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"Playful and bold, these signs evoke the charm and bustle of Italy's vital urban life." -Elle Décor

"...a treasure for all-especially those seeking inspiration in typeface and art direction." - Cool Hunting

"A visual cornucopia of typographic signs photographed in her beloved Italy. a reminder that design skill is not only a function of what we make, but manifests, too, in what we mindfully choose to record." -Design Observer

"Forget the museums-the street signs are beautiful too. In Italy, even storefront lettering and advertisements contain visual gems."-Entertainment Weekly

"I wish everyone could experience the magic of Italy firsthand. In the meantime, Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy offers a marvelous taste of the visuals I've found so captivating. Literally a photo flip-book of signs from across the country -- storefronts, road signs, street art, and more -- it captures how Italy's elevated design aesthetic plays into everyday life...We can all use a reminder that life is as beautiful as we make it."-MarthaStewart.com

"More than just a visual feast, the journal will ignite the senses of anyone who has traveled in the country.The book is packed with brilliant type specimens, and rather than providing in-depth context, Fili lets her photographs do the talking." -Communication Arts

About the Author

Louise Fili is director of Louise Fili Ltd, a New York-based design studio specializing in logo, package, restaurant, and book design. Formerly senior designer for Herb Lubalin, Louise Fili was art director of Pantheon Books from 1978 to 1989, where she designed close to 2000 book jackets. Fili has taught and lectured on graphic design and typography, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale. She is a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, and received the medal of lifetime achievement from the AIGA.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616892692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616892692
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stunning book, page after page. Filled with incredible signage and examples of Italian design that transports you to the streets of Italy. Louise Fili is not only a talented designer, but continually provides the design community (and really, anyone interested in design and architecture) with beautiful books on the history and craft of typographic style.
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Louise Fili has had a stellar career as a designer/lettering artist/type specialist and in this book she shares her wellsprings of inspiration, the street signage she has photographed for many years all over Italy. I have long been a fan of Louise Fili's magical work. In her last book, Elegantissima, which I loved for many reasons, especially for the process behind the work, Fili described how she has long photographed signage for her personal archive. In this new book, she has generously shared her archive with us, meticulously catalogued and indexed. Some of these beautiful letterforms have already vanished, others will not be around forever. Informed by Fili's eagle eye for typographic beauty and significance, these images are a fantastic gift to future designers and lovers of letters. I have lingered over every page and have been transported to another time and place, it is a delicious visual feast.
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I really like Louise Fili’s design and work.
There is no doubt of the historical importance for design and typography that the images in this book record.
For type and design fans, who like Italian vernacular letters, this would be a great gift. Five stars there.
But, I kind of wish it was an e-book too since, it is all images.
or a web site.
The image quality would have been better if a pro photographer took the images with a full frame pro camera and lens.
Of the two books, this one is better.
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Every page a visual gem - signs that people see everyday - past and present - rich in color and content. You will look at it many times - it doesn't disappoint - this book will inspire you.
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A beautiful and original book...
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