21 Nov 2013
Octavo - More Madness Than Manifesto 
Octavo - More Madness Than Manifesto

Hamish Muir, one of the founding partners of 8vo, presents a talk about Octavo, the subscription-only design journal published from 1986 to 1992. This will take place at the JWT Building in London on Thursday 28 November from 7pm. For more details see the event page at Typocircle.com.

In the fully-illustrated talk, Hamish will cover the development, design, production and closure of the Octavo project. This will include a rarely seen reconstruction of part of the final CD-ROM issue from 1992.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite with prices ranging from 6.00 to 16.00 GBP.

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