ADC is deeply saddened to announce the passing of legendary graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, who died this morning at the age of 83. Massimo was inducted into the ADC Hall of Fame in 1982.
Below is a statement from George Lois, past ADC President, fellow ADC Hall of Fame laureate and close friend of Massimo.
“Today, we, his fellow members of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, mourn the loss of a great man. Massimo Vignelli died nobly, as he had lived, an extraordinary life of pioneering superb design: logos, packaging, household design, showroom design, and public signage.
Vignelli, the Renaissance man of the modern age, fought the good fight against ugliness, and was victorious.”
The depth and breadth of Massimo’s modernist design work is unparalleled, but the general public is most familiar with his iconic 1972 reinterpretation of the New York subway map, which today holds a place in MoMA.
Beyond being an ADC Hall of Fame laureate, Massimo received the AIGA Medal in 1983 alongside his wife Lella. Massimo was also entered into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 2003 was honored with the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Museum of Design at Cooper-Hewitt, New York.