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The Five Vignelli-isms

March 24th, 2011

On the evening of Tuesday, March 8, The Architectural League gave its President’s Medal to Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The award (past recipients of which include John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Hugh Ferriss, Joseph Urban, Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown) was given to the Vignellis “in recognition of a body of work so influential in its breadth that it has shaped the very way we see the world.”

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, an Architectural League vice president who began his career over 30 years ago as a junior designer at Vignelli Associates, designed the the program we see here. The five different covers featured a quote from Vignelli printed in PMS Super Warm Red and set in Helvetica of course.

So why are these five Vignelli-isms important?

When I first came across this I immediately saw five lessons to live by rather than just five miscellaneous quotes. They appear self explanatory but read each and give it a moment alone in your mind:

One life is too short for doing everything.

We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

If you can design one thing, you can design everything.

If you do it right, it will last forever.

The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.

Hit the jump to view each of the covers separately.


Pantone Chip Cookies

January 26th, 2011

Kim Neill really knows the way to our hearts: cookies and Pantone. I’m not sure that you can really go wrong here. Check out the Pantone tins, I would love to get my mitts on a set of those.

Pantone cookies are a great self promotional item and fortunately Kim was kind enough to give out her recipe here.

Felice Varini Swiss Installation

January 17th, 2011

Felice Varini created this installation called “Cercle et suite d’éclats” in Vercorin, Switzerland. The installation itself is really impressive, but I’m still trying to reel in how they managed to project the light from a distance onto the houses.

Via Today and Tomorrow

Approaching Design: Eames Lounge Chair

October 22nd, 2010

The Eames Lounge chair is perhaps one of the greatest chairs of all time. I’ve mentioned the chair quite a few times in the past when it appeared in some of the architecture posts. If you’re not familiar with the chair already, it was designed by the husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames. Originally the two designed the chair as a gift for a director by the name of Billy Wilder. There wasn’t much to the chair, but the goal was for the chair to feel lean and have a sense of playfulness and the sophistication of modern living.

During the team’s initial approach to projects, they asked themselves questions that every one of us should ask before and during projects:

Does the design truly interest and intrigue us or its viewers?

If you’re not doing something interesting, intriguing or innovative, then what is it that you’re doing, because those are a few of the keys to successful projects.

Can we make it better?

If you can make it better, don’t settle, just do it. Nike says it and, well, they just do it. I’m currently building a project that would normally take a team of oxen to do, but I’m just doing it.

Are we having fun while designing it?

It’s quite evident by the work of Charles and Ray Eames that they enjoyed what their work. Quite frankly every project we do, we should too. If you’re doing a project that isn’t enjoyable, don’t do it. Please don’t do it. More than once I’ve found myself on projects that weren’t enjoyable and I’ve made it a point to not do projects that aren’t enjoyable. You should too.

More stunning images of the chair after the jump.


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