a pub calls ‘time’ for the final time.
Using the newspaper format is an attempt to get away from the notion of works of art hung on walls within the stuffy confides of elitist galleries – instead presenting art as a cheaply made and easily affordable mass-produced commodity, with no special worth. The deadpan aesthetic, neutrality of the documentary style and seemingly banal subject matter belies the crumbling fabric of society, hidden behind the facade of these once community-focused locales.
For further information and to see more of Greg’s work, visit his website. Thanks for printing with us!
Wednesday, November 12th 2014
We’ve seen lots of wedding papers go through our presses lately. Invitations, orders of service, keepsakes for guests– all sorts. We’ve been meaning to write something about making a wedding paper and then we got a message from designer Adam Morris, who put together a digital tabloid newspaper when he got married earlier this year. He’s written an excellent blog post about creating a wedding newspaper, sharing all the thoughtful details that went into his design process. It sums up everything we would want to say, and has some lovely photos to boot. It’s a beautiful memento and great starting point for anyone thinking of making a newspaper for their wedding. Adam says:
We loved putting the newspaper together. It was a lot of effort, and it took a fair while to mastermind. But it was great to re-live our day and share the photos in this unique way with all of our guests. One of them even said it was the best thing they had received in the mail for years!
We really recommend hopping over to Adam’s blog to read the the whole thing. We love reading the stories behind well made papers, and this was a really nice thing to find in our inbox. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
Thursday, November 6th 2014
Our Paper of the Month for October is Connected, a publication concerned with the Internet of Things. The latest issue is a 16-page digital tabloid looking at wearable technology and features essays by clever minds from all fields and backgrounds. Connected is edited by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Ana Bradley (of Designswarm) and Peter Bihr (of The Waving Cat). They tell us more about the newspaper:
We hope to provide insight, analysis and different perspectives into the Internet of Things: what it is, what it could be, what we all want it to be as an industry and a society.
In this issue of Connected, we focus on a subset of the Internet of Things: wearables. Between fitness trackers, health devices and smart watches, there is a lot happening in the space that warrants a closer look at the devices, services and players, as well as at the larger implications on our lives and the industry.
Through a collection of thoughts, ranging from essays to showcases to info graphics, our authors help draw the landscape of short and long-term challenges and opportunities, document lessons learnt from the pioneers and showcase the most exciting connected products of the past 10 years of development – as well as an outlook on what to expect over the next 10 years.
Connected is for sale in The Newsagent for £9.75. (If you’re outside the UK, you can also buy the newspaper directly through the Connected website). 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 The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.
Wednesday, October 29th 2014
Poppy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
This weekend (25th & 26th October) our studio complex South Block in Glasgow will be taking part in Wasps Open Studios. We printed a traditional mini brochure for the event, which has been happening at Wasps studio spaces around Scotland all this month:
Throughout October artists within Wasps’ Studios across Scotland will be providing visitors with a behind the scenes look at how they develop and make the high quality works on offer within Scotland’s galleries, museums and public spaces.
As part of GENERATION, a nationwide celebration of the past 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, the 2014 edition of Wasps Open Studios will include a specially devised programme of talks, events and workshops from well-known and emergent artists. Wasps Open Studios first started in 2002. Since then, the event has attracted nearly 50,000 visitors. Its success shows a real appetite for audiences to learn more about how and why artists make their work.
Visitors have unrivalled opportunities to meet artists in their place of work and to gain a greater understanding of studio practice- a vital aspect of the creative process. Around 250 artists will open their studio doors to showcase the broad range of creative practices that Wasps’ supports. Wasps Open Studios is a nationwide event and one that celebrates the diversity of studio communities across ages, art-forms, practice and experience. It will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Irvine, Selkirk, Kirkcudbright and Newburgh.
Wasps regularly welcome those who are keen to learn about contemporary visual and applied arts and this year’s event will include events of interest to children, young people and school groups, international visitors and arts professionals, local residents, families and higher education students. Join us at Wasps Open Studios 2014 to celebrate this wealth of talent across the country!
South Block will be hosting artists’ talks and live screen printing– visit the Wasps website to see a full list of the events happening at South Block. Tickets are free but very limited so best to book online if you want to take part. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
Adele and Steve were married in March and they printed their order of service as a digital tabloid newspaper — The Daily Veil. The paper was even handed out before the ceremony by their very own flat-capped newsboy, Adele’s nephew. Adele and Steve have shared some photos from the day and written a bit about putting the paper together:
When it came to choosing our order of service design we wanted something unique and that would set the tone for the wedding right from the start. I had a vision of all of our guests holding newspapers whilst singing in the church and I instantly knew it was the right way to go.
The trickiest bit was the content and the design, we really wanted to create a newspaper feel but yet keep some of the church traditions that you come to expect at a wedding. (We also knew we had to keep the vicar happy otherwise our newspapers would be a waste!)
Once uploaded and sent to Newspaper Club they arrived in super speedy time and we absolutely loved them! So I whipped up a bag for my newspaper boy (nephew) and we were ready to go!
On the day itself our newspaper boy was on fine form playing his vital role and everyone loved them. They are great as a keepsake and we know that any wedding we go to in the future no one will outdo our lovely papers!
Congratulations to Adele and Steve and thank you for printing such a special newspaper with us!
We’ve written about a few other lovely wedding papers on our blog and there’s a fine collection under the ‘wedding’ tag in The Newsagent.