After 5 years of good service, we’ve decided to retire the old Newspaper Club logo and let our mascot (only ever known as “The Dude”) go to the great paper round in the sky. Choosing a new mascot was not a decision that was taken lightly, and we want to share some of the thought that went into it.
Ben told the story of the old logo when it was developed in 2009. Opinions were always mixed – some people loved it and others hated it. On a practical level, the details and mix of strong colours in our mascot made him difficult to scale and a challenge to print – especially on a newspaper.
After canvassing opinion, the consensus was that the paperboy idea worked, we just needed a new model. We approached D8 in Glasgow and asked them to create a paperboy with a simpler design, which was easier to adapt for different uses. We took inspiration from great character mascots like the BIC Boy, Mr. Minit, and MailChimp’s Freddie. We wanted our new paperboy to feel like he had a life of his own, and to use him in different ways across our website and printed materials.
The challenge was to create a figure with a personality that is simple and clear enough to work online and in print. We learned what we could from old posters and adverts (and had fun collecting them on a Pinterest board). Classic illustrators like Daphne Padden and Raymond Savignac do this so well with the delicate curve of a line. We studied their work to develop a friendly character with a minimal amount of detail.
After a few weeks of honing the design, we finally found our new paperboy. We’re pleased to introduce what we hope is a friendly new face for the company as we roll out some changes across our website. Thanks to the old joke, it wasn’t too difficult to find a name for him.
What do you call a paper boy? Russell.
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Matt says: “The island is a stunning place and so I wanted to create something a little bit different to remember it by. Digital photography has many benefits, but for me its huge drawback is that people rarely make the effort to print out their images, and they quickly become engulfed within the digital archive – never to be seen again. By creating a newspaper, we have something to keep forever and look back on the experience time and time again.”
“Newspaper Club is a little bit different and a little bit special. The service was simple and easy and I’m extremely chuffed with how my newspaper turned out. I’ll definitely be using it again.”
Isle of Skye is available in The Newsagent for £7.50. You can keep up with Matt’s work on Instagram. Thank you for printing with us, Matt – and a happy Burns Night to all!
This is Intermezzi by Henriette Klara Artz.You might think it looks more like a book than a newspaper – and you’d be right.
But tucked inside this lovely illustrated book is, in fact, a lovely newspaper. Or rather, small pieces of a newspaper. It looks like this:
Intermezzi, which means “interludes” in Italian, is comprised of small, quiet absurdities drawn from real life. The carefully interspersed slips of newsprint at once interrupt and enrich the narrative of the book. They’re interludes amidst interludes. Henriette tells us how the idea came about:
Intermezzi is a collection of observations from public spaces, snippets of conversations, and quick sketches. The episodes are about things we see all day, like crazy kids in the tube, selfies in the aquarium, or shopping at IKEA.
To capture these funny observations I started to sketch in different spots in public and filled one small sketchbook in an hour.
From that point I developed more detailed and finished drawings, but I still wanted to have the sketches presented as short moments in the book.
So I printed them in their real size in a digital tabloid newspaper and bound them in between the stories. The thin newspaper underlines the character of the sketches and builts a nice contrast to the other drawings.
Creative England is a versatile not-for-profit organisation offering a broad range of support to creative people and businesses across England. Their work runs the gamut from delivering mentoring and funding to working with local councils to shut down streets for film shoots. In short, they “invest in the business of creativity.”
They also print a newspaper. Creative England Stories is a traditional tabloid highlighting the experiences of four very talented (and very different) creatives who have each been able to make something amazing with Creative England’s help.
The newspaper came together with help from design studio Peter & Paul. “We wanted to produce something that told the stories of the people who benefit from Creative England,” says Lee Davies, Assistant Creative Director at Peter & Paul. “It took a newspaper format to infer that the piece was editorial and ‘story’ lead rather than a sales piece. The idea is that the ‘sell’ kinda just happens by proximity.”
Creative England Stories will be popping up at creative venues and at Creative England events throughout the year. Thank you for printing with us!
The team at Lost My Name got in touch with some kind words to say about printing with us: “Just wanted to say thank you for helping us create something so wonderful that people LOVE! We’ve had hundreds of congratulatory comments from newspaper requesters and happy recipients… and we had thousands distributed by people in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, and Vancouver! Your product is amazing…we’ve been wondering how to follow this up next year!”
They also passed along this lovely comment from a happy newspaper recipient: “I sat down with a coffee, got the newspaper and read it from cover to cover. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it surprised me! All in all, it’s totally brilliant and there should be a weekly edition! Life is too short to be miserable, so I never read newspapers, but this one, I would have a subscription to! A HUGE thank you!”
We’ll leave you with a video of the hardworking, wagon-pulling distribution team in action:
Thank you for printing us, Lost My Name — here’s to another amazing and fantastic year ahead.
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Created with ARTHR, Noël en Famille celebrates Pierre’s holiday history through photos, anecdotes, and family recipes. He says: “How might we capture the atmosphere of these shared moments with loved ones? As our family is growing and getting dispersed around the world, I wanted to go back to the origins of our very first Christmas feasts – to capture the stories and recipes that might have been forgotten.”
“I wanted to create a reminder of what Christmas means and to offer a gift to the youngest generation, so they know where they come from and one day can take the reins to write a new page in our family history.”
And on that note – happy holidays from all of us at Newspaper Club!
By his own admission, illustrator Bill Rebholz is fascinated with “the bizarre and idiosyncratic.” A flip through his digital mini newspaper reveals that this fascination has informed a dexterous and delightful body of work. Bill uses his newspaper as a promotional mailer to keep up with current clients and introduce himself to new ones. We use it as an instant mood lifter, and keep a copy near at hand in the office.
Our digital printing is slightly brighter than standard newsprint and works beautifully with Bill’s color palette, which he describes as “mellow muted tones butted up against the brightest of brights.”
You can see more from Bill’s newspaper on his website but be warned – it’s easy to get lost in the charming details of his illustrated world.
In October, we sponsored an exciting fundraising event for 826CHI, a creative writing center that provides free, individualised writing support to underserved Chicago students. Eat Your Words invited chefs, writers, diners, and literary enthusiasts to come together for a collaborative meal created by a number of Chicago’s culinary leaders. The evening included readings by 826 co-founder Dave Eggers and a performance from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. We’re sad to have missed it!
But we were there in spirit: every attendee went home with a swag bag that included 826CHI’s digital tabloid Annual Report, pictured above with supporting swag. 826CHI’s Kortney Morrow tells us: “The 826CHI Annual Report was a great way to leave attendees with a tangible takeaway of our mission in action, and having key members of the literary world leave with a copy allows us to continue the conversation.”
We’re happy to have played a role in continuing that conversation. Thank you for printing with us, 826CHI!
The 826CHI Annual Report newspaper was designed by Gage Salzano.
Our Paper of the Month for November is EGAL, a digital tabloid that celebrates graffiti, street art and urban culture in Vienna. Graphic designer Alpar Daniel is behind the project, which has been documenting Vienna’s ever-changing graffiti landscape since March 2014. This latest issue of EGAL showcases fresh graffiti along the embankment walls of the Danube Canal – where graffiti is legal.
We love the varied and colourful designs, and think the ephemeral materiality of newsprint makes it the perfect medium to capture transient street art.
It’s the last day to catch the excellent Posters and Portraits exhibition at The Bridge Gallery in Los Angeles City Hall. We’re thrilled to have sponsored the exhibition, which celebrates the work of LA-based arts non-profit Inner-City Arts and the program’s impact on Los Angeles youth.
The exhibition is presented by The Posters and photographer Collette McGruder, who printed a digital broadsheet newspaper to accompany the work. In Their Own Words features 10 prints from The Posters and 10 portraits of students by Collette McGruder. This juxtaposition, says Collette, “highlights not only the importance of the arts in shaping LA’s urban fabric, but the need to make the arts accessible to all Angelenos.” In a fitting design twist, the newspaper folds out to transform into a series of posters. Clever! (As a side note, we’ve got a handy guide to making posters with your newspaper.)
About the newspapers, Collette says: “They were a rage. I could barely keep them around. Every person in attendance wanted them. Nearly everyone wanted to know how and where to make one! It was wonderful.”
If you happen to be in Los Angeles today, head over to The Bridge Gallery to catch this exhibition under the wire and pick up a lovely newspaper. For more details about the exhibition and the artists involved, visit http://www.postersandportraits.com.
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Thanks for stopping by the Newspaper Club blog. Here you can read the stories behind some of the best papers we’ve printed—and meet the happy customers who made them. We’ll also post occasional updates about what’s going on behind the scenes and inside the presses.