Louise Fili is a graphic designer and principal of Louise Fili Ltd, a company specialising in food packaging and restaurant identities.
Formerly a senior designer at Herb Lubalin, Fili was art director of Pantheon Books from 1978 to 1989, where she designed some 2 000 book jackets.
Fili has received awards from every major design competition, including Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators, the Premio Grafico from the Bologna Book Fair, and three James Beard nominations.
In 2004 Fili was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame. She has taught and lectured extensively on graphic design and typography, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale.
She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts design grant to study the work of W.A. Dwiggins. Fili has co-authored a number of books with Steven Heller, including Italian Art Deco, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, Cover Story, British Modern, Deco Espana, German Modern, French Modern, Typology, Design Connoisseur, Counter Culture, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, and Scripts.
Fili also wrote and designed The Civilized Shopper’s Guide to Florence and Italianissimo. A monograph of her work, Elegantissima, was recently published.