Octavo Redux: The highly revered International Journal of Typography will revive


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

Within its 384 pages, Octavo Redux will feature all of the covers and plates from each original Octavo print issue, reproduced at actual size (1:1). Providing essential insight into the pre-computing design process – when “chats” with typesetters were conducted via bicycle messengers, red pen, highlighters and Tipp-Ex. In the words of Holt and Muir: “Octavo Redux is as close to the originals as you can get without holding them in your hands.”

As described on Kickstarter: “Octavo, International Journal of Typography, was a groundbreaking 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 scene. of graphic design. It was a maverick gesture that challenged the dominant graphic formalism of the 80s and 90s.

“He sought, above all, to highlight typography as a solution in itself. He did so at a time when illustration was the dominant mode of graphic expression. And if the eight issues of Octavo prove something, they prove that typography can be as expressive as imagery.”


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