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.

A preview of Codex: the journal of typography

Posted on 27 April 2011 5 comments

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[UPDATE: John has very kindly given me an exclusive preview of issue one’s cover, which you can see above!]

Many of you will have heard of Codex: the journal of typography, the forthcoming publication from iLT’s John Boardley, and the good news is that pre-orders for #1 are opening later today. This thing is going to sell like hot cakes.

I was humbled when John asked me to write an article for the debut issue — a detailed account of the design decisions that went into the production of 8 Faces and my personal journey from web to print — and, as such, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing part of the magazine’s creation and the pleasure of working with the first-class editorial team of John, old friend Cary Wood, and 8 Faces contributor Allen Tan.

By the way, the line-up is incredible. Whose names spring to mind when you say the word ‘typography’? People like Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz, Paul Barnes, Craig Mod, and Stephen Coles? Well, they’re in there, and with a whole load more, too.

In advance of pre-orders opening later today, here are some previews to whet your appetite:

Preview of Codex #1

Preview of Codex #1

Preview of Codex #1

Mark Boulton has also shared a sneak peek.

Remember: hot cakes.


  1. Pete


    27 April 2011 @ 10:05AM #

    Looks great, can’t wait to see more.

  2. Tyce Clee

    Tyce Clee

    27 April 2011 @ 10:57AM #

    Awesome to see a new publication supporting type. At first I naively thought it was a competitor to @8faces, and hurriedly jumped in to defend 8f. My bad!

  3. Jon Larie

    Jon Larie

    27 April 2011 @ 11:47AM #

    Sweet!! I can’t wait!!

  4. Carolyn Wood

    Carolyn Wood

    27 April 2011 @ 05:00PM #

    Thank you Elliot! So wonderful of you to blog about the magazine!

  5. Ibrahim Vatih

    Ibrahim Vatih

    11 May 2011 @ 07:44PM #

    I interest in typography, thanks for this information.

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