Vignelli Archives August 2021

Vignelli Archives

We are home to the entire professional archives of the renown designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli, including two floors of galleries highlighting the Vignellis’ work which is open to the public. Our collections are open to everyone for research, education, and creative inspiration.

Lella Vignelli (1934-2016) and Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014) worked across all fields of design during their 50+ year partnership. With over 500,000 artifacts, their archives include examples of industrial and product design, graphics and publication design, corporate identity programs, architectural graphics, exhibitions, interiors, clothing, and furniture design. The collection also features unique materials related to the Vignellis’ design process, such as sketches, prototypes, models, technical plans, correspondence, contracts, mechanicals, photographs, material samples, videos, and digital files.

Click on the categories below to see highlights from the archives and to learn more about the Vignellis’ designs! 

Want to know more about the archives? Please contact Jennifer Whitlock, Archivist, at jennifer.whitlock@rit.edu to discuss your interests or to schedule a research visit.

Visit the digital archives! You can search or browse individual artifacts, sort by color, view the artifacts on a timeline, and explore stories about the designs.