Octavo Redux: Bringing Back to Life the Much Revered International Journal of Typography


With your support (there is a current Kickstarter campaign), it will soon be possible to see and own all eight issues, and enjoy it in a proposed new book titled Octavo Redux. Designed and edited by two of Octavo’s original creators, Mark Holt and Hamish Muir, it will resurrect the incredible type of unicorn.

In its 384 pages, Octavo Redux will feature all the covers and pages of each original printed issue of Octavo, reproduced in actual size (1: 1). Provide essential insight into the pre-computer design process – where the “discussions” with the typographers were conducted via bicycle messengers, red pen, highlighters and Tipp-Ex. In the words of Holt and Muir: “Octavo Redux is as close as possible to the originals without holding them in your hands. “

As described on Kickstarter: “Octavo, International Journal of Typography, was a revolutionary event in the evolution of graphic design. It was a scathing response by a group of British designers to the complacency and traditionalism of the British graphic design scene. C ‘was a maverick gesture that challenged the dominant graphic formalism of the 80s and 90s.

“Above all, she sought to bring typography to the fore as a solution in itself. She did so at a time when illustration was the dominant mode of graphic expression. And if the eight issues of Octavo prove anything, they prove that typography can be as expressive as an image. “


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