Vignelli: A to Z


This superbly presented volume is a treasure trove of the thoughts of internationally acclaimed designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli. For the past ten years, Massimo Vignelli has taught a summer course at the School of Design and Architecture at Harvard on subjects that were initially alphabetised for convenience, but now form the basis of this unprecedented and highly entertaining publication. Beginning with the intriguing 'A for Ambiguity', it continues through the alphabet, describing their approach to subjects as diverse as book design, discipline, furniture, garment design, interior design and lighting, newspapers, packaging and typography; each subject is discussed in detail and accompanied by numerous illustrations that complement the text. It offers a rare insight into the minds of two exceptional modernist designers.

First published in Australia in 2007 by The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd. (ISBN 978 1 86470 176); first U.S. edition published by RIT Press in 2017.

Product Details
  • Publisher: RIT Press (07/2017)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-46-0

  • Binding: Hardcover

  • Pages: 196

  • Illustrations: 350, mostly color

  • Size: 6.5 x 8.5 in.

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6lb


About the Artist

Designer and artist Massimo Vignelli (Italian, b.1931) was born in Milan, Italy. He is associated with the modernist tradition, as he commonly uses simplistic and geometric forms within his work. Vignelli began his professional career in Design when he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and the Universita di Architettura in Venice. He worked in many different Design fields, including interior, graphic, environmental, furniture, and product Design. He moved to New York in 1966 to lead the New York branch of Unimark International, a large Design firm that is responsible for many renowned corporate images, such as American Airlines, New York City subway, and the Washington D.C. metro. He founded Vignelli Associates, through which he has worked with clients such as IBM, Bloomingdales, and Knoll. In 2008, Massimo and Lella Vignelli donated the entire archive of their design work to Rochester Institute of Technology. The archive is housed in a new building designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, The Vignelli Center For Design Studies.