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Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA
08/13/2020

Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA

‪"If you do it right, it will last forever. It’s as simple as that.” ‬❤️ Born on this day: Lella Vignelli (1934-2016), a brilliant designer and architect who collaborated with her husband Massimo Vignelli on a wide range of products and corporate brands. Vignelli Center for Design Studies #IndustrialDesign

Happy Birthday, Lella Vignelli!You can read and download Designed by: Lella Vignelli as a free pdf on our website. Massi...
08/13/2020

Happy Birthday, Lella Vignelli!

You can read and download Designed by: Lella Vignelli as a free pdf on our website. Massimo Vignelli designed and wrote this book for his wife and partner in 2013.

“This book is dedicated to Lella VIgnelli, an inspiration to all women designers who forcefully stand on the power of their merits.” – Massimo Vignelli

The book is divided into 4 sections:
Furniture Design
Interior, Exhibition and Showroom Design
Product Design: Glass, China, Silver
Clothing Design

By no means is the book comprehensive, but it provides many highlights from her 50+ year career. Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more of her work on future #WomenCrushWednesdays!

Read or download here:
https://www.rit.edu/vignellicenter/sites/rit.edu.vignellicenter/files/documents/Designed%20by%20Lella.pdf

#LellaVignelli #birthdays #vignelli #DesigningWomen #WomenOfDesign #IndustrialDesign #InteriorDesign #ProductDesign #FashionDesign #modernism #design #DesignArchives #DesignHistory

From Museo Bodoniano - Fondazione: "This poster was created for an exhibition of Vignelli Associates work at the School ...
08/03/2020

From Museo Bodoniano - Fondazione: "This poster was created for an exhibition of Vignelli Associates work at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991. As computers became more prolific, so did the practice of manipulating typefaces by extending, compressing or distorting them “to order.” Massimo Vignelli called it “one of the worst forms of visual pollution ever experienced by mankind.” In response, he created this exhibition featuring work using only four typefaces: Bodoni, Garamond, Century Expanded, and Helvetica..."

https://museobodoniano.com/bodoniinuse/a-few-basic-typefaces

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❋ A Few Basic Typefaces, Massimo Vignelli, 1991
Text by Jennifer Whitlock, Vignelli Center

BODONI 𝐼𝑁 𝑈𝑆𝐸
Questo poster è stato disegnato da Massimo Vignelli per la mostra sui progetti dello studio multidisciplinare Vignelli Associates tenutasi presso la School of Visual Arts di New York nel 1991. In quegli anni, con la progressiva diffusione dell’uso del personal computer da parte di professionisti e non, aumentò considerevolmente anche la pratica di manipolare i caratteri estendendoli, comprimendoli o distorcendoli “a piacimento”. Massimo Vignelli definì questa tendenza «una delle peggiori forme di inquinamento visivo mai sperimentato dall’umanità». In risposta, decise di esporre in questa mostra un ampio numero di progetti realizzati dallo studio che si caratterizzano per il fatto di usare solamente quattro caratteri tipografici: Bodoni, Garamond, Century Expanded e Helvetica...

https://museobodoniano.it/bodoniinuse/a-few-basic-typefaces

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This poster was created for an exhibition of Vignelli Associates work at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991. As computers became more prolific, so did the practice of manipulating typefaces by extending, compressing or distorting them “to order.” Massimo Vignelli called it “one of the worst forms of visual pollution ever experienced by mankind.” In response, he created this exhibition featuring work using only four typefaces: Bodoni, Garamond, Century Expanded, and Helvetica...

https://museobodoniano.com/bodoniinuse/a-few-basic-typefaces

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❋ A Few Basic Typefaces, Massimo Vignelli, 1991
Testo di Jennifer Whitlock, Vignelli Center

#museobodoniano #parma2020 #bodoni
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Complesso della Pilotta Biblioteca Palatina
Parma Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2020+21
School of Visual Arts

The Design Educators Typography Intensive included a session on Design and Typography Archives which included Vignelli C...
07/31/2020
RIT College of Art and Design

The Design Educators Typography Intensive included a session on Design and Typography Archives which included Vignelli Center Archivist Jennifer Whitlock. Presented in partnership with Google; moderated by Gloria Kondrup, Executive Director, Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography - HMCT at ArtCenter College of Design.

The module's speakers also included Louise Sandhaus, Saki Mafundikwa, and Steven Heller presenting on a variety of perspectives on design archives.

More information about the speakers and the full program: http://deti.hmctartcenter.org/

#Design #DesignArchives #typography #DesignEducation

Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archivist Jennifer Whitlock presented on the center's collections as an expert panelist for an online conference hosted by Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography - HMCT!

Congratulations to our incoming director Josh Owen!Photo: Beatriz Cifuentes
07/27/2020

Congratulations to our incoming director Josh Owen!

Photo: Beatriz Cifuentes

Dream Design Jobs: Josh Owen Named Director of RIT’s Vignelli Center https://bit.ly/3jFF9Ab

In 1974 Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro had an exhibition at the Rotonda della Besana (also known as the Rotunda di via ...
07/10/2020

In 1974 Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro had an exhibition at the Rotonda della Besana (also known as the Rotunda di via Besana). Massimo Vignelli designed this poster for the exhibition. Although a bit difficult to see in this digital scan, the poster background is shiny metallic gold as a nod to the sculptures of Pomodoro.

The Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro digitized a film about the installation of this exhibition which gives you a virtual tour of the display. Watch for yourself:
https://youtu.be/L6qj_h3tNRg

Arnaldo Pomodoro exhibition poster, 1974
26 1/2" x 38 7/8"
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

07/10/2020
Museo Bodoniano - Fondazione

Museo Bodoniano - Fondazione

𝘛𝘐𝘗𝘐 𝘋𝘐 BODONI
Fra i primi caratteri pensati direttamente per la nuova tecnologia digitale risulta interessante, per il particolare taglio progettuale, l’Our Bodoni, disegnato nel 1989 da Tom Carnase per lo studio grafico di Massimo Vignelli e realizzato in formato digitale dalla World Typeface Center, fonderia statunitense creata nel 1980.
https://museobodoniano.it/tipi/wtc-our-bodoni/
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Among the first typefaces designed directly for the new digital technology, particularly interesting for its design slant, Our Bodoni was designed in 1989 by Tom Carnase for Massimo Vignelli’s graphic design studio and realised in digital form by the World Typeface Center, an American foundry set up in 1980.
https://museobodoniano.com/tipi/wtc-our-bodoni-en/
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❋ WTC Our Bodoni, Tom Carnese e Massimo Vignelli
World Typeface Center, 1989
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
#museobodoniano #parma2020 #bodoni
Parma Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2020+21
Complesso della Pilotta Biblioteca Palatina

07/09/2020
Knoll Gavina Showroom, 1968. Designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli

In 1968, Knoll Inc.​ acquired Gavina SpA, an Italian furniture company started in 1960 by Dino Gavina to represent emerging Italian modernists and, in 1962, acquired the rights to produce iconic designs by Marcel Breuer. Designers in the Gavina Group: Cini Boeri, Marcel Breuer, Kazuhide Takahama, Sebastian Matta, Tobia Scrapa, and Vigo Magistretti.

To celebrate this acquisition, Massimo and Lella Vignelli designed a temporary showroom for the collection at Knoll.

Here’s how Massimo Vignelli describes it in “Designed by: Lella Vignelli” his publication dedicated to his wife’s often overlooked design contributions. [available on our website as a free PDF]

“We bisected the space with supergraphic neon signs showing the designers names in different colors, sandwiched between two walls of sheer fabric. We then hung the classic furniture on the walls, therefore reversing the hierarchy of planes to provide a different perspective of the classic products, while the new Gavina furniture remained on the floor. The walls and the floor were white, illuminated only by the color of the neon lights. This was one of several installations we designed by using neon as a source of color within a neutral space. It is a simple, but dramatic, device.”

35mm slides of Knoll Gavina Group showroom
Unimark International records
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

#design #Vignelli #DesignArchives #DesignHistory #1960s #Knoll #showrooms #InteriorDesign

In 1968, Knoll Inc. acquired Gavina SpA, an Italian furniture company started in 1960 by Dino Gavina to represent emergi...
07/09/2020

In 1968, Knoll Inc. acquired Gavina SpA, an Italian furniture company started in 1960 by Dino Gavina to represent emerging Italian modernists and, in 1962, acquired the rights to produce iconic designs by Marcel Breuer. Designers in the Gavina Group: Cini Boeri, Marcel Breuer, Kazuhide Takahama, Sebastian Matta, Tobia Scrapa, and Vigo Magistretti.

To celebrate this acquisition, Massimo and Lella Vignelli designed a temporary showroom for the collection at Knoll.

Here’s how Massimo Vignelli describes it in “Designed by: Lella Vignelli” his publication dedicated to his wife’s often overlooked design contributions. [available on our website as a free PDF]

“We bisected the space with supergraphic neon signs showing the designers names in different colors, sandwiched between two walls of sheer fabric. We then hung the classic furniture on the walls, therefore reversing the hierarchy of planes to provide a different perspective of the classic products, while the new Gavina furniture remained on the floor. The walls and the floor were white, illuminated only by the color of the neon lights. This was one of several installations we designed by using neon as a source of color within a neutral space. It is a simple, but dramatic, device.”

35mm slides of Knoll Gavina Group showroom
Unimark International records
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

#design #Vignelli #DesignArchives #DesignHistory #1960s #Knoll #showrooms #InteriorDesign

Josh Owen, an internationally renowned designer, author and faculty-researcher who has led Rochester Institute of Techno...
07/09/2020

Josh Owen, an internationally renowned designer, author and faculty-researcher who has led Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial design program to national prominence since coming to the university a decade ago, has been named the new director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design.

Owen succeeds R. Roger Remington, the founding director of the international resource for design that houses the archive of the late Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Remington retired in June after 57 years at RIT.

https://www.rit.edu/news/josh-owen-named-director-rits-vignelli-center-design-studies

Inspired by the Vignelli! Art director Ian Thomas used Vignelli-designed examples from the 1970s to help inspire The Arc...
06/30/2020

Inspired by the Vignelli!

Art director Ian Thomas used Vignelli-designed examples from the 1970s to help inspire The Architect's Newspaper new look!

"Drawing inspiration from Massimo Vignelli’s classic templates for The Herald and Skyline, the new site employs a ruled system with a view to enhancing visual clarity and eliminating redundancies in navigation."

https://www.archpaper.com/2020/06/an-has-a-new-look/

Here's what the Vignellis had to say about these newspaper designs (images and text from our design:Vignelli exhibition):

"Since 1978, “Skyline,” the “New York Architecture and Design Calendar,” has been published by the dynamic Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, an organization that has put New York back on the world’s architectural map. The central spread of the tabloid is the calendar, while preceding and following pages contain essays, reviews, and previews of events. The graphic structure is three columns, with eight modules per column. The type is Century Expanded for the text and Century Bold for the titles. Bold horizontal stripes and captions in Italic compartmentalize the different articles throughout the tabloid. The design format of these newspapers is meant to reduce the layout task to a minimum without loss of aesthetics."

See more of Skyline on our blog: https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/search/skyline

"In 1971, when we were given the opportunity to design “The Herald,” a new weekly paper from the New York area, we were ready. Structured on a grid of six columns with sixteen modules per column, one typeface (Times Roman) throughout, one size for text, a few for titles, and italics for captions and decks, the paper was equipped for fast production —and indeed it was produced quickly! Every page or two constituted a section of the whole paper, and all pages were structured in clear horizontal bands, giving them a strong, easy-to-read look. Two tabloids were contained inside. All titles were confined to one module space. Unfortunately, the paper folded due to distribution problems."

See an example of the Time Off section from The Herald: https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/search/herald

#design #DesignArchives #DesignHistory #NewspaperDesign #ArchivesInspiration #1970s #Vignelli

RIT College of Art and Design Rochester Institute of Technology

Calling all design educators! Mark your calendar for this online educational summit July 17–18 exploring the current sta...
06/30/2020
Design Educators Typography Intensive

Calling all design educators! Mark your calendar for this online educational summit July 17–18 exploring the current state of typography and design education. Presented in partnership with Google; moderated by Gloria Kondrup, Executive Director, Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography - HMCT.

Don't miss the module on Design and Typography Archives with Louise Sandhaus, Saki Mafundikwa, Steven Heller, and Vignelli Center Archivist, Jennifer Whitlock.

Click the link to see the program and to register!

#Design #DesignArchives #typography #DesignEducation

RIT College of Art and Design Rochester Institute of Technology RIT Graphic Design

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-educators-typography-intensive-tickets-92140890885

Attendees will be exposed to new approaches and pedagogies that can enhance their effectiveness in teaching typography.

We’ve been digitizing the 35mm slides from the Unimark International records. Here are some graphics for the United Stat...
05/27/2020

We’ve been digitizing the 35mm slides from the Unimark International records. Here are some graphics for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are two options: star vs plant. We don’t know much about this project. Which Unimark designers worked on this? What year was it made? Was it ever implemented? Was it for a special project for the USDA? If you know about this project, we would love to hear from you! In the meantime, enjoy these vintage images cloaked in mystery.

We are away from the archives due to Covid-19, but we are happy to help you with your research virtually!

#Unimark #DesignArchives #USDA #35mmSlides #GraphicDesign #design #archives #1960s #1970s #food #packaging #ShoppingBags #modernism #FederalDesign

RIT College of Art and Design
05/19/2020

RIT College of Art and Design

With the release of the RIT Metaproject 10 book, we wanted to give a special thanks to this year's judges: R. Roger Remington (Director) and Jennifer Whitlock (Archivist) of project partner Vignelli Center for Design Studies and Ella von Holtum, Assistant Archivist in RIT Libraries! They chose student designs for the Vignelli Ethos Award (Nate Verso) and Archival Award (Yuke Liu). The latter will be added to the RIT Archives Metaproject Collection.

View the Metaproject 10 book: https://bddy.me/2AtSjxW

📸: Elizabeth Lamark

Photograph by Beatriz Cifuentes
05/19/2020

Photograph by Beatriz Cifuentes

Here's to first 10 years of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, and many more! View this slideshow honoring Massimo and Lella Vignelli, their campus visits and the center's 10th anniversary: https://bddy.me/3fYSkKw

Photo by Beatriz Cifuentes

In the 1960s and 1970s, designers at Unimark International created a number of packaging and product lines for Gillette ...
05/15/2020

In the 1960s and 1970s, designers at Unimark International created a number of packaging and product lines for Gillette and its subsidiaries like Colton. One of those projects was My Islands Cologne.

The stacking bottles were developed by Lella Vignelli. When stacked, they appear to be one bottle. They were packaged in hexagonal silver tube-like boxes with Bodoni typeface running along the sides. Scents included Barbados, Skye, Majorca, Corfu, and Morea.

Enjoy these digitized vintage 35mm slides from the Unimark International records from the archives. The bottles and packaging are also on display in our galleries which are temporarily closed due to Covid-19. Once we are open again, the very brave can visit the archives and smell this 50+ year old cologne for themselves. Do you think cologne ages like wine?

#LellaVignelli #Vignelli #Unimark #DesignArchives #Gillette #Colton #1960s #WomenInDesign #archives #design #packaging #cologne #IslandThemes #GalleryGuide #PreservationPuzzles

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies was the client for the Cross Media Workflow course this spring. Led by Senior Lec...
05/15/2020
Graduate class prepares promotional plan for Vignelli archive

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies was the client for the Cross Media Workflow course this spring. Led by Senior Lecturer Christine Heusner, this course is required for students in Rochester Institute of Technology's MS in Media Arts and Technology and MS in Print Media programs. They were tasked with creating projects to promote the archives collections in a variety of media, both print and digital.

The students designed Vignelli Archives trading cards, created videos featuring the story behind the artifacts, made a social media plan, and much more.

Jennifer Whitlock, Archivist for the Vignelli Center, guided the students through the process and provided them with thousands of digitized images and information about the artifacts.
"Working with artifacts from the archives is not a simple task. Historical artifacts need careful attention to detail while maintaining their context. And designing projects featuring these Vignelli Center artifacts, especially when they are the archives of world renown designers, takes careful consideration and refinement. The students were very conscientious (and patient) about learning the history of the designs and also applying the Vignelli design principles to their projects. It was so rewarding to see them bring the artifacts to life in new and exciting ways. Their creativity and hard work in developing projects, both in print and digital, was inspiring."

Mingyue Zhang and Xingguizi Li, two of the students from the class, describe the experience. Read more about their course here!

RIT College of Art and Design

Students in the Cross Media Workflow course collaborated with the Vignelli Center for Design Studies to produce an innovative and sustainable cross-media project.

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Last Tuesday during Typography class. BuffState.
Congrats on making the list and being featured in the article: https://www.collegemagazine.com/top-universities-for-graphic-design-majors/
Venice Art Biennale 1968, Catalogue. Cover Design: Mario Cresci, Layout: Massimo Vignelli #massimovignelli
Took me 2 years to find one from the original mold, and in white. Bit disappointed that the handle does not act as much as the perfect thumb rest as I thought it would. Even with my small hands...still beautiful. Brought it into my 3D design class at Buff St. to show my professor. Afterwards, I had it on the table and it literally stopped a different professor in her tracks as she was passing by. It really is a thing of beauty. I'm trying to get this cast in porcelain for personal use.
Today was a good day!!