Massimo Vignelli created Designed by Lella, a book that celebrates his business partner and wife, Lella. The book highlights here prolific career, with work spanning across furniture, interior, product and fashion design. She’s truly a talented and inspiring designer.
A free PDF of the book is available to download.
Ken Briggs was a British graphic designer best known for the excellent poster and programs that he designed for the The National Theatre in London during the 60s and 70s. Some of these wonderful designs are pictured here. He was the companies first graphic designer, his work has had a huge influence on the theatre’s design, even to this day.
Sadly, he passed away recently. We’re left with a collection of work that is legendary.
Eye Magazine has written an article in his honor. The National Theatre also honored him on their Tumblr. They mentioned that The NT Archive took in Ken Briggs’ collection, and you can visit it by contacting them. If I ever make it to London, I’m definitely checking this out.
They’ve also digitized all of their posters, which can be viewed here.
And lastly, In 2009, Occasional Papers published The Master Builder: Talking with Ken Briggs that details a conversation between Sara De Bondt, Fraser Muggeridge and Ken Briggs. The book also includes a lot of his work, but it seems to be out of print.
Gerald Cinamon is an American designer and typographer who was the chief designer at Penguin and studied under Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann. He’s also credited with bringing the Swiss Style to the UK.
In honor of his work, SEA has produced a book of his work and two screen prints. There will also be an exhibition from Sept. 4 – Oct. 6 at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
More info on Cinamon here.
I’ve never seen Cinamon’s work until now, and it’s impressive.
Rolf Müller is a German designer who studied with Josef Müller-Brockmann, and from 1967-72 he worked with Otl Aicher on the corporate design of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Stellar work. Definitely one of the greats.
AGI Open is a design and education conference featuring over 30 of the world’s leading graphic designers – all members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). This year the event is in London, so if you’re in the area, definitely check it out.
But what I want to mention here is their awesome Tumblr, which features some great work from legends like Müller-Brockmann, Crouwel, Hofmann, Harder, Kramer, and a ton more. I can stare at this site all day long.
Via Blair Thomson
Johnnie Shand Kydd directed this beautiful short film of design legends Richard Meier and Massimo Vignelli. They discuss grids, Meier’s new office space, and their long friendship. Would have loved for this to have been much longer, and to get into more of a design discussion, but this will do. More here.