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
Rochester Institute of Technology

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies leads through practice and programs in the interpretation of quality design. We strive to inspire widespread recognition of how the artifacts we collect, preserve and understand broaden and enrich life. We do so as stewards of the legacy of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, who valued excellence, creativity and innovation.

Massimo and Lella Vignelli were committed to a generous and important initiative at RIT. As world-class designers with over fifty years of combined career success, the Vignellis always made education a high priority. As a result of their close collaboration with RIT and its design faculty and administration, RIT has established the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.