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Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks from 1896 to 1936 [Paperback]

by Steven Heller, Louise Fili
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

December 1, 2011 1581158920 978-1581158922 1
Exquisite graphic design artifacts comprise this unusual collection culled from the pages of type and typography books dating from 1896 to 1936. Design professionals, students and teachers of graphic design, and anyone with an interest in vintage design will be delighted to ?nd rare, never-before-reprinted type specimens, vintage layouts, logos, and decorations that will serve as an inspiration and resource for practicing and aspiring graphic designers.

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About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author+Entrepreneur program at New York's School of Visual Arts. He is the author, editor and co-editor of more than one hundred books on design and popular culture.

Louise Fili is a New York–based graphic designer specializing in food packaging, restaurant identities, logos, and book design.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581158920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581158922
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This is the exact same book as Design Connoisseur. Literally, page for page.
I enjoy Steven Heller books, but seriously, a new cover and a new title does not make it a new book. They could at least mention that it was previously published as Design Connoisseur.

Other than my disappointment at buying the same book twice, it IS a good book and now it comes with a CD so it is easier to utilize the resources.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Shoddy Binding December 26, 2011
Got this book for Christmas 2011. Great content if you are into historic advertising and typography. I'm not convinced that the CD is of any real use but it's welcomed. Cover and pages are substantial weight and glossy. The binding broke on my first handling of the book, primarily because of the cover weight and page thickness. Given the author of the book and its content, I'd have paid more for a better bound book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun December 3, 2011
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This is beautifully produced, enjoyable selection of graphics from this period. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered that it comes with a CD (I didn't know that's what the Amazon description "Pap/Cdr" means). Each page is available in PDF format on the CD, an extra bonus. Nicely done, nicely designed, fun to examine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment coming from Steven Heller August 27, 2013
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I've been working with vintage typography and graphics for more than twenty years. I have a great deal of respect for Steven Heller and his contributions to the graphics genre-but, I have to say this book was a major disappointment. With such a great title and book cover I expected much more. What I found was 1 or 2 things I could use for reference and that the cover is the best part of the book. It doesn't matter if it comes with a CD if the material is subpar. Buy another book by Steven Heller but don't buy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay August 11, 2013
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Nothing exciting here and light on content. If you don't have other vintage type references and are just beginning, this is okay. But there are many other more worthwhile sources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more type than graphics April 19, 2014
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I wish the book was in color throughout, or at least with glossy pages. Despite these two things, it's a great reference book for type. It's filled with mostly type, and some ornamental borders and letterheads (those are the graphics) no vintage packaging as i thought it might contain.
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