For graphic and illustration fanatics the latest issue of Actual Source’s Shoplifters magazine is a must have. The biannual magazine pulls together a roster of names we love, OK-RM, Girls Like Us, Mirko Borsche and Stefan Marx to name just a few, and is thoughtfully designed to highlight the genius of their work.
The publication has continuously celebrated the work of “contemporary artists, writers, type designers, photographs and illustrators,” says Actual Source. “Shoplifters doesn’t have a single identity, it’s size, paper, typography, and tone changes each it’s published.” As a result, you never know the physical form that an issue may take, but what is guaranteed is a wealth of inspiration through boundary pushing work.
“We’ve always loved printing images of books in our books so issue six focuses on artists, designers and writers who use publishing as a main medium in their work,” says JP Haynie, Actual Source’s creative director and partner. “Whether they’re designers like OK-RM who have their own imprint, an artist like Stefan Marx who has put out more than 65 books of his own, or a magazine like Girls Like Us who use their publication as a form of feminist activism, it all fits into a loose narrative based around publication.”
Split up into interviews with creatives and representations of their work, Shoplifters is mostly printed in a dark blue, even toning the initial work featured to match the overall hue of the magazine. After the interview, pages of their work in full colour on a black pages follow, letting the celebrated work sing. At the top of the pages, Actual Source has also put an index of what pages feature the interview and images, so you can even flick straight through to your preferred option. This issue additionally features a new, previously unreleased typeface by “living legend” Laurenz Brunner, titled Bradford.
- Let Salvador Dalí tell your future in a new edition of tarot cards
- Lucas Zanotto on his seamless animation loops and his journey into the digital
- Simon Lehner shows us how truth is constructed in a war simulation subculture
- Denisse Ariana Pérez’s photography shows us the tender potential of masculinity
- Feel like you’re floating with Takanari Tazaki’s velvety illustrations
- Fed & Watered is a new studio with a specific output: all things food, drink and hospitality
- Graphic Design is Mental: Tips for looking after your state of mind as a designer
- Greta Grotesk is a typeface in homage to the teenage activist’s handwriting
- “Animation is now a must for posters”: Sunny Studio on design for the digital age
- Ikea unveils its latest toy creatures based on kids drawings
- Book of Roy: Neil Drabble photographs an American teenager over the course of eight years
- Motion designer Peter Steineck wants creative communities to show up and make time for each other