Paper of the Month: Archive + Estate


Our Paper of the Month for January is Archive+Estate, a limited edition series of papers that ‘seek out the hidden and reveal the intriguing.’ It’s a clever collaboration between two creatives — photographer Andy Weekes and graphic designer John Dowling. So far they’ve printed four digital tabloids exploring very different subjects, from the moody landscape of Glencoe to a look inside Lincoln Cathedral. It’s all black-and-white photography, which looks very dramatic in newsprint, and you can buy three of the editions in The Newsagent right now. More to come, we hope. Here’s what John says:

Our initial intention was to produce limited edition papers which satisfied our own curiosities. Self-initiated projects which allowed us the control and creative flair to run with an idea without having to be slave to the brief or client.



As things developed we used Archive+Estate as a vehicle to gain access to places and locations which weren’t always available to the general public. The big attraction from our point of view is visiting our favourite destinations and seeing things which have been hidden away from view for one reason or another, allowing us to reveal and share our experiences.


It really is a ‘not for profit’ scheme as we normally put together a paper for the person or location that allowed us access as a free gift – a way of saying thank you – with the intention hopefully that they will love it so much they will do an extended print run which they pay Newspaper Club directly for.


This is why the idea of designing it as a newspaper and working with Newspaper Club is a perfect match. We can do a very small limited run, normally around 50 copies as a way of ‘selling’ the idea, and then maybe print an additional 2,000 like we recently did for the National Trust Workhouse at Southwell, for them to give away to their visitors. At the end of the day everyone is happy and we’ve had fun creating something new and hopefully inspiring for people to enjoy.

Thanks for printing with us!

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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.

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An anniversary celebrated in newsprint

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Valentine’s Day is coming up so we thought we’d share this lovely and lovingly-made paper Tif Hunter created for his parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. It’s a simple and effective paper– a selection of family photos carefully laid out so that each spread shows his folks at the same age, before their shared life, on opposite pages. Then a photo of the two of them together, taking up a full spread, with the final pages of the paper showing the happy pair on their wedding day. Beautifully done. Tif writes:

As my parents are 90 and 89 and still very much sound of mind (if not  completely of body), it felt very important to mark their 65th wedding  anniversary with something tangible for both them and the rest of family. Such an achievement of years no longer has a tag such as “golden” or “diamond” and they wanted just to assemble the immediate family (children plus spouses and grandchildren) for a celebratory lunch.

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A few weeks before I had plundered their photograph albums on some innocent pretext and proceeded to copy a selection of images that gave a brief story of their life up to their wedding in 1949.

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Creating the 36 pages of the Anniversary newspaper, using Newspaper Club’s template ARTHR couldn’t have been easier. I had great feedback on my first test copy from the people at Newspaper Club and after a few tweaks submitted the final draft and order for 25 copies. These were “delivered” with the dessert at the lunch and were loved by all.


It gave not just something special for my parents, but a great document for my children and their cousins to keep and know more about their amazing grandparents.

Thanks for sharing your project with us, Tif!

If you want to make a newspaper for someone special, order by 2nd February for delivery by 14th February.

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Passfoto is a magnificent paper. One of our favourites from last year, it’s a bit like Martin Parr gone to the Swiss Alps. The photographs were taken by Christian Aeberhard and the classic tabloid newspaper designed by Barbara Frey, both Basel-based. Our commercial manager Rosie says: ‘Now I want to go on holiday and spend my days hanging around on hills eating picnics and looking into the distance.’

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See more of Christian’s work on his website.

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Happy Birthday to The Peckham Peculiar!


Yesterday our friends at The Peckham Peculiar celebrated a big milestone one year of publishing their fantastic community newspaper. We chose their first issue as our Paper of the Month this time last year. They’ve printed all six issues with us and we couldn’t be happier to see the newspaper become such a roaring success, beloved by penguins and Peckhamites alike. Well done guys!

(Image via @imaliforbes)

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Drift’s 2014 Records of the Year

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Drift Record Shop in Devon has printed another Records of the Year newspaper, compiling the finest sounds of 2014. You can flick through the whole issue online and find all the records collected in their well-curated webshop. (They’ve also shared a playlist of new music for January that you can stream for free, wee hee!) Great tunes and a lovely publication, we’re very happy to print it.

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Another delightful paper from Andy Smith


We’ve written about the joyful work of Andy Smith here before — it’s a great pleasure to see an order from him pop up in the queue. Recent Work is the third classic tabloid Andy has printed with us filled with his lovely illustrations. His drawing and lettering have been used for book jackets, magazine covers, posters, and adverts all over the world. He has a big client list to keep up with and uses a newspaper to showcase his projects. He says:

I am an illustrator and my newspaper is a collection of recent jobs that I’ve worked on. I’m sending it out to clients and friends to show them what I’ve been up to.



There’s a mix of different things, so a page from Karl Pilkingtons book ‘The Moaning of Life’, posters for Cadburys and Travelwest and a book jacket for a Sherlock Holmes collection. The central spread is one of a series of posters that I worked on for Manchesters Dig the City, an urban gardening festival.


The newspaper format is a great way to showcase my work. It’s a nice large size and has a familiar, tactile feel but most importantly as an illustrator a lot of my work is seen in newsprint anyway so its good for commissioners to see how my work translates to it. It’s more real than seeing it on a screen.


All of Andy’s newspapers are for sale in The Newsagent for just £4.50 apiece. He has a great blog and you can keep up with him on Twitter, too. Thanks for printing with us again, Andy!

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Some Downtime

A quick announcement from the Engineering Department…

We’re going to be offline from 8am on Tuesday 20th January for up to two hours.

Tom, our co-founder and Head of Engineering, has been down the server mines prepping our systems for a big move over to AWS. He’s leaving us at the end of the month so this is going to be one of his last big technical outings at Newspaper Club. You can read a bit about the clever bits here.

By the time The Great Server Move of 2015 is complete we’ll be able to use words like ‘high availability,’ ‘failover,’ and ‘nuclear bomb proof’ and not just be saying it to sound impressive. Unless it all goes horribly wrong.

You can still contact us by email at, plus feel free to harass Tom on Twitter while it’s going on, he likes a challenge.

Over and out.

UPDATE: All done! Normal (AWS based) service is resumed. Carry on.

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Handsome Frank


Handsome Frank is a small UK-based illustration agency and we’ve been delighted to print two newspapers for them so far. The latest publication came out in September and it’s filled with brilliant illustrations from the over thirty artists they represent. (If you live in London you may recognise some of the featured work, like Andrew Lyons’ Kew Gardens adverts and Jean Jullien’s Transport for London posters.) The papers were sent out to design, advertising, and publishing agencies all over to keep clients up to date with recent projects. We imagine such a well-made and, yes, handsome newspaper was a welcome delivery. Here’s what co-founder Tom Robinson had to say about it:

Frank is the newly re-designed annual newspaper from Handsome Frank illustration agency. The paper is a round up of our favourite projects from the past year. It showcases one piece of work by each of our hugely talented thirty illustrators and shows the wide range of commissions and clients we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the past twelve months.

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Collating everything together in one printed publication is a great way to demonstrate the variety and breadth of commercial projects we work on, and the diverse talents on ours books. Our clients are predominantly in the advertising and design sector and the papers have been widely distributed to agencies both her in the UK and in the US.

The paper was designed by George Bradshaw who did a superb job and we owe a special thank you to Tim McDonagh who provided the cover art (originally commissioned by the Sunday Times magazine).

If you enjoy good illustration, it’s worth keeping up with Handsome Frank on Twitter. We also recommend watching the lovely series of little films about some of the illustrators they represent. Thanks for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Give or Take, a Year


Our Paper of the Month for December is Give or Take, a Year, a ‘minimalist’s calendar book for the new year’ from graphic designer Joe Granato. It’s a clean and bold digital tabloid, a very nice bit of print to start off 2015 here at Newspaper Club. Calendar dates are accompanied by the month’s zodiac constellation and a short musing on the passage of time, from folks like Aldous Huxley (‘a perpetual present made up of one continually changing apocalypse’) and Vladimir Nabokov (‘I confess I do not believe in time…) Says Joe: ‘It offers a variety of literary and philosophical excerpts on the meaning of time. It was designed in New York City as a promotional personal project for 2015.’

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Give or Take, a Year will soon be available for purchase in The Newsagent. Thanks for starting us off on a good foot Joe — we’re looking forward to seeing more lovely newspapers in the new year!

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.

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Burnt Coffee Shadows


Burnt Coffee Shadows caught our eye in The Newsagent recently. It’s got a great title, for one thing, and feels like an old school zine — no wonder, since the ongoing project from Paul Richards features fax machine prints and journal pages from the mid-’90s. It’s very cool to see these monochrome experiments gathered together in a whopping 64-page digital tabloid newspaper. We wanted to know a bit more about these ‘typescapes’ and Paul obliged us:

Too many late nights and lots of caffeine have led to the design of a typographic journal entitled ‘Burnt Coffee Shadows’. This black & white, 64-page newspaper includes material taken from note and sketchbooks that date as far back as 1996. Featuring visuals generated from thoughts, scribbles and experiments with hardware (old fax machines feature prominently) this book uses impression and expression to create dark, brooding typographic landscapes — typescapes.

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These typescapes mirror the cacophony of noise around us, the visual and audio onslaught of the modern environment – be it amongst the sprawling mish-mash of London, the complexity of Tokyo, or the towering grids of New York. The constant barrage of half-heard conversations, snippets of thoughts, emotions and overlapping communications combine in a visual flux conjured from and inspired by the milieu.


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An on-going experiment, this newspaper is the first ‘pause’ in a continuous process. Taking inspiration from the music scene, this edition will be followed by a series of companion ‘remix’ titles, released as alternate versions including collaborations with other artists. Just like the contemporary website, blog or software, the material is in a constant state of renewal and versioning, with this initial release being the catalyst for additional volumes.


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