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8 Faces #1 now available to pre-order

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!

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