(Poster by Massimo Vignelli )
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The Vignellis


“If you can’t find it, design it” is the motto of the Vignellis, whose renowned work ranges ”from the spoon to the city.” Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra’s film brings us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Italian-born Lella and Massimo Vignelli are among the world’s most influential designers. The work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don’t know their names.Throughout their career, their motto has been, “If you can’t find it, design it.” Their achievements in industrial 
and product design, graphic and publication design, corporate identity programs, architectural graphics, 
and exhibition, interior, and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous national 
and international awards for over 40 years. Through their product, environmental, and graphic design brilliance they have defined contemporary design in an elegant and transformative way and have set a consistent standard for excellence that is inspirational.
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In 1965 Massimo brought the Helvetica typeface to the US. Notable projects include: New York’s subway signage and maps; the interior of Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center; Venini lamps; Heller dinnerware; furniture for Poltrona Frau; and identity programs for Knoll International, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and American Airlines.

Leaders on the frontline of the design profession, the Vignellis continue to be mentors to other designers. Their archive is housed in a new building – The Vignelli Center for Design Studies – at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which will enable future generations to appreciate the Vignellis’ contributions.

Many from the world of design – from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand, among others -- speak about the Vignellis’ work and tell us anecdotes. The film brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

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We mourn the loss of two great men.
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UPCOMING SCREENINGS - more screenings »

September 25-30 - Beijing Design Week
September 19-21 - Movies on Design Festival Thailand
September 1-30 - Screening on Singapore Airlines

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