Rolling Bibliography

A list of books related or focus on public lettering


Baines, P. & Dixon, D. (2003) Signs: Lettering in the Environment. London: Laurence King

Baglee, C. and Morley, A. (1988) Street jewellery: a history of enamel advertising signs. London: New Cavendish Books

Baglee, C. and Morley, A. (2006) The art of Street jewellery. London: New Cavendish Books

Banham, S. (2012) Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed through Typography. Port Melbourne: Thames & Hudson Australia

Bartram, A. (1975) Lettering in Architecture. London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Bartram, A. (1978) Tombstone Lettering in the British Isles. London: Lund Humphries

Bartram, A. (1986) The English Lettering Tradition. London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Constantine, M and Jacobson, E. (1961) Sign Language for buildings and landscape. Reinhold: New York

Evans, W (1998) Signs / with an essay by Andrei Codrescu. London: Thames & Hudson

Gray, M. & Armstrong, R. (1962) Lettering for Architects and Designersem>, London: Batsford

Gray, N. (1960) Lettering on Buildings. London: Architectural Press

Gray, N. (1986) A History of Lettering: creative experiment and letter identity. Oxford: Phaidon

Gerlach, V. (2013) Karbid Berlin – de la lettre peinte au caractère typographique. Paris: Ypsilon

Herdeg, W. (ed) (1978) Archigraphia : architectural and environmental graphics. Zürich: Graphis Press

Kindersley, R. & Jennings, M. (1981) Architectural Lettering: a Reassessment. London: Royal Institute of British Architects

Kinneir, J. (1980) Words and Buildings: the Art and Practice of Public Lettering. London: The Architectural Press

Mosley, J. (1999) The Nymph and the Grot: the Revival of the Sanserif Font. London: Friends of the St Bride Printing Library

O’Donnell, T. (1982) Lettering in the Twentieth Century, a report on the practice, development and teaching of lettering in Britain this century. Bath: Crafts Study Centre

Petrucci, A. (1993) Public Lettering, Script, Power, and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Powers, A. (1989) Shopfronts. London: Chatto & Windus

Poynor, R (2001) Typographica. London: Laurence King

Smith, P. J. D. (1946) Civic and memorial lettering. London: Black

Sutton, J. (1965) Signs in Action. London: Reinhold Studio Vista

Treu, M. (2012) Signs, Streets and Storefronts. A History of Architecture and Graphics along America’s Commercial Corridors. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Tschichold, J. (1985) Treasury of Alphabets and lettering. Ware, Hertforshire: Omega Books

Articles in Magazines

Baines, P. & Dixon, D. (2004) ‘Letter Rich Lisbon’, Eye, 54, vol. 14

Berry, J. (2008) ‘Legible in Public Space’, Eye, 67, vol. xx

Brownjohn, R. (1961) 'Street Level' in Typographica, new series n. 4. London: Lund Humpries, pp. 33–60

Hollis, R. (1998) ‘Building and Graphic Language’, in Eye, 28, vol. xx

Gray, N. (1964 ) ‘Lettering on Buildings’, in Motif n13. Pp-17-47. London: Shenval Press

Mosley, J (1965) ‘The Nymph and the Grot: the revival of the sans serif letter’ in Typographica 12, pp. 2-19

Poynor, R. (2012) ‘Robert Brownjohn: Photos at Street Level’ in Design Observer, 18 November [Internet] Available from: [Accessed: 1 February 2015]

Tracy, W. (1960) ‘Typography on Buildings’, in Motif n4. London: Shenval Press

Collected by Graphicgirl. CSM PhD Candidate. Set in Soleil and Abril Text, by TypeTogether.