Type’s new faces
Shoplifters 10: New Type Design Volume 2Designed by Actual Source. Actual Source Books, hardback, $59, £45
Weighing in at a little under two kilos and running to a whopping 832 pages, Shoplifters 10 is a visual feast for people who love type, featuring 156 typefaces produced in the past three years by more than 100 designers. Shoplifters is a bi-annual periodical from Actual Source, an independent studio and publisher from Utah, US, whose mission is to publish contemporary work from a wide range of creative disciplines.
Each Shoplifters edition focuses on an individual area and is designed uniquely in a hardback format that aligns with the editorial direction of the issue. Shoplifters 10 is Actual Source’s second edition devoted to type, following on from issue 8, for which the introduction was contributed by Kris Sowersby (see Eye 79) of Klim Type Foundry. Addressing the challenges that confront type designers in making successful typefaces for today’s burgeoning but crowded market, Sowersby wrote: ‘Producing a new typeface today is almost trivial …
Cover of Shoplifters 10: New Type Design Volume 2. Top. Spread featuring Pimpit by Benoît Bodhuin, published by BB Bureau.
Paul McNeil graphic designer, educator, MuirMcNeil, London
Read the full article in Eye no. 103 vol. 26, 2022
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