Leo Lionni (1910–1999) worked as a graphic designer, art director, painter and illustrator and began his design career in Italy. After emigrating to the United States in 1939, he was art director at N.W. Ayer Advertising and later worked as the art director of Fortune following Will Burtin. In addition, he was Olivetti’s design director and was co-editor of Print magazine. The Lionni sample collection was given to RIT in 1997.