5 Surprising Vignelli Designs
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Industrial and graphic designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli are giants in their field. (You may know them for any number of instantly recognizable design objects, from the New York City transit signage and subway map to printed posters for the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan.) Massimo Vignelli is also a man of many words, most of them quotable, so we jumped at the chance to listen on his talk last week as part of the ShopTalk series at the MoMA Design Store in New York. Throughout their decades-long career, the Vignellis have completed a dizzying array of work—some of it which may surprise even the most ardent Vignelli follower. Here are five designs that deserve as much recognition as a certain sans-serif font employed in a certain subway system. (Bonus round: consider also his Cats and Dogs guidebooks from 1985, or the James Turrell-like neon of the old Artemide store in Miami from 1987.)
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