8 Faces was a typography magazine, then 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 1,000 supporters on Kickstarter, in July 2018, published a huge hardcover book, collecting and re-designing and re-editing all eight issues, which has since sold out.

In March 2020, our fulfilment company unearthed a few copies of the magazine and the book during a warehouse clear-out, and we’ve now put them up on our online shop, available to buy until stock runs out. We have very limited quantities of the early issues.

To buy the few remamning copies of 8 Faces, please email me.

~ Elliot Jay Stocks


Launched halfway during the magazine’s run, our blog — run by type designer Jamie Clarke — has gone from strength to strength and is now seen as one of the leading typography destinations on the web.

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