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Massimo Vignelli

Born in Italy in 1931, Massimo Vignelli's 50 year career has spanned many design specialisms. The multi-disciplinary designer has worked across interior design, graphic design, furniture design and product design. 

After leaving school at 16, he worked as an architectural draftsman before studying architecture in Italy in the 1950s. During this time he was introduced to the work of Swiss Modernists, which inspired a move towards graphic design. 

In 1966, upon returning from a fellowship in America, Vignelli co-founded design firm Unimark International. The company went on to design the identity for American Airlines and the iconic signage for the New York City subway. 

Many of Vignelli’s projects are regarded as classic illustrations of modern design. Examples of his work are held in a number of permanent collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


The Stendig Calendar, designed in 1966, is the only calendar in the MOMA design collection. Measuring three feet by four feet, the large-scale black and white Stendig Calendar, with its dramatic and bold graphics is an iconic and functional piece of modern design. 

Today, Massimo Vignelli continues to work from his New York based studio. 

Massimo Vignelli