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Octavo 86.2 (8vo)

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Editors: Simon Johnston, Mark Holt, Michael Burke, Hamish Muir
Publisher: Eight Five Zero publishing
Publication: 1987, First Edition
Binding: Softcover, saddle-stitch
Pages: 16
Size: 210 x 297
Text: English
Design: 8vo, London

The eight issues of Octavo, journal of typography, have acquired cult status. Published between 1986 and 1992, Octavo was an independent self-financed journal limited to a production run of just 3000 units for each of the 8 issues (with the first 7 being print based and the last as a CD Rom).

"The editors took a modernist stance - each issue was at the cutting edge of what was possible with typesetting, reprographics and print, produced at a time when the industry was transitioning from analogue to digital. The first 6 issues and aspects of the 7th issue were analogue based. Each of the printed issues was 16pp A4 format with 4pp cover and 8pp semi-transparent jacket. The typeface used throughout was Scangraphic Unica." Mark Holt, Editor

86.2 Contents:

  • Semantic Composition. Peter Mayer. Looks at Stefan Themerson's use of the internal vertical justification and discusses other related typographical works.
  • Theory in Practise. Colin Maughan. A review of the work of designer and teacher Geoff White whose enthusiasm and dedication to typographic experimentation remain undiminished after thirty years.

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