Massimo Vignelli: A Short Documentary

October 15th, 2010



Massimo Vignelli is perhaps one of my favorite designers. Although his work is rather stunning in itself, it is his personality and way that he speaks that truly intrigues me. A meeting with him for a day would be euphoric. The amount of knowledge that could be had just by listening in for even a few hours would be quite substantial. After watching the video four times already and working on the fifth, I’ve pulled what I feel are three of the most important pieces from this video.

Lines lasts longer.

Details lasts longer.

Good design lasts longer.

Many things come to mind after hearing Vignelli say this. All of which I try to apply to all of the design work I do. For example, a lot of the international style or Swiss design is simple. It is now very prominent in our inspiration folders—it is good design. If you’re done with the video now, watch it a second time. Perhaps you can pull some other insights from it.

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  2. Brett Ruiz says:

    I went to RIT for my design education and I can tell you we are all happy to have the Vignelli center there. Roger Remington has made it his life’s mission to bring the history of design to young students who otherwise wouldn’t have it in their curriculum and we are all better for it.

  3. rent says:

    Vignelli is definitely one of my favorites as well. Love his work and persona the same. Seems like a really awesome person on top of being a fabulous designer.

  4. thehalvo says:

    This was a great short on Vignelli. Thanks for posting.

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  6. Thanks R.I.T. A long time due tribute to the king and queen of design.! Thank You to John Madere for a great short film showing the fantastic work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The Vignellis are not only the best Italian designers but an inspiration to all for kindness, life style and style tout court.
    Lunga vita ai Vignelli!!
    With love and admiration.
    Nancy and Giorgio

  7. Patrick says:

    very inspiring

  8. Brett Ruiz says:

    A friend of mine who was very close with Massimo, Lela and Roger Remington now runs Thinkhaus, a socially conscious design firm: http://twitter.com/#!/Thinkhaus She has some more Massimo and Lela related content.

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  11. Steve K says:

    Truly inspiring. I want him to be my grandfather.

  12. Ben Weeks says:

    I love massimo.

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  16. Rob says:

    This documentary is excellent and fascinating to watch. Thanks for posting it!
    I did notice one glitch in the film… the American Airlines logo shown is not the real one that Vignelli designed. The type is not right — instead of being Helvetica, it looks like Arial and it also looks horizontally compressed, which Vignelli would never do.


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