The Vignelli Canon


I introduce to you, The Holy Grail.

Massimo Vignelli has published an amazing 96 page book on better understanding typography in graphic design, according to him. The book gives specific details on Vignelli’s methodology and approach as well as how he decides on paper sizes, typefaces and other tangibles. There is also a nice section on grids.

It’s an excellent book that every designer should read. The book is available for free online in PDF format but I do hope they print this one out because it’s a masterpiece in my opinion.        

17 thoughts on “The Vignelli Canon

  1. I met Vignelli last year when he was speaking at Michigan State. Quite possible that I almost hit him with my car as well… We were trying to find the building on campus, found it and was looking to the side a bit, and him and someone who organized it stepped out in the road. It wasn’t like super close, but still scared the crap out of me. Almost hit a legend.

  2. This is an amazing resource – extremely fantastic work too.
    Thank you, I would love Vignelli. I am very jealous Josh!

    Another inspiring link! Thank you Antonio!

  3. Great read! I hope it goes to print, although preferably after someone corrects the spelling errors.

  4. I have read, re-read & referenced this pdf many times. As a younger designer it has given me most a lot of insight towards design process, but what I find more rewarding is how relatable it has been.

    It has really helped strengthen a lot of my core design ideologies.

    I came across this page searching for a version in print. I agree that this really needs to be published!

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