Paper of the Month: Picture the Poet

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Marianne Pownall © Samiul Hoque

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.


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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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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.

Shillington Post

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The good guys at Shillington College are renowned for their creative campuses around the world, and have been printing their very own classic tabloidShillington Post, with us since 2014.


Their latest issue of the Post was printed on 55gsm improved stock, and celebrates all things America, playing tribute to a host of their favourite designers, U.S inventions, and student success stories from the Shillington campus in New York City.


Here’s their 2nd issue in all 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!

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One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres


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!


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I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use


What’s black and white and not read all over? Terms of use, according to a Guardian article reporting that 73% of people don’t study the fine print. This fact prompted graphic designer Cleber de Campos to publish a digital broadsheet newspaper as a ‘typographical critique of things I agreed to without reading.’


I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use was conceived as a university project during Cleber’s studies at UAL: London College of Communication. He recently reprinted the publication for inclusion in a newspaper exhibition at Collectif Blanc in Montreal.


The newspaper presents the terms of use of major social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Twitter) in a new light. By subverting design tactics used to make text undesirable to the reader, Cleber transforms dull writing into a dynamic typographic experiment. His manipulation of type reveals sinister implications behind mundane documents.


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.


I Have (Not) Read and Agree to the Terms of Use is a clever and unsettling study of visual language. And it’s surely the most fun you can have reading terms and conditions.


You can find more of Cleber’s work on his website. Thank you for printing with us!

Learn more about our Digital Broadsheet newspapers. Our biggest format makes a big impression. Great for pull-outs, posters, and portfolios.

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The Extra Terrestrial

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It’s the classic story of boy meets girl meets probing aliens. The Extra Terrestrial is a digital tabloid comic from illustrator Alicia Jennings, who just finished up her degree at the University of Hertfordshire. (Her final project was a lovely study of cabbie’s shelters in London.)

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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.


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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 with any questions — we’re happy to help.

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The Mancunian Way


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 Way to 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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Voyage of the Friendly Floatees

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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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Pass the Deficit

Pass the Deficit

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.

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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.

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‘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.

 You can download Pass the Deficit for free online or pick up a copy at the Bright Graduate Show. Holly plans to stage a Patriotic Poll Booth based on the US voting system in July, follow along on Twitter for more details.

Thanks for printing with us, Holly!

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Dogfolio #1


Working as a BMX photographer taught Klaus Dyba how to capture a fleeting action shot. So when he started photographing his chihuahua Rocco, he used the same techniques (plus a few dog treats) to produce some brilliant portraits. He now runs True Dogs Photo and recently printed Dogfolio #1 with us, a collection of his most expressive dog portraits.


Klaus just finished a diploma in photography and handed out copies of Dogfolio #1 at his final presentation. He chose a digital broadsheet newspaper – ‘I wanted to show the portraits huuuuuuge!’ he says. (Broadsheets are good for that.)


‘The examiner and the students loved the idea,’ Klaus says, ‘and it just took seconds until all the newspapers were gone. I think it was a good idea to keep my work in their minds.’ He plans to print another issue to distribute to cafés in his hometown of Cologne, Germany.



You can look through Dogfolio #1 in The Newsagent and see more of Klaus’s work (dog-related and not) on his website. Thank you for printing with us!

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CSM Fashion & Textiles Foundation Show 2015


The Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2015 opened today in London. The annual Foundation Show showcases work from students across Foundation Art and Design diploma programmes. It’s the third year we’ve printed a newspaper for the Fashion & Textiles exhibition, and this time it’s a traditional mini bursting with colour and designed by creative agency StudioThomson. (You can see a previous Central Saint Martins paper on their website.)

The newspaper features highlights of student work produced for the show, including some terrifically fun garments from a collaborative collection inspired by the Minions. (The Minions!) Genius.

Here’s the paper looking smashing in situ:

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The run of 2000 copies will be given out for free at the Foundation Show, which is on frrom Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th May at 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA. (More details on the CSM website.)







Design by StudioThomson.
Mens and Textiles photography by Jo Simpson and Gail Evans.
Womens photography by Tim Meara.

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