A visual guide to a year’s worth of seasonal produce

Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaperMeng Yang is a Chicago-based graphic designer. When he signed up for an organic produce share from local co-op Green Grocer last year, he decided to document his weekly bounty through illustration.

Now he’s turned his drawings into a digital tabloid newspaper cataloguing 38 weeks of seasonal fruits and vegetables. It’s a wonderful visual guide to a year’s worth of organic produce – plus some cooking tips that Yang picked up along the way. Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper by Meng Yang“I thought it would be an interesting idea to visually show the varying items that I picked up weekly,” he says. “And to highlight the quality difference of opting to shop at a local mom-n-pop shop versus the discount chains.”Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper“Thumbing through a 52-page newspaper was the perfect format to showcase the sheer amount vegetables and fruits that run the gamut for 4 season’s worth of goods.”Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper by Meng Yang“It was a fun project to collaborate with a fellow illustrator friend of mine, Johnny Decker Miller, and I’m extremely happy with the print quality from the newspapers.”

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Newspaper of the Month: Pizza Workshop Post

Pizza Workshop Post traditional tabloid newspaper

Our Newspaper of the Month for May is Pizza Workshop Postfrom Bristol-based pie slingers Pizza Workshop. The sourdough pizzeria opened last year with a simple but uncompromising mission: to make “one thing the best we possibly can.” Turns out they can make a great newspaper, too.

Their traditional tabloid looks beneath the crust of Pizza Workshop – from the Head Chef’s journey to Naples in search of a 70-year-old sourdough starter (named “Dodo”) to the specially-made wooden crates they use to keep the fermenting dough at just the right temperature.

Pizza Workshop Post traditional tabloid newspaper

The Post was designed by creative agency Moon. They built the Pizza Workshop identity right down to their lights, tables and chairs – all made in Moon’s own workshop to bespoke designs. The newspaper is an extension of Pizza Workshop’s focus on craft, and a perfect medium to tell the stories that make the restaurant special.

Pizza Workshop Post traditional tabloid newspaper

“We wanted to connect with our customers beyond providing them with great food,” says Pizza Workshop. “We wanted to show them that we go the extra mile with everything that we do. The feedback has been fantastic.”

The Post is available now at Pizza Workshop. If you’re not in Bristol, feast your eyes on their pies on Instagram. Thanks for printing with us and congratulations!

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.

Make headlines this Father’s Day

Father's Day tabloid newspaper - Monsieur BarbierDigital tabloid newspaper designed by Monsieur Barbier.

Father’s Day is June 19. There’s still time to dust off the old family albums and make a newspaper all about Dad – like this one! It’s quick and easy to arrange your photos and text with our online layout tool ARTHR, no software required.

Our digital tabloids normally arrive within 2 – 5 days in the UK, and 2 – 9 days elsewhere. You can print just one very special copy, or a handful to share with friends and family. If you’re in the UK, place your order by 2:00pm on Monday June 13 for delivery by June 19.

If you’re looking for a meaningful and memorable gift this year, get started!

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Filed under: case studies, digital tabloid, holidays

The dreamy comic landscape of Lila #2

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews

David Mathews is an illustrator, book designer and animator based in Vienna. His digital tabloidLila #2, is a story of friendship and affection over distance. Through absorbing, dream-like illustrations, Matthews asks his reader: what happens when our lives and the lives of those dear to us begin to diverge?

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews
There’s no straight answer, but Lila #2 is a joy to puzzle over. Matthews says he chose newsprint as a tribute to “the heyday of broadsheet comics luminaries such as Krazy Kat.”  We love that Matthews has infused the classic, monochromatic comic strip landscape with hypnotic details and lava lamp hues. Lila1

A special edition of Lila #2 will be available soon, complete with hand-printed linoprints. In the meantime, you can write to studioleela@gmail.com to request a copy.

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews

Head over to David Matthews’s website for more beautiful illustration – and see some of it come to life!

Learn more about our digital tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product, great for everything from weddings to portfolios, props and posters. Easy to try out – print one copy or print hundreds.

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Mini newspaper for big voices at Tournez la Meule music festival

Tournez La Meule traditional mini concert programme

Tournez la Meule is a vocal festival founded in 2014 by well-travelled Swiss quintet 5 aux Moulins. What began as a group of friends celebrating their musical journeys – from Finland to Corsica to Bulgaria – has become a much-anticipated local event. That’s due in no small part, we’re sure, to the wonderful traditional mini programmes designed by Nicolas Meyer.

Tournez La Meule traditional mini concert programme

This year’s programme features 10 musicians from different genres. The festival’s emphasis on vocals means choirs and a-cappella ensembles are to be expected, but it’s also an opportunity for rock and pop bands to show a different side of their music with acoustic performances. The concerts all take place at a small theatre in idyllic Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Tournez La Meule traditional mini concert programme

“It’s an intimate atmosphere,” explains Meyer. “So we wanted to provide a unique brochure that reflected that. That’s why we chose a mini newspaper. It’s slightly bigger than the traditional A5 leaflets everyone uses in Switzerland, so we had to dig into our imaginations to fill each page with more descriptive details about the artists.”

Tournez La Meule traditional mini concert programme

“Between concerts, many people bury themselves in their copy and we’ve had excellent  feedback. We want people to touch, read and keep these magazines – and I have a feeling that’s exactly what they do.”

Tournez la Meule was held on 23 – 24 April 2016. Keep an eye on the festival website for details about next year’s event.

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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Filed under: case studies, music, programmes, traditional mini

Steam Whistle Letterpress makes a big impression with a broadsheet

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: big news, big broadsheet newspaper.

Steam Whistle Press gets the word out and shows off their latest letterpress goods – cards that run the gamut from birthday greetings to holiday wishes from the cat. The bold, blocky 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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Filed under: case studies, catalogue, traditional broadsheet

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.

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Filed under: case studies, digital mini, exhibition, print's not dead

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.

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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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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Filed under: branding, case studies, food, million milestone, traditional mini, zines

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