8 faces was a typography magazine. now it’s a book.

In 2010 I was a web designer, tired of seeing my work disappear. I wanted to create something real; something that would last; something I could put on my bookshelf. So, perhaps selfishly, I decided to launch 8 Faces: a printed magazine about type, typography, and lettering.

But it turns out that other people wanted this, too, and we sold out of 8 Faces #1 in just a couple of hours. And so it went with all eight of our issues, which were published between July 2010 and May 2014. Over the course of 8 Faces’ life, we interviewed 64 graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, and artists, and set some beautiful type specimens for their eight favourite typefaces. We also published forewords and essays by a number of thought-leaders in the design industry, making 8 Faces a source of knowledge as well as inspiration.

Thanks to our supporters on Kickstarter, we’re now creating a huge, hardcover book. Our fundraising campaign has now finished, but you can pre-order your copy of the book directly from our online shop.

inside the book

The book isn’t simply a repackaging of our old issues. Since the magazine finished, our blog has been going from strength to strength and now attracts over 220,000 followers on Tumblr. It’s seen as one of the leading typography destinations on the web and we have a wealth of great online content that we want to put in the book.

We’re going further than that, though. We’ll be conducting a number of new interviews exclusively for the book and we’ll be including a handy reference of every typeface chosen by our interviewees. And we have a foreword being written by Erik Spiekermann.

To follow our progress, please see our Kickstarter updates. Meanwhile, please check out our ‘Type Worship’ blog.

Elliot Jay Stocks, founder