What's in a name? Maree Coote reveals the missing link between word and image.

This award-winning illustrator has developed her own graphic language of illustrative typography, making images of all kinds using only the letters of the subject's name and existing alphabets. This ambitious collection of fabulous faces includes punks, presidents, muso's, muses, heroes and horrors, in a gathering of unforgettable humanity. Includes an insight into the genesis of the 'Fontigram', the inspirations and working practices of the designer, and a smattering of type history for the afficionado. The result is a delight for lovers of typefaces, human faces and serendipity. .


One of the very first to identify the contemporary rise of Melbourne’s cultural and place power, Maree Coote has won The Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s Gold Prize for The Art of Being Melbourne. Her unique command of history, culture, art and design is made accessible for a wide variety of audiences, including children. Coote was the first to create a children’s picture book for Melbourne kids, When You Go To Melbourne. According to Philip Adams, “Melbourne never had a more ingenious ambassador.” Coote’s first book The Melbourne Book: A History of Now is in its fourth edition after 12+ years in print, and has been dubbed ‘Melbourne’s Bible’.


Maree Coote’s Letter Art is: funky and exciting…


amusing and intriguing…

Kirkus Reviews

inventive and utterly captivating… fun, inspiring and totally entertaining

Booklist Magazine USA

..spinning visual poetry to a new level… dazzling

Foreword Reviews USA

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