Vignelli Center for Design Studies

Our Mission

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT is dedicated to design excellence through education, advocacy, preservation, collaboration, public good and globalism.


Our primary goal is to enhance the quality of design education at RIT and beyond


The Vignelli archive is a central resource of exemplars which signify design excellence in its many forms


Through extending the Vignelli legacy we are in a unique position to publicly support quality design


We extend our influence through programming with partners who share our goals


Our influence extends to a worldwide audience

Public Good

Our programming outcomes are focused on contributing positive effects on the man-made environment

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Ten Year Anniversary, Vignelli Center at Rochester Institute of Technology

The Vignelli Center is celebrating its first 10 years with a series of special programming in 2020. The events include guest lectures, exhibits, alumni receptions and more.

The Vignelli Canon

Massimo Vignelli allows us a glimpse of his understanding of good design in this book, its rules and criteria.

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Designed by: Lella Vignelli

To celebrate 50 years of their partnership, Massimo Vignelli published a book of the work of his partner and wife, Lella.

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Latest News

  • March 18, 2020

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    Retiring Remington leaves legacy of design

    While he’ll soon step away from the day-to-day at the university to which he has dedicated nearly six decades, R. Roger Remington wants people to know, “I’m not going anywhere.” The Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design and longest-serving faculty member at RIT will retire in May after 57 years at the university.

  • February 12, 2020

    Gary Hustwit presents to a standing-room-only crowd on Feb. 4 in University Gallery.

    Rare Vignelli photographs on display at RIT

    Renowned filmmaker Gary Hustwit spent a day in 2013 photographing Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Now, a selection of images from the project are on view through April 15 in the Vignelli Center.

  • February 7, 2020

    An exterior photo of Anhalt University of Applied Science in Germany.

    Remington asked to speak in Germany

    Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design R. Roger Remington will deliver the 2020 commencement address at RIT's partnering school in Germany.