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on June 9, 2013
As you will notice this little jewel has already received an impressive collection of five star reviews. And they're there for good reason. This is one beautiful book. The assortment of advertising and typographical examples Louise Fili has assembled makes for very delightful viewing. The book offers a wide variety of both her own work and classic period pieces. As one who does not make his living in this field I can only appreciate this work from the aesthetic point of view. That alone, however, makes this volume well worth owning. For one employed in the trade I can't imagine passing it over.
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. I am quite pleased with this purchase and can't imagine anyone being otherwise. Louise Fili and Steven Heller are certainly prolific but none of their output seems to suffer as a consequence. The only regrets I have felt after finishing one of their books is that there were too few pages. What better compliment!
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on February 24, 2013
A designer with such a distinct style that she is in command due to demand. Gorgeous volume of work with explanations on concept. One word describes this book ... delicious. Other than a mention of setting type in lead in her student days and hand-lettering, there is nothing about her production methods, something I wouldn't mind learning about. A book showcasing of some of her vast design work.
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on November 7, 2016
This is a BEAUTIFUL book and made a GREAT present for my friend who is a professional artist. Thank you, Sincerely, Diane O. Gibson
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on February 19, 2013
Louise Filli has been creating elegance for decades. It is her singular contribution to contemporary graphic design. Her real magic is taking the best, the familiar and the iconic from the past and making it fresh again. This book is so delicious I want to eat it.
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on January 11, 2017
Beautiful examples of topography
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on April 7, 2015
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.
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on February 3, 2013
Louise Fili's collected work is an utter delight for anyone who loves typography and design. Fili's creativity, vision and obvious love of beauty and style (in all its forms) are reflected in this stunning book.
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on July 20, 2013
Eye candy for the graphic designer/typographer. I can't stop looking at all of the fabulous designs---many of which I've seen on packaging in stores, but didn't realize they were the designs of Louise Fili. VERY inspirational!
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on October 24, 2012
Louise Fili never disappoints. Her mastery of elegant typography is as clear here as in her other books. This book is a must for all fans of retro modern, or the contemporary updating of classic forms of type design.
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on May 29, 2014
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.
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