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I love magazines. The smell, the feeling of paper between my fingers and being able to tear out things to keep – all things that you can’t get from looking at a screen. Sure, I love living in a digital age with the world at our fingertips, but I couldn’t imagine learning to read from a Kindle instead of a book. You all know that I’m a big supporter of print; Print Isn’t Dead! So...

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Last week I found myself at the Book Club once again for the second Printout of the year, this time a Print Special. Originally I was going with Sara but she had to work late(boo), so I persuaded Jo to come along and stop me from being a loner. Hosts Jeremy from MagCulture and Steve from Stack Magazines introduced the speakers and then we were ready to talk print: 1.People of Print 2. The Long Good...

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Back in January I attended my first Printout talk after seeing a tweet from Stack Magazines. Sorry that it’s taken me this long to get around to posting about it (oops) but after attending another Printout talk (which I’m posting on Wednesday, so check back!) I thought it was about time I got my act together. Sara & I headed to The Book Club in Shoreditch where whilst queuing, we were pleasantly surprised to be...

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On Wednesday evening I met Sara, Ben, Sophie and Kevin (Sophie’s colleague) at the Protein Gallery in Shoreditch for a talk as part of the Grafik x Monotype series. The series has been going for a couple of weeks now but this talk, focusing on typography and Magazines was FREE! So it was no surprise that it was sold out (even though actually when everyone sat down half of the seats were empty, which was a shame). In...

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A couple of months back I posted about a Kickstarter project – intern magazine. Well, including my £20 pledge, the £5,500 target was totally smashed and reached £7,115 which meant that this was able to happen:   Issue One of intern magazine printed and delivered to my door! As part of my pledge package, my name is printed in the backers list on the inside cover: Within Issue One there is a variety of articles,...

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After all that commotion last week about D&AD’s Chairman, Dick Powell, who gave a speech at the New Designers exhibition that implied he thought graduates should work for nothing (but he cleared it up here), I stumbled across a kickstarter project for intern magazine. After reading about the aims of the magazine, I donated £20. Anyone that knows me will know that this is a sign I think it’s a really good idea – I...

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Hunger is usually a negative thing – you need or want something that you don’t have. Hunger magazine is what you want and need – it is possibly the best designed magazine on the shelves right now (although I’m a fan of 1883 too). It describes itself as being ‘for the culturally and visually hungry’ and it definitely delivers! On Thursday issue #4 was released and I headed to my local WH Smiths to get...

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I realised that I’ve blogged about the development but never the actual final magazine, so here goes: Divide is a magazine produced by 6 Graphic Design students from the University of Lincoln: Emma Dawson, Amber Hadley, Tom Matthews, Sunjay Morar, Natasha Nuttall (me) and Lucy Perkins. Divide is a magazine about all areas of modern life – Social culture, the environment, men & women’s fashion, technology, politics and music, with each area having it’s own...

Earlier we had the last crit before the deadline on Thursday. After our 12 hour library stint, we were feeling quite prepared and wanted to impress Marianne, an ex-Lincolner who now works at Esterson Associates. After the crit with Steve last week, we changed quite a bit to make sure that everything was really consistent. Marianne was really helpful and gave us a few Indesign tips too. The feedback was very positive overall and the only...

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Yesterday was a long day. Team Divide spent 12 hours in the library going over everything with a fine tooth comb: After printing contact sheets of all the spreads, we all looked over them closely: Harshest crit ever! Change this. Get rid of this. Move this by half a point. This needs a full stop not a question mark. It got a little heated haha After sorting the last adjustments, the magazine begins to take...

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I’m a bit behind schedule (I went to London – more about that soon), but on Thursday we were lucky enough to have ex-Lincolner Steve Fenn visit and crit work for our group magazine project. Our tutor, Glen, and Steve looked through our magazine spreads as we explained our ethos, articles and design choices. Steve had worked at Studio8 before they split, but now has his own studio with other ex- Lincolner, Tom Pollard –...

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The past couple of weeks have been non-stop with this group magazine project. I know that I always say I’m busy, but this project is the busiest yet. This is the first ‘real’ group project we’ve had and it’s definitely been an eye opener. Working as a group takes a lot of planning, discussion, compromise and is just generally tiring. We’re aiming to impress too, so putting a lot of extra effort in… On Friday,...

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After a lot of planning, this morning it was finally time to do the photo shoot for the group project. I don’t think I’ve really mentioned about the latest project – it’s a group magazine project with the theme being ’21st century’. My group is Amber, Emma, Lucy, Sunjay, Tom and myself – with our magazine being called Divide. The brief requires us 13 pages each individually, as well as a front cover and a...

Happy Triangle Friday! For me, today doesn’t feel like a Friday (what does a Friday ‘feel’ like anyway?), but looking at this cover for Novum magazine definitely got me in the Tri Fri mood: Novum is a German Graphic Design magazine which began as ‘Gebrauchsgrafik’ (German for advertising art) back in 1924. As far as I know, it’s not available to buy single issues in the UK (but you can subscribe) which is a shame....

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Today was my first day back at Uni. I was so excited/nervous about going back for my final year in education – eeek! In 3rd year, students are divided into 2 classes/teams, Emigre and Zembla, which adds a bit of friendly competition. I’m in team Zembla: Go team Zembla! Zembla was a super cool literary and arts magazine. It’s unfortunately not in print  anymore, but eight issues were published between 2003 and 2005. With Vince Frost...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020