Massimo Vignelli is the co-founder and President of Vignelli Associates and Chief Executive Officer of Vignelli Designs in New York.
His work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture,
and consumer product designs for many leading American and European companies and institutions.
Mr. Vignelli's work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums;
notably, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York;
the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal; and the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich. Mr. Vignelli has taught and lectured on design in
the major cities and universities in the United States and abroad. He is a past president of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and
the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and a vice president of The Architectural League. Two feature-length television programs on
the Vignellis' work have been aired worldwide. A monographic exhibition of the Vignellis' work toured Europe between 1989 and 1993, and was
featured in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Helsinki, London, Budapest, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Munich, Prague and Paris.
Among Massimo Vignelli's many awards: Gran Premio Triennale di Milano, 1964; Compasso d'Oro, awarded by the Italian Association for Industrial
Design (ADI), 1964 and 1998; the 1973 Industrial Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the Art Directors Club 1982 Hall of
Fame; the 1983 AIGA Gold Medal; the first Presidential Design Award, presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, for the National Park Service
Publications Program; the Interior Design Hall of Fame, 1988; the National Arts Club Gold Medal for Design, 1991; the Interior Product Designers
Fellowship of Excellence, 1992; and The Brooklyn Museum Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, 1995. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate
in Architecture from the University of Venice, Italy and Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York, Pratt Institute,
Brooklyn, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C. In 1996 he received the Honorary Royal Designer
for Industry Award from the Royal Society of Arts, London.
Massimo Vignelli, born in Milan, studied architecture in Milan and Venice. Prior to establishing the offices of Vignelli Associates in 1971, and
Vignelli Designs in 1978, with Lella Vignelli, he and Lella Vignelli established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan in 1960,
and in 1965, Massimo Vignelli became co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation.