Grafica della Strada
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Grafica della Strada

The Signs of Italy

After vino, pasta and cheese, signs are Italy's most iconic product. Italy is the birthplace of the Western alphabet and beautiful signs are everywhere. Spare, ornate or wildly fanciful, they are painted on glass, wood and metal; some are enamel, still others mosaic. From thousands of signs, photographed over two decades, renowned graphic designer Louise Fili curates a captivating collection of her colourful, whimsical, typographically inventive and often breath-taking favourites. Designers and Italophiles alike will be charmed by this visually stunning typographic love letter to Italy.

About the Author(s)
Louise Fili

Louise Fili is director of Louise Fili Ltd, a New York-based design studio specialising 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. She has received Gold and Silver Medals from The Society of Illustrators and New York Art Directors Club, the Premio Grafico from the Bologna Book Fair and three James Beard award nominations. Fili has taught and lectured on graphic design and typography and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congree, the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts design grant.

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