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It’s Manuals Monday! Every (almost) Monday we feature an excerpt from a graphics standards manual from the archives.Toda...
11/11/2019

It’s Manuals Monday! Every (almost) Monday we feature an excerpt from a graphics standards manual from the archives.

Today’s manual is for The New Yorker magazine designed by Vignelli Associates, circa 1999. The magazine was celebrating their 75th anniversary in February 2000.

From the press release for the 75th anniversary issue: “The design team was led by Caroline Mailhot of The New Yorker, and Massimo Vignelli, Lella Vignelli, and Yoshiki Waterhouse of Vignelli Associates.” And the press release also states that Vignelli Associates is “one of the world’s most important design firms.”

Just weeks before this press release, editor of The New Yorker David Remnick wrote Massimo Vignelli in letter and said, “...just a word of thanks for all you have done. Not least, the sensitivity to the magazine as a breathing thing. It really is inspiring to listen to you and watch you work.”

The New Yorker Manual of Graphic Standards. 1999
Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

#vignelli #ManualsMonday #GraphicStandardsManuals #GraphicDesign #2000s #1990s #TheNewYorker #MagazineDesign #design

Tomorrow! Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!Evan SnydermanThe Art of DesignTuesday November 12, 2...
11/11/2019

Tomorrow! Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!

Evan Snyderman
The Art of Design

Tuesday November 12, 2019
4:45pm
University Gallery at RIT
Booth Hall 7A

Free and open to the public!

Owner and co-founder of R & Company, a gallery in New York, Evan Snyderman is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of 20th and 21st century design. R & Company is considered one of the most prominent and groundbreaking design galleries in the world and contributed to creating a renewed global interest in collectable design through their research, exhibitions and publications program. The gallery represents some of the preeminent historical and contemporary figures in the design world, including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, The Haas Brothers, Joaquim Tenreiro, David Wiseman and Jeff Zimmerman.

Snyderman, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1970, received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1994. Aa a professional artist, Snyderman received a Wheaton Fellowship in 1995 an a teaching position at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York that same year. Snyderman’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Delaware Art Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Hadeland Glassverk museum in Oslo, Norway.

Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!Evan SnydermanThe Art of DesignTuesday November 12, 2019 4:45pm...
11/07/2019

Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!

Evan Snyderman
The Art of Design

Tuesday November 12, 2019
4:45pm
University Gallery at RIT
Booth Hall 7A

Free and open to the public!

Owner and co-founder of R & Company, a gallery in New York, Evan Snyderman is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of 20th and 21st century design. R & Company is considered one of the most prominent and groundbreaking design galleries in the world and contributed to creating a renewed global interest in collectable design through their research, exhibitions and publications program. The gallery represents some of the preeminent historical and contemporary figures in the design world, including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, The Haas Brothers, Joaquim Tenreiro, David Wiseman and Jeff Zimmerman.

Snyderman, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1970, received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1994. Aa a professional artist, Snyderman received a Wheaton Fellowship in 1995 an a teaching position at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York that same year. Snyderman’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Delaware Art Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Hadeland Glassverk museum in Oslo, Norway.

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RIT College of Art and Design
11/07/2019

RIT College of Art and Design

Students in RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences' Media Arts and Technology MS program is working with the Vignelli Center for Design Studies on creating a digital image archive: https://bddy.me/2NnTgfi

Tonite!Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!Andrea PonsiDrawing Analogies–Design Through Reinvention...
10/16/2019

Tonite!
Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!

Andrea Ponsi
Drawing Analogies–Design Through Reinvention

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:45 pm
University Gallery at RIT

Free and open to the public!

Andrea Ponsi’s activity includes architecture and city planning, design, painting and writing. Born in 1949 in Viareggio, Italy, he graduated in architecture in Florence in 1974. He then completed the AA Graduate Diploma at the Architectural Association in London and after being awarded the ITT International Fellowship, a Master in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

His work has been published in books and international magazines (Domus, Interni, Casabella, Wallpaper) and has been the subject of solo shows (Galleria Iannone and Galleria Internos in Milan, Haus der Architekten in Dresden, Universidad Catolica in Santiago-Chile, Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and Jakarta) and group exhibitions (Museo della Triennale in Milan, Venice Biennale). In 2000 he won the international competition for the design of the Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles. Alongside completing several commercial and residential buildings he has designed and self-produced objects, furniture and exhibiting systems. He currently works between Italy and the United States.

Based on the author’s books Analogy and Design and Drawing Analogies, the lecture presents a drawing method for moving directly from the study of a precedent to a design proposal based on ideas derived from that precedent.

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If you’ve been in the gallery recently, you might have noticed our brand new Vignelli poster display! Please stop by and...
10/15/2019

If you’ve been in the gallery recently, you might have noticed our brand new Vignelli poster display! Please stop by and take a look!

For those of you who can’t make it in person, here’s closer look at the posters on display! Next up: “European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today ” exhibition poster

In 1984, Massimo Vignelli not only designed the poster for this exhibition, but also the exhibition itself. He also loaned the museum books, magazines, corporate graphics, and posters [27 items total] for display in the exhibition. The exhibition was held at the AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada.

The poster can be hung vertically or horizontally and the colors suggest the flags of Italy and Germany. The exhibition was organized by AGO chief curator Roald Nasgaard and guest curator, Italian art historian and critic, Germano Celant. The exhibition featured 64 painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, designers, video documentation of fashion and theater and a feature-film program. It was the “the first and most ambitious exhibition of its kind on this continent.”

Huge thank you to out fabulous colleagues at the University Gallery at RIT for installing the new display!

ICYMI, read the other posts about the new poster display:
https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/187693814087/vignelli-poster-display-fewbasictypefaces

https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/187800177087/vignelli-poster-display-fortworth

https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/188131716557/vignelli-posterdisplay-fellini

European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today exhibition poster, 1985
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today exhibition members preview invitation, 1985
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today exhibition photos [35mm slides and b/w prints], 1985
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

#vignelli #design #DesignArchives #ArtGalleryOfOntario #GraphicDesign #1980s #ago #posters #invitations #35mmSlides #bwPhotography #DesignProcess #ExhibitionDesign #modernism #GalleryGuide

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Save the date for our next Design Conversations lecture!Andrea Ponsi Drawing Analogies–Design Through ReinventionWednesd...
10/08/2019

Save the date for our next Design Conversations lecture!

Andrea Ponsi
Drawing Analogies–Design Through Reinvention

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:45 pm
University Gallery at RIT

Free and open to the public!

Andrea Ponsi’s activity includes architecture and city planning, design, painting and writing. Born in 1949 in Viareggio, Italy, he graduated in architecture in Florence in 1974. He then completed the AA Graduate Diploma at the Architectural Association in London and after being awarded the ITT International Fellowship, a Master in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

His work has been published in books and international magazines (Domus, Interni, Casabella, Wallpaper) and has been the subject of solo shows (Galleria Iannone and Galleria Internos in Milan, Haus der Architekten in Dresden, Universidad Catolica in Santiago-Chile, Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and Jakarta) and group exhibitions (Museo della Triennale in Milan, Venice Biennale). In 2000 he won the international competition for the design of the Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles. Alongside completing several commercial and residential buildings he has designed and self-produced objects, furniture and exhibiting systems. He currently works between Italy and the United States.

Based on the author’s books Analogy and Design and Drawing Analogies, the lecture presents a drawing method for moving directly from the study of a precedent to a design proposal based on ideas derived from that precedent.

It's #ManualsMonday! Every (almost) Monday we share a #StandardsManual from the #archives!Today's manual is the Dealersh...
10/07/2019

It's #ManualsMonday! Every (almost) Monday we share a #StandardsManual from the #archives!

Today's manual is the Dealership Identification manual for Swedish car maker, Volvo, 1975. Their corporate identity was redesigned by Unimark International in 1974.

In presenting the new identity to Volvo Cars, the designers at Unimark went big.

"We were going for big show and it was a total concept, " said Steve Eckerstrom.

"We built whole full-scale dealership inside the MGM grand Ballroom," said Ron Coates.

They even painted the new logo on the side of a hot air balloon (scroll through for image).

#DesignArchives #DesignHistory #Unimark #design #1970s #volvo #corporateID #GraphicDesign #HotAirBalloons

[Quotes from "Unimark International: The Design of Business and the Business of Design" by Jan Conradi, p. 175]

Do you know Fellini?If you’ve been in the gallery recently, you might have noticed our brand new Vignelli poster display...
10/04/2019

Do you know Fellini?

If you’ve been in the gallery recently, you might have noticed our brand new Vignelli poster display! Please stop by and take a look!

For those of you who can’t make it in person, here’s closer look at the posters on display! Next up: “Fellini: i Costumi e le Mode” exhibition poster

In 1994, the Vignellis designed an exhibition of the costumes from the famous Italian director Frederico Fellini’s films, plus Massimo Vignelli designed the catalogue and poster for the exhibition. The exhibition was held at the Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy.

“We designed a Fellini exhibition by floating screens with images from his films in a white almost unreal space. The catalogue has a no layout layout, consisting of black pages with large text across the spread and a large picture, full spread. The screen metaphor is clear and direct.” – Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Design is One, pg. 161.

The exhibition also traveled to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In a fax to the museum about the installation Massimo wrote: “The first room is left empty and should have a panel with an introduction to the exhibition and credits. (Believe it or not young people do not know Fellini!)”

Huge thank you to out fabulous colleagues at the University Gallery at RIT for installing the new display!

ICTMI, read the other posts about the new poster display:
https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/187693814087/vignelli-poster-display-fewbasictypefaces

https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/187800177087/vignelli-poster-display-fortworth

Fellini: i Costumi e le Mode exhibition poster, 1994
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

35mm color slides of Fellini: i Costumi e le Mode exhibition, 1994
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Sketches for exhibition installation for Fellini: i Costumi e le Mode, 1994
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Fellini: i Costumi e le Mode exhibition catalogue, 1994
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

#vignelli #design #fellini #DesignArchives #BookDesign #ExhibitDesign #PosterDesign #GalleryGuide #1990s
#posters #costumes #ClothingDesign #valentino #modernism #surrealism #ExclamationPoint

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your visit!
10/04/2019

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your visit!

It will never cease to amaze me that I have this AWESOME resource at my disposal. The @vignellicenter is seriously one of my fave parts of living in #ROC! 🤓 Feeling inspired after pouring over the archives this afternoon. #vignellicenter #ritalumni @ Vignelli Center for Design Studies

If you’ve been in our galleries lately, you might have noticed something happening. A brand new Vignelli poster display!...
09/18/2019

If you’ve been in our galleries lately, you might have noticed something happening. A brand new Vignelli poster display! Please stop by and take a look!

For those of you who can’t make it to Rochester Institute of Technology in person, here’s closer look at the posters on display!

Next up: “That’s Entertainment: The American Musical Film” poster for the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1976. This poster is in numerous museum collections around the world.

“In 1976 for the Fort Worth Art Museum yearly program we designed all the graphics, including calendars, brochures, publications, and announcement posters. –– design: Vignelli (1981)

“We like this series of calendars and posters because they have strength, aren’t trendy, and provide information effectively.” –– design: Vignelli (1990)

We have a few more posters from this series in the archives and some of the calendars and brochures. Here are just a few examples not on view in our galleries, but preserved in the archives. If you are in the neighborhood and want to see them up close, let us know and we would be happy to share them with you!

Huge thank you to out fabulous colleagues at the University Gallery at RIT for installing the new display!

INCYMI, another post about the new poster display:
https://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/187693814087/vignelli-poster-display-fewbasictypefaces

Fort Worth Museum of Art posters, 1976
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Fort Worth Museum of Art sketches for calendar, 1976
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Fort Worth Museum of Art calendar [front & back], 1976
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

#vignelli #design #FortWorthArtMuseum #1970s #DesignArchives #archives #FredAstaire #dancing #CenturyBold #BlackAndWhite #modernism #GalleryGuide

RIT College of Art and Design

Tonight! Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!Amy DeversDriven by Design: How a Detour into Media Fu...
09/17/2019

Tonight!
Please join us for our next Design Conversations lecture!

Amy Devers
Driven by Design: How a Detour into Media Fueled My Passion for Design Storytelling

September 16th, 2019 4:45pm
University Gallery at RIT

Free and open to the public!

A book smart and street smart double threat, Amy Devers is armed with both a formal education and practical hands-on experience. She holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, has done a major stint as a chief prototype fabricator and machine shop foreman, and has spent years as an independent designer/builder of furniture, art, and interiors.

A fine artist as well as a designer, she has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums. She’s made a name for herself on the small screen, demonstrating her skills and know-how as the host of several television series dealing with topics ranging from home-improvement to international design, architecture, culture, and food. Devers also travels the world as a speaker, design juror, and guest critic and lecturer at academic institutions.

In 2016 Devers launched Clever, a podcast about design. Consistently in iTunes’ top design podcasts, Devers and her co-host, Jaime Derringer, present a window into the humanity behind the design that shapes our world through candid and revealing conversations with leading creatives from all disciplines.

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