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Shadow Type Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering

By Steven Heller and Louise Fili

6.75 × 9.63 in; 352 pp;
Hardcover
August 2013
ISBN 9781616892043
ISBN10 1616892048

SKU# 9781616892043

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Quick Overview

Designers often look to the past for ways to enliven
their projects. Letters with relief and shadow have
long been an effective way to add spectacle or intrigue
to otherwise mundane words. Introduced in metal
type as early as 1815, shadow typefaces were a form
of early experimentation among type founders.
Shadow Type Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering


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Shadow Type Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering

Designers often look to the past for ways to enliven their projects. Letters with relief and shadow have long been an effective way to add spectacle or intrigue to otherwise mundane words. Introduced in metal type as early as 1815, shadow typefaces were a form of early experimentation among type founders. In the late nineteenth century, the form was adopted in wood type for use in posters and has been embraced ever since by designers looking for ways to communicate a sense of monumentality, a feeling of confidence, or a simple impression of optimism. Shadow Type presents a broad spectrum of examples—advertising, shop signs, billboards, posters, type-specimen books—featuring the most popular, rare, and (nearly) forgotten dimensional letters from Europe and the United States. Compiled by the leading historian of graphic design Steven Heller and renowned graphic designer Louise Fili, this invaluable collection, packed full of typographic ideas, will inspire anyone aiming to give more depth to their design.

• First compilation of shadow typefaces
• Contains examples from more than 300 illustrations
• Drawn from a particularly rich period in the history
of shadow type, from the nineteenth to the midtwentieth centuries
• Literary giant Honoré de Balzac, who had his own Parisian foundry, published his own type samples

 

More Details

6.75 × 9.63 in; 352 pp;
Hardcover
August 2013
ISBN 9781616892043
ISBN10 1616892048
Steven Heller is cochair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts and the author of numerous books, including our bestselling Typography Sketchbooks. Louise Fili is director of Fili Design, a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, and the author of our bestselling Elegantissima.