Massimo Vignelli

The New York City Subway Diagram 2008

Massimo Vignelli is a modernist designer born in Milan in 1931. He works with basic geometric forms and focuses on simplicity. He studied architecture in Milan and visited the United States on fellowships from 1957 to 1960. In 1966 he returned to New York to start a branch of one of the world’s largest design firms, Unimark International. With this branch he worked on many famous designs such as American Airlines as well as the signage for the New York City Subway system. His work ranges from a wide variety such as interior design, package design, furniture design, graphic design and product design. In January 2009, Vignelli released the e-book “The Vignelli Canon” which is available to download for free. In the introduction he wrote, “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.”