Massimo Vignelli is gravely ill. His son, Luca, announced the news, and invited the world to write his father with their appreciation for his influence.
Lella and Massimo Vignelli belong to a generation of designers who formalized the language of Design and Visual Communication. They found beauty in the elegance of Swiss Design and mainstreamed it into products, images and ideas that are inseparable from our experience of life and society.
I had the privilege of taking a weeklong class at La Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón in 2006, delivered by Mr. and Mrs. Vignelli and by designer, Domingo Milani.
As someone who had stumbled into design (from the somewhat parallel world of illustration), and had adopted a shallow understanding of the profession, I found the course challenging. I found freedom in grids, typography and space that I had formally found restraining. Restraints became constraints that clarified and expanded my thinking.
It has taken a long time for these lessons to show up in my work.
These lessons are the backbone of the training` I teach professionals around the world to aid in improving their presentations. I quote the Vignellis' book – Design is One:
Farewell, MV – Timeless.