Winter Wonderland

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There’s only a few weeks left of summer but never mind — this lovely photo book from photographer Takeshi Suga has us looking forward to wintry days. Winter Wonderland is a 12-page tabloid newspaper of dream-like Japanese landscapes photographed at the beginning of 2013. ‘The scenery I photograph is somewhat whimsical and delicate,’ writes Suga, ‘blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy.’ Limited to 300 copies, the newspaper has an introduction from Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of similarly dreamy pop band Tennis. Suga writes about his project:

In Winter Wonderland I am exploring the idea of a wonderland in wintertime Japan. Despite our culture being increasingly westernized and Christmas becoming almost as important of an event to celebrate as New Year’s, “Winter Wonderland”, a winter-time song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, is relatively unknown in Japan. This reminded me of the fact that we imported the word ‘wonderland’ and while a number of imported words and cultural elements such as ‘Christmas’ have been assimilated into Japanese culture, ‘wonderland’ is a word many Japanese people have heard of but many people have never wondered what it is. This in turn raised the question whether or not a wonderland can be discovered in Japan.

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Through this sequence of imagery, I seek to convey that the idea of a winter wonderland, which was formed in the west, can also be applied to Japanese winter landscapes. Winter in some parts of Japan can be extremely harsh with heavy snowfall and fewer hours of sunlight than any other season but these images of landscapes show that becalmed beauty and wonder do exist in the moments of euphoric serenity the season also offers every now and then – that is where I believe Winter Wonderland resides.

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Winter Wonderland is currently available at bookshops in 7 cities in 6 different countries– Kobe, Tokyo, London, Barcelona, Brussels, Oslo and Amsterdam.

You can order a copy of Winter Wonderland online through Utakatado Publishing. See more of Takeshi Suga’s work on his website and keep up with upcoming projects on Instagram. Thank you for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Everything for Breakfast

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Our Paper of the Month for July is Everything for Breakfast from Sheffield-based illustrator David Hill. Set in a brilliantly drawn universe, the 20-page digital tabloid starts off with an invitation to a birthday breakfast on a lighthouse. The story follows an adventurer in a fabulous jumper, making her way across the world one breakfast at a time — it’s our kind of comic. Just look at that bedroom!

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Unfortunately we can’t jump into the pages, but David was happy to tell us a bit more about his comic:

Everything for Breakfast is the result of my final university project, where I wanted to create something for children to interact with, to read through, and to implicitly receive the message of the importance of acceptance and tolerance amongst different cultures.

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I use my child protagonists – Scottish Explorer Aggie and Ghanaian food lover Kofi – to get the message across in their own unique way. In issue one, Aggie encounters the Tunnel Dudes, a grumpy set of postmen, who become both help and hindrances throughout. They reluctantly help her on her way south towards the Congo jungle so she can find the best present for Kofi’s birthday, while eating all the breakfast she can before setting off again.

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Children’s comics have been around for many years, though a gap seems apparent in educational comics for kids who are becoming more socially independent as they move from primary to secondary school. With this project I was hoping to bridge that gap with my contribution.

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I see the comic being read by kids in schools during the morning breakfast routine, or at break time, so I wanted the comic to be a larger format than the usual issued comic of today, and saw that our University’s graduation brochure was being printed through Newspaper Club. I’ve been aware of the company for a while so this was the perfect excuse to see what my work looks like as a newspaper. The results are great, and I didn’t expect the company to be so personal with the project! And now I know how to make Issue 2 even better.

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This is just the first of a planned four installments, and we can’t wait for the next issue. Thanks for printing with us, David!

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 buzz about The Stinger

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We printed the first issue of music magazine The Stinger in February and last month they published their third issue. It’s a cracking publication out of Hastings covering local music news and history, from interviews with current acts to ‘I Was There’ accounts of gigs gone by (like the Sex Pistols and Nick Cave playing Hastings Pier). It’s all put together by volunteers, working with the Fat Tuesday charity, and distributed locally for free. Managing Editor Andy Gunton wrote to tell us about the newspaper:

The Stinger is a free, independent, local music magazine for Hastings and the surrounding ‘1066’ area. Its aim is to help promote, support and encourage original local music. The magazine is published every other month and is written and produced by local music lovers, who are all passionate about both their hometown and the music created and played within it.

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In a very timely development, Hastings has recently been officially recognised as the ‘most musically sophisticated town in the UK’. Happily we now have a local music magazine to help celebrate and publicise that fact. The team behind the magazine want to produce engaging, educational and readable content, something that the readers would wish to keep for its own sake, instead of glancing at and casting aside.

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The design and look of The Stinger was an important consideration when first putting the magazine together. The editors wanted a magazine that looked and felt a little different to other local music and listing publications– hence producing a traditional mini newspaper instead of an A5 sized glossy publication.

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When we first heard of Newspaper Club and saw samples of their products, we knew they would be the right people to put our creation into print. We have been very happy with the service we’ve received from the Newspaper Club team, from the prompt and friendly replies to our initial enquiries, right through to the advice and help given when The Stinger finally went to print. Launching a new print magazine, albeit locally, in this digital age is a bit of a leap of faith, and a rather daunting prospect as well. So, to have a stress free printing and delivery process is very welcome, and one less thing to worry about!

You can download a copy of The Stinger online and keep up with the magazine on Twitter. Thank you for printing with us!

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Pond Life Papers

For the last year, David Ross, Glasgow based designer (and NPC neighbour), has been working on a collaborative product to make beautiful flat pack lamps with a whole host other local illustrators, artists and designers.

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His pondlife themed designs were created to “restore a little love for self-assembly furniture”, giving owners “a connection with the object, a greater understanding of the design and an increased sense of ownership of the product,” once they’ve teased together the simple, elegant frames.

David says: “The shades and frames were inspired by an ongoing interest in ponds, particularly the creatures, plants and structures that make up a pond’s ecosystem.”

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“I made the newspapers for my exhibition primarily because I wanted the opportunity to give a greater background to the product I was launching (including information about 10 collaborators!) without having to print hundreds of sheets of paper in my studio.
Secondly, the newspaper is a far nicer object to pick-up and read than a few sheets of A4, and I hope people will be more likely to hang onto it.
And thirdly, with the Pond Life Laser Lamps I tried to create an honest and fun product – I feel that this is mirrored with a newspaper.”

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The lamps are still on display now in an exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, and can be bought through the Lighthouse shop, Tojo, or David’s website here. They also happen to feature work by the great Chris Watson, who shares our office space, and one shade by yours truly.

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Simulating flight with cardboard and newsprint

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Justin Ramsden has a brilliant job — he gets to build LEGO for a living. He’s a professional model designer, but when he’s not creating famous faces out of tens of thousands of bricks, he’s making newspapers. He recently printed a digital tabloid with us documenting his project to design a simulated Spitfire flight experience. Too cool. We wanted to know more and asked Justin to tell us about it:

On visiting the Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition at the Air Transport Auxiliary Museum in Maidenhead as part of my third year project research whilst on the BA Design course at Goldsmiths, University of London, I was interested in engaging with the ‘most sophisticated Spit simulator available to the general public,’ and being filled with numerous emotions (along with fulfilling a childhood fantasy of flying a Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane); ultimately, I wanted to experience the thrill to fly such an iconic aircraft. However, what was placed in front of me was a lackluster version of a computer game in which one gentleman commented whilst I was observing that, ‘I only wish it gave you the sensations.’

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Entitled the Cardboard Spitfire Simulated Flight Experience, I designed a ‘crash simulator’ that was tested on various participants and performed in front of an audience. This ninety second experience was a multi-sensory display that combined multiple digital projections, pyrotechnics, a variety of emotions that the participant had been ‘designed’ to feel and a cardboard and Gaffa tape one-one scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia fighter plane cockpit in which the user was seated.

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Additionally a newspaper was created to compliment a video of the experience. Having printed with Newspaper Club on previous occasions, I knew that not only would I receive a fantastic service with a fast turn around on printing and delivery, but the aesthetic of a newspaper matched my cardboard lo-fi fabrication. I am extremely pleased with how the newspaper turned out and have received numerous positive compliments from those that have seen it  — cheers Newspaper Club!
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You can see more of Justin’s work on his website and follow him on Twitter. Thanks for sending such an unusual project our way, Justin!

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The pleasures and possibilities of getting lost

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There’s been some resonant coverage in the national papers recently about print publications. The Guardian posted a gallery of beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn’t dead and considers the resurrection of the magazine in the digital age:

These magazines are…a result of the possibilities offered by the new technology that was supposed to kill print culture – they sell and distribute online, they crowdfund, they invent their own business models on the hoof.

We’re really proud to have been involved in some such crowd-funded and community-driven projects like The Peckham Peculiar My Favo(u)rite Magazine and Revealing Craft (to name just a recent few)all of which have used the intersection of physical and digital to create something quite special. Print succeeds today in novel and unexpected ways, evidenced by exciting (and now full-time!) enterprises like Stack Magazines, a brilliant subscription service that posts you a different independent magazine every month. Buying a magazine or newspaper isn’t just about getting the news anymore, it’s also a chance to experiment and discover something new a way of bringing people and ideas together and creating something to be turned over and read again, not thrown away at the end of the day.

Not driven by celebrity or publicists’ schedules, the curated storytelling, often around a single theme, is closer to the storytelling of novels – they’re narrative journeys of ideas, pictures and activities…they offer the pleasures and possibilities of getting lost.

We’ve seen all sorts of orders come through our system since we started Newspaper Club, and still so many surprise us. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens as we continue to develop the Newsagent to help you find, and get lost in, some really brilliant newspapers.

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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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Paper of the Month: The Peckham Peculiar

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January’s Paper of the Month is The Peckham Peculiar, a brilliant new community newspaper put together by four friends who work in publishing and journalism (and sometimes write Sunday Times bestselling books).

Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi, Mark McGinlay and Kate White funded the project through a successful Kickstarter campaign and are planning to publish six issues of The Peckham Peculiar this year. Since handing out the first issues on 18 January outside Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, they have assembled a cracking squad of stockists and a very happy readership– their Twitter feed is filled with photos of Peckhamians having a quiet read over a pastry  or juggling the paper with a packet of crisps. It’s fantastic to see a project that so brings out the character of a community– a big reason why we love printing local newspapers.

We asked The Peckham Peculiar for the story behind their hyperlocal newspaper:

We’ve always had a huge love for local newspapers and the important role that they play within communities, and have dreamt for many years of setting up our own paper for the area we live in.

Other parts of London including Brixton, Kentish Town and Croydon already have their own papers and we felt that Peckham deserved its own hyperlocal publication, dedicated solely to the SE15 postcode and featuring the word ‘Peckham’ in the masthead.

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We have lived in southeast London for a combined total of about 30 years and love the area for its huge diversity and strong community spirit. We wanted to celebrate the uniqueness of Peckham with a newspaper to be enjoyed by everyone who lives and works here. We also wanted it to be free and therefore accessible to all.

Having decided to call our paper The Peckham Peculiar, in September last year we managed to raise more than £5,000 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund the printing and distribution of our first two issues. We had 150 donations ranging from £1 to £1,000, from local people to someone in the United States.

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We wanted to create a newspaper with unique stories about real people, devoid of celebrity-led drivel. Having a strong and eye-catching design was important to us because, aware of the number of free publications around, we knew we had to stand out from the crowd. We also wanted the paper to feature excellent photography.

Although we are all writers, none of us have ever designed a newspaper before and didn’t know much about CMYK colours, bleed, margins and other technical terms. We were therefore over the moon to discover the Newspaper Club website, which contained lots of useful information and seemed to be aimed at people exactly like us.

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The other publications on the Newspaper Club website looked so brilliant and boldly designed. Other titles that inspired us included a local newspaper called The Bedford Clanger, which we loved the sound of, and the beautifully-designed Tomorrow’s Chip Paper and Root & Bone.

When it came to designing The Peckham Peculiar, Newspaper Club were so helpful, checking pages for us in advance and flagging up any potential issues that might be problematic at printing stage. They were always on the end of an email and the help they gave us was invaluable.

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Now we’ve finally printed 8,000 improved tabloid copies of The Peckham Peculiar and are so pleased with the results. It is stocked at more than 50 shops across Peckham and Nunhead and we’ve been giving it out at local train stations too. It’s so exciting to see our paper around town and people reading it in cafes or on the train.

We were even invited to film a segment for the BBC Breakfast show about hyperlocal newspapers. Having a BBC camera crew turn up our flat, seeing The Peckham Peculiar on BBC One and hearing Bill Turnbull mention our name was surreal to say the least.

Stories in issue one include a photo essay on the legendary hairdressers of Rye Lane and a feature on the Peckham Liberal Club, a local working men’s club that is fighting to stay open. Pick up a copy when you’re next in Peckham or view it online on Issuu

For up-to-the-minute Peckham news, and information about the next issues of the newspaper, follow The Peckham Peculiar on Twitter. 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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Issue #7 of The Long Good Read out now

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We’re happy to announce that another six-issue run of the Long Good Read, an algorithmic newspaper created in collaboration with The Guardian, starts today. Issue #7 is available for free at #guardiancoffee in Shoreditch, London while supplies last (which wasn’t very long last time around, so don’t dally if you want an issue!)

We wrote about the Long Good Read on our blog when the first issue came out in November and there have been some good overviews written since then. If you’re in the area pop by and pick up a copy and let us know what you think.

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Pure and honest craftsmanship

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Some more images of Revealing Craft, courtesy of Sheffield-based design studio dust. Designer Alexandra Jenkinson had this to say about putting the project together:

Having worked with newsprint in the past we knew it would pair up perfectly with the content of the book—the everyday. Mixing this with different stocks and printing methods (for the pull outs and cover) created something really special.

It has been interesting to hear peoples opinions regarding the newsprint as we have created a book that looks and feels like a newspaper. I think a lot of people are pleasantly surprised with the outcome and it has opened their eyes to how newsprint can be used.

Two editions of the book will soon be available to buy online, contact editions@du.st if you’re interested. They’ve also recently opened up an Etsy shop and it’s well worth following their blog to keep up with some really stunning work.

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