About August 2021

About

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies is a hub of research, education, and creative inspiration that houses over 750,000 artifacts across all fields of design. Iconic works by Lella and Massimo Vignelli are featured at the heart of our collection and their legacy forms the foundation of design excellence and innovation that the Vignelli Center celebrates today.

Mission

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies fosters education and preservation, and advocates for design to improve the world.

 

Vision

The archive collections housed in the Vignelli Center for Design Studies demonstrate and inspire solutions to key and ubiquitous societal needs. By providing opportunities for varied programming for diverse audiences, the Center extends the value of design for positive impact on the future.

 

Goals


Education

Programming
Research
Collaboration


Preservation

Collecting
Disseminating


Advocacy

Communication
Public Good
Global Reach

Josh Owen, Director of the Vignelli Center

 

Josh Owen
Director, The Vignelli Center

Jennifer Whitlock, Archivist

Jennifer Whitlock
Archivist, The Vignelli Center

Activating The Archives

Staff, students, and faculty linked to the Vignelli Center are committed to the collection, preservation, and accessibility of the artifacts and inspirational opportunities that the Vignelli Center fosters.

For information or questions about the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, please contact Josh Owen, Director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, at josh.owen@rit.edu or Jennifer Whitlock, Archivist, at jennifer.whitlock@rit.edu.

 
Vignelli Planning Group
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Katharine Bassney
Director of Advancement, CAD and CLA

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Enid Cardinal
Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability

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Twyla Cummings
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

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Julius Chiavaroli
Professor, GIS

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Keli DiRisio
Assistant Professor, CAD

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Mary Golden
Assistant Professor, CAD

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James Hall
Dean of University Studies and Executive Director SOIS

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Joyce Hertzson
Professor, CAD

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Ella Von Holtum
Assistant Archivist, The Wallace Center

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Jonathan Hopkins.
Interpreter

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Elizabeth Lamark
University Photographer

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R Roger Remmington
Vignelli Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Design

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Kin Sejpal
Associate Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Creative Services

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Leslie Wilson
Associate Director of Advancement, CAD and CLA

Beth Hiler

Beth Hiler
Graduate Student, VCDE

Ben McLauchlin

Ben McLauchlin
Graduate Student, VCDE

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Manuella Campanelli
Professor, College of Science

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Shani Avni
Ismar David Visiting Assistant Curator

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Juliee Decker
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts

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Stan Rickel
Associate Professor, CAD

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Maddy Schoenfeld
Undergraduate Student, Metals & Jewelry Design

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Mary McLoughlin
Graduate Student, Industrial Design

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Want to Get Involved?

The Vignelli Center Planning Group is open to RIT staff, students, and faculty who wish to help design, critique, and connect new and existing initiatives at the Vignelli Center.

 

Benetton Gallery

Benetton Galleries

Highlights from the design archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli are on view at the Vignelli Center in the two-story Benetton Galleries. The galleries are free and open to the public. Access is through RIT’s University Gallery.

Please visit their website or contact by phone (585) 475-2866 or email universitygallery@rit.edu for gallery hours.

 

General Inquiries

For general inquiries related to the Vignelli Center or to arrange a meeting with the Director, contact Josh Owen at josh.owen@rit.edu.


Archive Inquiries

For questions about the archives or to schedule a research visit, contact Jennifer Whitlock at jennifer.whitlock@rit.edu.

 

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Location

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies is located on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus, adjacent to the University Gallery in Booth Hall (building 7A).

Visitors should enter the RIT campus via the main entrance on Jefferson Road and proceed to the Welcome Center to request a visitor’s parking pass, directions to the Vignelli Center, and the location of visitor parking.

Hours of Operation

The galleries are free and open to the public. Access is through RIT’s University Gallery.

Please visit their website or contact by phone (585) 475-2866 or email universitygallery@rit.edu for gallery hours.

Is there a Gift Shop?

Yes! ShopOne sells Vignelli products. ShopOne is located in the Global Village next to the Post Office.

When are Events Announced?

Events are announced at the start of the Fall and Spring Semesters.

How do I join an online event?

Click on the Event listed on the Vignelli Center Events Page. Next, click the button that says "Register Now."

Please note that online events are open to current RIT students, faculty, staff, and Friends of the Vignelli Center.

Online events are archived on the Vignelli Center YouTube Page for public consumption a week or so after they occur.

How do I join the Metaproject?

The Metaproject is a course available to current RIT students.

Students can register for the course through SIS. 

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The Vignelli Legacy

The Vignellis' story of tenacity, precision, and brilliance spans many decades, nations, and media.