Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age


Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age

  1. Steven Heller
  2. Louise Fili
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  • ISBN 9780500290392
  • 24.50 x 17.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 352pp
  • 275 Illustrations, 254 in colour
  • First published 2012
‘There’s flair and flourish to spare, and from the sharp-edged Italian styles inspired by the Futurists to striking British shop signs, it’s an inspiring resource’ – Computer Arts
‘A great collection’ – Creative Review

Filled with examples from a broad spectrum of 
sources – advertising, street signs, invitations, type-specimen books, personal letters – this collection will be a delight for designers and an invaluable sourcebook of long-overlooked lettering.


From wedding announcements to IOUs, there are hundreds – perhaps thousands – of scripts, some ‘classic’, others eccentric. Whether elegant, quirky, fluid, brutish or ostentatious, these typefaces are stylized to suggest, imply or symbolize certain traits linked to handwriting.

The 'Golden Age' of scripts ran from the 19th to the mid-20th century; this book presents an unparalleled compilation of popular, rare and forgotten scripts from that era, from many countries.

Introduction: Elegance & Eccentricity
1 French/L’écriture
2 British/Scripts
3 German/Der Schrift
4 Italian/Il Corviso
5 American/Scripts

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design/Designer as Author and Entrepreneur program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He is the author, editor and co-author of over 140 books, including fifteen with Louise Fili. He is the recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Design Award for ‘Design Mind’.

Louise Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd, a New York City-based design firm specializing in restaurant identities and food packaging. The author of Italianissimo, she was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2004.

Also by Steven Heller
Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering
Slab Serif Type - A Century of Bold Letterforms
Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age
New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age
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