Jamie Cullum indulges his passion for typography with The Eighty-Eight

By Simon Nias, Friday 11 October 2013

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Popular jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has launched his own "occasional" magazine, <i>The Eighty-Eight</i>, with the help of Shropshire-based printer Precision Colour Printing (PCP).

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The Eighty-Eight: an occasional magazine from Jamie Cullum

The 64+4pp magazine, which contains essays by Sophie Dahl, as well as short stories, interviews and pictures, was curated by Jamie Cullum and assembled by Simon Tapscott and graphic designer Kate Monument, who also worked on Cullum's first album Heard it all before.

"The magazine isn't about me necessarily, but about things that I'm interested in," said Cullum. "I'm really interested in journalism and writing, and I know so many writers, so I thought I could have a go and get some friends involved.

"Not many people know that I did English literature and typography, so I got to indulge my passion for fonts and design."

It also includes an exclusive rollfold sheet music throw out featuring a transcription of a previously unavailable song titled 'Don't wait to love', which was transcribed by bandmember and multi-instrumentalist Tom Richards.

The 8pp music sheet was folded to 260x200mm portrait and alligned to the top of the inside back cover of the 270x210mm magazine. The cover was printed on 350gsm Rives Linear Bright White, while the text was printed on 110gsm Edixion offset with a 16pp coloured section on Coloraction Pale Salmon (Savana); the music sheet throw out was printed on 140gsm Edixion offset.

The magazine was printed 4/4 using standard process offset inks plus neon yellow special (PMS 809U); the 16pp coloured paper section was printed black only. Pages were sealed throughout and a circular sticker was applied to the outside cover.

PCP produced 3,100 copies of The Eighty-Eight using a Mitsubishi 3H/6+c for the cover and a 10 unit Heidelberg SM102 B1 perfector for the text.

According to the company, the main challenge in producing the magazine was aligning the 8pp sheet music throw out to make sure it fell short of the binding edge as well as the trimmed edge and so the folds fell accurately between the song sheets.

The Eighty-Eight is available to order from myplaydirect.com/jamie-cullum and will be sold at venues on the Momentum tour.





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