The Graphic Design Archives Chapbook Series celebrates the achievements of key design pioneers whose work is collected in the Special Collections department of RIT Libraries. From the inaugural acquisition of the Lester Beall Archive in 1986, RIT’s holdings have grown to include the work of eighteen designers. Extensive collections of personal papers, business records and artwork by Lester Beall, Will Burtin, George Giusti, and Cipe Pineles form the cornerstones of the Archives.
RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies has produced a new book, VIGNELLI DRAWINGS. For the first time readers can look inside Massimo Vignelli's book design process. Never seen before, ten of his book designs are deconstructed showing his page grid, hand drawn sketches and the photography on the printed pages. Vignelli said, "The grid is an integral part of book design. It's not something that you see physically. It's just like underwear.
Publisher:Vignelli Center for Design Studies (09/2014)
Elaine Lustig Cohen is widely recognized for the client-based design work she produced in the 1950s and 1960s. Influenced at an early age in Modernism, she was later rewarded with accolades for her work as a fine artist in painting and collage.Aaris Sherin focuses on Cohen as a multi-faceted designer, paying particular attention to the book covers she designed for Meridian Books and New Directions. The author provides a critical overview of Cohen’s career based on interview sessions with the artist along with full color examples of her work.
Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision is a portrait of two important twentieth-century designers whose careers intertwined since the 1950s. The Vignellis promote a modernist philosophy of designing for a better society: resourceful use of space and materials, clear communication, lasting quality, and logical functionality.
Publisher:RIT Press (06/2014)
Illustrations:74 illustrations, some color
Size:6 x 9 in.
Table of contents
vii Photos: Five Decades of Vignelli Design
1 Foreword by Deyan Sudjic
10 The Vignellis: An Introduction
14 Chapter 1: Foundation: Growing Up in Italy
Lella and Massimo Meet
Expanding Horizons, Crossing Oceans
30 Chapter 2: 1965: Unimark International
The Vignellis Move to New York
Lella and Unimark
Massimo at Unimark
Unimark: Turmoil and Trouble
46 Chapter 3: 1971: The Rise of Vignelli Associates
Vignelli Transit Maps describes the history of the New York subway maps and follows this city’s transportation growth from separate, independent lines to one large system. Peter Lloyd uncovers the history of the Vignelli map that includes the legacy of the people who created and promoted this New York icon—as well as those who hastened its demise. The book includes a first glimpse at original, early development sketches of the famed map and of its recent successors.
In the 1930s, much of rural America lacked electricity, power, and running water. The Rural Electrification Administration hired graphic designer Lester Beall to create a series of posters illustrating the benefits of electrification. These posters are from the first of three series, created in 1937. The original posters are held in the Lester Beall Archive, at RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection.