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.


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.



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.




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




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.



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.





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


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



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


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


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 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!

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

  • ooo I have just the place for this book… on my desk 🙂

  • am a design student, this book could help a lot

  • Absolutely Gorgeous! 

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

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

  • Got my fingers crossed!

  • I’d like that 🙂 

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

  • Why not? 😉

  • Azliza Aziz

    hypo the typo.

  • This looks incredible 🙂

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

  • Lovely book = Want! 

  • Mmmmm.

  • I also want:)

  • this magazine is soooo needed. I want:)

  • What a great mag Codex looks to be.

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

  • I wish I could have bought it myself.

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

  • I want it!!! Great publication!

  • 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!

  • Mmmm sexy.

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

  • The magazine looks like a labour of love.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

  • The magazine looks like a labour of love.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

  • Pam Yan


  • I just left a comment!

  • Trish Yee

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

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

  • 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.

  • Yes, me likey!

  • Must have book! 🙂 want it!

  • Fingers crossed. Toes too.

  • I wish I could write that in comic sans

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

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

  • Irresistible Offer!

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Looks gorgeous =)

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

  • Hi,
    good one, thanks for the opportunity.

  • ramzim

    looks awesome!

  • Great stuff, good luck to everyone

  • looks great!

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

  • David Hall

    Oooh, Am I too late?

  • Going in with fingers crossed!

  • 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!

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

  •  so pretty!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • The typographic “must have” is now the “must win” via @logobird #lastchancetowin

  • Hey, count me in 🙂

  • Going for back to back wins 🙂

  • This book looks beautiful! 

  • tweeted! @gilliangoldie:twitter 

  • 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!

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

  • I’m drooling all over my keyboard here!

  • NOM!

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

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