Graphic designer Massimo Vignelli dies at 83

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-27 15:48:03-04
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NEW YORK – OCTOBER 16: Lella Vignellil (L) and designer Massimo Vignelli attend the ‘Legends 2008’ gala presented by the Pratt Institute at Lighthouse at Pier 61 on October 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — A renowned graphic designer whose vision extended from subterranean transit maps to airline logos has died. Massimo Vignelli was 83.

Yoshiki Waterhouse, who worked at Vignelli’s firm, says the designer had been ill and died Tuesday at his Manhattan home.

The Italian-born Vignelli worked on a variety of projects throughout his career. They include the original branding for American Airlines as well as a version of the New York City subway map that came out in 1972. That subway map design was in use until 1979.

Waterhouse says Vignelli believed a good designer should be able to design anything, from small items like cutlery to big urban design projects.

Vignelli is survived by his, wife Lella; a son and daughter; and three grandchildren.