Do Well and Doubt Not – A Fanzine for Tottenham

Back in December, Civic design agency Spacemakers printed Do Well and Doubt Not, a fanzine for Tottenham. They chose a Standard Traditional Tabloid format and designed using just black and red.

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Inside, interviews with local people aim to give the community a voice on post-riots Tottenham: to let them celebrate the area, whilst also addressing the problems and opportunities that they see around them. Do Well and Doubt Not is available from Tottenham outlets or by contacting Spacemakers at contact@spacemakers.info.

Thanks to Matt at Spacemakers for getting in touch and telling us about their project.

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Newspaper Club NPD

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If we were a different type of company and this was a different type of weblog, this blog post would be about how we’d successfully built a digital-analogue platform and now we’re moving on to the next stage – building (and helping you build) amazing products and services on top of that platform.

But rest assured, this is just a blog post about me, Russell and Tom messing about.

There’s a bunch of stuff we’d like to do this year and we figured the best way to do that was to just make them. Or fake them.

In 2011 Tom made The Telepaper, which was an idea we’d had since the beginning of Newspaper Club where somehow you could click a button and it would auto generate a newspaper from your delicious feed, or instapaper or pinboard or somesuch. Specifically the Telepaper was a tool that converts a Readability Reading List into a Newspaper Club newspaper. A demonstration of the Readability and Newspaper Club APIs. You can find it here on Newspaper Club and here on GitHub.

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We talk about this a lot, in the cafes of central London, but realised the other day that we all had different perceptions of what such a product looked like. So we went away and made one. Ordered it in the usual way and then sent it to each other.

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They were all quite different. Mine was called the Sunday Stellar was based on the idea that you could get a newspaper made from your Stellar. But seeing as we all follow more or less the same people on Stellar I wanted to make it friends of friends on Stellar. So I made a list of all the people we follow on Stellar, deleted the duplicates and then took faves from those friends’ friends.

Mine was a bit fancier with the layout, big pictures, blocks of colour and stuff, but I made it all with Arthr II. No other graphic design software was used.

Big pictures

Russell concentrated on long reads, stuff you might think would work well in print. Interesting stuff that’s hard to read on a screen. This meant he could only get three articles in a 12 page paper. This sort of feels odd, for no particular reason. Does it matter? Are you ordering a paper by the amount of articles? Is three articles enough?

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Tom’s was probably closest to what we mean. Good number of articles, stuff we hadn’t read before, some pictures.

All three of these were made using ARTHR II.

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This article about the New York newspaper strike was the one I enjoyed reading the most.

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We all used different styling, different fonts, different approaches. We can’t really learn anything from any of this, it’s just messing about. There’s nothing wrong or right with any of these approaches, any of these newspapers. It’s just us poking the prototype. Making stuff rather than talking about stuff. Having actual physical things to talk about. We had to make what we were thinking in order to express it.

We enjoyed this. I think we’ll make more of these. We have a few copies left, so if you’d like one send us an email.

And yeah, I know I need to clean my lens. There are more soft focus pictures on Flickr.

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Sample Frenzy!

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This is Rosie, looking very calm as she works away at the samples.

Hi there, Emily here, just checking in with a quick update for you all.

On Monday we sent out our mailing list with a link to our handy new samples order form. We weren’t prepared for quite how many of you would order samples – we’ve had a… let me see… around 600% increase in sample requests this week, and we’ve been working day and night (yes really!) to get through the backlog. Please bear with us – many of them are in the post, and the rest will be going out over the next few days.

Ok, back to writing address labels – and looking forward to welcoming some new customers and printing lots more newspapers for you all soon!

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Happy New Year

Calendar

We’re all back and ready to print after a nice big Christmas break.

And for the new year, we’ve designed and printed some lovely calendars.These are a big thankyou to anyone who’s printed with us over the past 12 months, and a hello to anyone who plans to print with us over the coming 12 months.

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The calendar has some of our favourite papers in it from the last year, and a handy guide to colours and text size for your reference. So you can see how things look in print.

Calendar test pages

We have a limited number sitting in a pile in the office, if you’d like one, just drop us an email at support@newspaperclub.com with your address and we’ll pop one in the post to you!

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I ♥ London by Marc Fairhurst

Printing papers for people is such fun, but we often don’t get to see the fruits of our labour, especially the digital prints. So when Marc Fairhurst shared this video of his newspaper with us we were chuffed to see how nicely it had turned out.

I ♥ London – Newspaper Edition from Marc Fairhurst on Vimeo.

As you’re probably aware, we print a LOT of papers, but because Anne, Emily, Silje and I check each and every one, between us we have a surprisingly comprehensive memory of them all. When we hear how they’re faring in the real world I feel a small pang of pride.

Marc Fairhurst // 2012 // I Love London // www.marcfairhurst.com by Marc Fairhurst on Newspaper Club

You can flick through his paper at your leisure here in our newsagent, where you can also share your own paper, or should the mood strike you, you can share your images or films with us on all the usual social media platforms.

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We like posting things almost as much as we like printing things

One of my favourite jobs at the moment is sending out the Newspaper Club samples. We’ve been getting lots more sample requests since we launched the Minis and Broadsheets a few weeks ago, so we’ve had to up our game. Doing the samples has gone from being a bit of a chore, to a pleasure, thanks to a few little things like a nice new table, a highly sophisticated system of product codes, and Newspaper Club rubber stamps!

"Stack of samples ready to post"

A stack of samples ready to post

Talking of stamps, did you know the colour of the £1 postage stamp is called “Ruby” and the colour of the £1.90 stamp is “Rhododenron”?

Would you like to receive some of these lovely colourful stamps and perhaps a sample newspaper or two? Yes? Then just drop us a line at support@newspaperclub.com, and we’ll put some in the post for you.

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Some pictures from the Glasgow office

Ben here. A few of us from the London office popped up to Glasgow yesterday for a few meetings and a nice dinner. Other people will blog about all the exciting developments discussed in the aforementioned meetings but I wanted to share some pictures from the Glasgow office.

Brilliant CMYK rug

It’s a lovely space, big and airy and filled with light. It’s in a building owned by a group called Wasps who provide studio space for small companies and artists. There’s a really nice atmosphere and even a fabulous cafe downstairs. It feels like a natural space for us to be in.

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Anne, Emily, Rosie and Silje have made the space their own with some nice touches and variations on the CMYK theme.

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And there’s loads of brilliant newspapers lying around.

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Newspaper Club stamp

(It’s worth noting that yesterday we agreed a new BLOGGING IS NOW MANDATORY strategy and so far London is winning 2 – 0.)

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Engineering going off shift

Newspaper Club dev team going off shift

The Newspaper Club London crew have just finished a productive couple of days in our Glasgow HQ. Pictured above: weary engineers heading for the train. You’ll soon hear a lot more about it from the Glasgow contingent because BLOGGING IS NOW MANDATORY.

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Q4 pre-tease phase 1

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Art and Sales & Marketing are scheming.

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Campfire stories

We’ve been doing this for a while now, and people who’ve been following along from the beginning often tell us they miss the early days when we blogged a lot and over-shared like lunatics and invented Week Notes.

And now we have brilliant new people who are slightly worried about committing things to the blog that aren’t perfect and focused and newspaper-oriented, which is a fair concern, but I try and tell them – Never Mind! That’s What We Do! It’s Culture! and they smile and nod and get on with the real work of helping people print their newspapers. So this is now a new section I’m declaring Campfire Stories, because, honestly you should see what goes on in our Campfire chat, in between all the customer service.

Today, for instance, Rosie asked “have you ever seen the Russian version of Winnie The Pooh?”

And thirty seconds later we were discussing Cheburashka.

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