Winter Wonderland now available at Good Press

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Last year we wrote about Winter Wonderland, a publication of peaceful wintry landscapes we printed for Takeshi Suga. We’re pleased to say that you can now find Winter Wonderland amidst all sorts of other lovely zines at Good Press in Glasgow.

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Linzie Hunter’s Hand-Lettered Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are fleeting things. So we’re grateful to Linzie Hunter for putting such a delightful collection of them on paper, immortalised in digital tabloid form. Linzie is a Scottish-born illustrator based in London, and her work can be found everywhere from the The Wall Street Journal to the covers of a toppling stack of books published by the likes of Scholastic and Penguin.

Earlier this year Linzie called upon her social media following for New Year’s resolutions, which she then illustrated, one resolution a day, throughout January. By the end of the month she had a wonderful series of hand-lettered good intentions.

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Linzie tells us why she decided to publish her illustrations in a newspaper:

At the end of January, I felt it would be nice to see all the images printed together in one small publication, rather than just being displayed online or printed as individual postcards. I had wanted print my own newspaper for a while so this seemed like a great opportunity and a nice way to wrap up the project.

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A large part of my commercial work is digital so I spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. It’s great to be able to publish your work online immediately for all to see, but nothing quite compares to seeing your work in print and on paper. Traditional print-making is a lovely escape when I have the time. And it’s also nice to be able to print big on newsprint!

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I managed to squeeze in some Gocco printing and have produced some starburst-shaped postcards to send with each newspaper.

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Lizzie is sending her newspaper to friends, art directors, and existing clients. If you’re keen to get a copy for yourself, get in touch with Linzie through her website, where you can also see the full set of illustrated resolutions. Thanks for printing with us!

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Tell us what you think about ARTHR!

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We asked for feedback about ARTHR in our last newsletter and were happy to receive some helpful responses. We’re going to repeat ourselves here for those who don’t subscribe to our (informative and very uninvasive…*cough*) newsletter:

We’re redeveloping our online layout tool ARTHR and want to hear your suggestions about how we can make it easier to use. We love hearing about publications that ARTHR has helped produce, like the beautiful paper Tif Hunter made for his grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary (pictured above). If you’ve created a paper with ARTHR, tell us what you think at arthrfeedback@newspaperclub.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Pinning printing museums

Photo from Maraid Design

 Photo from Maraid Design

We’ve created a new board on Pinterest to collect museums dedicated to print history, like the wonderful Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen. Let us know if there’s a print museum we’ve missed, we love to hear about them.

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The Chimpington Post

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It may seem incongruous for a company built around email to produce a newspaper to communicate with students — but MailChimp is known to do things a bit differently.

The cover of their career fair handout, The Chimpington Post, nods to the irony with a cover headline proclaiming ‘Email Still Not Dead!’ Traditional newspaper fixtures (crossword, classified ads) are used to playful effect in a distinctly digital age publication, complete with 80’s synthpop colour palette.

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The Chimpington Post is all about what makes working at MailChimp special, which is made clear from the start with a newspaper that stands out amongst glossy stock photo pamphlets. It looks really, really brilliant.

The project was led by Jane Song, who published an insightful account of the design process on MailChimp’s Design Lab blog:

When I was tasked with designing MailChimp’s collateral to hand out at career fairs, I really took it to heart. At MailChimp, we’re not only incredibly proud of what we do, but we also have a lot of fun doing it—and it was important to communicate that to any students who moseyed on over to our booth.

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Luckily, our art director, David, was on the same page. No glossy, uninspired pamphlets would come from us. He had a better idea: We would create an entire newspaper ‘bout that MailChimp life. And we would make it awesome.

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Once all the stories were in and I’d made the last tweaks to the design, we used Newspaper Club to print 2,000 copies of The Chimpington Post. We scattered some around the office, and it brings me so much joy to see visitors in our waiting area reaching for the paper after they’ve looked at every app on their phones. I’ve even seen some of my coworkers (who, duh, already work here) flipping through the pages, too.

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Most of the newspapers, though, went to our HR team. At career fairs, our recruiters talk as much as they can about MailChimp in the few precious minutes they have with students. They leave the rest up to The Chimpington Post, confident that whatever they couldn’t fit into the conversation, we’ve got it covered.

You can read Jane’s full post over at Mailchimp. Thanks for printing such a standout newspaper with us!

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Happy Easter!

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Making eggs out of newsprint

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We’re closed now for the Easter holiday and will be back on 7 April. If you’re itching to get your hands grubby with newsprint this weekend, may we suggest this handy tutorial on making eggs out of newspaper?

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Newsprint single from The Famines out today!

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Here’s a first for us: Canadian band The Famines have released some new music on what they’re calling a ‘paper single.’ They’ve printed a digital broadsheet double-sided Famines art poster that comes with instructions to download their two new tracks. Get the poster, get the music.

The poster was designed by illustrator and Famines frontman Raymond Biesinger (whose brilliant work you may recognise from publications like Lucky Peach and The New Yorker). He says:

The gist of why Newspaper Club made sense for this: pressing vinyl records is getting ridiculously expensive, especially for bands of our size. A band like us making a very unique object that’s printable in small runs, inexpensive, impressive, and cheap to mail and can hold the information (ie. URL/code infos) for an online download could be really smart.It seemed like we’re the right band to format experiment and combine the visual/paper with the digital/music.

The newsprint single is all yours for $5 in-person, or mailed to your Canadian door for $7 all-inclusive, mailed to your American door for $8, or mailed to your international door for $11. Available through Psychic Handshake Recordings.

Fingers crossed for a full paper album in the future!

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Paper of the Month: The Surreal Times

The Boy Who Eat Picasso, Oxford Playhouse. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Our Paper of the Month for March is The Surreal Times, an interactive classic tabloid programme for an interactive theatre production. “The Boy Who Bit Picasso” is a new children’s play from Edinburgh Fringe award winners The Untied Artists. It’s based on the book by Tony Penrose (who did indeed bite Picasso) and it’s on now at the Oxford Playhouse.

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We love the playfulness of the programme, which was designed by Gareth Courage. He told us why a newspaper made sense for a hands-on show:

The design of the paper has gone through several iterations. Over the past year, the play has been in pre-production and has been a collaboration between myself and the play’s originators, Jake Olershaw and Jo Carr. Another version of the paper from last year is being used as a prop in the play and The Surreal Times has been adapted to work as a programme that was both interesting and informative to adults as well as being something children could take home and play with in the spirit of the artists the play is about.

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If people want a copy it will be given away free when you attend the play! So you will need to check if it is touring in your area.

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We think it’s really valuable to have a further interactive experience alongside our theatre show, and hope the newspaper will central to that. Hopefully it’s something that parents and children will both want to get their hands on.

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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.

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We’re Hiring: Freelance Developer

We’re recruiting again! This time, for a freelance Ruby and Javascript Developer. You can work remotely or (if you prefer) be based out of our Birmingham or Glasgow offices. If you, or anyone you know, would fit the description below then we’d love to hear from you. If you’re feeling generous and are willing to spread the word on your social medias then that would be very helpful! On with the blurb…

Newspaper Club helps people make and print their own newspapers. Since 2010 we’ve printed over 7 million papers, built a tool for designing a paper in your browser, and launched a print-on-demand marketplace. We’re in the process of redeveloping several of our online systems and are looking for developers to join us.

This time around we’re looking for freelancers to join our existing technology department, specifically to work on our customer facing website. You’ll need to be comfortable writing solid, semantic, HTML, JS and CSS. Ideally you’ll be well versed in SASS and HAML (or ERB) and have a good understanding of Ruby on Rails.

You don’t need systems administration experience but being comfortable with Linux would be a big plus, as would using Git and GitHub to manage source code. Some familiarity with Configuration Management tools such as Chef or Ansible would help too.

As we’re a distributed team we use Slack, Basecamp, and Trello along with other tools, and clear communication skills are a must.

In return, we’ll offer a competitive daily rate, flexible hours, and a relaxed working environment. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Send an email to jobs@newspaperclub.com, describing why you’d be right for this role, with a link to your site, CV, portfolio, GitHub page, or similar.

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