Massimo Vignelli

Recent articles about Massimo Vignelli

Magic and logic

Issue 103, Summer 2022


How do you tell the story of the way graphic design actually gets done? Two books…

Design history disciplined

Issue 85, Spring 2013


What kind of discipline is graphic design history? Catherine de Smet provided one answer in…

Glorious transit

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Let’s face it, graphic design is short of real drama. There are no good design…

Reputations: Massimo Vignelli

Issue 83, Summer 2012


‘I was always seeking to affect the lives of millions of people – not through politics or entertainment but through design. I strive to raise the bar a few inches, taking the commonplace and improving it.’

Recalling the Vignelli experience

Issue 54, Winter 2004


‘In the early 1950s,’ begins Massimo Vignelli in the first chapter of this visual monograph…

Naked words

Issue 82, Winter 2012


Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.

Mining the graphic mother-lode


Rochester Institute of Technology opens its American design archive to the online world. Critique by Rick Poynor

The Vignellis: a thoroughly Modernist marriage

Issue 60, Summer 2006


Lella and Massimo Vignelli talk to Eye’sJohn L. Walters and Simon Esterson

Read me! Part 1. Literacy in graphic design

Issue 37, Autumn 2000


Graphic designers are responsible for the communication of ideas through words, signs and pictures. Yet experimentation and new aesthetics cannot emerge without a thorough understanding of reading and writing: if we accept that language is important, we must be prepared to protect it

Changing of the guard

Issue 8, Autumn 1993


American graphic design is divided. The once rebellious avant-garde has become the status quo, while the new guard shun their elders’ example and adhere to few of the old ‘isms’

The (layered) vision thing

Issue 8, Autumn 1993


If it has dotted lines, an arrow or two and it’s impossible to read, then it must be ‘postmodern’. Are we using the theory the way it was intended?

Cult of the ugly

Issue 9, Summer 1993


Designers used to stand for beauty and order. Now beauty is passé and ugliness is smart. How did we get here and is there any way out?

A grid for all occasions

Issue 2, Winter 1990


Lella and Massimo Vignelli design by the grid, but they also live and work by…

I don’t use a Mac but I know a man who can

Issue 13, Summer 1994


British design has split down the middle. Should its priority be art or analysis, and is the computer a new ‘language’ or simply a tool? By Michael Horsham

Recent blog posts about Massimo Vignelli

Milan in Shoreditch

13 June 2015
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography

Celebrated at Eye’s 12 June event, ‘Made In Italy’ is a book and an (all-too-short) exhibition with work by Grignani, Iliprandi, Noorda and many more
Eye’s ‘Made In Italy’ event took place on 2015’s hottest day (so far) at a…

A glimpse of Italian graphics

5 June 2015
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography

‘Made In Italy’, a brief chance to see the work of midcentury Italian graphic design masters – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June 2015
Next week there’s a brief chance for Londoners to see work by some postwar masters…

Mission America

3 March 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Typography

New York was Lella and Massimo Vignelli’s kind of town. They were New York’s kind of designers. A profile from the 1980s by Rick Poynor
Entering the New York offices of Massimo and Lella Vignelli is like crossing the threshold…

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

20 February 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Information design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Fellow designers celebrate the life and work of Massimo Vignelli at an exhibition in San Sebastián
A new exhibition at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain, celebrates the life…

Noted #48

21 January 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Visual culture

Illustration, music, life and death.
Here are a few links to exhibitions, illustrations and events that caught our attention in…

Giants of the visual imagination

29 October 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

While others struggle with ‘personal expression’, the Vignellis prove that a simple approach and focus makes great design, writes Quentin Newark.
Quentin Newark writes: As I was designing the catalogue for the Tate Modern exhibition ‘Albers…