Vignelli's World

Massimo Vignelli, the renowned Italian born designer, is truly a renaissance man modernist (if I can put those words together). He believes, "If you can design one thing, you can design everything."

Vignelli recently published The Vignelli Canon, a 96-page online book that lays out his philosophy on typography and design. He talks about Design (always with a capital "D") with such reverence that I find myself nodding along in agreement and wanting to plaster his quotes all over my studio.

Such beauties include:
"Design discipline is above and beyond any style."
"We detest the demand of temporary solutions."
"White, in typography, is what space is in Architecture."
"In a world where everybody screams, silence is noticeable."

Vignelli is also not one to shy away from controversy. I find myself chuckling when he blasts "vulgarities", such as the United States' basic letter size. He laments, "The United States uses a basic letter size (8 1/2 x 11") of ugly proportions, and results in complete chaos with an endless amount of paper sizes. It is a by-product of the culture of free enterprise, competition and waste" Ouch! He goes further to say, "Just another example of the misinterpretations of freedom". This guy does not mince words.

Whether you agree with him or not, his love of design is apparent, and unapologetic. [via SwissMiss] |DBK

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