Hamish Muir at Typo Circle

The next Typographic Circle lecture will be given by Hamish Muir, co-founder of the hugely influential design studio 8vo from which sprang the journal Octavo

The next Typographic Circle lecture will be given by Hamish Muir, co-founder of the hugely influential design studio 8vo from which sprang the journal Octavo

Muir co-founded the design studio 8vo with Mark Holt and Simon Johnston in 1985. Over six years from 1986, together with Michael Burke, 8vo edited, designed and published the journal Octavo. In the days before computers made such work commonplace, Octavo pioneered a richly-layered, hugely complex form of typographical virtuosity.

“Looking back at the project, the biggest mystery is why the hell as 8vo, an unknown startup, we thought we had any place to set ourselves up as editors and publishers of a typographic journal. I suppose we were too young to be fearful of the scale of the project, but most of all we were fuelled by a shared antipathy towards the then typographic trends evident in the London design ‘scene’,” Muir says of the project.

His talk will cover the history of Octavo, from beginning to its pre-ordained end in the form of a last issue published as a CD-Rom.

The talk will be on November 28 at the JWT ad agency in London’s Knightsbridge. Tickets are £10 for members (£6 for student memebrs) and £16 for non-members (£10 for students). Details are here

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