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March 31, 2015
by Dan
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The Great Discontent: Michael Bierut

The Great Discontent has a really interesting (and long) interview with Michael Bierut about his career in graphic design: The reason I love graphic design is because it’s a way to get paid to learn new things. For example, let’s … Continue reading

September 11, 2014
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NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

If you’ve been on Twitter for past couple of days you’ll have no doubt noticed that the design community (or the sizeable type-obsessed segment of it) is very excited that designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, founders of thestandardsmanual.com, have started a Kickstarter project … Continue reading

June 24, 2014
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Michael Bierut — The Creative Influence

In this new short film for The Creative Influence documentary series, designer Michael Bierut talks about his mentor Massimo Vignelli, what makes an enduring logo, and how the internet has changed the way we work:

March 21, 2014
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Designed by: Lella Vignelli

Designer Massimo Vignelli has created a book dedicated to the work of his lifelong collaborative partner and wife Lella: The book can be downloaded for free as a PDF.

October 12, 2013
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Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Design is One, the new documentary film by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra about designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli, opened at the IFC in New York yesterday:

May 3, 2013
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Massimo Vignelli Makes Books

Massimo Vignelli discusses his approach to book design: [vimeo http://vimeo.com/64811872 w=500] The video was produced by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay for Mohawk’s “What Will You Make Today?” campaign, and is accompanied by a limited edition journal that reproduces Vignelli’s grid from the … Continue reading

March 16, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

The Analytical Eye — Rick Poyner’s second essay for Design Observer on the visual interpretation of J.G. Ballard examines the work of French artist Peter Klasen: What both Ballard and Klasen share… is a cold, appraising, analytical eye. It’s impossible … Continue reading

February 2, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Designers & Books — A beautiful new site compiling lists of books that designers identify as “personally important, meaningful, and formative.” Nice. Rules Are What Make You — Michael Bierut at Designer Observer on his modernist upbringing at Vignelli Associates: … Continue reading

September 21, 2010
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Smith and Vignelli

As is no doubt clear from recent blog posts, I have a huge amount of respect for the work of designer Massimo Vignelli and so I really enjoyed this recent interview with Debbie Millman for the new series of Design … Continue reading

September 16, 2010
by Dan
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Massimo Vignelli — A Short Documentary

It is turning into something of a mini Massimo Vignelli week at The Casual Optimist. Here is John Madere’s short documentary about the designer, mentioned briefly on Wednesday:

September 16, 2010
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The Desk

The Desk is a fascinating mini-documentary about our complex relationships with our workspace. It features commentary from experts Alice Twemlow, Eric Abrahamson, Massimo Vignelli, David Miller, Kurt Andersen, Søren Kjær, Alfred Stadler, Jennifer Lai, and Ben Bajorek: Created by Imaginary … Continue reading

September 15, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Another great set of designs for the 2009 D&AD student award brief for typography sponsored by Faber and Faber, this time by Rinse Design (via Cosa Visuales). See also: Ed Cornish’s designs for the brief. Phaidon have relaunched their website … Continue reading

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