Thursday, February 12th 2015
Here’s a charming newspaper we printed recently. Le Flaneur is a thoughtful classic tabloid produced through a collaboration between The School Life and Le Pain Quotidien. The publication was introduced at a ‘philosophy breakfast’ held recently in Canary Wharf to discuss some great thinkers’ thoughts on food and wine.
The cheery paper was designed by Lisa Sjukur of Studio April, who has this to say about the project:
Le Flaneur is a light-hearted quarterly newspaper filled with articles on free time, fresh philosophical ideas, friendship and food. It was commissioned to ensure customers feel comfortable spending their time sitting, thinking, and talking — creating a genuine ‘community spirit’.
Articles cover the importance of staring out the window, cafe culture and existentialism, and why conversations are so boring. There’s even a crossword!
And it’s free — while supplies last, of course. Available at Le Pain Quotidien locations around London.
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
Newspaper Club is about to enter its fifth year of trading and looking back, it’s amazing how far we’ve come. We’re not really a start-up any more, but a stable, thriving business with staff in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Texas, and customers all over the world.
Having got to this happy stage, our founders Russell Davies, Ben Terrett and Tom Taylor have decided to sell their shares in the business to Sharman & Company Ltd. Their vision and expertise turned the whimsical idea of printing newspapers in a digital age into a proper going concern. Somehow they surfed a tide that appeared to be going in the opposite direction and five years on, print is still very much alive. Their departure makes way for more focused, long term owners to take it to the next level.
Sharman’s are a Peterborough based family business who have been printing newspapers since the 1800s. We have worked closely with them since day one, and their experience and professionalism has helped to make Newspaper Club the company it is today.
Mark and James Sharman are now on our Board of Directors, with Mark becoming our Chair. Tom is staying on as a non-executive director, while he takes up a new, exciting position with Moo (back in our old building) and David Moore joins us to spearhead our tech plans for the future. Gareth Williams stays on as non-executive director and all other roles stay the same.
Although this is a big development, it’s relatively smooth for the business, with no major changes to our day to day running or products. We have a lot planned for this year and are looking forward to getting on with it all. Onwards and upwards!
Thursday, February 5th 2015
CycleHack is a grassroots movement that promotes accessible cycling. They come up with all sorts of clever ‘hacks’ that make getting around on a bike a bit easier for everyone — we love the Penny In Yo Pants solution for cycling in a skirt. The CycleHack team recently published a digital tabloid newspaper about their project and you can read the full issue online. Sarah Drummond is the group’s Director of Design and she writes to tell us about putting together the publication:
CycleHack recently published their annual for 2014 with Newspaper Club. We’re a 48-hour global event that looks to reduce barriers to cycling by bringing people together to prototype solutions that solve these, set up by Sarah Drummond, Matthew Lowell and Johanna Holtan. In 2014 we brought over 100 people together in Glasgow and concurrently ran the hack in Beirut and Melbourne. In 2015 we go truly global with over 40 cities signed up to run CycleHack.
We chose to work with Newspaper Club and the newsprint medium because it adds that extra special tangibility to what you’re doing. At the end of each hack our participants upload their prototype examples to an online catalogue to share with the world, we wanted to bring that into newspaper form to allow people to browse and create an annual of sorts for documenting CycleHack on a yearly basis.
The process of producing the newspaper focused us as a team to sit down and think, ‘what do we want to say about who we are?’.
It was tough and cathartic and over and above the content on the hacks we produced, really forced us to say ‘What do we do? How do we present ourselves?’ The production of the newspaper led to a larger critique of our business model, our narrative and our presentation.
Our papers have gone like hot-cakes with everyone who sees a copy in our studio asking to have one. In a world where emails, PDFs, websites are sent to us, and our spam folders countless times a day, using Newspaper club has ensured we retain that little something special about our content that people take the time to find out about.
If you’re a cyclist you can keep up with CycleHack on Twitter. Thanks for printing with us!
Monday, February 2nd 2015
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!
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.
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 23rd 2015
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.’
See more of Christian’s work on his website.
Thursday, January 22nd 2015
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)
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
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.
Saturday, January 17th 2015
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!
Friday, January 16th 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.