The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
Publication date 8/20/2012
8.75 x 8 inches (22.2 x 20.3 cm), Hardcover
256 pages, 350 color illustrations
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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, 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. Featuring case studies showing sketches, references, inspiration, and design process, it's 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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"Elegantissima is evidence of [Fili's] success. The monograph is filled with case studies, anecdotes, and luscious spreads from an extraordinary careers worth of design. Most of the book will make you hungry, or at least move up your plans to go to Europe. Bellissima!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Appropriately lavish and stunning, Elegantissima is the perfect showcase of Fili's intricate, arresting, and always elegant work."
"I just received a copy of Louise Fili's new book Elegantissima published by Princeton Architectural Press and couldn't be more excited. This book is full of beautiful typography and packaging. Louise Fili's distinctive style is a great resource for inspiration and a must have for your design library."
"An image-heavy book that will make type and design nerds drool."
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