Massimo Vignelli Is Gravely Ill, Requesting Letters

Massimo Vignelli, one of the world's great designers, is very sick. His son suggests writing him a letter.

Influential design great Massimo Vignelli is gravely ill. His family reports that he has left the hospital and will be spending his last days at his home in New York City. His son, Luca, has extended a touching request: that all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration write him a letter.

Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, who worked for Vignelli for 10 years, said:

Luca said that Massimo would be thrilled to get notes of good wishes from people whom he's touched or influenced—whether personally or remotely—over the years. Luca has visions of huge mail bags full of letters. I know that one of Massimo's biggest fantasies has been to attend his own funeral. This will be the next best thing. Pass the word.

If you'd like to send a letter, post it to:
Massimo Vignelli
130 East 67 Street
New York, New York 10021

[via Creative Review]

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  • When I was 15 years old, a friend of the family was the office manager at Unimark in Chicago. She arranged an appointment so I could bring my high school artwork to show it to the entire staff. For over an hour, Massimo, Ralph Ekerstrom, and the entire staff looked at my work and asked me questions about what I wanted to do with my life. They talked and debated. Massimo finally decided that I should go to the University of Cincinnati for college. It was a perfect choice and made all the difference in my life. I can’t even imagine how many thousands and thousands of students and professionals with whom Massimo has patiently and graciously shared his time over the years.

  • Sourav Sarkar

    Dear CO, please help him get the words from people who might want to share it over social networks. Please form a Twitter handle and an FB page/hashtag.

  • My first memory of graphic design was his 1972 NYC Subway map while traveling at the age of seven. It became my first design influence and sparked my love for cartography, that still exists to this day.