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Massimo Vignelli

A legend

Massimo Vignelli, an acclaimed graphic designer died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He gave shape to his Modernist vision in book covers, shopping bags, furniture and corporate logos. He was 83 years old. His death, after a long illness, was confirmed by Carl Nolan, a longtime employee of Mr. Vignelli’s.

An admirer of the architects Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Mr. Vignelli moved to New York from Italy in the mid-1960s with the hope of propagating a design aesthetic inspired by their ideal of functional beauty.

He preached clarity and coherence and practiced them with intense discipline in everything he turned out, whether kitchenware, public signage, books or home interiors.