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Print Roundup: March 2017

Newspaper Club Print Roundup: March

From an artful defense of weeds to a conversation with "the best black puddin' maker in the Scottish Borders", here's a snapshot of newspapers that put a spring in our step last month.

Newsprint programme for Oh Ok Studio. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Oh Ok Ltd.

Digital broadsheet printed on 55gsm improved newsprint

Design studio Oh Ok Ltd. is all about collaboration, believing that the best projects are "built by everybody." This ethos comes through in their interactive portfolio – each page includes part of a mini shirt pattern to be cut out and assembled after readers have flipped through the newspaper. "We like to present people with an outline of an idea, allowing them to make it their own," says Oh Ok's Jess Higham. "Our newspaper helps carry this idea into print."

Newspaper design by Studio DBD.

Detox Kitchen newspaper, featuring delicious spring recipes, interviews with regular customers and exclusive features. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Detox Kitchen

Traditional tabloid printed on 52gsm recycled newsprint

There's no reason for Detox Kitchen to hide the ingredients in their fresh, healthful dishes. Transparency is important to their customers, and they use their newspaper to share seasonal recipes straight from their kitchen, plus interviews with regular customers and behind-the-scenes news. The punchy cover design reflects Detox Kitchen's new branding, and is as Instagram-ready as their fruit-topped banana bread.

Incidental Greening exhibition newspaper. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Incidental Greening

Digital tabloid printed on 90gsm bright

We love this project from Miles Holenstein, an MFA student in the Graphic Design department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). For his thesis exhibition, Holenstein researched plants that grow wild in the city (aka weeds) and defends their role in the urban environment.

Printing weeds in a newspaper is "a twist on the traditional Audubon identifications I grew up with," Holenstein says. "The plants I collected aren't beautified in the same way, but displaying them on 90gsm bright paper is the perfect treatment."

If you're in Baltimore, stop by the MICA Grad Show by 10 April to grab a copy.

JS Journal newspaper for Junior Space. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

JS Journal

Digital tabloid printed on 55gsm improved newsprint

Junior Space is a gallery and shopfront for emerging artists in Fitzroy, Australia. JS Journal is their new quarterly newspaper, offering a glimpse into the creative practices of the Junior Space community, which includes sculptors, painters, photographers, illustrators, book makers. The first issue profiles four artists who work from home studios, like painting duo Gabriel Cole and Lucas Croall. Their swirling, abstract brush strokes fill the newspaper's centre spread, creating a brilliant pull-out poster (pictured above).

Soundcloud newspaper for SXSW. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Stream by SoundCloud

Traditional tabloid printed on 70gsm bright

SoundCloud produced its' first zine, STREAM, to amplify its live music experience in Austin at SXSW 2017. The zine takes readers on an unconventional journey: discovering music in unexpected places anytime, anywhere. Each story provides a behind-the-scenes look at artists performing in non-traditional venues including a laundromat, a barbershop, and an "out of business" cantina. This was a limited edition run but look out for new issues of STREAM later this year.

Type Specimen Open Mind Guide newspaper. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Open Mind Guide

Digital tabloid printed on 55gsm improved newsprint

The Open Mind Guide is both a type specimen and the first publication from the Institute for Positive Interference. Founded by Berlin-based graphic designer Vreni Knoedler, it's a project to combat "predominantly negative protest culture", as Knoedler sees it, with humour and optimism. The newspaper sets out the institute's principles in the bespoke typeface iFPi bold – a friendly, rounded font for mottos that include "be kind" and "no bad vibes".

A conversation with butcher and "the best black puddin' maker in the Borders" by design student Flora Anderson. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Have Yous Tried Black Puddin'?

Digital broadsheet printed on 55gsm improved newsprint

In response to this year's ISTD competition brief, design student Flora Anderson published conversations with "the best black puddin' maker in the Borders" – Alan Learmonth of Learmonth & Sons in Jedburgh. The newspaper celebrates the life and craft of the third-generation butcher, in a format Anderson says reflects Learmonth's morning routine of reading The Jed Eye broadsheet with a cup of tea.

"I saw a great opportunity to experiment typographically with phonetic border Scottish," says Anderson, who chose the font family Cooper Black because its "heavy weight and rounded ascenders and descenders" reminded her of black pudding.

Night + Day Brixton newspaper for The XX. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Night + Day Brixton

Traditional mini printed on 70gsm improved

We were excited to print the programme for Night + Day Brixton, a festival supporting the XX's sold-out gigs at the Brixton Academy last month. For a whole week, the XX curated events around Brixton showcasing their favourite musicians, DJs, artists and filmmakers, from a screening of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet to a pop-up shop benefiting local charities.

PROPS newspaper by Lucy Siyao Liu and Matthew Bohne. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.


Digital broadsheet printed on 55gsm improved newsprint

Lucy Siyao Liu and Matthew Bohne's love of print began when they were both undergraduates at Rhode Island School of Design, working together on books, posters and other graphic ephemera for the department.

After graduating, Liu, now a design researcher at MIT, and Bohne, a postgraduate student at Yale School of Architecture, missed sharing ideas and designing together. PROPS began as a weekly exercise investigating the materials that inspired their work. After a few issues, they began asking for short contributions from friends and professors – and now they're on issue 11! The project recently received a grant from the MIT Council for the Arts to increase print runs, and issues are available (for free) at MIT and Yale, or on the PROPS website.

"We stuck with the one sheet, front and back, due to the fast turnaround between each issue," Liu tells us. "Print presents a different entry into questions and ideas and we look forward to experimenting further with the poster-paper typology."

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