On 05.27.14, just a few weeks after Massimo Vignelli’s son invited designers who were influenced by the graphic designer to send him a letter of support and gratitude, Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. The design world, and our city, is deeply indebted to the work of the Italian-born, NYC-based designer. Vignelli’s famed 1972 subway map of New York City still lives on the MTA’s The Weekender website. His design for NYC’s subway system signage has been extended to other elements of the city, including the city’s website and pedestrian way-finding maps. So this week, as you ride the subway, take a minute to think about, and thank, Massimo Vignelli.
It’s time to sign, seal, and deliver some letters. We are approaching the final two months of Legislative Session in New York, and passage of the Good Samaritan Act for Licensed Professionals (S. 3942-A/A.4380-B) will allow architects to help communities in the wake of a disaster without the added stress of liability concerns. Click here to send an e-mail to your state legislators asking them to pass the bill.
In addition, Massimo Vignelli, the graphic designer responsible for the groundbreaking 1972 NYC subway map, is not well and is spending his last days at home. His son, Luca, invites all of those for whom Vignelli was an influence or inspiration to write him a letter. Please send your letters to: Massimo Vignelli, 130 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10021.