About Us

 

Welcome to Eight by Eight, a new magazine about football and its place in our culture.

It’s really exciting to see that football is experiencing a resurgence in North America and that even greater exposure and awareness is coming to the U.S. than ever before.  Like every serious football fan, we are thrilled to participate in our growing community.  That is why we started this magazine—to celebrate our treasured sport, summon up its past and bring you the future.

Our focus will be on covering the great teams, coaches and players, but we also intend to address the concerns of global football and the role that the governing bodies play (or don’t play) in improving our experience of the game.

In our careers, we’ve had the privilege to collaborate with the best editors, writers, illustrators, photographers and designers in the industry.  So our ambition is to bring you a mix of excellent journalism, modern graphics and the best illustration in a beautifully produced, large-format magazine that will come out four times a year.

It is our hope that when you read our publication you will come away feeling the urge to get to a stadium and share your passion with thousands of like-minded fans.  For us, there is nothing better than watching the incredible theater that football provides.

So, what’s with our name? The goalposts are silent witnesses to the most dramatic moments in the game.  They stand 8 feet high by 8 yards long. Hence Eight by Eight.

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We hope that you will join us as part of the voice that changes the landscape of football in America and we promise to give it everything we’ve got to produce the magazine that the beautiful game deserves.

 

The Team

You’re only as strong as your team, and this squad has the many talents needed to create a premium product.

Robert Priest

FOUNDER / EDITOR

Robert has received numerous awards for design, photography and illustration from The Society of Publication Designers, Art Directors Club, the American Institute for Graphic Arts, D&AD and the American Society of Magazine Editors. He has been Design Director for O, The Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast Portfolio, Esquire, GQ, House & Garden, and Newsweek among others. In 2009, Robert teamed up with Grace to form Priest+Grace, a design company in New York. He was also the former Creative Director and founding partner of Howler, the soccer magazine that has won design awards for its first and second issues. He is a frequent judge of editorial publication competitions including ASME, SPD, and CRMA. Robert also co-founded American Illustration/ American Photography. A former youth football coach, he is a nervous fan of Manchester United (although, sadly, he’s from London).

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Grace Lee

FOUNDER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Grace is an award-winning designer who first gained prominence in the design community for her critically-acclaimed work as Art Director of Condé Nast Portfolio. Since then, she has teamed up with Robert Priest to form, Priest+Grace. Their clients include, O, The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg, The Fiscal Times, Peter G. Peterson, WebMD, and Thomson Reuters. She’s received awards for design from the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, Print magazine, and American Society of Magazine Editors. Grace served as a judge for the SPD, American Illustration and CRMA. She was the former Creative Director and founding partner of Howler for which she concepted and designed all the visual elements of the brand, including the logo, magazine, website, and the well-received business cards (red and yellow caution cards).

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Cooper Lemon

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Cooper has experience in many aspects of the sport in the U.S. having worked at the club, league and brand levels. His introduction to the business of professional football came through an internship with Commissioner Don Garber. Since then, he has worked with the Sponsorship Department of the Portland Timbers during their inaugural season in the MLS. He also held a product marketing role for Adidas Soccer in which he helped create a business plan detailing opportunities in brand awareness growth strategies and developing sales channels for licensed merchandise through the partnership with MLS. He brings with him a complete understanding of the U.S. and global football market along with experience in brand and communications strategy, product marketing and sponsorship.

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Miles Kohrman

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Miles is an editor and writer based in New York. As an eternal optimist, he supports Arsenal.

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Michael C. Scott

DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS

Michael has specialized in conceptual development of broadcast design and on-air identity packages for clients like FIFA, IAAF, FIBA, FIFA, IAAF, ATP Tennis Masters, IndyCar, and award-winning work for UEFA. He has also worked on rebranding studies for Tennis Properties Limited and was a creative consultant to the Benetton Sports System USA Communications Group, specifically in marketing the company’s Formula One team in the USA. Among his product brand awareness credits are the introduction of tennis racquets from Prince and Nordica’s Grand Prix ski boot. Born and raised in Bermuda, he is a pre-Abramovich Chelsea supporter. Michael has recently expanded his skill set as partner for a scientific start-up, responsible for investor relations and raising capital.

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Andrew Helms

SENIOR EDITOR

Andrew is a writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Republic, The Baffler and elsewhere. When he’s not watching or writing about football, he works on documentary films for the FRONTLINE series on PBS. Originally from Washington, D.C., he’s trying to grow a replica of Marco Etcheverry’s mullet.

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