extra extra: the design*sponge newspaper is out!


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

BOSTON

Tealuxe in Harvard Square
Pod
Atomic Bean Cafe
Simon’s Coffee

NEW ORLEANS

Sucre
Hazelnut
Funky Monkey
Neophobia
Plum
Trashy Diva

ATLANTA

Pieces
Star Provisions
Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn

SAVANNAH

Shop SCAD
Back in the Day Bakery
The Paris Market
Fabrika Fabrics
One Fish Two Fish

WASHINGTON, DC

Tryst
Kramer’s
West Elm
Torpedo Factory
Homebody
Pulp
Stitch DC

RICHMOND, VA

Anthropologie
La Diff
Open House (at the shops at 5807)
Lamplighter
Can Cann
Need Supply
Chop Suey Books

KANSAS CITY

The Roasterie
Broadway Coffee
Filling Station
Urban Dwellings
one more cup

HOUSTON

Kuhl-Linscomb
West Elm
PH Design Shop
Taft St Coffee
Domy Books
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

CHICAGO

Greer
Sprout
West Elm
Jayson Home
Scout
Hazel

SEATTLE

Blackbird
Velocity Art & Design
Revival Home & Garden
Anthropologie

ROCHESTER, NH

Artstream Studios

PORTLAND, OR

Noun
Sword & Fern
Frances May
Ace Hotel
Alder & Co
Tilde
Modo Boutique
Ristretto
Ink & Peat
Mississippi Records
Ampersand
Flutter
West Elm

SAN FRANCISCO/EAST BAY

Mollusk
General Store
Curiosity Shoppe
Candystore Collective
HELLO by Candystore Collective
Prairie Collective
Four Barrel
Voyager
Unionmade
Rare Device
Birch
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

LOS ANGELES

**please note, these are being delivered friday afternoon**

Anthropologie Beverly Hills

Reform School
OK store
Plastica
Yolk
Intelligentsia
Living Room
LAMILL Coffee Boutique

SALT LAKE CITY

Frosty Darling
Nobrow Coffee and Tea
Hip and Humble
Kings English
Beehive
Anthropologie

DENVER

Mod Livin’
Zeitgeist
Tattered Cover

BOULDER

Boulder Bookstore
8th and Pearl Antiques
Common Era

DALLAS

Urban Flower/Grange Hall
The Pearl Cup
haven
Nest
Bows & Arrows
West Elm

AUSTIN

Spruce
West Elm
Room Service
Uptown Modern
Adelante
Anthropolgie
Mercury Design Studio
Finch
Spartan
Aviary
Uncommon Objects
Progress
Howl

MINNEAPOLIS

-Black Dog coffeeshop
-CoCo (a cooperative creative officeshare)

Nordeast
-Eastside Coop
-Patina

Downtown
-MCBA/Open Book
-ID

NASHVILLE

West Elm
Crema
Fido
Pangea

CHARLESTON, SC

Hope and Union
Two Boroughs Larder
Sugar Bakeshop
Elizabeth Stuart Design
Heirloom Book Company
Mac & Murphy

RALEIGH/DURHAM

*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*

Counter Culture Coffee
Ox and
Regulator Bookshop
Scratch Bakery
Furbish
NCSU Craft Center
Raleigh Denim

ASHEVILLE, NC

Malaprops
Mobilia
Terra Nostra
Battle Cat (373 Haywood Road)

PHILADELPHIA

Art in the Age
Art Star
Hello Home
West Elm
Three Potato Four (at their Barn Sale this weekend)

NEW YORK CITY

Manhattan

Moss
Michele Varian
John Derian (please ask for them behind the counter)
Saturdays
McNally Jackson
Housing Works (Crosby Street)

Brooklyn

Red Hook: Foxy & Winston, Baked Bakery

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)

Greenpoint: Permanent Records, Alter (Women’s location, Franklin Street), Kill Devil Hill, Raised by Wolves, Van Lleuwyn Ice Cream (Manhattan Avenue), Eastern District

Carroll Gardens: One Girl Cookies

Park Slope: Cog & Pearl, Lion in the Sun, Cafe Regular du Nord, The Tea Lounge





  1. Hello, I’d love to distribute them at my contemporary art gallery in Calgary Alberta,

  2. Lorrie says:

    Just ordered my copy of the book and can’t wait for the digital version of the newspaper! Living in a small town in MS means having to get creative when it comes to design, but thankfully this site always provides tons of inspiration. My sincere thanks and hope for your continued success, y’all rock!

  3. Evey says:

    It looks fantastic! I love the I would love it if you would come to Orlando. Crossing finders for digital copy

  4. Paula says:

    Waaaaaa…I drove and drove to get to Berkeley and Local 123 to pick up a copy….they didn’t have any and didn’t know what I was talking about even…Grace, can we order them online???? Thanks!

  5. Yooun. says:

    Please, I want to digital version of Newspaper. Here is the Korea. send email to me. Please…

  6. Bettina says:

    That’s amazing! But unfortunatelly I’m from Germany, so I’ll hope for the digital version or for a newspaper in Germany eventually :)

  7. dana says:

    wow, have you touched a nerve or what. I love DS, have pre-ordered the book, would have run to any place in Buffalo that might have had it (I know, I know, not on the list), will be very interested in the digital coming out this week but would LOVE a real, paper and ink, version mailed to me from time to time. Am NOT averse to real print, am very much in favor of you making a living giving us all something we clearly value. tell me where to sign up and how paypal.

  8. Kelly says:

    My city (Santa Barbara) isn’t receiving copies of the newsletter, but my hometown (Kansas City) has several sites listed as having them. I’d like to have my mom (who lives in KC) pick one up for me and mail it, but I’ve called both Roasterie locations, and they’re out. The Broadway Cafe said they never received their copies. Is there any way these places could be restocked, or if you could seriously consider converting the newsletter to a PDF and making it accessible on your site? We’ve really tried to get a copy of it the “traditional” way, and it’s not working! Thanks!

  9. Kelly says:

    Ok, I just saw you’re publishing a digital version (yay!), so I guess I should’ve skimmed the comments before posting mine.

    I see a lot of upset people commenting on why there shouldn’t be paper copies, etc. I work in publishing, and I really don’t think printing is impacting the environment nearly as much as people might think. It may be printed on recycled paper (many newspapers are), and you can recycle the newsletter when you are done with it (or save it). This seems to be a one-time thing, and the real problem with paper waste etc. primarily comes from large corporations and dailies.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Hello! all the way from Australia! Can you PLEASE do a digital version for all of us on the other side of the world. Ta muchly. Looks fab!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi rebecca!

      the book should now be available in the australian ibook store. thanks for letting us know! :)

      g

  11. fadhlin says:

    Can’t wait to have a look at your digital version. Being all the way in Malaysia, I have near zero hope of getting a hard copy myself at the moment. =)

  12. Mara says:

    We need some at the Santa Monica West Elm!

  13. chifen says:

    I’m in Montreal (Canada) and I can’t wait for my book to arrive to me… and thank you soooo much for including a digital version because I don’t think I can find a hard copy anywhere here… CONGRATS!

  14. meara says:

    hi- i love this idea! I tired to download the digital version but all i got was a 45 MB crossword… am i doing something wrong?

  15. meara says:

    whoops now i see my mistake, i was in such a hurry i just clicked LINK HERE!

  16. That is very forthcoming article!!

  17. Hannah says:

    Hey guys! This is amazing ~ one question though – WHERE did you get it printed ? I need exactly printing on newsprint and can’t find a proper place in NYC – I’d so appreciate a tip from you :)

  18. Celina Branton says:

    Paid $5.00 + $1.00 shipping for Newspaper – ordered June 29, 2012. Still have not received, but the $6.00 was deducted from my bank account.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      celina

      please email me at designsponge@gmail.com- i can definitely send you a copy. i’m so sorry your copy didn’t make it to you :(

      grace

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