The IRFC Special Edition Catalogue

IRFC Studio catalogue 2014 out now!!

The IRFC is an interdisciplinary design and consulting studio that offers a whole range of services, from creating miniature bus stop table numbers for the London Transport Museum to branding the Barbican. They needed to create a special edition catalogue to bring all their best projects together and chose to make a newspaper — a traditional tabloid to be precise, and it looks brilliant. In fact, we think they should include newspaper design in their next catalogue. We asked founding director Driss to tell us a bit about it:

The IRFC Studio prides itself on bringing together various disciplines under one roof. The Catalogue provides a fun, engaging and visually rich tool for new and existing clients of the IRFC Studio to find or create powerful solutions for their own business. Included are hardware and collateral items for point of sale, cutting edge graphic and interior design, printed materials, online marketing strategies and much more. Working with Newspaper Club on the Special Edition of our Catalogue came as second nature as both parties worked tirelessly to perfect the final look, feel and quality of the publication.


Using a traditional tabloid newspaper style for the catalogue was key in extending the IRFC Studio brand into the real world.  Having a ‘run of the mill’ (pardon the pun) brochure just wasn’t an option!  The newspaper had to maintain quality of image and text whilst providing a hands on experience that fully engaged with the reader, making them want to read every page and of course, make contact!


The service and unique nature of the Newspaper Club was a perfect fit with our goals for the Catalogue.  The team at Newspaper Club are extremely helpful and understood our end goals.  My team and I are really pleased with the quality and finish of the end product.



You can ask for a copy of the catalogue on their website, and follow The IRFC on Twitter to see updates from the studio. Thank you for printing with us!

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The ghosts of Krantje Loulé

foto-3Marjan Van den Berghe is a visual artist based in Antwerp. Her newspaper, Krantje Loulé, is a rather haunting collection of black and white photographs taken in Portugal in the 1980s. The ghostly nature of the images really comes through in newsprint– it feels a bit like looking through a long lost scrapbook. We asked Marjan about her project:

I made this paper for my Portuguese friend, Fernando Correia Mendes (pictured below). He had an exibition in Antwerp, Belgium, where you could admire some of his daily drawings. I thought it would be nice if visitors could find out about his splendid photographic work too.


I found a book too conventional and expensive and looked for something more fragile, more enchanting, something that is more appropriate in look and feel. A journal, ‘een krantje’ as we say in Flemish, would be perfect! I teach graphic design at an art school in Brussels and we had one made for our summer exibition last year, so I already knew about Newspaper Club and their excellent services.


Fernando has thousands and thousands of photo negatives and it wasn’t easy to choose. The sometimes bizarre pictures that ended up in the paper are all from one specific period in the 80s, of the places and people in a small town in the Algarve, Loulé. A lot of these places have been demolished since then– people, ants and dogs died or left. Fernando’s dream is to have an big exhibition in this town with a range of the best pictures he took, invite everyone, and confront them with the ghosts of their past.


The pictures are accompanied by writings of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s best known poet.

We found this poem particularly lovely:

To be great, be whole: don’t exaggerate
Or leave out any part of you.
Be complete in each thing. Put all you are
Into the last of your acts.
So too in each lake, with it’s lofty life,
The whole moon shines

You can look through Krantje Loulé in the Newsagent and see more of Marjan’s work on her website. Thank you for printing with us!

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Right Now in Glasgow!


It’s been a busy week of hammering and sawing and taping and printing and cutting and sticking, but we’ve finished and there are more things on the walls downstairs than I think I have ever seen. For one whole month you can now experience the joys of newsprint first hand at our retrospective exhibition, on the ground floor of Southblock, Osborne Street.

Map Here.


We’ve managed to squeeze 47 newspapers into the exhibition, and you can read about all of them in our handy programme here:

There are also permanent, physical copies of these, and some of the papers on display for you to have a flick through at the exhibition, as seen here on the opening night!


Preview night was lots of fun, and thanks to our generous sponsors we were able to feast on Tunnock’s Teacakes and Fyne Ales’ IPAs all night long. Here’s how things looked before we let the raging hoardes in.


And here are some of Glasgow’s finest folk talking about paper and admiring some of our customers’ beautiful designs.




You can also pick up a free copy of the Long Good Read whilst you’re here, and catch up on some of the week’s best long form reporting from the Guardian.

The exhibition is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm every weekday in February. We look forwards to seeing you there.


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Paper of the Month: The Peckham Peculiar

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January’s Paper of the Month is The Peckham Peculiar, a brilliant new community newspaper put together by four friends who work in publishing and journalism (and sometimes write Sunday Times bestselling books).

Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi, Mark McGinlay and Kate White funded the project through a successful Kickstarter campaign and are planning to publish six issues of The Peckham Peculiar this year. Since handing out the first issues on 18 January outside Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, they have assembled a cracking squad of stockists and a very happy readership– their Twitter feed is filled with photos of Peckhamians having a quiet read over a pastry  or juggling the paper with a packet of crisps. It’s fantastic to see a project that so brings out the character of a community– a big reason why we love printing local newspapers.

We asked The Peckham Peculiar for the story behind their hyperlocal newspaper:

We’ve always had a huge love for local newspapers and the important role that they play within communities, and have dreamt for many years of setting up our own paper for the area we live in.

Other parts of London including Brixton, Kentish Town and Croydon already have their own papers and we felt that Peckham deserved its own hyperlocal publication, dedicated solely to the SE15 postcode and featuring the word ‘Peckham’ in the masthead.


We have lived in southeast London for a combined total of about 30 years and love the area for its huge diversity and strong community spirit. We wanted to celebrate the uniqueness of Peckham with a newspaper to be enjoyed by everyone who lives and works here. We also wanted it to be free and therefore accessible to all.

Having decided to call our paper The Peckham Peculiar, in September last year we managed to raise more than £5,000 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund the printing and distribution of our first two issues. We had 150 donations ranging from £1 to £1,000, from local people to someone in the United States.

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We wanted to create a newspaper with unique stories about real people, devoid of celebrity-led drivel. Having a strong and eye-catching design was important to us because, aware of the number of free publications around, we knew we had to stand out from the crowd. We also wanted the paper to feature excellent photography.

Although we are all writers, none of us have ever designed a newspaper before and didn’t know much about CMYK colours, bleed, margins and other technical terms. We were therefore over the moon to discover the Newspaper Club website, which contained lots of useful information and seemed to be aimed at people exactly like us.

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The other publications on the Newspaper Club website looked so brilliant and boldly designed. Other titles that inspired us included a local newspaper called The Bedford Clanger, which we loved the sound of, and the beautifully-designed Tomorrow’s Chip Paper and Root & Bone.

When it came to designing The Peckham Peculiar, Newspaper Club were so helpful, checking pages for us in advance and flagging up any potential issues that might be problematic at printing stage. They were always on the end of an email and the help they gave us was invaluable.

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Now we’ve finally printed 8,000 improved tabloid copies of The Peckham Peculiar and are so pleased with the results. It is stocked at more than 50 shops across Peckham and Nunhead and we’ve been giving it out at local train stations too. It’s so exciting to see our paper around town and people reading it in cafes or on the train.

We were even invited to film a segment for the BBC Breakfast show about hyperlocal newspapers. Having a BBC camera crew turn up our flat, seeing The Peckham Peculiar on BBC One and hearing Bill Turnbull mention our name was surreal to say the least.

Stories in issue one include a photo essay on the legendary hairdressers of Rye Lane and a feature on the Peckham Liberal Club, a local working men’s club that is fighting to stay open. Pick up a copy when you’re next in Peckham or view it online on Issuu

For up-to-the-minute Peckham news, and information about the next issues of the newspaper, follow The Peckham Peculiar on Twitter. Thank you for printing with us!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in our 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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Print’s Not Dead – A Newspaper Club Exhibition!

We’ve been helping institutions, individuals, designers, schools, communities, families, artists, experts, amateurs, gardeners, restaurants, engineers, dreamers, thinkers, and grandparents to print their own papers since 2010.

Our customers are a talented bunch – we find the newspapers people want to make can be beautiful, charming, funny and informative. This exhibition represents a little bit of everything we’ve found it a joy to print over the last four years.

You can drop by at any time over the next month to the ground floor of our building in Glasgow for a browse through some of our favourite newspapers. You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the Long Good Read every week – part of our collaboration with the Guardian, for the duration of the exhibition.


We’re now gearing up to cram as many lovely newspapers as we can into the exhibition space in our foyer downstairs – here’s a wee preview of my incredibly high tech hanging plan.


Come along on Friday evening for a flick through some of the best papers we’ve printed, a drink and a teacake!

Sponsorship kindly provided by Wasps, Fyne Ales, and Tunnock’s.

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Issue #7 of The Long Good Read out now


We’re happy to announce that another six-issue run of the Long Good Read, an algorithmic newspaper created in collaboration with The Guardian, starts today. Issue #7 is available for free at #guardiancoffee in Shoreditch, London while supplies last (which wasn’t very long last time around, so don’t dally if you want an issue!)

We wrote about the Long Good Read on our blog when the first issue came out in November and there have been some good overviews written since then. If you’re in the area pop by and pick up a copy and let us know what you think.

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Pure and honest craftsmanship





Some more images of Revealing Craft, courtesy of Sheffield-based design studio dust. Designer Alexandra Jenkinson had this to say about putting the project together:

Having worked with newsprint in the past we knew it would pair up perfectly with the content of the book—the everyday. Mixing this with different stocks and printing methods (for the pull outs and cover) created something really special.

It has been interesting to hear peoples opinions regarding the newsprint as we have created a book that looks and feels like a newspaper. I think a lot of people are pleasantly surprised with the outcome and it has opened their eyes to how newsprint can be used.

Two editions of the book will soon be available to buy online, contact if you’re interested. They’ve also recently opened up an Etsy shop and it’s well worth following their blog to keep up with some really stunning work.

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Revealing Craft


The Sheffield-based company Folksy – who run a website where you can buy handmade work from a community of UK designers and artists – are long-time friends of Newspaper Club.

They printed their first newspaper with us, a festive ‘sampler’ of some of the lovely craft items available for sale on the site, back in December 2009, not long after we had first launched.

In December, Folksy worked with us again, this time on an even more ambitious project called Revealing Craft which tells the story of some of the people who make the products on sale. They worked with photographer India Hobson and raised funds through Kickstarter to produce a book which combined newsprint with other printing types.

We asked Folksy CEO James Boardwell to explain how the book was put together and why they chose newsprint:

We used the Traditional Mini format, as we wanted a fairly standard ‘book’ size, and it has a slightly higher gsm than the other formats. We chose newsprint as we like its texture and quality – it denotes humility and a rawness that we think pairs with the images beautifully. Inevitably there are small defects and blemishes that occur to make each book a little different from the others and we like that.

As well at the newsprint, we included a pull-out contianing India’s journal entries which was printed on bible paper and an fold-out print insert which was printed on digital paper. The book also has a slip cover which was screen printed for some editions, and the whole thing was enclosed within a cardboard case. When you open it for the first time it has that ‘unboxing’ experience, one thing unveils itself after another.


The book was designed and assembled by the studio dust, also in Sheffield, to an un-moveable Christmas deadline! We helped them meet their tight schedule, and both Folksy and dust were happy with our service:

Newspaper Club were brilliant. We needed to get clarification on weight and timings and lots of other things and they were super helpful. Key to the project being successful was getting the deliveries on time and we trusted Newspaper Club to deliver.

The book received a great reaction, with many people unwrapping it on Christmas Day. It’s a good example of how versatile newsprint is, and how it can be combined with other products to produce something very special indeed.

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Loco Comedy Festival is kicking off

Loco programme

LOCO is a foundation with a mission ‘to discover, develop and screen the world’s most distinctive comedy film-makers’. They created a traditional mini programme for the LOCO Comedy Film Festival, which will be happening at cinemas across London from 23 – 26 January 2014. You can pick up the smart-looking programme at festival venues– BFI Southbank, Hackney Picturehouse, Ritzy Cinema, Genesis Cinema and Greenwhich Picturehouse. And catch a film while you’re at it!

Find out more about the festival on the the LOCO website and keep up with the event on Twitter.

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The Skybox


The Skybox is the student-run newspaper of Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We recently printed their first issue and asked them to tell us a bit about the process of putting it together. Here’s what designer Daniel Ignacio had to say:

We had a website, but we still wanted a print edition to establish ourselves as a legitimate publication. Words and pictures tend to have a better impact on a page rather than just on a screen.


However, there was a problem. While The Skybox had enough funding and content for our first issue, nobody in town could print us. Poor Wei Wen, our editor-in-chief, went to every printing company in our city and was turned down by all of them. At this point, we weren’t even concerened with printing on newsprint– we just wanted ink on paper. At one meeting, I think one of us joked that we should cut down a tree and make our paper from that.


Fortunately, I happened to hear about Newspaper Club before I joined The Skybox. Impressed with the print quality after requesting some samples, I pitched Newspaper Club to the team, and they were amazed with how many copies we can order and the prices. We requested and received a grant for printing from our school’s PTSO, which let us print 300 eight-page digital tabloid copies.


The cover pages were originally going to feature a photo or illustration, but they’re instead a solid orange (our official “Dawn Orange” color to be specific). I wanted people to pick up a copy wondering what the orange cover with our strange logo meant. For typography, I never got to use a slab serif typeface in any other work, so I willed myself to use one; thus, titles, pull quotes, and drop caps are set in Lost Type Co-op’s beautiful Klinic Slab. For some inspiration, I scoured BehanceDesignspiration, and FPO in the months prior to layout. (Tip: web design inspiration counts as print inspiration too.)


On the Monday during the week before winter break, the newspapers arrived. We then started distribution two days after at our high school. The response was incredible. By the end of the week, we had only several copies left. Even better, people have now stopped saying, “Wait, our school has a newspaper?”

Now onto Issue No. 2.

We think it looks brilliant and love that Skyline High School is keeping the tradition of a real hold-in-your-hands school newspaper alive. Thank you for printing with us!

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