Graphic designer Massimo Vignelli dies at 83

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 12:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A renowned graphic designer whose vision extended from subterranean transit maps to airline logos has died. Massimo Vignelli (MAH'-sih-moh vihn-YEHL'-ee) 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.

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