From Subways to Helvetica

Massimo Vignelli.  I had not heard his name until today yet his influence has surrounded me my entire life.  In 1950, pre-computer age, he created one of the most used fonts of all time, Helvetica. His simplistic, modern style can also be seen in logos, interior design, furniture and more.   When interviewed for an article in the New York Times, Vignelli said “Design is a field that encompasses the entire outside world that surrounds us.   From this chair to that furniture there, everything you contemplate, has been designed by someone. “    This is never more evident than in his most famous design, a map of the New York Subway.  Vignelli used his clean style to make the complex system simple to understand.  After reading the book  The Vignelli Canon, I came away with a deeper understand of the importance of design in everyday life and a strong appreciation for the pioneers in the field.

Here are 5 Lessons from Massimo Vignelli.

Reflections on Photography

After reading The Story Behind. . . Migrant Mother, Maria Popova, the importance of a single picture became more clear.  Her seemingly candid photos captured the feelings, heart and soul of an entire era. I was inspired to create a picture that told a story.  While my picture is nowhere near as deep as anything Popova published, I hope you can look at it and make your own story. 

Watching What is Visual Literacy showed me that visual literacy is a language that must be taught.  With 90% of the information we receive being visual, it is important that we can read what is being said through what we see.  In my photo, I chose to mix textures and create interesting angles.  I wanted to create the unexpected, much like the red spiky sculpture in front of the traditional stone building in What is Visual Literacy.  What do you see?