12 May 2005
'8vo: On The Outside' almost ready to go to press 
Further information on the long-awaited 8vo book from founder member Mark Holt:

"After three years in the making, '8vo: On the Outside' is almost ready to go to press. Written and designed by Mark Holt and Hamish Muir, the book is to be published in Autumn 2005 by Lars Muller.

At over 500 pages, the book is an extensive survey of 8vo's work from 1984-2001, including Octavo, the international journal of typography and its influence in the emergent typographically-led design movement in the UK during the late 80s and through the 90s. The book's emphasis is on process; trying to reveal how our designs got made rather than simply showing finished jobs. We tell it how it was, some of the everyday struggles of working with clients, typesetters, printers, and later on computers. Like many of our contemporaries, 8vo were working during a period of considerable change within the design industry – the book also places the work within the context of this revolution; from paste-up to desktop."

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'8vo: On The Outside' on Amazon.co.uk [a little out of date as publication date is given as 1 April 2005]
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