Rolling Bibliography

A list of useful books for the study of public lettering


Baines, Phil & Dixon, CAtherine (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, Alan (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

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

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 Designersem>, 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

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

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 [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

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, no. 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 (1937) ‘Lettering in association with Architecture’ in Lettering of To-day. London: The Studio

Smith, Percy J Delf (1932) Lettering: A Plea for its Greater Considerations.. The First Edition Club

Spalding, Tom (2013) Layers. Associated Edition

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


Baines, Phil & Dixon, Catherine (2004) ‘Letter Rich Lisbon’, Eye, n54, vol. 14 link

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

Berry, J. (2008) ‘Legible in Public Space’, Eye, n67, vol xx

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

Dixon, Catherine (2013) ‘Quiet man of letters’ in Eye n86, vol. 22 link

Hollis, Richard (1998) ‘Building and Graphic Language’, in Eye n28, vol. xx

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

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

Poynor, Rick (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.