Welcome to Leipzig

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When illustrator Rachel McParland visited Leipzig, she filled her sketchbook with her favourite aspects of the city: ‘the buildings, the history, the bikes, and even the pretzels!’ She used the illustrations in her response to a Student YCN Brief for Airbnb encouraging people to ‘belong anywhere’ — and chose a digital tabloid newspaper to showcase her work.

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‘I wanted to show Leipzig off, show it as the vibrant colourful city that it truly is,’ she tells us.  ‘I created a series of watercolour illustrations of all the things I felt people should know about or pay attention to in Leipzig.’ The result is Welcome to Leipzig — a lovely travel journal pointing out the type of delightful landmarks that an M. Sasek book would celebrate (the zoo, the choir hall, Bach’s burial place).

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Rachel is selling her wonderful view of Leipzig in The Newsagent and you can see more of her work on her website. Thank you for printing with us, Rachel  and happy travels!

Monday toons

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Some delightful, cartoonish advertisements for The Financial Times c. 1950s by graphic designer Abram Games.

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Pass the Deficit

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The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a travelling polling station with a clever twist: voters cast a ballot for the politician they can’t stand the most.

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Illustration student Holly MacDonald launched the Pop-Up Poll Booth during the UK general election in May, transforming an empty shop in Brighton Laines into an unusually lively poll booth plastered with her neon caricatures.

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‘The aim of The Pop-Up Poll Booth is not only to vent anger against the government,’ she tells us, ‘but also to learn about basic politics and engage with the subject.’

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Holly printed a digital tabloid newspaper, Pass the Deficit, as an election guide to go along with the project. It includes information about the UK voting system and party manifestos, alongside some brilliant illustrations from Holly.

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 You can download Pass the Deficit for free online or pick up a copy at the Bright Graduate Show. Holly plans to stage a Patriotic Poll Booth based on the US voting system in July, follow along on Twitter for more details.

Thanks for printing with us, Holly!

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Paper of the Month: The Typefaces

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Our Paper of the Month for May is The Typefaces from illustrator Scott Lambert. Inspired by ‘letterpress printing and childlike observations,’ The Typefaces is a simple and delightfully clever typography puzzle that reveals hidden faces in the common alphabet.

What’s lovely is that The Typefaces are quiet, subtle illusions. It takes a few seconds to see the characters, which emerge from familiar letters in Rubin’s vase fashion. For example, a pair of polar bears disguised in the letters P and Q:

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Originally printed as a book, it grew into a more affordable (and commuter-friendly) newsprint edition that you can buy in The Newsagent for £9.

Scott gives us the whole story of this charming publication:

The Typefaces are faces in type. It’s that simple.  It’s a mix of two of the things I love to the most – designing and dadding.

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They started in a book, but the concern for me with blurb.com was that the printing for a book was $26 but the shipping to Singapore was $45. Then a friend told me about Newspaper Club so I thought I would give it a try. I think newspapers have an appeal for designers, and especially design students.

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Now The Typefaces are on t-shirts and posters. The whole project is print on demand – so there is no major outlay for me.

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The best way I have found to describe them is ‘for the designer in every child and the child in every designer’. There are no signs of making any profit any time soon, it really is a labour of love.

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Pick up a copy of the The Typefaces in The Newsagent or visit the official website for posters, shirts, and more. You can also follow The Typefaces on Twitter (and why wouldn’t you?)

Thanks 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.

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The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams

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The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams is a delight. The comic, from illustrator Fran Colomb, follows down-on-her-luck seamstress Fanny, who daydreams of triple-tiered cake stands and looks a bit like Tintin in ballet pumps. It’s a very British sort of story, quaintly bleak with so many tiny, witty details (like a poster wall with advertisements for a kitten circus and Wonderful Seances – Ectoplasm Guaranteed).

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It’s really lovely storytelling. We asked Fran to tell us more about the Fanny Adams project:

I printed Chapter One of The Memoirs Of Sweet Fanny Adams with the aim of working out the look and feel of a longer project. I wanted to get something printed and out there to see if people were interested enough for me to continue (and to have a bit of a party along the way.)

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After hunting around on the zine scene for an affordable printer, Newspaper Club was the easiest and most affordable way of doing it. As the artwork is digital, the first time I saw the whole piece on paper was when the proof came through the post. As the story involves the gutter press and celebrity, tomorrow’s chip paper  lends itself well to the project. (I had been looking at a lot of printed ephemera, especially the throw away kind, whilst researching the graphics.)

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I printed 50 digital tabloid copies which I personally editioned, handmade some Belly bands and calling cards, and had a launch party at a pub in London. As I like a bit of lo/no budget, I also made myself a website from scratch.

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I was extremely pleased with the colour quality of the newspaper and found ARTHR very easy to use once I’d got my head around it and email enquiries were answered very promptly by Newspaper Club.

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Chapter One of Sweet Fanny Adams is part of a much longer graphic novel project. I intend to continue publishing the chapters in part works or “feuilleton,” but haven’t entirely decided which direction I want to go yet. But I’m happy with the results so far and have had plenty of interest – I have recouped my print costs already. Watch this space!

Thanks for printing with us, Fran! Please keep us posted on the next issue.

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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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Imagining Leo Kannerschool

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Leo Kannerschool is a special needs school in the Netherlands. The school offers a unique learning environment for children with autism and commissioned artist Aad Goudappel to create a series of illustrations representing their values. The result is a wonderful project interpreting themes of community, independence, structure, and self-expression.

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Ankie Stoutjesdijk led graphic design on the project, creating a poster for the school using Aad’s illustrations. She was so taken with the work that she decided to print a digital tabloid newspaper keepsake for herself. ‘I’m so in love with the illustrations, and wanted to see how it would work on newsprint,’ she tells us. ‘I’m also in love with Newspaper Club and printed matter in general!’

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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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Which Mushroom is This?

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It’s risky business handling mushrooms, but you can safely examine deadly Amanita phalloides in the pages of Justus Gelberg‘s digital tabloid publication. Like amateur foragers, we were drawn to his mushroom illustrations without understanding their purpose (the text is all in German). It turns out the paper is exactly what it looks like, a field guide to fungus identification. Justus is a student at HFG Offenbach and created the newspaper for a book design project. He tells us more:

 Silberlöffel & Zwiebel was conceived as part of a seminar by Professor Sascha Lobe on book redesign. The book Welcher Pilz ist das? (Which Mushroom is This?) was used as the basis for my design project.

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This nature guide presents mushrooms from the whole of Europe and describes the criteria with which their species can accurately be determined; one receives detailed knowledge directly from the pictures. The basis book shows each mushroom species with a text, photos or illustrations in various formats.

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The realisation of my redesign is concentrated on the category of poisonous mushrooms, which especially fascinate me. I replaced the photos with sketch-like illustrations, but retained the texts of the basis book which concerned themselves with poisonous mushrooms, their categorization and description, and their symptoms.

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To contrast with typical nature guides, I chose the atypical format of 375 x 520 mm to demonstrate the aesthetic quality and beauty of poisonous mushrooms.

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The decision to print the nature-guide on newspaper was also atypical. The paper and low grammage dissolve the classical book character and transportable nature characteristic of nature-guides. Typographically I decided to use the clear and simple typography “Maison Neue.”

Newspaper field guides may be slightly impractical, but such clean and bold illustration looks wonderful on newsprint. A publication for the armchair mushroom hunter, then. Thanks for printing with us, Justus!

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