Born in Italy in 1931, Massimo Vignelli studied architecture in Milan and Venice. He met his wife and partner Lella at a conference in 1957, and since then they have been inseparable. In the mid 60s he moved to New York, where he was one of the founding members of Unimark International design firm that stood for a decade. While there, Vignelli was responsible for the corporate identity of American Airlines. Along with Bob Noorda, Vignelli created signaling subway in New York, today considered a great work of abstract design, which was amended in 2008 to make it more efficient and accurate. In 1971, he opened his own firm with his wife: Vignelli Associates. He was a prolific designer, creating from business cards, to books, and the inside of a church. In 2008 he donated his entire archive to Rochester Institute of Technology. Opened in 2010, the building where the archive is housed, called The Vignelli Center for Design Studies, was designed by both of them with exhibitions space, classrooms and offices. This iconic modern designer died on May 27, 2014 at 83 at his home in Manhattan.
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