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Artiste Italiane
Women Artists of Italian Heritage

Artist: Louise Fili
Le Avventure Di Pinocchio
Le Confessioni D’Un Italiano
I Vicerè
Book Cover Series for Rizzoli International
24 x 16.5 in.

Artist: Louise Fili
Perfetto Pencils
Tutti Frutti Pencils
Brilliante Pencils
7.25 x 2 in.

Louise Fili - Bio/Artist Statement:

Louise Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd, specializing in food packaging and restaurant identities. Formerly senior designer for Herb Lubalin, Fili was art director of Pantheon Books for eleven years, where she de- signed over 2000 book jackets. She has received Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Director’s Club, the Premio Gra co from the Bologna Book Fair, and three James Beard award nominations. Fili has taught and lectured extensively, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale. She is co-author, with Steven Heller, of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, Shadow Type, and Stencil Type, and Slab Serif Type.. Fili has also written and designed Elegantissima, a best-selling mono- graph of her work, as well as Gra ca della Strada, Graphique de la Rue, The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence, and Italianissimo. A member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, she has received the medal for Lifetime Achievement from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club.

Louise Fili

As the daughter of Italian immigrants, I am a graphic designer who has always found Italy to be an enormous source of inspiration, both typographic and gastronomic. For over thirty years, I have studied and documented vintage Italian letterforms which I have integrated into my own design aesthetic.

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