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July 6, 2017

5 Facts about Massimo Vignelli, the Designer Behind NYC’s Original Subway Map

By Martha G
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1. Massimo Vignelli was an immigrant, born in Milan, Italy, in 1931.

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2. From Curbed New York: “Together with designer Bob Noorda…Vignelli introduced the typeface and design quirks found throughout the transit system, including the now-iconic color scheme used to denote the various subway lines.”

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3. Vignelli also designed the Bloomingdale’s shopping bags and the interior of St. Peter’s Church.

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4. His wife, Lella, was a pioneering designer in her own right. Together, they founded Vignelli Associates in 1971.

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5. Vignelli was passionate about design as an art, and shared his knowledge with generations of emerging talent. Some of his publications include: The Vignelli Canon (2009) and Vignelli A to Z (2007).

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