Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

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Louise Fili has been an inspiration for designers around the world since the 1980s, when she raised the bar on book cover design, creating close to two thousand jackets as art director for Pantheon Books. In 1989 Fili founded her own graphic design studio, Louise Fili Ltd, and branched out into the fields of restaurant and food packaging design. Her lavish and elegant typography, often hand drawn, helps advertise and market such well-known brands as Sarabeth's, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping, ...

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Overview

Louise Fili has been an inspiration for designers around the world since the 1980s, when she raised the bar on book cover design, creating close to two thousand jackets as art director for Pantheon Books. In 1989 Fili founded her own graphic design studio, Louise Fili Ltd, and branched out into the fields of restaurant and food packaging design. Her lavish and elegant typography, often hand drawn, helps advertise and market such well-known brands as Sarabeth's, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping, among many others. Known for her intense attention to detail, her fresh reinterpretation of vintage sources, and her passion for all things Italian, Fili has won numerous awards. Elegantissima, the first monograph on her work, covers the breadth of her nearly forty-year design career and is a must-have for graphic design students and professionals, as well as anyone interested in advertising, food, restaurants, Italy, and books.

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" When it comes to food, you probably don't know Louise Fili's name but you may very well recognize her work. If you've ever dined at The Mermaid Inn, Back Forty, or Artisanal in New York City, eaten Tate's Bake Shop's cookies, spread some of American Spoon's jam on bread, or poured a glass of Bartlett Winery's wild blueberry wine, you've seen Fili's designs... Graphic designers are sure to appreciate this book—not only for Fili's professional legacy but also for its historical point of view." — Epicurious.com

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616890971
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 365,945
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Beautiful Display of Her Life's Work - Highly Recommended

    If you are a fan of Louise Fili's work, you will not be disappointed in this book which takes you on a journey from her very first mold-breaking designs in book jackets through the work created by her studio for a myriad of clients. If you are not familiar with Louise Fili's work, but are a fan of typography and lettering, chances are you will love the examples displayed in her book. Most of us who are enchanted with graphic design will find familiarity in some of her work that spans a few decades. This book would also make an excellent gift choice for any designer in your life.

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