Tuesday, December 3rd 2013
November’s Paper of the Month is Neutrality vs. Sensationalism by Brighton-based illustrator and designer Jamie Eke. Jamie made the most of his digital tabloid and published two newspapers in one, for a clever typography project examining standards of journalism. One side up the newspaper presents an illustrated alphabet depicting stories from The Independent; flip it round for The Sun. Two different worlds across one spread.
Neutrality vs. Sensationalism was recently exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in London. Jamie had this to say about the project:
[It] explores the contrast in nature of news coverage by the British quality press (broadsheets) and the British popular press (tabloids). The typefaces both represent the month of April, 2012 – each character embodies a front page story; A = 1st, B = 2nd etc. – however one corresponds to The Independent and the other to The Sun. The illustrations serve to demonstrate the contrast in priorities, including the much higher degree of personalisation evident in tabloids – containing many reports of individuals’ (usually celebrities) circumstances and ordeals – as opposed to accounts of extended processes found in broadsheets.
Jamie is also selling large format (60x80cm) limited edition prints of each of the typefaces, which come along with a copy of the newspaper. Get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to buy one.
For a closer look at the newspaper, and to see more of Jamie’s work, visit his website. Congratulations Jamie and thanks again for printing with us!
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Friday, November 29th 2013
A few months ago we wrote about My Favo(u)rite Magazine, a project in support of creative director Bob Newman. Since then the newsprint publication has been read all around the world, from Tokyo to Ipanema Beach. Bob has been collecting photos of the well-travelled My Favo(u)rite Magazine and posting them in a massively lovely series of photosets on his Tumblr. He was recently interviewed by Magculture and had this to say about My Favo(u)rite Magazine and its role in his recovery:
The process of taking and collecting snapshots has been amazing. It started with the illustrator Brook Meinhardt, who lives on Orcas Island in Puget Sound between Seattle and Vancouver. She posted hers on my Facebook page, and it took off from there. We’ve gotten them from babies, 90-year-old friends of my mom’s, dogs and cats, and everyone in-between. And there are people like the illustrator and art director Neil Gower who took his copy all over London, photographing it in the British Museum and in various offices and studios.
Obviously the My Favo(u)rite Magazine project is important to me personally because it’s raising a significant amount of medical and living expenses funding for myself and my family. Of course I’m very grateful for that. But in addition, the process of collecting the photographs and promoting the project has been great therapy for me. It helped me get back into online posting and communicating, something that my doctors kept stressing was essential to my recovery…I hope that we can continue to get and share pictures from My Favo(u)rite Magazine, and again I want to thank everyone involved for making such a significant contribution to my recovery.
We’ve loved seeing all the support for this project and finally got around to taking our own photo for Bob’s collection. Hullo from the Glasgow office!
Copies of My Favo(u)rite Magazine are available from the Magculture shop. And you can keep up with Bob and his ongoing recovery on his Twitter and Facebook page.
Monday, November 25th 2013
We popped into Guardian Coffee earlier to take a look at the Long Good Read issue 4, available today. It’s brilliant to see how far it’s come in just a few issues. (Find out more about the project.)
There’s a great selection of articles from all sections of the Guardian: from Doctor Who to Pussy Riot to Proteus.
This time round we’ve tried to explain what’s going on under the hood, with a natty centre spread designed by Ralph (at the top of this post).
For each article we’ve unpacked the reasons for including it in the paper, showing how the algorithm (and sometimes the editor) makes its selection.
Pick up your copy this week, for free, from #guardiancoffee in Shoreditch. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Friday, November 1st 2013
We love The Bedford Clanger! It’s our longest running newspaper, and we’ve been delighted to watch it grow from a little newspaper in 2011 to a whopping great success in 2013. It’s always interesting and every issue looks a treat. It has made us want to pop down to Bedford a few times as there’s clearly so much going on there.
The driving force behind this great local newspaper is Erica Roffe, who’s here to tell us the story of the Bedford Clanger as it relaunches as a quarterly mini. Over to you, Erica…
Over the past two and a half years we’ve worked closely with the Newspaper Club to develop our little indie newspaper from a 16 page fanzine with a print-run of just 1,000 to a mini newspaper distributed to 25,000 people. We’ve gained a lot of knowledge on the way (most of it in very, very steep learning curves) and have met some amazing people who have found out about us via the Newspaper Club’s blog.
Since June 2011 we’ve printed on almost every format going. We started out as a classic tabloid, graduated to the improved tabloid and we’ve even ventured into broadsheet territory for a picture special we ran in September 2013. The lovely people at the Newspaper Club have guided us every step of the way, helping us source exactly the right paper stock, advising on layouts and even proof-reading for us when we misspelt the month of the publication on the front cover…
This month sees us re-launch The Bedford Clanger as a 40 page mini newspaper and we’re so excited about the new design, format and features – and about reaching thousands more readers. We’re working with a Get Smart Promotions to distribute the Clanger throughout Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes too. Our aim is to make out-of-towners want to visit, make visitors want to stay and make residents proud to live here.
The new-look Clanger will be a quarterly publication with day-to-day content being published on our blog and via twitter and Facebook. We are also working with Bedford’s Big Local App to create a Bedford Clanger Listing app which will feature our definitive what’s on guide.
As you can see, the organic development of The Bedford Clanger continues. We’ve got lots of ideas and schemes for the future, including some that feature the Newspaper Club, so watch this space…
Find the Clanger’s at thebedfordclanger.wordpress.com or follow their adventures on Twitter @bedfordclanger.
Thursday, October 24th 2013
The stylish folks at Norwegian Rain make bad weather look good. They specialise in ‘hard core functional outerwear’– super slick raincoats for the sensibly fashionable. Based in Bergen, the rainiest city in Europe, they’ve published their latest look book as a traditional broadsheet. It’s called Petrichor, a pretty word that means ‘the smell of rain on dry earth’. We think it looks lovely on display in their Bergen shop, pictured below.
We asked their branding guru Gaute Tenold Aase from Anti & Grandpeople to explain why they chose newsprint:
Twice every year numerous look books are produced and circulated with the sole purpose of presenting the latest creations from various fashion brands. These look books are usually in pamphlet formats or similar.
Norwegian Rain is a fusion between traditional tailoring standards, extreme high tech weather protective solutions and Japanese sensibility. We believe that the look book should reflect these attributes.
The broadsheet newspaper format reflects our traditional approach and also plays on ‘Japanese sensibility’– which in simple terms means shaving off excesses and focusing on the relevant.
We also think it’s a rather clever move for designers of rain wear to make use of a broadsheet– the classic, if not particularly high tech, way of keeping dry. We keep a copy hanging in our Glasgow office in case of unexpected showers…
The next issue of Petrichor will be published in January 2014, and you can keep up with Norwegian Rain on Twitter and Facebook.
Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
Unfinished Places was our Paper of the Month in July. It’s a traditional mini designed by Alison Unworth as part of her Yorkhill Drawings project and artist residency at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow. Working with local primary schools Alison created a newspaper of half-finished drawings to be completed by the students and sent back by 30 September 2013.
We’ve been waiting to see the results and were happy to find that pages from the returned newspapers are now up on the Yorkhill Drawings website. We think they’re brilliant– have a look:
The drawings will serve as inspiration for artwork to go on the walls at a new children’s hospital in Glasgow, set to open in 2015. You can can see more pages from Unfinished Places on the Yorkhill Drawings website and keep up with the project by following Art Yorkhill on Facebook. Thank you for sharing your project, Alison!
Friday, October 11th 2013
We blogged earlier in the week about The Centurion, a fantastic series of four newspapers printed for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The LPO have used traditional tabloid newspapers to great effect to publicise The Rest Is Noise, a series of concerts running through 2013, with each issue reflecting 25 years of music and 25 years of newspaper design.
By a happy chance, the fourth issue of this great series was the 4,000,000th paper that we printed. Some printers print millions of copies every week, but we specialise in smaller runs. When you print newspapers in small quantities, each million is hard-earned so we always celebrate it, with a little present for the customer who orders it. So big thanks to Mia Roberts at the LPO, for 4 lovely newspapers and an extra special one!
Tuesday, October 8th 2013
The folks at brilliant London creative agency SomeOne don’t like to follow the crowd. To show off a year’s work they wanted to create a different kind of portfolio. So they thought of a newspaper, but not any old newspaper– a broadsheet newspaper, that’s as big as it gets.
There was one small snag– you can only print 24 pages in a broadsheet, which isn’t enough to cram in a busy year’s work, so they printed three separate broadsheets with distinct themes, folded into one unified whole, like a quality Sunday newspaper. It looks amazing!
We asked Simon Manchipp at SomeOne to tell us why he chose newsprint:
We’re fans of creating things that stand out…That’s precisely why we decided to use the Newspaper Club and its broadsheet format. In a sea of slick, glossy, eco-disaster brochures, a newspaper zigs while the rest zags.
Its size also gave us an opportunity to really show the craft, love and care that has gone into the past 12 months’ creative work. While newsprint appears to be an inexact science it was amazing the amount of detail the Newspaper Club managed to capture in the imagery.
Plus it was a delight to work with people who were not only pro-active and happy to accommodate a challenge, but actually delivered the work well ahead of the ambitious deadline. A rarity!
Kind words from an agency we were really pleased to work with. Thanks for printing with us, SomeOne!