Eight Books was founded by Damian Jaques and Mark Fletcher to publish original and innovative books on design. With over 30 years combined experience in publishing they have a specialist knowledge of the commissioning, designing, editing, and production of illustrated books for an international market. Eight books work with leading photographers and design writers to publish books on all forms of design - architectural, fashion, product, interior, graphic, furniture, garden, food and now distinctive illustrated children's titles.
Mark Fletcher has worked as an editor, commissioning editor and publisher for many of Britain's leading illustrated book publishers, including Phaidon Press, Scala, Merrell Publishers, Mitchell Beazley, Laurence King, Thames & Hudson, Damiani Editore and Quarto. During his time as commissioning editor at Mitchell Beazley he was responsible for producing a number of award-winning books such as The New London Garden (Garden Writers’ Guild Inspirational Gardening Book of the Year 2000) and Football Days: Classic Football Photographs (Illustrated Sports Book of the Year 2004). In the early 2000s he was the UK architectural correspondent for the Italian design and architecture magazine, Interni and from 2011–2015 the publisher at Quintessence Editions (part of the Quarto Group). While at Quintessence several of his books were shortlisted for major awards, including Bike! for Illustrated Sports Book of the Year (2013) and Garden Design Close Up for Garden Writer’s Guild Inspirational Gardening Book of the Year (2014).
Damian Jaques, as well as running a successful design studio, has designed books for Quintessence, Kyle Books, Frances Lincoln, Guinness Publishing, Mitchell Beazley and Alfred David Editions. Books include Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Years, A Century of Graphic Design written by Jeremy Aynsley and Mlinaric on Decorating as well as many catalogues and smaller-scale publications. He was a co-founder and designer of Coil, Journal of the Moving Image and designer of Mute Magazine from 1997 to 2005. His work has been published in Typography Now 2 – Implosion (Booth-Clibborn Editions), Mapping (Rotovision) and magCulture: new magazine design (Laurence King).