"If you can design one thing, you can design everything,"- Massimo Vignelli
Vignelli was born in Milan
"He sometimes says his youth was spent as an "architecture groupie."
As a teenager, he became enthralled with design and befriended many of the great architects of his day, and went on to study architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and later at the Università di Architettura, Venice.
Vignelli visited America on a fellowship, and returned to New York.
Vignelli started the New York branch of a new company,
One of the largest design firms in the world.
Designing many of the world's most recognizable corporate identities, including that of American Airlines (which forced him to incorporate the eagle.
Vignelli designed the iconic
signage for the New York City Subway system during this period.
Massimo founded Vignelli Associates with his wife Lella
Lella & Massimo
His clients at Vignelli Associates have included high-profile companies such as
IBM, Knoll, Bloomingdale's and American Airlines.
Mr. Vignelli has had his work published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums; notably, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York
Mr. Vignelli has taught and lectured on design in the major cities and universities in the United States and abroad.
Vignelli released "The Vignelli Canon" as a free e-book; "I thought that it might be useful to pass some of my professional knowledge around, with the hope of improving [young designers'] design skills. Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best."
"The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness."