Monday, April 18, 2011

When in Rome....

"Rome! By all means Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live."
-Audrey Hephern, Roman Holiday (1953)

Once upon a Sophmore year, I spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy. To say that it was the single greatest experience of my life may be a little dramatic, and yet it is entirely true. Consequently, thinking about Rome makes me a little weepy (to say the least) so I will try to keep my composure as I write this post.

On one of my many shopping excursions walking down the lovely Via del Corso towards Piazza Venezia, I stopped into a book store and happened across this little gem. Travel Italia: L'eta D'oro del Manifesto Turistico, or 'The Golden Age of Italian Travel Posters', by Lorenzo Ottaviani, is a collection of vintage posters from the 1920s to the 1960s. Organized by region, the book features 170 vintage posters and designer bios. Even though it is 100% written in Italian, and let's just say that my Italian is not exactly 100%, this book is still a constant source of visual inspiration for me, from the beautiful colors to the typography. From the cover to cover, the book is beautifully and meticulously designed. And I'm not the only person to think so.....Mr. Milton Glaser himself said of the collection, "At last a book that documents the long overlooked history of Italian poster design with understanding and elegance. A beautiful piece of work.”

Not too shabby.

Romantic Daily Drop Cap "r".

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