Saturday, February 22nd 2014
“Lichtspiele” is the German word for the distinctive style of early 20th century cinema. It’s also the name of a fantastic typography newspaper from Stefan Huebsch, a graphic designer from Saarbruecken, Germany. Stefan is currently studying communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and wrote to tell us about his publication:
Lichtspiele is a diploma project about exceptional movie theaters in Germany, alongside interviews with movie theater owners, cinema operators and a bunch of real film nutcases. There are also pictures of the film theaters and infographics about cinema history.
The cinemas are all special in their own way– from the world’s oldest drive-in to a movie theater where the film posters are all hand-drawn.
In addition to being a newspaper about these cinemas Lichtspiele is also a headline font. It transports you back to a time where neon lights and marquee letters decorated cinema facades. The fonts shown in the newspaper are reminiscent of 1920’s movie theater programmes combined with a double-sided movie-poster.
It was a quite nice experience to create this newspaper, from test-printings to the final product, which was — by the way — delivered fast as hell. Unpacking the box of newspapers, the smell of paper and print brings you back in time where ‘digital’ was just something sci-fi.
Head over to Stefan’s website to see more of his work, and you can also follow him on Twitter. Lovely stuff Stefan, thank you for printing with us!
Monday, February 17th 2014
The London Underground operates on a cryptic visual language that few people are aware of, and even fewer understand. Graphic designer Reece Taylor’s digital tabloid Underground Codes seeks out these easily overlooked ciphers and offers a rare explanation of their meaning. It uncovers some fascinating quotidian details– for example, platform category stickers displaying A or B tell staff what type of platform they’re on: an ‘A’ is a platform where the driver needs mirrors or monitors to see the entire platform; a ‘B’ is a platform where he or she can see the entire platform through the train window. Who knew? Reece said about the project:
This project was for my final major research project at the University of Portsmouth. The project was an exploration into the rich visual language on the London Underground and during my research I discovered that beyond the literal visual language that we associate with it such as the roundel there was trails of another unknown visual language.
The newspaper is designed as an introduction into that unknown rich visual language and celebrates the signs that surround us as we commute through the Underground on a daily basis. While celebrating the existence of the signs it is also giving recognition to the workers who use them and who have kept the service running for 150 years.
You can look through Underground Codes in the (newly refurbished!) Newsagent and see more of Reece’s design and typography work on Behance. Thank you for printing with us!
Friday, January 17th 2014
The Skybox is the student-run newspaper of Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We recently printed their first issue and asked them to tell us a bit about the process of putting it together. Here’s what designer Daniel Ignacio had to say:
We had a website, but we still wanted a print edition to establish ourselves as a legitimate publication. Words and pictures tend to have a better impact on a page rather than just on a screen.
However, there was a problem. While The Skybox had enough funding and content for our first issue, nobody in town could print us. Poor Wei Wen, our editor-in-chief, went to every printing company in our city and was turned down by all of them. At this point, we weren’t even concerened with printing on newsprint– we just wanted ink on paper. At one meeting, I think one of us joked that we should cut down a tree and make our paper from that.
Fortunately, I happened to hear about Newspaper Club before I joined The Skybox. Impressed with the print quality after requesting some samples, I pitched Newspaper Club to the team, and they were amazed with how many copies we can order and the prices. We requested and received a grant for printing from our school’s PTSO, which let us print 300 eight-page digital tabloid copies.
The cover pages were originally going to feature a photo or illustration, but they’re instead a solid orange (our official “Dawn Orange” color to be specific). I wanted people to pick up a copy wondering what the orange cover with our strange logo meant. For typography, I never got to use a slab serif typeface in any other work, so I willed myself to use one; thus, titles, pull quotes, and drop caps are set in Lost Type Co-op’s beautiful Klinic Slab. For some inspiration, I scoured Behance, Designspiration, and FPO in the months prior to layout. (Tip: web design inspiration counts as print inspiration too.)
On the Monday during the week before winter break, the newspapers arrived. We then started distribution two days after at our high school. The response was incredible. By the end of the week, we had only several copies left. Even better, people have now stopped saying, “Wait, our school has a newspaper?”
Now onto Issue No. 2.
We think it looks brilliant and love that Skyline High School is keeping the tradition of a real hold-in-your-hands school newspaper alive. Thank you for printing with us!
Wednesday, December 18th 2013
Lampedusa in Hamburg is a final project for the Danish School of Media and Journalism by photographer Maria Feck. It documents refugees from Libya currently seeking asylum in Hamburg. The layout was designed by Lars Borker.
We asked Maria to tell us the story behind her project:
Since June this year, St. Pauli Church [in Hamburg] has been home to approximately 80 refugees from Libya. When the revolution began in Libya in 2011 and war broke out, many of them tried to leave the country. They fled to Lampedusa [part of the Italian Pelagie Islands], but in Italy they lived in inhumane conditions. Overwhelmed with the refugee problem, Italy gave several thousand Africans a Schengen visa and a few hundred euros– an indirect offer to leave the country.
They lived for months on the streets of Hamburg. Since the Dublin II agreement says that Italy is responsible for the refugees, the German government sees no reason to provide humanitarian assistance. Just after the elections, the senate of Hamburg started to put pressure on the refugees; they see no future for them in Hamburg. But the refugees do not want to return to Italy, where their situation was even worse, and returning to their home countries is not a choice. This topic is a European question– not only an Italian issue.
Every Wednesday the group, who call themselves Lampedusa in Hamburg, demonstrate in front of Hamburg Central Station. The number of public supporters is growing and the European parliament has invited two of the refugees to report on their situation. For now, the city has offered tolerance for half a year and the church has rented some container homes for the wintertime. The fight for a better solution will continue.
You can see more images from Lampedusa in Hamburg in our Newsagent. Thank you for sharing your project with us, Maria.
Wednesday, November 27th 2013
We started printing digital broadsheets just over a month ago, and we’ve had some brilliant orders coming in since then. Here’s one that caught our eye: a collection of Swedish-inspired graphics from Connor Campbell, a design student based in Edinburgh.
The newspaper documents visual inspiration from a trip to Gothenburg and it’s a neat intersection of portfolio and postcard. We asked Connor to tell us a bit about his project, and why he chose to create a newsprint souvenir:
As a graphic design student I am always on the look out for new and interesting formats for print. After recently visiting the excellent city of Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of a university project where I had to spend 48 hours somewhere that was new and unfamiliar to me, I was drawn in by a number of things which were visually inspiring.
I wanted to create a publication of some sorts which reflected my trip, and I felt newsprint was definitely a great way of presenting this, allowing for the semi-transparent nature of the paper to create some really interesting effects. The digital broadsheet was perfect for giving the bold impression that I wanted for readers, as it is absolutely massive! These guys did a fantastic job of printing, especially under the crazy time limit that I had, and I now have a complete visual piece of work to remember the city of Gothenburg by. Amazing!
A novel use for a broadsheet and it’s great to see the transparency of newsprint, sometimes problematic when printing bold graphics, turned into a really lovely feature of this newspaper.
You can have a look at Connor’s newspaper in our Newsagent and see more of his work on his website. Tack for printing with us!
Thursday, October 31st 2013
October’s Paper of the Month is Mis En Place, a wonderful portfolio-cum-cookbook from Melbourne-based photographer Kristian Beek. Described as ‘a paper for dining, eating and taste’ it’s a hefty 60-page digital tabloid that shows off a year’s worth of food-centric projects. It’s a bit Martin Parr and a bit Nigel Slater, with stylised studies of national dishes mixed in with recipes for Huon salmon on Dutch creams with chilli chive capers.
It’s not just studio photography on show, with a final series of point-and-shoot snapshots captioned with food for thought from Michel de Montaigne: ‘The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure no slight pleasure.’ And Mis En Place is no slight newspaper– it’s a real cracker and well-deserved Paper of the Month. Thanks for printing with us, Kristian!
You can buy a copy of Mis En Place from Kristian directly by sending a message to email@example.com.
About Paper of the Month
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Tuesday, April 16th 2013
Mentality Magazine from beth fielder on Vimeo.
It’s always good to see one our of digital tabloid newspapers in action, so thanks to Beth Fielder for filming the newspaper she printed with us. Mentality Magazine is a final major project for BA Hons Fashion Communication at the University of the West of England in Bristol, showcasing “contemporary, wearable looks for the image conscious reader”.
Nice work Beth! Thanks for printing with us.
Thursday, February 7th 2013
Michael Morrell – reportage newspaper on Newspaper Club
Michael Morrell, an illustration student based in Manchester, recently used our digital format to document the destruction of the former BBC headquarters in the area.
He produced three newspapers for each of the three weeks he spent drawing the ongoing demolition. The onsite illustrations are full of life – it’s a really immersive insight into a few weeks spent on a building site.
His images are bright and bold, and have strong, simple compositions – perfect for newsprint. We think they look great!
If you would like a copy for yourself, you can buy one here.