Massimo Vignelli passed away this morning. I can’t even begin to explain how much of an influence he was on me. I wouldn’t know half of what I know about design if it weren’t for him. I will continue to learn from Massimo for years to come. He will be missed, but his work will live on for generations.
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.
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.
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.
AisleOne reader, René, was kind enough to write in to share his collection of photos taken by Hans G. Conrad, the first student at the Ulm School of Design / Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG Ulm. Conrad passed away several years ago, but before he did he gave René over 12,000 photos. About two years ago René began to upload the images to Flickr. A lot of really great photos already up there, like the one pictured here of Otl Aicher teaching a typography class. You’ll find a lot of other great design legends in the photos like Bayer, Eames and Bill.
What a great way of remembering such a historic school and influential designers.
Stefan Kanchev (1915-2001) was one of the most prolific graphic designers to come out of Bulgaria. He’s designed numerous book covers, posters, postcards, advertisements, forms and envelopes, post stamps, labels and packages but he’s widely recognized for his excellent logo work. He’s considered one of the best logo designers along with Saul Bass and Paul Rand.
The simplicity of the logos created by Kanchev is what really stands out for me. They all work in a solid, single color and a minimum amount of shapes and lines are used to create the visual. Stunning.