Codex Magazine Review

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Update: Giveaway Winners Announced
Congratulations Dario Calonaci and Naomi Adler — a copy of Codex magazine will be on its way to you soon.

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The much anticipated debut issue of Codex – The Journal of Typography has recently been released.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few copies of the limited-release publication shortly after it went on sale.

Read on for a a sneak peak inside Codex, and to find out how you can win a free copy.

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Published by John Boardley, editor of I Love Typography, Codex is a quarterly print magazine featuring articles, interviews, type reviews, and essays from experts in Typography.

The first issue features contributions from Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes, Elliot Jay Stocks, Paul Shaw, Stephen Coles, Erik Spiekermann, Dr Paul Dijstelberge, Craig Mod, and Luca Barcellona, to name a few.

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The Eighth Wonder explores the history and eventual fate of the Linotype. It’s a fascinating read.

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What do you get when you cross an award-winning type designer with a prestigious and internationally renowned graphic designer? Commercial Type, a type foundry co-founded by Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes. A friendship that began with the letter “g,” it flourished at the arrivals gate of Heathrow Airport, and blossomed into a foundry that has released such hits as Dala Floda, Lyon, Publico, the Guardian Collection, and more.

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The section ‘Five Fine Faces’ features reviews of new and notable type-face releases.

This issue features six: Sweet Sans, AW Conqueror, Carter Sans, Bodoni Egyptian, Capucine, and Founders Grotesk X-Condensed.

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Elliot Jay Stocks talks about the experience of producing his own publication, 8Faces.

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No Typography magazine would be complete without a contribution from the great Erik Spiekermann.

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The Japanese character “Haru” (Spring) adorns the back of the magazine. A very nice touch.

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You also get a free copy of Linotype’s “Fonts in Focus” bundled with the first issue.

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Codex is an absolutely superb publication that I can highly recommend to anyone interested in Typography. Congratulations to John Boardley and everyone else involved in producing this publication – you have truly outdone yourselves.

Codex is available to purchase from codexmag.com for $27 USD. At the time of publishing this post, copies were still available.

Codex magazine on Twitter.

Codex Giveaway

I have two copies of the first issue of Codex – The Journal of Typography to giveaway to a couple of very lucky people.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment below and retweet this post.

Please also consider ‘Liking’ Logobird on Facebook.

Winners will be announced in a week. Best of luck!

  • http://twitter.com/maricato Maricato

    AAAAHHH… this book is really cool and interesting! =)

  • http://twitter.com/KimberleyJane86 Kimberley-JaneDesign

    ooo I have just the place for this book… on my desk :)

  • http://twitter.com/akirostudios Paul Mullen

    am a design student, this book could help a lot

  • http://twitter.com/CropRemarks The Crop Remarker

    Absolutely Gorgeous! 

  • http://twitter.com/aveliene Aveline Estié

    I’m a student in IT but I have always been interested in typography as it adds some personality to your work.

  • http://twitter.com/nopstrup Nikolaj Opstrup

    I’ve been longing for this book ever since I read about it the first time. Great work by great people!

  • http://twitter.com/st4r Sophie D’Agostino

    Got my fingers crossed!

  • http://twitter.com/aLittleGerman Tini Malitius

    I’d like that :) 

  • http://twitter.com/vo0ds Glen Lowry

    This would be the perfect opener to get more involved with the beautiful art of typography!

  • http://twitter.com/Kalms Rasmus Kalms

    Why not? 😉

  • Azliza Aziz

    hypo the typo.

  • http://twitter.com/BlytBlog BlytBlog

    This looks incredible :)

  • http://twitter.com/pbdfizzwizz Liz Wiffen

    Fancy meets function. I could give this book a loving home.

  • http://twitter.com/paulkegelnl Paul Kegel

    Lovely book = Want! 

  • http://spmvs.com/ wvpv

    Mmmmm.

  • http://twitter.com/BeyondDesignSA Beyond Design

    I also want:)

  • http://twitter.com/melythemac melanie

    this magazine is soooo needed. I want:)

  • http://twitter.com/Bluecatman Pete C

    What a great mag Codex looks to be.

  • http://twitter.com/eblairs Eric Swartzwelder

    Reminds me a lot of Baseline. In a good way. 

  • http://twitter.com/kemaleroglu kemal

    I wish I could have bought it myself.

  • http://twitter.com/TypePorn Type Porn

    I’m trying to finish up my first typography magazine…this is great inspiration!

  • http://twitter.com/theikiway Berta Martínez López

    I want it!!! Great publication!

  • http://twitter.com/gmsdesigns Gerry Suchy

    Looks to be a fabulous publication for anyone who cares about the art of typography. Very generous of you to offer the giveaways. 

  • Anonymous

    Loved the sneak peek! Thanks for posting this. :-)

    Commenting for a free copy, since I just retweeted but didn’t realize I could get a free copy by commenting too.

  • Miloš Hadžić

    Thanks for the photos!

  • Anonymous

    I want this book so much!

  • http://twitter.com/pausedesign Jovan Petrić

    Mmmm sexy.

  • http://twitter.com/artshelady Shannon Simmons

    Wow! This is incredible!! Thanks for the preview. So beautifully inspiring!! I would loooooove a free copy!!!’

  • http://twitter.com/mgdphotography Mike Dougan

    The magazine looks like a labour of love.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

  • http://twitter.com/mgdphotography Mike Dougan

    The magazine looks like a labour of love.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

  • Pam Yan

    iWant! 

  • http://twitter.com/mrSpijker MrSpijker

    I just left a comment!

  • Trish Yee

    It looks beautiful!
    Please let me bask in it…just for a little bit…

  • http://twitter.com/chiya_serena Serena Facchinetti

    Cool!
    And a loooot useful now that great typography can be easily extended to the web without compromises. :)

  • http://twitter.com/_scottfuller Scott Fuller

    Awesome! Great magazine, and I hope I have better luck than the Symbols book…

  • Anonymous

    wow… pick me… pick me… lol

    thank you for the giveaway though… :)

  • Adam Haynes

    Oh man I would love to get my hands on one of these.

  • http://twitter.com/robctorres Roberto Torres

    Yes, me likey!

  • http://twitter.com/sansotto Andrea D

    Must have book! :) want it!

  • http://twitter.com/gpdchappy Mark Ryman

    Fingers crossed. Toes too.

  • http://twitter.com/achristoffersen achristoffersen

    I wish I could write that in comic sans

  • http://twitter.com/nancywudesign nancywudesign

    Love love love this new typography magazine. Congrats @ILoveTypography!!

  • http://twitter.com/pattipine Patti Crocket

    makes me feel giddy & my heart flutter, its so lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/anupamme anupamme

    Irresistible Offer!

  • http://twitter.com/suedecrush Kostandinos™

    Big time type freak. I’d love to win this!

  • http://twitter.com/NayBlair Naomi Adler

    I saw this on the blog but getting a peek at it here makes me want it even more! Looks SO AWESOME and inspiring! Amazing job @ilovetypography

  • melomag

    i wan’t one!

  • http://twitter.com/aalexa101 Alexandra Cerovac

    Haven’t begged so far – but this is the braking point for me… PLEASE can I have one? PLEASE??
    I would love to win this soooo much, you have no idea….

    PLEASE consider one for this part of teh world.. – THANKS!

  • Kristoffer

    Wow, this looks amazing. I’d love a copy.

  • Gabe C.

    This looks really great!

  • Rick Boyte

    I just found out about this magazine and I’m in love. I feel as if I need to get one for myself and my typography enthusiast university professor.

  • Soo Kim

    Wow this looks beautiful. Thank you for doing the giveaway :)

  • Royston Lee

    A design student in Singapore. Its 90% impossible to find such magazines on sale here. Really hope to be able to win one!

  • Anonymous

    Would love to have this!

  • Jeetsin

    Beautiful stuff!

  • Franco Averta

    HOpe I get it!. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/thecharlieindex charlie apps

    Always so jealous of the neat things you get a hold of. One day I hope to have something that will make you think “hey, that’s pretty neat. I want one of those!”. It’ll happen… I’ll make it my mission… Challenge Accepted!!!

  • Shane

    Great stuff. I am gonna buy Codex if I don’t win it!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you please.

  • http://soofiyachaudry.blogspot.com Soofiya

    Looks gorgeous =)

  • http://twitter.com/TheNutz TheNutz

    Ok. Look at me how I lose one more giveaway :))

  • http://cargocollective.com/inesbianchi Nes Bianchi

    Hi,
    good one, thanks for the opportunity.

  • ramzim

    looks awesome!

  • http://www.psdesignuk.com/ psdesignuk

    Great stuff, good luck to everyone

  • http://twitter.com/thisisramzi Ramzi Mesaddek

    looks great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anderson-Guering/523387424 Anderson Guering

    omg .. I heard of that book before, looks great

  • David Hall

    Oooh, Am I too late?
    @MM_4D:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/rrchrdd Richard de Ruijter

    Going in with fingers crossed!

  • http://twitter.com/dcalonaci Dario Calonaci

    I want to win one! So I’ll learn a lot on typography – and I deserve this ’cause I’ll be techin’ typography in September!
    So drop a copy my way please!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanley.lai Stanley Lai

    keeping my finger crossed! and can’t wait to see what future editions of Codex has in store.

  • http://twitter.com/nsteffen nicole steffen

     so pretty!

  • http://twitter.com/glennvanbogaert Glenn Van Bogaert

    Recently I started getting another passion, typography. This way, with this book, I can probably even learn more about that subject which would be nice :-)

  • http://twitter.com/tiborvizi Tibor Vizi

    Nice mag, nice blog, nice combo, chance to win 😉

  • Brad Tyndall

    Codex looks AMAZING!
    Beautiful layout and finish.
    Thank you for making me aware of it, Duane.
    THREE CHEERS FOR LOGOBIRD!!!

  • http://twitter.com/randm_panda Paul Andrew

    The typographic “must have” is now the “must win” via @logobird http://goo.gl/IBOjg #lastchancetowin

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewKelsall Andrew Kelsall

    Hey, count me in :)

  • http://twitter.com/BillSKenney Bill S Kenney

    Going for back to back wins :)

  • http://twitter.com/gilliangoldie Gillian Goldie

    This book looks beautiful! 

  • http://twitter.com/gilliangoldie Gillian Goldie

    tweeted! @gilliangoldie:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/imROYSTON Lee Jia Le, Royston

    I really really hope that i can win this magazine!!!!!!!!! Posted the other time under the name Royston Lee. Haha. Really hope i can win this!

  • http://twitter.com/StephanieWarthe Stephanie Warthe

    Awesome, that looks fantastic! And very useful as well. Pick me and you shall earn my eternal adoration.

  • http://twitter.com/arnorb Arnor Bogason

    I’m drooling all over my keyboard here!

  • http://www.tommyvf.com Tommy Vad Flaaten

    NOM!

  • http://twitter.com/John_Schwartz77 John Christian S

    I never thought fonts were so involved. They are works of art in themselves!

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