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Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

The prolific designer has passed away


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Prolific Modernist designer Massimo Vignelli – who created New York's subway signage and the American Airlines identity – has passed away aged 83

Born in Milan in 1931, Massimo Vignelli trained as an architect in both Milan and Venice, before meeting his wife, Lella, at an architects' convention – they would go on to become design and business partners. He also went on to be considered one of the greats within the contemporary art community.

In the 60s the couple moved to New York and Vignelli then became a founding member of Unimark International in 1966, which quickly became one of the world's biggest design companies.

He was responsible for some of the company's most recognisable and significant work including the corporate identity for American Airlines, and together with Unimark partner Bob Noorda, Vignelli designed the distinctive signage and map for the New York subway –still in use today. 

In recent years, New Yorker critic Paul Goldberger described the map as, "a nearly canonical piece of abstract graphic design." 

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