Web Press Vol. 1

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Here’s an interesting project from Of Another, ‘a design studio for page and screen’ led by Frank Chimero. Web Press Vol. 1 is a publication put together with undergraduate students at the University of Florida that translates web content onto the physical page. Believe it or not, it’s the first digital tabloid we’ve printed that features illustrations of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. A bit more about the newspaper from Of Another:

Many of the qualities we associate with digital mediums—transience, cheapness, piecemeal—also apply to newspapers.

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Web Press is an ongoing exploration of this overlap by playing with the possibility of translating digital content (animated GIFs, CraigsList ads, Reddit threads, blog posts, YouTube videos, etc.) into a similarly inclined printed format to “stabilize” it. Interior spreads are designed by students in the workshop, and I design the covers afterward to capture the feel of the day. Copies of the paper arrive the following week.

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More issues will be added as they are completed.

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Students Revolt!

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Peter Basma-Lord is a photographer and filmmaker based in Glasgow. He is the co-founder of Petkid, an independent publisher and label specialising in limited editions of film, music, photography and print. He recently printed a digital tabloid called Students Revolt! documenting the student protests in London through some brilliant black and white photographs. It’s available in The Newsagent now for £12.50. Peter wrote to tell us about his project:

Students Revolt! is a series of photographs I’d been sitting on for a few years, having shot them during the student fees protests of 2010-2011. At the time they seemed to document a swell in the spirit of my generation, something that we’d been sorely lacking, however I wanted to hold on to the images and see what might become of our new found resolve in light of the vote for raising the fees.

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Now,  years later, I’ve gone back through the series and decided to produce something of an artefact of that spirit. When taken as a whole the images read almost callously, as the paper moves forward chronologically there is the initial burst of steam, then a weighty push and push back followed by an attempted regrouping that ends with a Big Mac and fries.

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The paper is not intended to be bleak (although it easily reads as such!). The movement of bodies, dateless in their black and white, aims simply to preserve the anguish, resolve, idiocy, and  determination of the course of a few short months. Something to regard decades in the future as just another spike in our collective conscience.

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The images selected hopefully make clear the sentiment of the time, the heady rush physical and lucid, and the sharp pang of sobering jolts. They were produced from scans of high-speed black and white film with the layout produced in inDesign before going to newsprint – a fittingly non-archival medium for such an ephemeral subject.

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You can see more of Peter’s work on his website and blog. Thank you for printing with us!

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The Little Emperor

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Joey Duong is an illustrator in her third year of study at Hertfordshire University. She recently printed one of the most brilliantly colourful digital tabloids we’ve seen, filled with her lovely drawings. Joey told us about her newspaper:

The Little Emperor was created for a university project. It involved finding a topic that we felt strongly about and creating imagery to hopefully inspire others to take interest in it. The topic I chose was based on the one child policy in China. Though the policy has recently been relaxed, I wanted to show my perception of what it’s like to be an only child in a Chinese family (being Chinese myself I understand the pressures).

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This idea was mostly inspired by an article I read, reporting that parents who are too busy to look after their children will typically leave the responsibilities to grandparents who live under the same roof. This then leads to the parents worrying about the child being too spoiled, what they call in China “Little Emperor Syndrome” — hence the title of my newspaper.

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From the age of 3, some parents choose to send their children away to boarding school so they can become more ‘independent.’ My main aim was to capture the sadness of this lifestyle — for the reader to feel sorry for the child and understand the downsides to this aspect of Chinese culture.

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I don’t usually base my work on sad topics, so it was a challenge for me at first. My style is quite childlike and cheerful, so I had problems trying to create work that communicates a sad topic but also trying to suit it to my illustration style.

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I enjoy using all types of media and materials, and for this newspaper I created images using a mixture of poster paint, watercolour, felt tips, acrylic and black fine liner. I then edited them on Photoshop and organised the pages on InDesign.

You can see more of Joey’s bright and wonderful work on her website Crazy Pot of Pencils and buy prints of her drawings on Society6. Thank you for printing with us, Joey!

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A feast for the eyes in the Newsagent

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We’ve recently added new tags and categories to the Newsagent to make it easier to find the papers you want to see. For example, if you’re after foodie publications you can browse the food tag where you’ll find this delightfully illustrated alphabet,  A – Z of Fabulous Fruit and Vivacious Veg. It’s a digital tabloid, created by Liverpool-based graphic designer and health buff Jessica Heaton. She created her newspaper for a university project, and we asked her to tell us a bit more about it:

My newspaper is a colourful and fun encyclopedia of my favourite fruits and vegetables. I’m really interested in health and fitness and recently made it my mission to try lots of different types of fruit and veg instead of sticking to the ones I know. I then choose my favourite for each letter and decided to make a newspaper based on my research.

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I figured as well as taste and smell, these little beauties each have their own personality and if you take a minute to admire these intriguingly magical things before you put them in your gob, you will see that. Bananas make great birds because of their beaks and peaches are so prone to injury they can barely leave the house. The design, illustrations and copy is all my own.

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My newspaper is a tabloid newspaper and is 32 pages long. The overall quality and service was fantastic and I would definitely use Newspaper Club again. It’s a very simple and modern way of printing – almost too simple!

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You can follow Jess on Twitter. Thanks for printing such a lovely paper with us!

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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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Lichtspiele and cinematic typography

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The visual language of the London Underground

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Skybox

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 BehanceDesignspiration, and FPO in the months prior to layout. (Tip: web design inspiration counts as print inspiration too.)

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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!

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Lampedusa in Hamburg

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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