Design Legend Massimo Vignelli Is Very Sick—Send Him a Letter

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The man who gave us everything from the NYC subway's signage and map to the American Airlines logo, Massimo Vignelli, is currently spending his last days at home—and his son has an unusual request: Would you send him a note?

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Luca Vignelli put out the call to the internet today on The Creative Review, asking that anyone for whom Vignelli was an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter (yes, an actual letter). The outpouring has been swift—Pentagram's Michael Bierut, who worked for Vignelli for a decade, commented that "I know that one of Massimo's biggest fantasies has been to attend his own funeral. This will be the next best thing. Pass the word."

Here's his address:

Massimo Vignelli
130 East 67 Street
New York, New York 10021

Let's hope all our family and friends will be as kind when we're in the same spot. [The Creative Review]

DISCUSSION

JimBobOne,

You're missing the point. This isn't a memorial book so don't act like any criticism coming your way is desecrating something sacred. The post is a request from the family. It's your prerogative to take the opinion of "oh, this is good enough, they should be grateful" but you should expect some backlash. The amount of time you've spent here posting and replying and deleting posts you could have sent something tangible as requested.

ILikePsych,

That is an awfully thoughtful offer.