Good old Actual Source. In its work as a multi-format publisher, brand and retail store we’re constantly hopping on Actual Source’s website to see what graphic design picks they’ve got for us from books to its own magazine, Shoplifters. We know you’re all big fans of it too, so when we saw the latest issue was a peek inside Los Angeles’ design scene we ate up its brilliantly designed double-page spreads.
Shoplifters regular format is as a biannual publication celebrating the work of contemporary artists from photographers to illustrators and the designers keeping it on its toes. Without a single identity, the publication shapeshifts in layout and typographic choices from issue to issue, redesigning its size, paper choice and overall tone each time it goes to print. Where its last issue took hold of a blue colour palette and put the work of the designer’s featured first, its latest issue uses a black and fluro-yellow and represents Los Angeles as a design landscape, rather than designers in pockets over the globe.
In this sense, the new issue is more of a guide, a tourist pamphlet for designers (imagine), and takes you through lists of bookstores to visit and museums and galleries you must go to if you’re in town. Alongside being a “296-page survey of contemporary art and design in Los Angeles, CA,” the magazine also features a bunch of studios and designers based in the city including Folder Studio, Chris Svensson, Inventory Press and Studio Ella. On top of this, rather than just straight up interviews the issue also includes LA-based studio visits to others, peeking inside the offices of Public Library, Lux Typo and Family Book Store, to name just a few, and introduces readers to those participating in the Otis college of art and design residency too. What more could you want?
- We take a look back at the best stories of the year to date
- Atelier Brenda and Amélie Bakker create “squidgy” identity for Beursschouwburg
- Thomas Pratt photographs the effects of religion, natural disaster and globalisation on an island community
- Viacheslav Poliakov shoots the “folk-baroque-industrial mess” of Ukraine and Poland
- “Even bad pizza is kind of good”: Five life lessons from David Droga
- Join Cachetejack and Dropbox for a collaborative workshop at OFFF Barcelona
- Netflix moots move into print with new publication, Wide
- “Allowing a modern audience to see Helvetica for the first time”: Charles Nix talks us through the newly released Helvetica Now
- Dating app Hinge gets a makeover, asks users to use it less
- The most relaxing colour in the world? Dark blue apparently
- By You: Nike's customisable range gets a new name, and a new look
- Rejane Dal Bello on using graphic design to talk about hard topics in a joyful way