St. Jude’s In The City

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There’s a lovely event happening now at The Town House in Spitalfieds. St. Jude’s In The City is an exhibition of recent works by artists Angie Lewin and Alex Malcolmson organised by St. Jude’s Prints.

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They printed a mini newspaper to go alongside the exhibition — a teaser edition for the second issue of their publication Random Spectacular. (The first smashing issue of Random Spectacular can be seen on their website.) It features works from the exhibition, including Alex Malcomson’s box constructions and Angie Lewin’s linocuts, as well as essays about London from Random Spectacular contributors.

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Free copies of the newspaper are available (while stocks last) at the exhibition, which runs until 5pm on Saturday 24th May (daily open times are listed online). They’ll also have a small number of copies available to purchase (for a nominal amount) online after the exhibition.

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Full exhibition details can be found on the St. Jude’s website. Random Spectacular No. 2 will be published in June, and as with the first issue all profits go to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. You can follow St. Jude’s on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear when it’s out for sale.

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Students Revolt!

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Peter Basma-Lord is a photographer and filmmaker based in Glasgow. He is the co-founder of Petkid, an independent publisher and label specialising in limited editions of film, music, photography and print. He recently printed a digital tabloid called Students Revolt! documenting the student protests in London through some brilliant black and white photographs. It’s available in The Newsagent now for £12.50. Peter wrote to tell us about his project:

Students Revolt! is a series of photographs I’d been sitting on for a few years, having shot them during the student fees protests of 2010-2011. At the time they seemed to document a swell in the spirit of my generation, something that we’d been sorely lacking, however I wanted to hold on to the images and see what might become of our new found resolve in light of the vote for raising the fees.

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Now,  years later, I’ve gone back through the series and decided to produce something of an artefact of that spirit. When taken as a whole the images read almost callously, as the paper moves forward chronologically there is the initial burst of steam, then a weighty push and push back followed by an attempted regrouping that ends with a Big Mac and fries.

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The paper is not intended to be bleak (although it easily reads as such!). The movement of bodies, dateless in their black and white, aims simply to preserve the anguish, resolve, idiocy, and  determination of the course of a few short months. Something to regard decades in the future as just another spike in our collective conscience.

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The images selected hopefully make clear the sentiment of the time, the heady rush physical and lucid, and the sharp pang of sobering jolts. They were produced from scans of high-speed black and white film with the layout produced in inDesign before going to newsprint – a fittingly non-archival medium for such an ephemeral subject.

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You can see more of Peter’s work on his website and blog. Thank you for printing with us!

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The Emoji Reference Manual

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Frankie Roberto is a freelance creative technologist and a web developer for Newspaper Club.  He also recently became a compiler of emoji and has put together The Emoji Reference Manual, a collection of over 700 emoji symbols and their unique hexadeximal codes. It’s a handy and enlightening 16-page guide and available in The Newsagent now for £5. There’s also a website for the project where Frankie introduces his publication:

Symbols and icons are everywhere we look, from hi-fis to washing machines. Once understood, their meaning is quickly communicated, but for the uninitiated they’re an intriguing puzzle.

Born in Japan to make it quicker to communicate via text message, Emoji icons have become a global phenomenon since being adopted into the Unicode standard in 2010. Thanks to this, you can now use emoji in tweets, e-mails, and even URLs.

The emoji graphics featured in this reference guide are from the Apple Color Emoji typeface, primarily designed by Willem Van Lancker. The emoji have been arranged in thematic groups, from people to objects.

Looking through the emoji, they reveal some of the preoccupations with modern living, and give a glimpse into Japanese culture.

We asked Frankie some questions about his publication and here’s what he had to say:

Why did you want to create an emoji reference manual?

I started seeing more and more emoji used all over the the place – in tweets, on websites, even in occasional e-mails – and so I was curious as to how many there were and what the full list looked like. I was astonished to discover that there are over 700. So many that it’s hard to get a sense of them on a mobile phone or laptop screen. Printing them all out seemed like the obvious thing to do.

It took way longer than anticipated because I decided to group them into categories to make the full catalogue easier to understand. Some of the categories are straightforward, like Animals, Nature and Food, others are more esoteric, like Gestures and Celestial Bodies. There’s also a whole category dedicated to cat emotions…

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How often do you use emoji in your day to day communication?

I try to slot them into text messages and tweets when I remember, but I’m not using them all the time. Sometimes it’s fun to try and compose a message solely of emoji as a kind of puzzle for the recipient to figure out.

What’s the most creative use of emoji you’ve found?

Emoji Dick is a complete translation of Moby-Dick, which has been published as a book. The original book was split into sentences, and workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk were paid to try and find the most appropriate emoji substitute, using funds generated through Kickstarter.

I’m not sure how truly readable the finished book is though.

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If you could create a new emoji what would it be?

There’s no giraffe, which is a shame, as they’re my favourite animals. I also think a Mars emoji should be added, in plenty of time for an astronaut landing on it, hopefully within my lifetime…

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three emoji, which would you choose?

Well, if I could actually use them on the desert island to communicate with potential rescuers on the horizon, then I might pick

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Otherwise, if it’s just for personal enjoyment whilst I’m there, then I’d go with

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IRISS On…Weaving Innovation and Evidence Together

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IRISS is a charitable organisation that promotes positive outcomes for people who use Scotland’s social services. They teamed up with Dundee-based illustrator Amanda Bataller to produce an eye-grabbing newspaper aimed at people who work in the social care and support sector. Company reports can be a chore to read but the illustrations here are wonderful, cleverly interpreting the newspaper’s theme of ‘weaving innovation and evidence together’ and getting the point across in an engaging visual way. Here’s more about it from IRISS:

IRISS On… is a newspaper series written and published by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS). The newspaper aims to enlighten, inform and support people to change how they work using new knowledge and processes to develop the ways people are supported. The first IRISS On…was about innovation and improvement — this post is about the creation of the second editon, IRISS On…Weaving Innovation and Evidence Together.

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IRISS On…Weaving Innovation and Evidence Together is a 24-page traditional mini newspaper that was written by Fiona Munro and Gayle Rice (from IRISS) and illustrated by Amanda Bataller. The subject of the newspaper is an exploration into the relationships between innovation and evidence in the context of Scotland’s social services, as the way people approach innovation and evidence affects the outcomes and outputs of work. IRISS is using the newspaper to share this knowledge and encourage people to consider how they think about these two concepts, rather than seeing them as distinct and separate.

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Amanda created the illustrations using Photoshop. The images use the weaving concept to visually communicate the copy and make it more engaging. The ideas is innovation and evidence are represented by two different coloured threads: green for innovation and blue for evidence. The illustrations were used to narrate two characters using the threads in different ways and the copy provides examples of how innovation and evidence have been used in these different ways. The style is simple, clear and eye-catching.

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Fiona, Gayle and Amanda worked collaboratively, providing feedback to each other during each stage of the development process to reach a newspaper we are all proud of.

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1,000 copies of the newspaper have been printed by Newspaper Club, and are being delivered to IRISS champions around all Scotland in different social care and support services and organisations. The license of the newspaper is creative common, so everybody can download it and use it for non-commercial purposes. Please share it widely.

You can find out more about IRISS on their website and follow them on Twitter. Amanda has some more lovely work online too. Thanks for printing with us!

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Our classic and improved tabloids are changing

Our traditional tabloids are changing. From now on:

  • All of our tabloids (digital, classic and improved) are the same page size – 289mm x 380mm (hooray!).
  • Classic tabloids (on 52gsm recycled newsprint) are available in runs of 300 and 400 (down from a 500 copy minimum order)
  • Improved tabloids (on 52gsm improved newsprint) are available in the 289mm x 380mm page size.

We’re phasing out the old improved tabloid size (295mm x 359mm) so if you’re planning a future order please use the classic tabloid template. If you’re working with the old size and have a file ready to go don’t worry – we can still print that for you.

This now means that:

  • It’s easier to switch from digital to traditional printing
  • ARTHR users who want to print traditionally can order 300 or 400 copies (down from 500 minimum), and can print on improved newsprint.
  • You can print an improved tabloid and sell it in the Newsagent without having to resize your file.

What’s the difference between classic and improved tabloids?

Our classic tabloids are printed on 52gsm recycled newsprint – similar to the off-white newsprint that a standard tabloid newspaper would be printed on (although our newsprint is slightly heavier than say, The Sun or The Metro). Improved tabloids use “improved’ newsprint, which is the same weight, but brighter and whiter. It’s great for getting more out of your colours and photographs.

Can I see one of the new improved tabloids?

Yes, you can! Just request a sample here and tick the ‘improved’ box.

Are there any changes to digital tabloids?

No, the digital tabloids are staying the same.

Any questions?

Please contact us on support@newspaperclub.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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The Little Emperor

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Joey Duong is an illustrator in her third year of study at Hertfordshire University. She recently printed one of the most brilliantly colourful digital tabloids we’ve seen, filled with her lovely drawings. Joey told us about her newspaper:

The Little Emperor was created for a university project. It involved finding a topic that we felt strongly about and creating imagery to hopefully inspire others to take interest in it. The topic I chose was based on the one child policy in China. Though the policy has recently been relaxed, I wanted to show my perception of what it’s like to be an only child in a Chinese family (being Chinese myself I understand the pressures).

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This idea was mostly inspired by an article I read, reporting that parents who are too busy to look after their children will typically leave the responsibilities to grandparents who live under the same roof. This then leads to the parents worrying about the child being too spoiled, what they call in China “Little Emperor Syndrome” — hence the title of my newspaper.

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From the age of 3, some parents choose to send their children away to boarding school so they can become more ‘independent.’ My main aim was to capture the sadness of this lifestyle — for the reader to feel sorry for the child and understand the downsides to this aspect of Chinese culture.

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I don’t usually base my work on sad topics, so it was a challenge for me at first. My style is quite childlike and cheerful, so I had problems trying to create work that communicates a sad topic but also trying to suit it to my illustration style.

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I enjoy using all types of media and materials, and for this newspaper I created images using a mixture of poster paint, watercolour, felt tips, acrylic and black fine liner. I then edited them on Photoshop and organised the pages on InDesign.

You can see more of Joey’s bright and wonderful work on her website Crazy Pot of Pencils and buy prints of her drawings on Society6. Thank you for printing with us, Joey!

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The leaves of London transformed

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Silke Spingies does magical things with leaves. She creates intricate, otherworldly sculptures by pressing leaves for up to three weeks and then sewing each individual leaf to a layer of fabric, creating textures that resemble feathers or wood. Throughout the delicate process she sprays the leaves with water to keep them alive. She created a digital tabloid called Leaves to accompany an exhibition of her sculptures in 2012. It is now available to buy for £5 in The Newsagent.

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Each piece has been shot by photographer Sam Scott-Hunter – an important part of the process to provide documentation of how the sculptures looked when first created, as they will deteriorate over time. As she writes: ‘The colour and texture of each piece will change over time, reflecting the changes that take place naturally in the wild.’ We asked Silke to tell us more about her sculptures and her newspaper:

I’m a freelance graphic designer and artist living in London. I’m glad to have found Newspaper Club. It was recommended to me by a colleague and it’s just right for me and the people I’ve designed a paper for. I love the large format, which gives me the opportunity to show my work in a larger scale. The paper is a great item to give to people and it also works really well as promotional material. It’s not too precious but fun.

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I’ve made the first edition of Leaves almost two years ago and have improved it ever since. I’ve done a single test copy first, just to see how the colours and contrasts of my images would come out in print. I really recommend this as there is quite a difference between the preview on screen and the actual result in newsprint and it’s also a last chance to spot mistakes. I’ve saturated the colours and increased the contrast in my images for further editions. Newspaper Club has a fast turnaround and the people there have always been really helpful and friendly.

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My first leaf artworks were done for a group exhibition in Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in London in Autumn 2012. Months before the show I’d spend weeks and weeks collecting and pressing hundreds of leaves from trees in my neighbourhood. In the end I had a large collection of pressed lime, cherry, ginkgo, buddleja, and beech leaves filling up most of my studio. Surprisingly the colours of the fresh leaves were mostly preserved in the drying process.

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I then went on to lay out the beautiful dried Ginkgo leaves in a square just to establish the amount of leaves that I could use for my sculptures. The result looked so pleasing that I decided to capture that moment in a photo which led to a series of prints of laid out leafs – also featured in my paper. After the leaves are prepared, they are sewn one by one by hand onto a layer of fabric that is attached to a sphere. It’s a calm, relaxing process that requires a lot of patience and time.

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In the centrefold of the paper is a picture of my exhibition space at Smokehouse Gallery. It shows the installation with all sculptures and two leaf prints in the background.

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Silke is selling her leaf sculptures and prints on. Etsy. You can see more of her work on her website and also find her on Twitter. Thank you for printing with us, Silke!

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Paper of the Month: The Weekly Push

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March’s Paper of the Month was The Weekly Push, a compilation of the weekly articles posted in Facebook engineering offices around the world. The name The Weekly Push reflects the internal weekly process by which the Facebook team updates their production site. The ‘weekly push’ happens each week, as does the article. Articles discuss how to solve specific challenges on Facebook’s codebase — think of it as an advice column for software engineers. With contributions from Facebook employees and help from the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory, Volume 1 of the 28-page digital tabloid is over a year’s worth of issues tackled by the Facebook team, like navigating text encoding and testing JavaScript. It’s valuable advice condensed for the company’s staff, and an interesting look at the day to day challenges faced by a technology office. The content is put together by Editor-in-Chief Roy McElmurry who writes about the newspaper:

The Weekly Push started out humbly in the Seattle office where its content and simple format was well received. Shortly after, a visitor from Menlo Park spotted an article in Seattle and inquired about getting these articles posted in California. Since then we have added several offices are are currently publishing in Seattle, Menlo Park, New York, Boston, Vancouver, London, and Tel Aviv.

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The topics for the articles were initially chosen largely for their impact in the author’s daily work experience, but topic choice shortly branched out to include employee requests and submissions.

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Today articles are often suggested and written by teams that wish to spread the word about some best practice or little known product or feature.

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The layout was created by graphic designer Tim Belonax:

The design is meant to spark visual interest in The Weekly Push. Each subject is illustrated using its title, providing a creative constraint as well as a consistent voice. Since the Pushes are always up around our offices (not only in Menlo Park) a re-imagining of its presentation was necessary to draw people into something that is familiar.

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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Firewords Quarterly

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The other week we received a unexpected brown envelope at our Glasgow office — mystery post! Inside was a copy of Firewords Quarterly and a nice note from editor Dan Burgess telling us about his newspaper. We thought we’d share it here:

Dear Newspaper Club,

Firstly, apologies for invading your mailbox unannounced but I wanted to share my project with you and say thanks for providing such a great service.

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My name is Dan Burgess and I’m a graphic designer and writer in Newcastle. For a long time, I’ve dreamed of launching my own writing magazine, having been frustrated by current literary journals on the market. I wanted to create a publication that contained powerful writing enhanced by exciting design and visuals. Enclosed you will find a copy of Firewords Quarterly– the fruits of my labour!

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This is Issue Zero, created as a teaser to demonstrate how the real publication will look and feel. So far, the project has been independently funded and I’m currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help launch Firewords with the release of Issue One.

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The service from Newspaper Club has always been excellent and I think you provide an amazing resource, especially for independent publishers like myself. I’m definitely looking to use your service again for future issues. Thank you so much for your time and, above all else, I hope you enjoy your read!

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We’re happy to report that Firewords Quarterly has reached it’s funding target and Issue One will be going to print soon. But there’s still time to support the campaign and more funding means more pages in the upcoming issue. You can find more information about the publication on the Firewords Quarterly website. Thank you for sending us your newspaper Dan! We look forward to printing future issues.

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Two newspapers from Both Associates

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Second anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with paper (in the UK anyway) so it is fitting that design studio Both Associates decided to mark their two-year milestone with a newspaper. They created a thoughtfully-designed digital tabloid of highlights from their first two years of work, from illustrating company Christmas cards to developing a brand identity for their own local coffee shop.  It is a great-looking portfolio to show to clients and a memento to keep for themselves.

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The South London YMCA Annual Report is one of the big projects included in the anniversary newspaper. Both Associates printed the financial report as a newspaper, in which the story of the SLYMCA is told through full-page black and white portraits and interviews with the people who benefit from the range of services the SLYMCA provide:

For this years Annual Report for South London YMCA we felt the newspaper format lent itself to the grassroots approach to telling the story of the SLYMCA. It’s a straightforward medium, stripped of pretense, yet the larger format also allowed us to transform the portraits into something which conveys the quiet heroism of those who are striving to improve their lives, even when the odds seem overwhelmingly stacked against them.

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Both lovely papers. You can see more photographs of the newspapers, and some of Both Associates’ other work, on their Behance and website. Happy birthday Both Associates and thank you for printing with us!

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