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Stencil Type

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By Steven Heller and Louise Filiis

A design resource of typography’s most enduring, popular and widely used form, selected by graphic design’s leading historians.

Low-cost and mass-producible, stencil type is the world’s most universally used style, seen on everything from bridges to bags, fromstreet signs to packaging. And because they are an affordable means of mass communication, stencils are often employed by populist,rebellious and street-art movements.

Hundreds of international examples, chosen from the late 19th century to the 20th, are brought together in a compact package that will provideendless inspiration for typographical ideas. Packed with examples from a broad range of locations and objects – construction hoardings,footlockers, wine barrels, shipping containers and so much more –Stencil Typerepresents a unique and highly curated choice based on decadesof graphic-design experience and knowledge.

This is a companion to the cult typography volumesScriptsandShadow Type, perennial favourites among designers looking for fresh andunexpected ideas in historical type.

Steven Helleris co-chair of the MFA Design/Designer as Author & Entrepreneur Programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is theauthor, editor and co-editor of over 110 books on design and popular culture.

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

Softcover, 24.50 x 17.20 cm, 352 pages, illustrated in colour throughout.