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Shadow Type

Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering

Steven Heller, Louise Fili

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A breathtaking spectrum of vintage shadow typefaces for today’s graphic designer


Shadow typefaces are back in style, and the hundreds of inventive examples here – many uncovered from obscure sources across Europe and the United States – will inspire any designer seeking to make a strong statement

Drawn from a rich period in the history of shadow type, from the 19th to the mid-20th century, this is the first compilation of popular, rare and forgotten three-dimensional letters from Germany, France, Britain, Italy and the United States.

With examples from some 300 sources compiled by the leading historian of graphic design, this lively book, packed full of typographic ideas, will enchant and inspire anyone aiming to impart depth to their design.

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'With examples numbering in the 300s, spanning the 19th to the mid-twentieth century, this is a sourcebook for those inspired by vintage graphics'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.5 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Publication date: 4 May 2015

ISBN: 9780500291238

Contents List

Introduction • 1. American • 2. Italian • 3. French • 4. German • 5. British • 6. And More

About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of many books, including Stencil Type, Graphic, Typography Sketchbooks, New Ornamental Type and New Vintage Type, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Louise Fili is director of Fili Design, a New York–based design studio specializing in vintage typographic treatments.

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