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.