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. (Even we only have one copy of #3!)
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.
The design of the magazine evolved from issue to issue, and from time to time we even found things we wanted to improve upon in retrospect: colour tweaks, additional footnotes, the occasional typo. That, combined with the fact that so many people missed out on back issues, seems like a great reason to create a book.
Brand new content
This 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. There will also be space dedicated to reprinting the artwork prints we produced over the magazine’s lifetime.
All of this will be presented in one big, beautiful, hardback book. And when I say ‘big’, it’ll be over 500 pages! It’s going to be a beast. Oh, and Erik Spiekermann has agreed to write our foreword.
A print by Erik Spiekermann
And there’s one more thing: our higher tier includes a letterpressed 8 Faces poster by Erik Spiekermann himself, hand-printed at his Galerie P98a workshop in Berlin. There are only 200 available.
This book is going to be costly to produce and we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with your support — no matter how small — the 8 Faces team and I know that we can create something truly special.
Thanks for your time!
UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS
Since achieving our funding goal, many people have been asking us about stretch goals. After a great deal of thought and research, we’ve come up with the following:
£50,000: updated interviews
If we reach £50,000 in funding, we’ll conduct short-up-to-date interviews with everyone in the book. Of course, we were always planning on new introductions that framed each interview in the context of the time at which it was originally conducted / published, but the extra money will allow us more time to conduct a brand new interview with each person to bring everything to the present day, and reflect any changes in their situations and opinions.
£55,000: better cover material
If we reach £55,000 in funding, we’ll upgrade the material we use for the book’s cover, making it even more special. We’re still looking through sample swatches at the moment to decide on the potential material, but we’ll post details in a future update if we hit (or approach) this amount.
£60,000: everything online
If we reach £60,000 in funding, we’ll create an online version of the book: a responsive website that will work across devices and allow the book to be read anywhere, at any time. The site will be open to all in order to share the knowledge and inspiration contained within the book’s pages.
Risks and challenges
Doing something in the medium of print always poses a certain amount of risk, but my team and I are experienced in bringing our ideas to fruition, whether that’s from all eight issues of 8 Faces, Insites: The Book, or five issues of the currently-running lifestyle magazine Lagom. We’re confident in our ability to deliver on time and on-budget. In fact, this is the first time we’ve ever turned to crowdfunding!
If for any reason we experience some setbacks, we’ll be in touch to let you know when you can expect the book to be printed and shipped.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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