Designers: Massimo Vignelli

Meet Massimo Vignelli! I bet that name won't immediately ring a lot of bells, but if I continue by saying the word 'Stendig Calendar' I'm sure you know who I'm talking about :) You must know that I am an incredible font geek :) This Italian designer, who called himself an architecture groupie as a child, was born in Milan in 1931. Though he didn't invent the typefont Helvetica he would prove to be very important for its popularity. The Stendig Calendar that he designed in 1966 was added to the collection of the MoMa in New York in the same year! The smaller and more simplistic Perpetual Calendar (max 365) was added to his portfolio in 1980. But that's not all: he also designed the New York subway map and all of the subway signs; the logo for Knoll, American Airlines & Bloomingdale's, chairs, mugs etcetera! Make sure to check out the Big Think interview with Vignelli below, because he's also a very funny man :)

Massimo Vignelli

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