Rolling Bibliography

A list of books and articles for the study of public lettering. Compiled by Elena Veguillas



Books

Atxaga, Koldo (2007) Los rótulos comerciales y otras gráficas urbanas. Bilbao: Bizkaiko Gaiak Temas Vizcaia

Baines, Phil & Dixon, Catherine (2003) Signs: lettering in the environment. London: Laurence King

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

Baglee, C. & 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, Alan (1975) Lettering in architecture. London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Bartram, Alan (1978) Tombstone lettering in the British Isles. London: Lund Humphries

Bartram, Alan (1978) Fascia lettering in the British Isles. London: Lund Humphries

Bartram, Alan (1978) Street name lettering in the British Isles. London: Lund Humphries

Bartram, Alan (1986) The English lettering tradition. London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Constantine, Mildred & Jacobson, Egbert (1961) Sign Language for buildings and landscape. Reinhold: New York

Clough, James (2015) Signs of Italy. Milan: Lazy Dog Press

Coutinho, Bárbara (2017) Cidade Gráfica. Letreiros e reclames. Lisboa no Século XX. Lisbon: MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda

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

Finizola, Fatima (2010) Tipografia vernacular urbana: uma análise dos letreiramentos populares. São Paulo: Blucher

Finizola, Fatima (2013) Abridores de letras de pernambuco: um mapeamento da gráfica popular. São Paulo: Blucher

Gray, M. & Armstrong, R. (1962) Lettering for architects and designers, London: Batsford

Gray, Nicolete (1960) Lettering on buildings. London: Architectural Press

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

Gray, Nicolete (1970) Lettering as drawing. London: Oxford University Press

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

Hall, Alistair (2020) London street signs. London: Batsford

Haslam, Andrew (2011) Lettering: a reference manual of techniques. London: Laurence King

Hayes, J (1951) The Roman letter: A study of notable graven and written forms in twenty centuries. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley

Heller, S & Illic, M (2013)Lettering large. Art and design of monumental typography. New York: The Monacelly Press

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

Jury, David (ed) (2011) Typographic writing, London: ISTD [See Fred Smeijer’s article ‘Typography vs commercial lettering’ pp. 147–151]

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

Laube, A & Widrig, M (2016)Archigraphy. Lettering on Buildings. Basel: Birkhäuser

Mosley, James (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

Saccani, Anna (2013) LetterScapes: a global survey of typographic installations. Thames and Hudson

Sánchez, América (2001 )Barcelona Gráfica. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili

Shaw, Paul (2000) A chronology of the lettering arts from 1850 to 2000: A Work in Progress. Alphabet vol.25, n.3 (Spring 2000)

Shaw, Paul (2015) The eternal letter. Two millennia of the classical Roman capital. Massachusetts: MIT Press

Smith, Percy J Delf (1946) Civic and memorial lettering. London: Black

Smith, Percy J Delf (1932) Lettering: a plea for its greater considerations. The First Edition Club

Smith, Percy J Delf (1937) ‘Lettering in association with architecture’ in Lettering of To-day. London: The Studio

Spalding, Tom (2013) Layers. Associated Edition

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

Sutherland, W (1987) The art and craft of signwriting (Reprint of a Victorian treatise on the principles of lettering). London: Omega Books

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. (1966/1985) Treasury of alphabets and lettering. Ware, Hertforshire: Omega Books

Willen, B and Strals, N (2009) Lettering and type: creating letters and designing typefaces. United States: Princeton Architectural Press

Zabalo, Pablo & ZAbalo, Jon (1947)Arquitectura popular y grafía Vasca. Buenos Aires: Ekin



Articles

Baines, Phil & Dixon, Catherine (2004) ‘Letter rich Lisbon’, Eye, vol.14, n.54 link

Baulius, Andreu (2012) ‘La letra callejera’ in Monográfica.org. Revista temática de Diseño. Retrieved 23 October 2015 link

Berry, J. (2008) ‘Legible in pPublic space’, Eye, vol.xx, n.67

Brownjohn, R. (1961) 'Street level' in Typographica, new series n4. London: Lund Humpries, pp.33–60

Brownjohn, Robert (1963) ’Street level’ in Typographica, May 1963, p.49

Brownjohn, Robert (1963) ’Sex and Typography’ in Typographica, May 1963, p.57 (check date?)

Dixon, Catherine (2013) ‘Quiet man of letters’ in Eye vol.22, n.86, link

Forehoe, C (1955) ‘Lettering: The champion’ in The Architectural Review, vol.cxvii n.699 March 1955

Harvey, Michael ‘Down with Times New Roman: lettering on buildings, memorials and coins’ in Sculpture Journal, 18 Feb 2009, pp.223–253

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

Kinneir, John (2007) ‘Signs at the Royal Festival Hall’ London: Hyphen Press

Gray, Nicolete (1953) ‘Theory of classical lettering’ *in The Architectural Review* vol.114, n.683, pp.295–301, Nov 1953

Gray, Nicolete (1953) ‘Classical in practice’ in The Architectural Review vol.114, n.684, pp.400–401, Dec 195

Gray, Nicolete (1954) ‘Lettering: Sans’ in The Architectural Review vol.115, n.688, pp.269–271, April 1954

Gray, Nicolete (1954) ‘Egyptians: their character and suitability to contemporary architecture’ in The The Architectural Review vol.115, n.690, pp.387–391, Jun 1954

Gray, Nicolete (1954) ‘Lettering: Tuscan’ in The Architectural Review vol.116, n.694, pp.259–261, Oct 1954

Gray, Nicolete (1955) ‘Lettering: Modern Face and FatFace’ in The Architectural Review vol.117, n.700, pp.273–274, April 1955

Gray, Nicolete (1960) ‘Sans serif and other experimental inscribed lettering of the early Renaissance’ in Motif, n.5, pp.66–70, Autumn 1960

Gray, Nicolete (1961) ‘The civic trust and lettering: A visit To epping’ in Typographica, n.4 ns December 1961 London: Lund Humphries

Gray, Nicolete (1964) ‘Lettering on buildings’, in Motif n.13, pp.17-47. London: Shenval Press

Mosley, James (1964) ‘English vernacular’ in Motif n.11, pp.3–55, Shenval Press

Mosley, James (1964) ‘Trajan revived’ in Alphabet, pp.13–42

Mosley, James (1965) ‘‘The Nymph and the Grot: the revival of the sans serif letter’ in Typographica n12, pp. 2-19

Nash, J R (2002) ’In defense of the Roman Letter’ in E F J Journal [Internet] Retrieved from link [Accessed: 24 April 2015]

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

Smeijer, Fred (2011) ‘Typography vs commercial lettering’ in Typographic writing. London: ISTD pp. 147–151

Smith, Percy Delf (1945) ’Beauty in signs and civic lettering’. Journal vol.xciii , n.4888

Taylor, Horace (1926) ’The importance of good lettering’ in Commercial Art & Industry. December 1926 pp.289–294

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



City lettering books


A Coruña

Cocho, Ana (2005) Rotulados. Galicia: Colexio Oficial Arquitectos de Galicia (COAC)


Amsterdam, The Nederlands

Espinoza, Ramiro & Becker, Rob (2015) Curly letters of Amsterdam. Lecturis (Read a review by Yves Peters here)

Helle, Maarten (2008) Amsterdam in letters. Valiz

Jacobs, Bas (2017) Safari Typo Amsterdam. Amsterdam: De Buitenkant (there was a presentation and the video, in English, can be seen here)

Safari Typo ! – Amsterdam (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]


Barcelona, Spain

Fili, Louise (2017) Gràfica de les Rambles. Princeton Architectural Press

Safari Typo ! – Barcelona (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]

Sánchez, América (2001) Barcelona gráfica. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, Barcelona

Satué, Enric (2001) El paisaje comercial de la ciudad: letras, formas y colores en la rotulación de comercios de Barcelona. Barcelona: Alianza Forma

Ulrich Kehrer, Martin (2013) Stadtalphabet Barcelona.


Basque Country & French Basque Country

Zabalo, Pablo & ZAbalo, Jon (1947)Arquitectura popular y grafía Vasca. Buenos Aires: Ekin

Colas, Louis (1923) La tombe basque: recueil d’inscriptions funéraires et domestiques du Pays Basque français, études, notes et références diverses. Biarritz: Grande Imprimerie Moderne


Berlin, Germany

Gerlach, Verena (2013) Karbid Berlin – de la lettre peinte au caractère typographique. Paris: Ypsilon (Read a review by Yves Peters here)

Safari Typo ! – Berlin (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]


Bilbao, Spain

Atxaga, Koldo (2007) Los rótulos comerciales y otras gráficas urbanas. Bilbao: Bizkaiko Gaiak Temas Vizcaia


Brussels, Belgium

Van Steendam, Stan (2013) Brussels Type. Lester


Cork, Ireland

Spalding, Tom (2013) Layers. Associated Editions


Granada, Spain

Torres, Nano (2017) GarnataType. Tipografía y entorno urbano en Granada. Granada: Diputacion de Granada


Hamburg, Germany

Campe, Chris (2010) Projekttitel Hamburg alphabet. Kunde Junius Verlag


Jaén, Spain

Montoro, Juan & Campos, Carlos (2020) Rótulos chuléricos de Jaén. Jaén


Le Havre, France

Boyer, Elodie (2012) Lettres du Havre. Éditions Non Standard


Lisbon

Coutinho, Bárbara (2017) Cidade Gráfica. Letreiros e reclames. Lisboa no Século XX. Lisbon: MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda


London

Safari Typo ! – Londres (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]

Hall, Alistair (2020) London Street Signs. London: Batsford


Madrid, Spain

Agromayor, Luis (1992) Tiendas de Madrid. Madrid: Susaeta ediciones

Agromayor, Luis (1991) Tabernas de Madrid. Madrid: Ed. Lunwerg [Discontinued]

Corazón, Alberto (1979) El sol sale para todos: un análisis de la iconografía comercial de Madrid. Madrid: Banco Urquijo

Lattes, Leandro (2003) Hasta fin de existencias / While stocks last. Madrid: Aldeasa

Lattes, Leandro (2004) Hasta fin de existencias 2 / While stocks last 2. Madrid: Aldeasa


Marseille

Safari Typo ! – Marseille (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]


Munich

Linke, Oliver (2013) Auf den Spuren des Münchner Schildermalers Karl Blaschke. Munich: August Dreesbach Verlag (A link with images here)


Melbourne, Australia

Banham, Stephen (2012) Characters: cultural stories revealed through typography. Port Melbourne: Thames & Hudson Australia [Read Paul Shaw’s review here]


Montreal

Safari Typo ! – Montreal (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]


New York, USA

Murray, James T & Karla L (2008) Store front: The disappearing face of New York. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press

Rinaldi, Thomas E (2012) New York neon. New York: W W Norton & Company


Paris, France

Fili, Louise (2015) Graphique de la rue: The signs of Paris. Princeton Architectural Press

Safari Typo ! – Paris 1 & 2 (2017) Directed by Thomas Sipp. France: Arte France [Online]


Pernambuco, Brazil

Finizola, Fatima (2013) Abridores de letras de pernambuco: um mapeamento da dráfica popular. São Paulo: Blucher


Valencia, Spain

Giménez, Tono Giménez & Gorria, Tomás (2017) Valencia al detalle / Vàlencia al detall. Valencia: Eina Cultural

Nava, Juan (2002) Itinerarios tipográficos. Un paseo por los viejos rótulos comerciales valencianos. Valencia: ADCV


Salamanca

Gil, Emilio & Azofra, Eduardo (2017) De vítores y letras. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca


Santander

Barrera Garaña, Federico (2020) Santatipo. Memoria tipográfica de los rótulos comerciales de Santander. Santander: Libros.com


Warsaw, Poland

Karwinska, Ilona (2008) Neon Warsaw. Warsaw: Agora [Read a review in It’s nice that here]

Karwinska, Ilona (2017) Neon revolution. Eastern bloc electro-graphic design. Warsaw: Neon Muzeum


Wien, Austria

Ulrich Kehrer, Martin (2009) Stadtalphabet Wien


By countries

Bartram, A. (1986) The English lettering tradition. London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Camargo, José Eduardo & Soares, L (2007) O Brasil das placas. Sâo Paulo: Panda Books

Clough, James (2015) Signs of Italy. Lazy Dog Press

Fili, Louise (2014) Grafica della strada: The signs of Italy. Princeton Architectural Press

MacDonald, Vici (2016) Shopfront elegy. Sampler: a themed compendium of vintage UK facades. London: Reverse Press

Nava, Juan (2020) Letras recuperadas/Letters recovered. Valencia: Palaugea

Rothfeld, Steven & Aciman, Andre (2001) Entrez: signs of France. Workman Publishing

Treu, M. (2012) Signs, streets and storefronts. A history of architecture and graphics along America’s commercial corridors. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press





Collected by Elena Veguillas. CSM PhD Candidate. Set in iA Writer Duo, by BoldMonday. Updated 21 January 2021