Photo by Allison Nadeau
This has been a week full of exciting announcements and events, but for me, nothing is more exciting than finally getting to announce our spur-of-the-moment summer project: The Design*Sponge Newspaper!
Earlier this summer when Kate was visiting from San Francisco, we were all blown away by the gorgeous newspaper-style press releases we saw around design week in NYC. Rather than let that inspiration go to waste, we ran to the nearest coffee shop, and within an hour, Kate had thrown out a dozen great ideas and Amy had found a place for us to print newspaper locally. A week later, I booked plane tickets for Amy and I to fly out to California to visit Kate and produce our very first newspaper (which was much bigger than we expected, see video below).
Because this was a complete passion project, we threw ourselves in headfirst and decided to devote our first issue to our favorite time of year: summer! Here’s what you’ll find inside our very first issue:
- Beach home tours
- Designer interviews
- Driftwood-themed product roundup
- 3 awesome summer DIY projects
- Summer-themed crossword puzzle
- Short story (by Kate!)
- A summer music mix with CD art you can cut out!
- A map of our favorite water vacation destinations and favorites from 50+ other designers/artists
Because this is a complete test-run for us, we decided it would be fun to distribute this as a free arts paper at stores across the country. And because we have the best readers in the entire world (seriously, you guys melt my heart with awesomeness), we were able to form a national street team of readers who were willing to devote their time to handing out newspapers at some of our favorite stores, coffee shops and bookstores around the country! The FULL LIST IS BELOW THE JUMP (25 cities, over 200+ locations!), so I hope you’ll all head out and grab a free copy at one of the fantastic locations that was willing to host our very first newspaper.
After the jump, I’ll answer some FAQs about the paper and the distribution locations, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved in this project, which was a complete last-minute labor of love. Thank you most of all to Kate and Amy who dropped everything last minute to make this project with me. Thank you to Tonya and Alanna at The Dye Lab who designed the paper for us, to Erin Kunkel for letting us feature her beautiful photography, to HGTV for sponsoring our paper, to everyone interviewed and showcased inside the paper and, last but not least, our amazing street team of 21st-century newsies: Cheryl Day, Rachel Jacks, Heidi Bannon, Ginny Branch, Cara Sheridan, Katherine Watson, Leslie Kingery, Erica Braverman, Lynsey Jones, Jessie Smith-Larson, Danielle Rub, Kalehua Kim, Lauren Willhite, Matt Pierce, Kate Pruitt, Noah Cates, Jennifer Wolfe, Ali Griffin, Erica Nikolaidis, Jenna Nikolaidis, Erica Pelletier, Amanda Brown, Jen Merrill, Gabrielle Beretta, Harper Poe, Blair Remington, Ashley English, Amy Azzarito, Susan Schwake and Sullivan Owen.
LOCATIONS WHERE YOU CAN PICK UP A FREE NEWSPAPER (and a preview of the paper) ARE AFTER THE JUMP!
Design*Sponge Newspaper FAQs
1. Where can I get a newspaper?
Please see the full list of cities and shops below.
2. Can I order one online/Why isn’t this in my city?
This is a test run for us, so we had a limited budget to work with. Because of that, we could only afford to print 10K copies, which we distributed in cities where readers were willing to help us hand them out. If the demand is great, we’ll consider releasing a digital version, but for now, this is a test run (in stores only) distributed in the cities where our readership is the most concentrated.
3. Will there be more issues?
We hope so. Stay tuned for more updates . . .
4. How can I get papers for my store?
We aren’t currently mailing out additional issues, but if you’d like to get copies of future D*S newspapers, feel free to email us at SUBMISSIONS at designsponge dot com.
5. Where can I get the answers for the crossword puzzle?
You can download them right here!
CITIES AND SHOPS WHERE YOU CAN PICK UP A FREE DESIGN*SPONGE SUMMER NEWSPAPER
SAN FRANCISCO/EAST BAY
HELLO by Candystore Collective
Blue Bottle Coffee on Mint St. (SOMA)
Anthropologie on Market St.
Blue Bottle Coffee in the Ferry Building
Heath Ceramics in the Ferry Building
Issues in Oakland
Local 123 in Berkeley
**please note, these are being delivered friday afternoon**
SALT LAKE CITY
*please note: these will be available by SUNDAY. our local street team queen, blair, will be dropping them off as soon as the storm passes*
NEW YORK CITY
Williamsburg: The Future Perfect, Blue Bottle Coffee, Catbird, Sprout Home, Mollusk Surf Shop, Moon River Chattel, Brook Farm General Store, Bird (Grand Street location), Spoonbill & Sugartown, Golden Calf, Meathook, Oslo Coffee (Roebling and Bedford locations), Gimme Coffee (Lorimer Street location)
Carroll Gardens: One Girl Cookies