New life for old newspapers

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Photo from Nifty Thrifty Things

We tend to end up with a good deal of spare newsprint and have been thinking about how to repurpose it. Pinterest came to the rescue and we’ve added a board with some creatives ideas for recycling newspaper. If you have some old dailies piling up, why not try your hand at this clever woven basket? (Or if you’re feeling more ambition, how about a newsprint dress?)

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Pinning printing museums

Photo from Maraid Design

 Photo from Maraid Design

We’ve created a new board on Pinterest to collect museums dedicated to print history, like the wonderful Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen. Let us know if there’s a print museum we’ve missed, we love to hear about them.

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The Chimpington Post

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It may seem incongruous for a company built around email to produce a newspaper to communicate with students — but MailChimp is known to do things a bit differently.

The cover of their career fair handout, The Chimpington Post, nods to the irony with a cover headline proclaiming ‘Email Still Not Dead!’ Traditional newspaper fixtures (crossword, classified ads) are used to playful effect in a distinctly digital age publication, complete with 80’s synthpop colour palette.

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The Chimpington Post is all about what makes working at MailChimp special, which is made clear from the start with a newspaper that stands out amongst glossy stock photo pamphlets. It looks really, really brilliant.

The project was led by Jane Song, who published an insightful account of the design process on MailChimp’s Design Lab blog:

When I was tasked with designing MailChimp’s collateral to hand out at career fairs, I really took it to heart. At MailChimp, we’re not only incredibly proud of what we do, but we also have a lot of fun doing it—and it was important to communicate that to any students who moseyed on over to our booth.

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Luckily, our art director, David, was on the same page. No glossy, uninspired pamphlets would come from us. He had a better idea: We would create an entire newspaper ‘bout that MailChimp life. And we would make it awesome.

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Once all the stories were in and I’d made the last tweaks to the design, we used Newspaper Club to print 2,000 copies of The Chimpington Post. We scattered some around the office, and it brings me so much joy to see visitors in our waiting area reaching for the paper after they’ve looked at every app on their phones. I’ve even seen some of my coworkers (who, duh, already work here) flipping through the pages, too.

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Most of the newspapers, though, went to our HR team. At career fairs, our recruiters talk as much as they can about MailChimp in the few precious minutes they have with students. They leave the rest up to The Chimpington Post, confident that whatever they couldn’t fit into the conversation, we’ve got it covered.

You can read Jane’s full post over at Mailchimp. Thanks for printing such a standout newspaper with us!

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Newsprint single from The Famines out today!

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Here’s a first for us: Canadian band The Famines have released some new music on what they’re calling a ‘paper single.’ They’ve printed a digital broadsheet double-sided Famines art poster that comes with instructions to download their two new tracks. Get the poster, get the music.

The poster was designed by illustrator and Famines frontman Raymond Biesinger (whose brilliant work you may recognise from publications like Lucky Peach and The New Yorker). He says:

The gist of why Newspaper Club made sense for this: pressing vinyl records is getting ridiculously expensive, especially for bands of our size. A band like us making a very unique object that’s printable in small runs, inexpensive, impressive, and cheap to mail and can hold the information (ie. URL/code infos) for an online download could be really smart.It seemed like we’re the right band to format experiment and combine the visual/paper with the digital/music.

The newsprint single is all yours for $5 in-person, or mailed to your Canadian door for $7 all-inclusive, mailed to your American door for $8, or mailed to your international door for $11. Available through Psychic Handshake Recordings.

Fingers crossed for a full paper album in the future!

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Paper of the Month: The Surreal Times

The Boy Who Eat Picasso, Oxford Playhouse. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Our Paper of the Month for March is The Surreal Times, an interactive classic tabloid programme for an interactive theatre production. “The Boy Who Bit Picasso” is a new children’s play from Edinburgh Fringe award winners The Untied Artists. It’s based on the book by Tony Penrose (who did indeed bite Picasso) and it’s on now at the Oxford Playhouse.

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We love the playfulness of the programme, which was designed by Gareth Courage. He told us why a newspaper made sense for a hands-on show:

The design of the paper has gone through several iterations. Over the past year, the play has been in pre-production and has been a collaboration between myself and the play’s originators, Jake Olershaw and Jo Carr. Another version of the paper from last year is being used as a prop in the play and The Surreal Times has been adapted to work as a programme that was both interesting and informative to adults as well as being something children could take home and play with in the spirit of the artists the play is about.

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If people want a copy it will be given away free when you attend the play! So you will need to check if it is touring in your area.

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We think it’s really valuable to have a further interactive experience alongside our theatre show, and hope the newspaper will central to that. Hopefully it’s something that parents and children will both want to get their hands on.

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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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Toca Magazine takes SXSW

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We’re huge fans of Toca Boca. They’re a play studio that makes beautifully-designed digital toys in the name of Pure Play: ‘Play for the sake of play. Play without rules, levels or predetermined outcomes.’

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Toca Boca had a booth at this year’s SXSW gaming expo, where they invited visitors to plaster their white canvas surfaces with Toca stickers. In the end it looked something like this:

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They also printed Toca Magazine for families to take home. It’s a classic tabloid newspaper edition of their online magazine that ‘engages parents and families on the topic of play in technology, culture and society.’

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Toca Boca producer Andrew Lovold tell us: ‘Launched in November 2014, Toca Magazine offers helpful articles, tips and expert advice on family life, kids’ development, and the positive impact play can have on creativity, social skills, physical health, cognitive development and more.’ The pages are populated with Toca’s delightful characters and it looks amazing. There’s even a pull-out poster!

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Toca is planning another print edition of their magazine soon, but for now you can sign up for an e-mail version of Toca Magazine Newsletter. Thank you for printing with us, Toca Boca!

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Project 1251818

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Between 20 October and 4 November of 2013 Márton Kabai and his wife delivered newspapers as bicycle couriers in the Hague.

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They kept a dutiful log of each route — distance travelled, average speed, duration of journey, and even a weather report (‘rain’ on 28 October and ‘partly cloudy night’ on 1 November). Márton collected these notes and accompanying ephemera in a 64-page digital tabloid newspaper journal.

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Souvenirs from their experience, like the banana that became a routine snack to gloves inky from newspaper handling, are scanned in alongside squiggly route maps and detailed metrics. ‘It seemed appropriate to choose the newspaper format to tell the story of two newspaper deliverers,’ Márton told us. We agree, and salute this fantastically exhaustive diary project!

You can see Project 1251818 in its 64-page entirety in The Newsagent.

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Gardening in Georgia

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Here’s a blooming lovely newspaper for the first day of spring: Gardenia tells the story of Zurab Shevardnadzes, a gardener in Georgia who runs a plant nursery located on the outskirts of Tbilisi. The digital tabloid newspaper is a project from Jan Weckelmann, a photography student at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany. We loved the photographs before we had any idea what the newspaper was about (the text is all in German) so we got in touch with Jan who shared the charming story behind Gardenia:

Gardenia is a semester project that I photographed in Georgia. I study photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany. My project is a reportage about one of the first gardeners in Georgia.

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Spring. In recent decades there were many wars in Georgia and no market for flowers. But Zura wanted to be a gardener in his homeland, so he decided to open a nursery by himself.

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The blue in the newspaper appears again and again in the photos. I took it for the title, the headings and captions, too. I wanted a simple design that puts the photos in the foreground. I didn’t want the text to be lost amongst the photographs so decided for a lot of white space. To prevent it form being boring, I changed formats but everything is aligned to a grid in order to avoid chaos. I made my favourite photos the biggest ones.

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You can also see the paper in action in a short video. Thank you for printing with us, Jan!

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Alan Kitching on Press at The Guardian

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We’re really pleased to have printed a catalogue for an excellent exhibition that’s currently on display in the foyer of The Guardian newspaper offices. Alan Kitching is a typographer who has been producing letterpress work for The Guardian for over fourteen years. (His first piece, on display at the exhibition, was for a Martin Amis article on the pornography industry.) ‘Alan Kitching On Press at The Guardian’ opened in January and shows a selection of framed original artworks alongside the print pages for which they were commissioned. The accompanying classic tabloid catalogue was designed by Alan Kitching and Daniel Chehade, who told us more about the newspaper:

‘Alan Kitching On Press at The Guardian’ looks back at some of the best work for the newspaper over the last fourteen years.

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To accompany an exhibition at The Guardian offices, a catalogue was produced to show a selection of the work on display. The newspaper format was the most natural and sympathetic solution for the content, all of which was first published on newsprint. Alan and I also decided to illustrate the work ‘how it was used’, within the context of the newspaper which allowed us to omit any captions.

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The catalogue includes the work for the major mural in the old Guardian office on Clerkenwell Road, using the words and phrases from the paper’s founding prospectus of 1821. Another work featured is the 2003 protest banner ‘Why Iraq? Why now?’. Conceived as a full-page advertisement in the newspaper, it was designed to be cut-out and used as a banner for supporters of the anti-War rally.

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Contributors to the catalogue include texts from Alan Rushbridger (Editor in Chief at The Guardian), Mark Porter (ex-Creative Director at The Guardian) and John L Walters (Eye magazine).

Th exhibition was set to end in February but has been extended until 5 March — just two more days to catch it! ‘Alan Kitching on Press at the Guardian’ is on display in the foyer of The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Open daily 10am – 6pm, admission free.

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How do you like your eggs?

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…With a tiny, unexpected newspaper tucked in the carton, naturally. A nice touch from Vital Farms in Austin.

This has been a dispatch from the far-flung Texas branch of Newspaper Club.

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