In Grafica Della Strada: The Signs of Italy, Louise Fili has created a tremendous sourcebook for graphic designers, letterers and font designers. A neat little book that collects a wide range of decorative shop fronts and signage, laced with a classical Italian style.
With designs influenced by Art Nouveau, Art Deco and mid-century neon script, these photos are a treat for those who appreciate a well-formed typeface. They exude the ideal of cafe culture, sophisticated bar or classical hotel, and each artistic movement is broken down into chapters such as Classico, Eclettico and Fantasma; the fascinating world of ghosts of signs past.
While it’s mini size is initially a disappointment, with the book crying out for a larger format, the content remains strong, offering great reference material and deserves a place on any designers bookshelf.