Dogfolio #1

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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.

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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.)

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‘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.

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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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Iris & June

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What’s better than a newspaper with a cup of coffee? How about a newspaper that teaches you how to make that cup of coffee? And shares hand-written recipes from the café owner’s grandmothers?

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Iris & June (named after said grandmothers) is an artisan café in London and their newspaper does just that. To celebrate their first birthday, they printed a classic tabloid publication as a ‘thank you letter to the farmers and the roasters, the designers and the visionaries…the businesses who let us order below their minimum.’ It’s a lovely celebration of the culture at Iris&June, and their passion for what they do and who they do it with shines through. It’s also a flipping beautifully designed newspaper. Co-owner Jodie wrote to tell us about the publication:

Iris & June opened in April 2014. We pride ourselves on our excellent coffee, food, and customer service. We think we’ve created a neighbourhood cafe that will stand the test of time and be a place that local people can be proud of.

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To celebrate our first birthday, we wanted to tell the wider community about Iris & June, what we stand for and how we are different. To celebrate independence and those who have supported us from day one.

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To do this we partnered with the very talented team at Proud Creative to produce a bespoke publication. Our publication gives readers an insight into our world of coffee and food and showcases the passionate and creative people that cross our path everyday.

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Issue 1 features some of our suppliers talking about what it’s like to be small independent businesses committed to quality in one of the most competitive cities in the world. We share a couple of café recipes handed down from Iris & June, show how to brew like a barista at home and feature some of our much loved regular customers that keep us striving for excellence every day.

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We distributed copies at the London Coffee Festival, have been handing them out at Victoria and St James’ stations and to local offices and resident’s homes within the surrounding neighbourhood. You can also drop by Iris & June and pick up a copy with your morning coffee.

I was so impressed with the ease and efficiency of Newspaper Club. Couldn’t quite believe that I submitted the files and got a call the next day to say they had already been printed – great service!

Thanks for printing with us, and happy birthday!

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Paper of the Month: The Typefaces

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Our Paper of the Month for May is The Typefaces from illustrator Scott Lambert. Inspired by ‘letterpress printing and childlike observations,’ The Typefaces is a simple and delightfully clever typography puzzle that reveals hidden faces in the common alphabet.

What’s lovely is that The Typefaces are quiet, subtle illusions. It takes a few seconds to see the characters, which emerge from familiar letters in Rubin’s vase fashion. For example, a pair of polar bears disguised in the letters P and Q:

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Originally printed as a book, it grew into a more affordable (and commuter-friendly) newsprint edition that you can buy in The Newsagent for £9.

Scott gives us the whole story of this charming publication:

The Typefaces are faces in type. It’s that simple.  It’s a mix of two of the things I love to the most – designing and dadding.

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They started in a book, but the concern for me with blurb.com was that the printing for a book was $26 but the shipping to Singapore was $45. Then a friend told me about Newspaper Club so I thought I would give it a try. I think newspapers have an appeal for designers, and especially design students.

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Now The Typefaces are on t-shirts and posters. The whole project is print on demand – so there is no major outlay for me.

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The best way I have found to describe them is ‘for the designer in every child and the child in every designer’. There are no signs of making any profit any time soon, it really is a labour of love.

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Pick up a copy of the The Typefaces in The Newsagent or visit the official website for posters, shirts, and more. You can also follow The Typefaces on Twitter (and why wouldn’t you?)

Thanks for printing with us!

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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Filed under: case studies, design, digital tabloid, illustration, Newsagent, Paper of the Month, typography

Turning a box of slides into a family newspaper

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This post is from Michaela, our brilliant Customer Assistant who printed a lovely newspaper for her dad’s birthday this year. With Father’s Day coming up in June, we asked her to share her project. 

When my dad turned 55 this year, I was faced with the same problem I have every year: what do I buy for someone who has enough mugs, jumpers, and books to last a lifetime? (Almost all of which were bought by me!) I’ve been working at Newspaper Club since the beginning of 2013, and thought this year the perfect gift would be a tabloid newspaper of his own.

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Luckily, finding the content was easy. A few years back, my granddad passed on box of photographic slides that he had taken during the 50s – 60s when he and my grandma were newlyweds. In the box were pictures of my dad and his brother on holiday in various UK caravanning resorts, as well as their early scouting adventures, and trips to the beach on their matching red bikes.

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I’d managed to scan them in and make copies on my hard drive, but to my engineering dad who isn’t so tech savvy, they were about as useful on my computer as they had been in the box under the stairs. He’s a fan of reading and nostalgia, so this seemed like the perfect solution!

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I set out to make a photo newspaper using ARTHR, our free online layout tool. We see on a day-to-day basis just how helpful ARTHR is for our customers – whether they’re creating a newspaper for the very first time, or just want a no fuss, simple way of uploading and laying out content. Since I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to create and how I wanted it to look, I went with the blank template option. I could upload and manage my content almost anywhere in the document without having to worry about exporting images within the margins, or setting up my file incorrectly (one of the many advantages of using ARTHR.)

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The selection process with these images was a struggle, as there were so many beautiful memories to choose from, but after much deliberation I whittled them down to a 12-page digital tabloid. Waiting to see the finished results come through the post was almost as exciting as seeing my dad’s face, along with the rest of the family, when I handed over the newspaper (which now sits very prettily on the coffee table at my parents’ house for everyone to enjoy!)

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If you’re thinking of making a personalised newspaper this Father’s Day, we have lots of helpful tips on our website and in our free samples, which are designed to help you get the best out of your newspapers.

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It can be quite difficult with old images in particular to get the colour balance right, so do make sure you read through our artwork guidelines to get the best printed results.

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You can also contact us at support@newspaperclub.com for any additional information – and don’t forget to share your newspapers with us online or in The Newsagent to be in with a chance of winning our Paper of the Month competition!

Happy printing : )

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Filed under: case studies, digital tabloid, holidays, Newspaper Stories, photography, team

The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams

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The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams is a delight. The comic, from illustrator Fran Colomb, follows down-on-her-luck seamstress Fanny, who daydreams of triple-tiered cake stands and looks a bit like Tintin in ballet pumps. It’s a very British sort of story, quaintly bleak with so many tiny, witty details (like a poster wall with advertisements for a kitten circus and Wonderful Seances – Ectoplasm Guaranteed).

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It’s really lovely storytelling. We asked Fran to tell us more about the Fanny Adams project:

I printed Chapter One of The Memoirs Of Sweet Fanny Adams with the aim of working out the look and feel of a longer project. I wanted to get something printed and out there to see if people were interested enough for me to continue (and to have a bit of a party along the way.)

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After hunting around on the zine scene for an affordable printer, Newspaper Club was the easiest and most affordable way of doing it. As the artwork is digital, the first time I saw the whole piece on paper was when the proof came through the post. As the story involves the gutter press and celebrity, tomorrow’s chip paper  lends itself well to the project. (I had been looking at a lot of printed ephemera, especially the throw away kind, whilst researching the graphics.)

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I printed 50 digital tabloid copies which I personally editioned, handmade some Belly bands and calling cards, and had a launch party at a pub in London. As I like a bit of lo/no budget, I also made myself a website from scratch.

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I was extremely pleased with the colour quality of the newspaper and found ARTHR very easy to use once I’d got my head around it and email enquiries were answered very promptly by Newspaper Club.

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Chapter One of Sweet Fanny Adams is part of a much longer graphic novel project. I intend to continue publishing the chapters in part works or “feuilleton,” but haven’t entirely decided which direction I want to go yet. But I’m happy with the results so far and have had plenty of interest – I have recouped my print costs already. Watch this space!

Thanks for printing with us, Fran! Please keep us posted on the next issue.

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Creativity = Courage

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We get lots of student portfolios this time of year, and final degree projects, and new graduate CVs. It seems like a lot of you are getting ready to leave university, and might find encouragement in timeless advice from Colors co-founder Oliviero Toscani.

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Toscani, the photographer behind the controversial Benetton campaigns of the 80s and 90s, gave his ‘Creativity = Courage’ speech at the 92nd Art Director’s Club Festival in 2013. The Art Director’s Club put his words to newsprint with a set of illustrated posters, which were sent to 2,000 top creatives around the world to promote the 93rd awards in 2014. (The newspaper was also made available as a PDF online.)

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The two-part newspaper was designed by illustrator Ben Weeks and Underline Studio, and was printed as a traditional broadsheet and a classic tabloid– four hand-lettered posters printed on broadsheets enfold a tabloid transcript of the speech. Inspired design fit to embody inspiring words.

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Creative Directors: Fidel Peña, Claire Dawson
Designers: Emily Tu, Yosub Jack Choi
Design Studio: Underline Studio
Client: Art Directors Club
Illustrator: Ben Weeks
Writer: Oliviero Toscani

Photographs courtesy of Emily Tu

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Girlfans

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Girlfans is not what you’d expect from a football zine. It’s a rare and fascinating study of female club supporters, exploring how they choose to display their passion for a game in the face of a culture that can be hostile towards female fans.

Jacqui McAssey, a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Communication at Liverpool John Moores University, is behind the project, and recently printed a digital mini of images she’s collected in collaboration with photographer Alex Hurst. Girlfans is the start of a research project funded by the Contemporary Arts Development Group at University of Central Lancashire. Jacqui tells us more about the project:

According to FA stats, nearly a quarter of football supporters (attending the game) are female. From my experience (as an LFC fan) many club shops sometimes design and sell gender specific versions of the clubs colours such as pink hats and scarves (instead of red) and I was curious to see exactly what female fans actually wore to go to the match. Issue one of Girlfans is a photographic review of the entire 13/14 season focussing on female fans at Anfield by myself and photographer Alex Hurst.

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What we actually documented were a range of ‘looks’ on fans of all ages, some subtle, some not but all fascinating in their love for the team. Replica shirts and pearls. Rockabilly girls. Red lipstick. Red flowers. As well as a variety of scarves. It’s not just about wearing club merchandise, people find their own creative way to show their allegiances.

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The ritual of going to the ground was something we could share with these fans which was great. There is a real sense of optimism before each game and I think you can see that in their faces. We also made sure to include some of the scores and the final league table on a ‘pink page’ at the back – it is after all, a publication for football fans.

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We will be working on the next issues soon (possibly Everton during the 15/16 season) and I will be hanging around Wembley on the 30th May before the FA Cup Final photographing female Arsenal and Aston Villa fans.

Girlfans is available to buy for £5 at Offprint London at Tate Modern from 22nd-25th May (at the Preston is my Paris stall) and at Village Bookstore & Gallery, Leeds.

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CSM Fashion & Textiles Foundation Show 2015

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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.)

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

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Sweet Meat Jerky

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Sweet Meat Jerky started as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Founder George Livingston wanted to produce an organic and sustainably-packaged beef jerky, and after finding success with prototypes at local farmers’ markets, he launched Sweet Meet Jerky. His campaign to ‘reinvent jerky’ surpassed funding targets and today the Nashville-based company has a contract with Whole Foods and Sweet Meat Jerky is sold in natural foods stores across the United States. Right on!

They recently printed a bright classic tabloid brochure to hand out with product samples and we think it looks great. George says:

We use our newspaper to share our wonderful story with potential stores! When we meet someone, we give them a bag of jerky and a brochure. Our products speak for themselves, but this newspaper is a fun reminder that our company is young, fun, and ready to make an impact in natural foods.

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Thanks for printing with us!

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Graham McDougal and Boston Print Club

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We printed Graham McDougal‘s trippy Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] tabloid newspaper over two years ago and it has remained a solid office favourite. We came across it again on Instagram recently (on display at the Baltimore Publications Fair) and figured it was high time we shared this fantastic paper on the blog. We knew nothing about the hypnotic publication, so we asked Graham to tell us about his work:

Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] references the street address of a defunct company that manufactured clichés for the printing industry. This publication is based on a series of advertisements published in Graphis magazine between 1969 and 1977. It presents a series of distortions applied to the Graphis pages and documents a series of paintings based on these redacted forms.

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Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] is printed on tabloid web-press newsprint and uses single process colors, black and full (cmyk) color to document a range of production; from scanner drags to studio installation views. The edition includes variable, screen-printed additions on the inside cover pages.

Graham shares a lovely studio (pictured below) with Elizabeth Corkery, who runs Print Club Boston. Elizabeth is a printmaker who produces beautiful, limited-edition silkscreen prints and aims to establish a community print shop in Boston. (If you’re in the area, sign up for updates.)

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Untitled [Hotzesstrasse 23] will soon be for sale through in-the-works Print Club Book Club, but in the meantime you can buy a copy at Printed Matter (or, if you’re an artist or maker yourself, perhaps you can wrangle a print swap).

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