Lella and Massimo Vignelli
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176 Pages

23 x 15.2 cm

26 colour. 150 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: RIT Press

Lella and Massimo Vignelli

Two Lives One Vision

by Jan Conradi

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Lella and Massimo Vignelli promote a modernist philosophy of designing for a better society: resourceful use of space and materials, clear communication, lasting quality, and logical functionality.
Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision is a portrait of two important twentieth-century designers whose careers have intertwined since the 1950s. The Vignellis promote a modernist philosophy of designing for a better society: resourceful use of space and materials, clear communication, lasting quality, and logical functionality. Through a mix of archival research and personal interviews with Lella, Massimo, and their many colleagues and clients, Jan Conradi documents the Vignellis' nuanced approach to "cleaning up" an often chaotic and messy society by adhering to a minimalist and structured design method. The Vignellis' lifetime commitment to a world of design ismarked by vibrant client relationships and unwavering attention to detail. With wit, grace, focus, and finesse, the Vignellis' sustained pattern of working and living has influenced, and continues to inspire, generations of designers worldwide.

JAN CONRADI is a Professor of Graphic Design at Rowan University in New Jersey, where she teaches typography and design history.
Photos: Five Decades of Vignelli Design
Foreword by Deyan Sudjic
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Vignellis: An Introduction
Foundation: Growing Up in Italy, Lella and Massimo Meet, Expanding Horizons, Crossing Oceans
1965: Unimark International, The Vignellis Move to New York, etc
1971: The Rise of Vignelli Associates, The Office Expands: Return to East 62nd Street, etc
The Showcase Office: Tenth Avenue, Fashion History According to Massimo, etc
Working from Home: East 67th Street
Design Advocacy
Students, Teaching, and Learning, The Vignelli Center for Design Studies
A Lifetime, and No Regrets
Notes
Photos: A Vignelli History, Afterword, Vignelli Awards, Index
"The Vignellis designed logos and identities and various other two-dimensional commissions that come to mind whenever one mentions 'graphic design.' They also dreamed up furnishings and house wares and buildings and interiors. They were Designers, for god's sake, designing sundry and all, creators on a deific scale." PASTE MAGAZINE

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9781939125071

June 2014

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Title Details

176 Pages

2.3 x 1.52 cm

26 colour. 150 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: RIT Press