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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Minnesota Landscapes

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Rebecca Silus is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She runs Field Office Studio and is the recent recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work is concerned with history and place and travel, as her digital tabloid newspaper Minnesota Landscapes beautifully demonstrates. Taking inspiration from the journals of 18th and 19th century explorers, Minnesota Landscapes is a year-long sketchbook project that Rebecca describes as ‘studies of Minnesota’s natural and built landscapes, small in scale and produced with minimal materials.’

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Rebecca wrote about the paper on her blog, explaining:

The choice [of newsprint] seemed like a good fit for two reasons. The project referenced the sketchbooks kept by 18th and 19th century explorers in Minnesota, so conceptually I liked using the popular media of the time—the newspaper. Second, the tabloid format was so much larger than any book. It allowed me to feature one large painting across two pages in the middle of the newspaper, which could be hung on the wall as a poster.

I was super happy with the results and can’t wait to make another. It was so easy—they have software that simplifies the layout process if you don’t want to start completely from scratch. Or you can do what I did and layout a custom design in InDesign, then upload it.

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You can see more of Rebecca’s work on her website and follow her dreamy travels on Instagram. Thank you for printing with us!

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Imagining Leo Kannerschool

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Leo Kannerschool is a special needs school in the Netherlands. The school offers a unique learning environment for children with autism and commissioned artist Aad Goudappel to create a series of illustrations representing their values. The result is a wonderful project interpreting themes of community, independence, structure, and self-expression.

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Ankie Stoutjesdijk led graphic design on the project, creating a poster for the school using Aad’s illustrations. She was so taken with the work that she decided to print a digital tabloid newspaper keepsake for herself. ‘I’m so in love with the illustrations, and wanted to see how it would work on newsprint,’ she tells us. ‘I’m also in love with Newspaper Club and printed matter in general!’

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Paper of the Month: Monogamy

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Our Paper of the Month for April is Monogamyfrom University of Hertfordshire illustration student Gemma Louise. We fell in love with her digital tabloid newspaper, which was inspired by the true relationship between two inseparable greylag geese (Gemma saw the story in a documentary on animal behavior and crafted a university project around it.)

With wonderfully textured and expressive illustrations, Monogamy is truly beautiful storytelling – a publication we’d happily settle down with for a lifetime.

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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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Filed under: art, case studies, digital tabloid, illustration, Paper of the Month, students

One Password to Rule Them All

Password security, while not the most glamorous topic in the world, is a massive issue for everybody. Companies with a distributed team sharing accounts (Twitter, Instagram, etc) face extra issues, some of which we’ve come up against here at Newspaper Club.

Our team is spread all over the world – London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leipzig, and Boston – and until recently there’s always been a question over how best to centralise and share passwords for group accounts.

We recently did an audit (and produced a very pretty map) of all of our systems and services. This quickly established that we have lots of them – each requiring secure passwords, multiple accounts for different staff members, and the ability to be easily updated. Personally, I have more than 70 Newspaper Club logins and there’s no way to remember them all, let alone make sure they’re all secure.

So what do we do? The most sensible option: use a password manager.

The principle is pretty simple. Every account you use has login details stored in a heavily encrypted file (often called a Vault) which you unlock with a master password. Using a browser plugin, your details are entered automatically each time you log in to a different system. Amazing, right?

Even better, password managers automatically generate complex, secure passwords and store them in the Vault for the next time you need them. You can identify weak passwords from your dark past and easily replace them with new, shiny, secure ones. Still amazing, right?

There are many password manager options (LastPass, Keeper, Mitro, 1Password, etc) but at Newspaper Club we settled on 1Password. I’ve been using it for years and would argue it still has the strongest feature set for our purposes, plus it’s also friendly to use for non-technical users . It uses a a local file-based vault (meaning the encrypted file is stored on a device we own) rather than a cloud-based vault at the mercy of a big service outage or overnight bankruptcy.

With a password manager, your master password will become the most important password in your life and, if you use your password manager properly, it’s the only password you need ever remember. It needs to be secure and memorable.

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It may be surprising to learn that a password doesn’t need to be complex to be secure. The trick is to think of your password as a phrase rather than a word. To borrow an example from the always brilliant XKCD, the password ‘correcthorsebatterystaple’ (four random but common words) has 44 bits of entropy. The password ‘Tr0ub4dor&3′ looks better right? You’d expect it to be more difficult to guess? But that’s not the case –  from a computer’s perspective it’s actually far easier to guess, with only 22 bits of entropy.

Basically, you’re best off picking a phrase from a book, jumbling up the words, and using that as your One Password To Rule Them All. Change it regularly, check it’s strong, generate all your other passwords, and your local friendly CTO will be a happy man.

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