Massimo Vignelli 1931 – 2014
Graphic designer extraordinaire, Massimo Vignelli, whose most acclaimed work includes the 1972 New York subway map and the original American Airlines logo, died this week at age 83.
An Italian, Massimo was born in Milan in 1931. It was there that he first studied art and architecture, until he came to America in 1957. In 1960, together with his wife Lella Vignelli, he established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan. in 1971 they formed Vignelli Associates, and in 1978, Vignelli Designs. His work covers nearly every field of design including advertising, identity, packaging, product, industrial, interior and architectural design. An avid fan of modernism, his work is always very clear and concise with no clutter or unnecessary material.
His influence will live on.