Louise Fili

Graphic Designer / United States / Louise Fili Ltd

Louise Fili’s Book List

Favorite books offer a certain intimacy—I can remember precisely where and when I found each one, and I keep them nearby on a dedicated shelf in my studio.

As a designer and teacher, I constantly rely on these books not only as a source of inspiration for my own work, but also to share; I savor the excitement of introducing them to my staff and students.

8 books
Doug Clouse
Angela Voulangas

This collection of late 19th-century letterpress samples, featuring novel compositions of decorative typefaces and ornaments in exquisite color palettes, is eye candy at its best.

Philippe Dacosta

This French sign painter’s manual has been a great source of inspiration for decades.

Cees De Jong
Alston Purvis

This two-volume set, with CD, is an exhilarating compendium of type specimens and ornaments from the U.S. and Europe. Volume One spans 1628 to 1900, and Volume Two from 1900 to 1938. Every time I open one of these books I find a new surprise.

When legendary adman George Lois speaks, we all listen. Who can argue with rule # 46: “If all else fails, threaten to commit suicide.” I gave a signed copy to everyone on my staff.

Ludwig Petzendorfer

Although this book was published in 1898, the type samples always look remarkably fresh to me. Monograms, illuminated letters, and dimensional type make this hefty volume a favorite.

América Sánchez

This exhaustive documentation of the signage of Barcelona could convince even the non-designer to catch the next flight to Spain. Beautifully photographed and organized, it covers all aspects of urban facade embellishment—from door numbers to mosaics to hand-painted signs. I never tire of looking at this book, and turn to it often when I am seeking reference or general inspiration.

Leonardo Sciascia

In 13 short stories, the brilliant Sciascia deftly captures the essence of Sicily.

Jake Tilson

Designer Jake Tilson shares my affection for food, type, and Italy. This charming book features three distinctive fonts he created, inspired by a tomato can, a shop receipt, and the iconic stenciled street signage of Venice.

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