Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Earlier this week, we posted a call from the son of Massimo Vignelli: The graphic design legend has fallen ill and requested letters from those he might have inspired or influenced during his long career. Designers all over the world have been mailing letters, and posting them online as well, tagging them #dearmassimo.

It's a beautiful tribute, and a testament to how many lives he's touched. Massimo is truly one of the kindest, most generous people I've met in the design world. And completely approachable. Each time I'd call him for a quote or an interview, I was surprised that he answered his own phone, and he was eager to talk. He always had time.

Here are a few letters that caught my eye, and I can only imagine how many more are arriving at his house each day. With his blessing, I'd love to see these collected into a book. It would be a fitting way to remember his spirit.


Jennifer McGee

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Stefan Bucher

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Josh Berta

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Sue Apfelbaum

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Kathryn Grace

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Erik Marinovich

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Danielle Evans

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Tzuyin Chen

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Christopher Simmons

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Igor Mustaeva

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Kyle Hinze

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

Lila Symons

Dear Massimo: 12 Designers Who Penned Letters To Their Hero

If you've sent Massimo a letter, please share a photo of your note here!