Fun with tight briefs, or how few tomatoes does it take to make a newspaper?

A few months after Orange bought Ananova a bunch of us gathered in a fifth floor meeting room at Marshall Mill to reflect on our relationship with the new parent company. As the creators of the world's first virtual newscaster we quite fancied our ability to make our own weather. Now we were expected to … Continue reading Fun with tight briefs, or how few tomatoes does it take to make a newspaper?

A funny thing happened to my copy of a limited-edition newspaper

This is not just any newspaper. It is a signed, numbered (23/100), limited-edition copy of "Immanent in the Manifold City", crafted by James Bridle with the generous assistance of Newspaper Club, Graphics category winner in the Design Museum's Designs of the Year Awards. I left it on the sofa while I went out to work. … Continue reading A funny thing happened to my copy of a limited-edition newspaper

On newsprint: the potency of cheap paper

This post was going to be all about newspapers, but the more I thought about it the more I realised that before writing about the news I have to explain the paper, specifically the cheap, low quality paper we call newsprint. It's a fascinating story which, I think,¬†explains why short-run, nichepaper projects such as¬†Newspaper Club … Continue reading On newsprint: the potency of cheap paper

Print’s not dead, it’s just evolving

"Is Print Dead?" was the provocative title for David Parkin's Leeds Media Breakfast Briefing the other day. If the answer had been yes, I guess we'd all have had to wolf down our croissants and get back to work. Thankfully as a newspaper business editor turned online start-up entrepreneur, David treated us to a more … Continue reading Print’s not dead, it’s just evolving

I have seen the future and it folds

Ten years ago I worked in a declining industry. Regional newspaper readerships were aging, as papers struggled to connect with their communities. Staff cuts and inflexible new technology at the paper I worked on meant we had a 9:30am press deadline for some localised editions - which rather made a mockery of the word "Evening" … Continue reading I have seen the future and it folds