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Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks from 1896 to 1936 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1581158922
ISBN-10: 1581158920
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About the Author

Steven Helleris co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His many previous books includeTypographic Universe, New Modernist Type, and Scripts.

Louise Fili is director of Fili Design, a New York-based design studio specializing in typographic treatments. The recipient of the AIGA Medal in 2014, she is the coauthor with Steven Heller of Scripts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581158920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581158922
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I was so attracted by the cover that I bought the book. The interior is not up to the level of the cover. The material seems scanned and not as crisp as it could be. It is entirely in black-and-white. It's a nice idea that it comes with a CD of the images...except....they are pdf files and not even scanned at high resolution. Someone messed up with this book because the authors are usually outstanding.
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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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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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More often than not, the year (and sometimes country) in which each piece of artwork in this book and CD was published is not discernible. Without those, I can't use the artwork. If you're one of the authors, please correct this on one of your websites and comment on this comment.
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