Massimo Vignelli’s Book List

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I really wish I was as lucky as Michael Beirut (and the many other graphic designers who got a chance to study and work with Massimo Vignelli!) who not only has known great Massimo Vignelli in person but who also got to start his designer’s career under the guidance of this great graphic designer. Vignelli was truly a great graphic designer. If you live in New York, but have nothing to do with the design world, you might not know that pretty much everywhere you go in NYC, you encounter the works of Vignelli. Subway map? Yes, it’s Vignelli who made such awesome in its simplicity and easy to understand map that has been around forever, and I don’t think it’ll go away any time soon.

He’s one of those graphic designers who makes simple, but very delicious design. It’s delicious because it’s so simple that it makes you ache and wonder – why he could come up with something that simple and you can’t?!

United Colors of Beneton, American Airlines and Bloomingdales – are all his logos…or Knoll furniture?! So simple and at the same time so sleek and sexy…

If you are a graphic designer or you are a graphic design afficionado, you might know that Massimo Vignelli has passed away on May 27, 2014. That was NOT a happy day for many of his followers, students and aspiring graphic designers. As a matter of fact, it was a strange month, because on May 14 died another great artist, designer, teacher – Tony Palladino, who I knew personally. Tony was our mentor – to the four of us in his design class he taught for a few years at the School of Visual Arts. He let us in his house. We met his family. We went through his personal books and drawings. Because of him, we are all still friends. It was a very sad news for us! He was not only a great artist, but a great kind person who taught us how to think and create conceptually and who always said to us: “It’s important to be kind…” I’ll always remember it. Because I truly believe in being kind to your work, colleagues and clients…

Both of these great graphic designers who lived and worked in New York City left a long legacy…for all of us to follow or…at least to try to be a bit better as graphic designers.

A few days ago in one of the newsletters I subscribe from Designers & Books, there was a link to the Massimo Vignelli’s Book List that he shared with the readers – these are the books that inspired him, that made him a great designer. Personally, I was really pleasantly surprised that quite a few of his favorite books are by Russian authors, and with which choices I completely agree! Continue reading

Read What Bob Gill Reads & You’ll Be a Better Designer

One of the sites you need to bookmark if you are serious about self-educating on both the latest design trends and classical schools of design, is Designers & Books, which, by the way, also holds an annual fair that features meeting series with authors of the books, special guests on various design topics and, of course, many publishing houses on site that bring a great, almost overwhelming, variety of the books you can buy right there and then, some of which you could have signed by the author in presence. Like I did with the book I got at the last year’s fair “100 Unforgettable Dresses”.

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It was a very educational and inspiring event. Here are some of the highlights from it. I also got to meet some of my graphic design icons, like Tom Geismar, whose book on the corporate design and branding “Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Charmayeff & Geismar” I’ve read cover to cover in just one week. (Thank you, mom, for giving it to me on my birthday!)

One of the D&B latest blogs caught my attention because it featured a reading list by Bob Gill, another of my favorites! I can never get enough of his illustrations and conceptual graphic designs for Esquire and his art direction at the Pentagram. So, if you are want to become a better designer, here’s Bob Gill’s Book List: Continue reading

The Design Studies Are Back On: Tony Palladino

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“Whatever Tony Palladino creates, it exudes style, beauty and a personal statement. Whether it’s a poster, a painting, a book jacket, a sculpture, a print ad or a television spot, the uniquely ubiquitous Palladino touch is always present and accounted for”.Art Director’s Club.

I look forward to starting a graphic design class with Tony Palladino this Thursday. I’m beyond excited, I’m thrilled! He’s a true legend. We are so lucky at the School of Visual Arts Continuing Education Graphic Design program that such acclaimed great graphic designers like Paula Scher, Carin Goldberg, Tony Palladino and Louise Fili are teaching us.

Tony Palladino has an immeasurable wealth of talent. The joy he’s brought to all who have experienced it is proof he knows what to do with it. His very own special light from within continues to illuminate and enlighten the design world. Continue reading