See how Pentagram’s Sascha Lobe created modular typography in The Last Shoplifters


Published by Actual Source Books – an American publisher, brand and bookstore that collaborates with creatives to release limited edition prints of their work – Shoplifters is a uniquely designed hardcover book that changes format, size and paper stock with each issue .

Released earlier this week and available to buy now on his site or on Counterprint, Shoplifters Issue 10 is a voluminous tome that covers Sascha Lobe’s recent project at the National Library of Luxembourg, as well as profiles of Nick Benson, Elias Hanzerof and AllCaps.

As a feature of Pentagram Partner reports, Lobe was tasked with creating a custom and cohesive modular typography system with physically transformable typefaces. Sascha was perfectly suited for this assignment, which needed to quickly and efficiently direct visitors through a library containing nearly two million books. In addition, his work also had to merge both signage and architecture while respecting its environment.

The challenges of this project were many, but as Lobe explains in his interview, he went to great lengths to develop typographic modules that could be added at larger sizes while still looking sharp when scaled up. the scale. He said: “Everything in art and design is about scale and context – a fact that’s easy to overlook when you’re sitting at your computer designing a typeface or a attach.”

Stone sculptor Nick Benson and Elias Hanzerof also make their debuts in Issue 10 of Shoplifters. Nick runs The John Stevens Shop in Rhode Island, which specializes in one type of stone inscription. At the same time, Elias co-founded Hanzer Liccini in 2008, a studio specializing in graphic design and typography with a heuristic approach.

Another showcase for Number 10 is AllCaps, an international practice of trained type designers who produce typefaces that straddle research, technology and visual culture. The main typefaces in the Shoplifters Issue 10 book are Prisma Text by Robert Huber de Lineto and Tschichold Rund Mondo by Ben Fehrman-Lee.

Shoplifters Number 10 is available to order now. In Europe, the book can be ordered from Antenne Books, while Australians can pick it up from Perimeter Books.


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