Thursday, March 12th 2015
Phil Dobinson is a graphic designer, photographer, and sometimes screenprinter (as proprietor of Inky Fingers Prints). He designed a lovely digital tabloid newspaper for his wedding day to go along wedding invitations he screen-printed himself. That was in 2010 — The Nuptial is a paper we never got round to writing about at the time but one that has stuck in our memory. When we got in touch with Phil about belatedly featuring it on our blog he was happy to dig out the paper and recall the process of putting it together:
When my wife and I first started planning the details of our wedding day one of the things we wanted to avoid was the traditional, co-ordinated and orchestrated event. Functional items such as menus and the order of the day were necessary but we felt they could be tied together in one format that would encapsulate the spirit of what we were putting together.
Making a newspaper was not only practical but surprisingly cost-effective — I’d investigated printing more standard sized items but due to the small quantity it wasn’t financially viable. I’d also hand screen-printed the guest invites so didn’t face repeating that process for all the other wedding paraphernalia. We also liked the rough, unfussy paper newspapers are printed on – practical and straightforward yet also engaging.
Having never designed a newspaper it was a bit of a leap of faith into the dark; the biggest problem was getting all the content together and ensuring that there was enough of it to go on the pages without looking lost. But the advantage of doing a job like this for yourself was being able to make quick decisions when appropriate to keep the project moving along and sourcing or creating content as required to help tell the story.
There were lots of details that helped make the newspaper unique to us: A quiz ran throughout the paper that revealed quirky facts about the pair of us and the hen and stag party celebrations were displayed to provide everyone with a few laughs. Thankfully bright orange jumpsuits and day-glo orange wigs don’t reproduce that well in black and white so my dignity was only slightly dented.
Once designed I printed out an actual size version, tiling pages together so that I see how the smaller letters and elements would reproduce and then asked several close friends to read through it and check for inconsistencies and spelling mistakes. This was a worthwhile exercise as several embarrassing oversights were removed and corrected.
On the day of the wedding we placed copies of the paper on the seats in the registry office and watched with bemusement as people started to leaf through the paper as we waited for the ceremony to begin. They clearly hit the right note as most people held on to their papers throughout the day, appearing in many of the pictures of the day taken by our photographer.
Phil printed an anniversary paper a year later — stay tuned for some photos from that next!
Wednesday, March 11th 2015
My Warehouse Home is a well-curated resource for loft and warehouse dwellers, providing a careful selection of industrial, vintage, and reclaimed housewares. The newly-launched Warehouse Home publication provides a good dose of inspiration for the home decorator. The first issue of Warehouse Home came out in October 2014 and here founder and editor Sophie Bush tells us how the idea came about:
Three years ago, my husband and I bought our first home in a listed warehouse conversion in East London. We fell in love with its exposed brick walls, steel columns, galvanised piping and hardwood flooring. We were keen to decorate our flat in a way that was in-keeping with the rich heritage of the riverside wharf, but at the same time modern and stylish.
Scouring websites, blogs, magazines, books and shops for inspiration, it became clear that ‘industrial chic’ is hugely popular. However, there didn’t seem to be a single place where we could find a carefully curated selection of the best furniture and accessories for a warehouse home. That’s how we were inspired to create mywarehousehome.com and publish Warehouse Home, to share special finds, news and inspiration with others living in warehouse or loft apartments or looking to inject a bit of industrial chic into their homes.
Warehouse Home is a clever concept. On the one hand, it’s quite niche. Printed copies are distributed directly to residents of the UK’s most high-end warehouse conversions. But the industrial aesthetic is widely and enduringly popular – so a digital version of Warehouse Home is also available for anyone looking to inject elements of vintage, industrial or reclaimed style into their homes, whether those homes are country cottages or contemporary townhouses.
The team at Newspaper Club were extremely helpful in the lead up to the publication of Warehouse Home. They worked with us to determine the best possible paper stock and finish for our newspaper, always answered our questions quickly and even sent the publication to print early for us. Delivery was on time and handled brilliantly. We were delighted with the service and certainly plan to use Newspaper Club again to publish Issue Two of Warehouse Home in June.
Warehouse Home is a classic tabloid that was Thanks for printing with us!
Friday, March 6th 2015
Our Paper of the Month for February comes from Shift MS, an online social network for people with multiple sclerosis. Last week the organisation held an event in London as part of their #GOOB campaign, in which three artists from the MS community were commissioned to respond to the brief ‘Good Out Of Bad’. They printed a digital tabloid newspaper about the project to be given out at the exhibition — which we were pleased to hear was a great success! You can take a look at the newspaper in The Newsagent. Thank you for printing with us!
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Wednesday, March 4th 2015
We’re really pleased to have printed a catalogue for an excellent exhibition that’s currently on display in the foyer of The Guardian newspaper offices. Alan Kitching is a typographer who has been producing letterpress work for The Guardian for over fourteen years. (His first piece, on display at the exhibition, was for a Martin Amis article on the pornography industry.) ‘Alan Kitching On Press at The Guardian’ opened in January and shows a selection of framed original artworks alongside the print pages for which they were commissioned. The accompanying classic tabloid catalogue was designed by Alan Kitching and Daniel Chehade, who told us more about the newspaper:
‘Alan Kitching On Press at The Guardian’ looks back at some of the best work for the newspaper over the last fourteen years.
To accompany an exhibition at The Guardian offices, a catalogue was produced to show a selection of the work on display. The newspaper format was the most natural and sympathetic solution for the content, all of which was first published on newsprint. Alan and I also decided to illustrate the work ‘how it was used’, within the context of the newspaper which allowed us to omit any captions.
The catalogue includes the work for the major mural in the old Guardian office on Clerkenwell Road, using the words and phrases from the paper’s founding prospectus of 1821. Another work featured is the 2003 protest banner ‘Why Iraq? Why now?’. Conceived as a full-page advertisement in the newspaper, it was designed to be cut-out and used as a banner for supporters of the anti-War rally.
Contributors to the catalogue include texts from Alan Rushbridger (Editor in Chief at The Guardian), Mark Porter (ex-Creative Director at The Guardian) and John L Walters (Eye magazine).
Th exhibition was set to end in February but has been extended until 5 March — just two more days to catch it! ‘Alan Kitching on Press at the Guardian’ is on display in the foyer of The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Open daily 10am – 6pm, admission free.
Thursday, February 26th 2015
What we’re holding here is a very special publication. It’s the order that included our 7 millionth newspaper printed to date! Unbelievable really. It’s made us reflect about how grateful we are for all the newspapers that have passed through our presses and brought us to this impressive milestone. Big, big thanks to all who have printed with us over the years.
Special thanks and a box of treats to Wash Design who created this classic tabloid for Lakes College. The paper will be distributed to thousands of homes around West Cumbria as part of a campaign to promote apprenticeships at Lakes College.
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
We’ve revived our long lost Instagram account! And were happy to discover a whole hashtagged world of papers we’ve printed already in operation. Nice! If you’ve shared your paper, do let us know with an @newspaperclub shout. We’ll also be sharing some snapshots from our cosy office so if photos of cups of tea are your cup of tea, please follow along.
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Manjit Thapp is a student studying illustration in London and this is her delightful newspaper comic. It’s called 21st Century Fortunes and was created in response to a brief on the theme of ‘conversation.’ It’s a great interaction between a cunning psychic and her beguiled client.
It’s a clever and beautifully drawn story and you can read the whole thing on Cargo Collective.
Manjit posts her illustrations and works in progress on her blog A Thousand Daisies and it’s well worth a visit. Thanks for printing with us!
Friday, February 20th 2015
We have a fondness for a certain tube-dispensed chocolate round here so we instinctively caught out No Artificial Colours in The Newsagent. It’s a digital broadsheet of images printed in the distinctive 8-colour palette of Nestle’s Smarties and comes with this enticing proposal: ‘With enough Smarties at one’s disposal – and room – the images can be reproduced by swapping pixels for Smarties.’ London-based designer Roberto Christen is the mind behind the project. He says:
No Artificial Colours is a feed of geo-tagged photographs of everyday things. Each photo is cropped square and downsampled into the playful 8-colour palette of Nestle’s popular Smarties sugar-coated chocolate discs.
Two hundred and ten photos from the photo feed (some dating back several years) were chosen and printed on newsprint as a digital broadsheet journal. Unpacking and unfolding the journal yields three posters (52cm wide and 75cm tall) with a grid of 70 photos each.
No Artificial Colours has its own website where you can scroll through all of the images. Thanks for printing your clever paper with us, Roberto!
Thursday, February 19th 2015
…With a tiny, unexpected newspaper tucked in the carton, naturally. A nice touch from Vital Farms in Austin.
This has been a dispatch from the far-flung Texas branch of Newspaper Club.
Friday, February 13th 2015
As it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow we thought we’d share a bit of poetry. Not that sort of poetry — bad transport poetry, rather. Giles Turnbull spends a good deal of time on trains and buses and has taken to composing poetry about it. He’s published some of these poems together in a newspaper, a collection that he says is not always ‘bad transport’ poetry, but usually bad ‘transport poetry’. (Only it’s actually sort of brilliant.) He tells us how his newspaper came about:
Bad Transport Poetry is a collection of short, terrible poems about public transport. I spend quite a lot of my time on buses and trains because I work in London and live near Bath, and spend a few days in each every week.
It started as a publication for Little Printer, a clever gadget that printed things out when the internet told it to. You could use it for all sorts of fun things, and lots of people did. At first I thought making a publication for LP would be beyond me, but I read these instructions by Phil Gyford and realised it would actually be pretty simple. All I needed was something to publish.
That’s where the awful poetry comes in.
I took inspiration from the Vogons, who as everyone knows write the third worst poetry in the galaxy, and sought to apply the same method to bus routes and Tube delays. It seems to have worked out quite well.
While Little Printer was still active, subscribers to Bad Transport Poetry (almost two dozen of them! Imagine!) got a fresh new ghastly verse delivered to them automatically, every Wednesday morning. Despite my efforts to make the poetry worse as time went on, no-one unsubscribed. Or if they did, they didn’t bother to tell me. But then, why would you?
Anyway. Sadly, Little Printer faded away and I wondered what I could do with this pile of appalling rhyme. So I made a newspaper.
I imagine it might be the sort of thing people could read on the loo. Honestly, it’s really really bad.
With that kind of endorsement surely you want to buy a copy of Bad Transport Poetry from The Newsagent for £5? Thanks for printing with us, Giles!