Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

8 Faces #1 now available to pre-order

Posted on 16 July 2010 28 comments

Article illustration for 8 Faces #1 now available to pre-order

The 8 Faces website is now live and pre-orders are officially open. We’re taking pre-orders from today and will start shipping copies from Wednesday 4th August. UPDATE: After being live for just under two hours, we have completely sold out of the physical edition. The magazine is now available as a PDF.

I really hope you like the look of the magazine and feel inclined to pick up a copy. It’s been an absolute labour of love and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved, said nice things about the previews, and contributed to the buzz online. The mailing list is bigger than I ever thought it would be and all signs are pointing toward #1 selling out pretty quickly, so be sure to reserve yours before they all go!

Unlike other magazines in the design sphere — and typography magazines in particular, some of which charge up to £17 per issue — we’ve kept the cover price low (just £8) in an attempt to make it accessible to all and bring typographic joy to the masses. This whole project was about love, not profit.

Photo of 8 Faces #1

I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and I hope you’ll enjoy the end result. As well as the amazing interviewees themselves — Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Ian Coyle, Jason Santa Maria, Jos Buivenga, Jon Tan, Bruce Willen, and Nolen Strals — we’ve got contributions from John Boardley of I Love Typography (who wrote and typeset a wonderful introduction), Able Parris (who created a beautiful collage), and Christopher Murphy (who contributed our bonus interview with The League of Moveable Type).

Plus we’ve got ads from some world-renowned type foundries: Ascender, Chank, FontSmith, Fontworks, Jarno Lukkarila, Jeremy Takard, LucasFonts, Parachute, Process, PSY/OPS, Terminal Design, Type Together, TypeTrust, Typotheque, and Underware, as well as some very generous sponsorship from (mt) Media Temple. I’m so honoured to have all these great people involved. Thank you so much, guys!


I won’t go into too much detail here, because I think I’ll write a separate post about the actual creation of the magazine, but here are a few specs:

  • Uuncoated, heavy (300gsm for the cover and 150gsm for the interior) paper stock
  • Foil-blocked logo on the cover
  • Perfect-bound spine
  • 76 pages
  • Only 4 pages of ads, all neatly collected at the back so as not to interrupt the content

Photo of 8 Faces #1

Shipping & packaging

I’m really happy with the magazine’s production (the final print proof is what you see in the photos) and I’m also really happy with the packaging: we’ve got rigid cardboard boxes that have been custom-made to fit the magazine exactly.

I figured it was worth putting in some extra TLC for the packaging, because it’s important that the magazine arrives in great condition. The shipping costs are as low as we could possibly make them: £2 for the UK, £3 for Europe, and £4.50 for the rest of the world.

Photo of 8 Faces #1

So without further ado…

… I’ll leave you in peace to visit the 8 Faces website, which was designed and built by me, Kyle Meyer, and Decode.UK (using the fantastic Decode Framework for the back-end and e-commerce integration). There’s also a dash of responsive web design going on for different browser widths, which I hope proves useful.

Photo of 8 Faces #1

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Enjoy the magazine!


  1. Mark S

    Mark S

    16 July 2010 @ 03:41PM #

    Congratulations on the success of sales so far. I wonder if it will reach the bookshops or if the limited run of 1000 has gone already.

    Looking forward to seeing it in the ‘flesh’

  2. Rashid Zakat

    Rashid Zakat

    16 July 2010 @ 03:44PM #

    This is amazing. I’m reserving my copy now. Cheers!

  3. Rashid Zakat

    Rashid Zakat

    16 July 2010 @ 03:44PM #

    This is amazing. I’m reserving my copy now. Cheers!

  4. Jon Tan

    Jon Tan

    16 July 2010 @ 03:44PM #

    Thanks for inviting me, Elliot! I’m really looking forward to reading what the rest of those interviewed wrote and said about their own eight faces. itching to see the magazine itself, too. May it be the first of many!

  5. Trent Walton

    Trent Walton

    16 July 2010 @ 03:48PM #

    I can’t wait till my copy lands here in TX. For whatever reason, the shot of the cardboard packaging is my favorite. Way to follow through… excellent work.

  6. Sander


    16 July 2010 @ 03:49PM #

    Congrats on putting this together, looking forward reading the interviews, especially by the dutchman Jos ;-) Are you planning 8 different faces for each episode? Again great news, good luck and keep it up.

  7. Matt Kempster

    Matt Kempster

    16 July 2010 @ 03:49PM #

    I remember you mentioning this at FOWD so it’s great to see the finished physical object — Good job, Elliot :)

    (Looks great too!)

  8. Ebi Atawodi

    Ebi Atawodi

    16 July 2010 @ 03:55PM #

    After my usual battle with Paypal I’ve managed to reserve my copy. Thankfully I’m in England for the next month so I’ll be able to receive it sooner! Can’t wait!!!

    Welldone Elliot, I love watching the life cycle of insemination to birth of projects like these.

  9. LeBen


    16 July 2010 @ 03:59PM #

    Well done, Elliot. I can’t wait to read it!

  10. mikeo


    16 July 2010 @ 04:07PM #

    i can’t wait to read it – the magazine looks fantastic from the pics.

    nice work elliot and crew!


  11. Jeremy Walker

    Jeremy Walker

    16 July 2010 @ 05:27PM #

    This just flashed up in my feedreader, and the physical copy is already sold out – will have to be quicker off the mark next time!

  12. Ryan Glover

    Ryan Glover

    16 July 2010 @ 05:33PM #

    Snagged a copy right after the announcement. Really excited to see how it turned out.

  13. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones

    16 July 2010 @ 05:51PM #

    Looks fantastic! Can’t wait. Congrats!

  14. paul dijstelberge

    paul dijstelberge

    16 July 2010 @ 08:28PM #

    sold out!!! Good but sad at the same time – hope you have one copy left to sent to Special Collections / Bijzondere Collecties in Amsterdam as we have one of the greatest and best collections of typography, designers archives and so on of the world. And we must have this one! I will not talk about my own sense of loss not being able to handle it and keep it at home

  15. Grace


    18 July 2010 @ 12:43PM #

    Despite losing the fight with PayPal, I’ve got 8 Faces in PDF. It’s both insightful and entertaining. Congrats on this tangible project & keep up the great work!

  16. Matthew


    19 July 2010 @ 01:39AM #

    Looks AMAZING! Just bought my PDF version. Wish I could have the actual magazine. Maybe I will get lucky with the next issue :) Congrats on all the success!

  17. Rafyta


    20 July 2010 @ 02:47AM #

    I was lucky enough to grab one print copy. How long till I can sell it for millions? :D

  18. Artur Kim

    Artur Kim

    20 July 2010 @ 05:15AM #

    I’m glad that I ended up ordering a print copy. The previews look great and I can’t wait to have it in my hands!

  19. Steve Avery

    Steve Avery

    20 July 2010 @ 02:26PM #

    Great work Elliot. As always.

    Not only does the 1st Magazine look beautiful but the 8faces website also looks beautifully simple.

    However if I may could I offer you a suggestion regarding the 8faces website?

    I love how the navigation is fixed and the content slides and anchors into position. Although for the last two links (Team & Contact) when clicked the content does not slide due to no extra space after the contact content and therefore can be perceived as broken links (possibly?).

    If you were to add some extra space below the contact content then when clicking on these links the content would slide into place as per the content above these two sections.

  20. Ivo


    20 July 2010 @ 08:47PM #

    Can’t wait to grab my copy

  21. Nuno


    22 July 2010 @ 05:08AM #

    Uau, no more printed copies? Will you guys make a reprint of this issue? I am not a fan of reading a pdf, is not he same experience… Info please! I am sure a lot of people would be interested…

  22. emilyevelina


    05 August 2010 @ 11:38AM #

    aw, no more copies. any news on the iPad version? i don’t want to spoil the experience by downloading the PDF.

  23. micah


    05 August 2010 @ 04:42PM #

    please! more copies. it would be so great if you did a second run. there’s obviously a demand for it.

  24. Michael Gills

    Michael Gills

    11 August 2010 @ 03:05PM #

    Yet another plea for a second run! And I would happily grovel.

  25. Michael Gills

    Michael Gills

    11 August 2010 @ 03:06PM #

    Yet another plea for a second run! And I would happily grovel.

  26. Tom


    11 August 2010 @ 04:42PM #

    +1 for another print run.

    I know that limiting the first run is the right thing to do, but paper beats screen every time.

    In the meantime, I’ll buy a copy of the PDF.

  27. steve


    24 August 2010 @ 05:45PM #

    great site, travel on the internet through which I ended up here, so I let love greetings there. steve

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