Octavo was a self-pub­lished jour­nal, started in 1985.

Simon Johnston, Mark Holt and Hamish Muir started an of­fice called 8vo to make work all about type. Weren’t in­ter­ested in big ideas, pbo­gog­ra­phy, il­lus­tra­tion, Gill (Bob and Eric), Neville Brodys the face

Boijmans van Beunigen Museum graphic iden­tity.

Octavo Journal ran from January 1986 to July 1990.

They were all about things you could do with print­ing processes. For the sec­ond is­sue, a spot blue re­places the red plus spe­cial blacks, greys and var­nish

Issue 3

Printed land­scape Column­bia University graphic de­sign lec­ture se­ries posters: Used spot colours to recre­ate the orig­i­nal posters

The colour scheme for each is­sue came out of the con­tent

Issue 4

Wolfgang Weingart: How can one Make Swiss Typography” Lectures he gave in amer­ica that hand’t been pub­lished be­fore Wein­gart used his own 6x6 weird slide pro­jec­tor, they got ac­cess to the orig­i­nal slides for il­lus­tra­tion again huge pro­duc­tion value, spe­cial grays blacks var­nish etc

Graphic de­sign used yo be more like ar­chi­tec­ture, you dhad to talk to print­ers, type­set­ters all the time Un­like now where its just you and your com­puter

Issue 5 aka the low­er­case is­sue

Octavo 5

low­er­case use as a way of anti au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism in ger­many, hol­land in the 20s

Design comes from 20s mod­ernism This might be the point where the de­sign be­cam emore im­por­tant than the con­tent This was the first is­sue to em­brace stuff that could only be done dig­i­tally Every spread was 24 columns

Issue 7

Trying to rep­re­sent iconic early graphic desing work in a new con­text They had ac­cess to orig­i­nal ma­te­r­ial, dropped them into a more re­al­is­tic en­virn­ment to show that the peo­ple mak­ing the stuff weren’t think­ing they were the best de­signer ever mak­ing his­tory

Octavo 7 Spread Above: The most re­pro­duced spread ever. an ar­ti­cel about why grao­hihc de­sign­ers font readm so they made it su­per hard to read

Issue 8 (1992)

it was bilt for mac 7.2, 18 months later when mac 9 came out it stopped work­ing

Octavo Redux

Octavo Redux

Is a book that re­cods at full scale the orig­i­nal Octavo is­sues, the type spec­i­fi­ca­tions, all the de­sign ar­ti­facts etc. It’s pub­lished by Unit Editions. Funded via Kickstarter

Again in­sane print­ing pro­duc­tion value

Stochastic screen­ing in­stead of halftones so you dont see any print­ing dots.

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