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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili Hardcover – September 5, 2012
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"The 256-page monograph is a steal at $40 and a must for package designers and both print and digital typographers." -- InteriorDesign.com
"Sumptuous logos, books, menus, and packaging abound, but the unexpected treat comes in the form of case studies: sketches, inspirations and design process. Not to be missed." --Communication Arts
"Long known as something of a revolutionary in the field of book-jacket design, Fili took her distinctive and elegant old-world style to the food-packaging industry in 1989. There she brought a whole new level of sophistication to everything from candybar wrappers to wine bottles-and you can find many of them here." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Elegantissima is evidence of [Fili's] success. The monograph is filled with case studies, anecdotes, and luscious spreads from an extraordinary career's worth of design. Most of the book will make you hungry, or at least move up your plans to go to Europe. Bellissima!" -- Imprint
"Appropriately lavish and stunning, Elegantissima is the perfect showcase of Fili's intricate, arresting, and always elegant work." -- Brain Pickings
"An image-heavy book that will make type and design nerds drool." -- Bust magazine
About the Author
Fili is the author of Elegantissima, published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has also written The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence and co-authored Italianissimo. With her husband, the design historian Steven Heller, she is co-author of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Counter Culture, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, and Shadow Type.
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Fili is the author of Elegantissima, Grafica della Strada, and Graphique de la Rue. She also co-authored and designed Italianissimo and The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence. With her husband, the design historian Steven Heller, she is co-author of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Counter Culture, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, Shadow Type, and Stencil Type.
Top Customer Reviews
Then you will enjoy this book. Life is beautiful -- and Louise explains why.
I have several books by Steven Heller and Louise Fili and this husband / wife collaboration has produced some real treasures. I can only imagine what wonders are housed in their combined archives. They are both to be thanked for making so much of their painstaking research and amazing collection available to the rest of us.
Louise is incredibly gifted in her ability to incorporate the beautiful scripts, ornamentation and images of a bygone era and give them a contemporary look. She, singlehandedly, puts to rest the old canard - "never judge a book by its cover". I have no doubt the packaging she creates outshines most of the products contained therein.
I would add, in addition to the obvious visual merits of this book, Mrs. Fili is quite a wordsmith. She has a definite flair for turning a phrase. Her ability to create prose with a such a decided flourish is rather unique in the genre of the art book. Typically one glides through these books content in just appreciating the images while overlooking the cumbersome writing. Her's is a pleasant exception.
The production quality of this book is all one could hope for and well deserving of its contents.Read more ›
As an experienced design student, this was an invaluable resource and I will continue to use it throughout the years. It is a great addition for any design library and the hardcover is of very high quality. Treat yourself to a copy today!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Louise Fili's design is WONDERFUL – if only the book designers were as good. The margins are wider near the spine than at the edges, the reverse of good layout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flora
I love Louise Fili's work and this allowed me to site an relish each design and learn more about her process as a fellow graphic designer.Published 10 months ago by Bryan M
Wow, fabulous, inventive and elegant. This is an inspiring collection of design.Published 10 months ago by Malena Walley
Elegantissima: a book name far too long for a beautiful and thoughtful collection on typography, design and emotion... Lyrical moves to modern in lovely measure.Published 20 months ago by blackie starr
This is a nice book but it had an obvious scratch on the front cover. Based on the way the order was packed, it would of been on the book when it was shipped. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Becky
The printing of the book is awful. The half tone resolution of the offest print is way too low. Such a shame for a content of great quality. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by frankoozle