News spread over the past day that legendary graphic designer Massimo Vignelli is terminally ill at his home in New York City. There will be a lot said about his contributions to design, notably the New York City Subway Graphic Language, American Airlines’ long standing logo, even stackable dinnerware.
I first came to appreciate Vignelli through my own little discovery. Roadtripping with my wife (then girlfriend) across the American Southwest, we visited manyÂ National Parks. And for every park, we got a beautiful brochure. And I was struck theseÂ thoughtfully designed objects, as we don’t tend to think of the Feds and good design. So much so that I blogged about itÂ and through my research found out that Vignelli developed the “Unigrid” system that kept all these different brochures feeling like they’re part of the same family, though with enough flexibility so that each was quite distinct.
We shouldÂ cherish good design when we find it, and laud those who help bring it into being. So, thank you, Signor Vignelli.