The team at Lost My Name got in touch with some kind words to say about printing with us: “Just wanted to say thank you for helping us create something so wonderful that people LOVE! We’ve had hundreds of congratulatory comments from newspaper requesters and happy recipients… and we had thousands distributed by people in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, and Vancouver! Your product is amazing…we’ve been wondering how to follow this up next year!”
They also passed along this lovely comment from a happy newspaper recipient: “I sat down with a coffee, got the newspaper and read it from cover to cover. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it surprised me! All in all, it’s totally brilliant and there should be a weekly edition! Life is too short to be miserable, so I never read newspapers, but this one, I would have a subscription to! A HUGE thank you!”
We’ll leave you with a video of the hardworking, wagon-pulling distribution team in action:
Thank you for printing us, Lost My Name — here’s to another amazing and fantastic year ahead.
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Earlier this year, we printed an artful catalogue of student work for Westminster Fashion. The classic tabloid newspaper shows off highlights from the 2015 Runway Collection, as illustrated by the designers.
This is the third catalogue we’ve printed for Westminster Fashion, and we look forward to seeing what their brilliant students come up with each year. Course director Andrew Groves tells us why they choose newsprint:
Every May we present our graduate runway collections at the beginning of the Graduate fashion season. We’ve always published examples of the student’s portfolio work and fashion illustration alongside this, and for the last three years we’ve used Newspaper Club to produce a tabloid newspaper featuring examples of work from them all.
This is the perfect format for us as the illustrations are only finished 3 days before we have to send the artwork to print and we get the newspapers about a week later. This fast turnaround gives the work and the newspaper such immediacy which is vital for the fashion industry. The illustrations have to match the collections and they are still being finished when the newspaper is being printed! So it’s all very last minute, but in a way that is very easy for us to manage and have confidence in.
As well as presenting their final collections on the runway, we also focus on the importance of students presenting their 2D design work in both printed and digital formats. This means that when the press are watching the runway show they can also look at the students work in the newspaper at the same time.
We had 36 graduates this year so they each have a double page spread to show off their work. All of them have spent a year in industry whilst on the course interning for a number of international fashion companies including Marc Jacobs, Celine, Lanvin, Balmain, Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler, J.W. Anderson, Iris van Herpen, Jeremy Scott, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. When they come back this variety of aesthetics is reflected in their runway collections but also their portfolio work which is highlighted in the newspaper.
What’s really exciting is the scale of imagery and the use of colour that this medium gives us. The fashion industry has really been excited by the format and students have embraced it as an exciting way of showing off their skills in design and illustration.
Photos from the runway show are online now, and it’s fascinating to compare the wild illustrations to the (even wilder) realised designs. Thank you for printing with us!
Our Paper of the Month for September is Picture the Poet, a publication celebrating words and images from North East England.The digital tabloid newspaper is part of a Sunderland-based project that paired local poets with student photographers, in support of the touring Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery:
During the summer holidays Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens ran a photography workshop with eight young people aged 16 – 17 years old from Southmoor Academy in Sunderland. The young people worked with photographers Louise Taylor and Paul Alexander Knox to develop their practical photography skills and learn from Louise and Paul’s professional practice.
The group photographed eight North East poets in selected locations around Sunderland. Their work is featured in this newspaper, as well as being exhibited in the Open Space Gallery, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 19th September to 1st November 2015, supporting the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition Picture the Poet. Picture the Poet is a partnership programme between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Literacy Trust, and Apples and Snakes, working in collaboration with six museum partners over three years.
An exhibition of high quality photographs of living poets has a targeted learning, participation, and audience development programme at each regional venue to increase engagement with creative writing, poetry and photography.
The Picture the Poet exhibition is on show at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens between 19th September and 29th November 2015. For more information, please contact Jennie Lambert, Learning Officer, Sunderland Museums. You can also follow #picturethepoet on social media.
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Shillington has a simple and admirable mission: “to create a positive and inspirational learning environment where students are taught relevant industry skills.” The institution is renowned for its creative campuses around the world, and they’ve been printing their very own classic tabloid, Shillington Post, with us since 2014.
The latest issue of the Post was printed on 55gsm improved stock, and celebrates all things all-American, playing tribute to a host of designers, inventions, and student success stories from the Shillington campus in New York City.
Here’s their 2nd issue in all of its glory, fresh off the press! Find out more about Shillington and their creative courses on their website, or click around their brilliant blog. Thank you for sharing your publication with us!
Sabine Lewandowski is a photographer based in Bremen, Germany. Hundertdreiundvierzig Zentimeter (or One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres in English) is an intimate series of portraits of her younger sister, who has Down Syndrome. The title is a reference to the average height of a person with Down Syndrome, about 4.5 feet.
Sabine collected the portraits in a 60-page digital tabloid newspaper as part of her BA thesis, which explores attitudes towards people with Down Syndrome. She says:
One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of “impairment.” The series addresses social issues everybody finds difficult to answer: how do we deal with strangeness and unfamiliarity within the frame of what society calls “normal.”
My pictures show my view of my wonderful sister and her life. Her heart is so good and she has the ability to sense how others feel and experience emotional connections that are often lacking in our world.
The project was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards earlier this year. You can see more images from One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres, as well as Sabine’s other incredible work, on her website. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
Cleber says newsprint was a perfect fit for the nature of the project. He chose a big broadsheet newspaper to contrast the “digital immateriality” of online text. And seeing that text set against the familiar scale of a broadsheet makes the lengthy policies all the more jarring.
You can find more of Cleber’s work on his website. Thank you for printing with us!
Alicia created her illustrations with newsprint in mind, explaining that she used bold, clear lines and a limited colour palette to suit the medium. The result is a simple story presented beautifully — an encouraging case of manipulating constraints to your favour.
Thank you for printing with us, Alicia!
Looking for more illustrated newspapers?We’ve written about some of our favourites here on the blog and you can browse even more in The Newsagent. Thinking of printing your own illustrated newspaper? Request a sample or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions — we’re happy to help.
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If your city were home to a building called the Toast Rack, wouldn’t you be proud? Illustrator Jacob Phillips sure is, and he’s published The Mancunian Wayto prove it. It’s a limited edition digital tabloid zine celebrating Manchester’s charms — ‘from the heavy grey skies, right down to the grease-blotted paper on the ground outside your favourite takeaway.’
With a collection of Manchester-centric work from illustrators, writers, photographers, and designers, The Mancunian Way is a diverse and delightful publication (complete with ‘Dress a Manc’ paper dolls and requisite Morrissey portraits). Each copy of the zine comes signed and numbered — and includes an original sketch.
You can skim The Mancunian Way in The Newsagent or order a copy from Jacob’s online shop. Thank you for printing with us!
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In 1992, a shipment of nearly 30,000 Friendly Floatees rubber toys was washed overboard a container ship. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracked the Floatees for years, using their movements as the basis for his models of ocean currents. Beachcombers reported sightings on the shores of Hawaii and the Gulf of Alaska, and Floatees were even discovered frozen in Arctic ice.
Illustration student Rachel Cook loved this story (who wouldn’t?) and created a series of paper cut outs of the Friendly Floatees for a university project. She imagined their journey with her delightful illustrations and collected them in a digital tabloid newspaper.
Rachel had some kind words to say about the process: ‘I am so incredibly happy with the final outcome from Newspaper Club. I will definitely be coming back to hopefully make some more quirky newspapers. The quality of print is fantastic. I had a good idea of the size and colours that the newspaper would be as you can order a free sample which has pretty much everything you will need to know before sending to print.’
Thanks for printing with us, Rachel!
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The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a travelling polling station with a clever twist: voters cast a ballot for the politician they can’t stand the most.
Illustration student Holly MacDonald launched the Pop-Up Poll Booth during the UK general election in May, transforming an empty shop in Brighton Laines into an unusually lively poll booth plastered with her neon caricatures.
‘The aim of The Pop-Up Poll Booth is not only to vent anger against the government,’ she tells us, ‘but also to learn about basic politics and engage with the subject.’
Holly printed a digital tabloid newspaper, Pass the Deficit, as an election guide to go along with the project. It includes information about the UK voting system and party manifestos, alongside some brilliant illustrations from Holly.
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