“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.
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.
We mourn the loss of two great men.
UPCOMING SCREENINGS - more screenings »
September 19-21 - Movies on Design Festival Thailand
September 1-30 - Screening on Singapore Airlines
August 6 - Design Assembly – Christchurch, New Zealand
DESIGN IS ONE available for streaming rental on Vimeo VOD for international viewers outside of US/Canada vimeo.com
Design Is One Interview on WNBC - nbcnewyork.com
Linear Genius, Bold and Transformative - nytimes.com
Learn About the Designers Behind New York City’s Iconic Subway-System Signage - vanityfair.com
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