Book Review: Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Design is One

The power of design

Images of Australia published this book in 2004 and in 2007 'Vignelli: from A to Z'. Lars Muller published 'The Vignelli Canon' in 2011. There is a similarity between these three books: approximately the same size and a lot of duplication with the images.

'Design is One' is no more than a photo and caption sampling of Lella and Massimo's work from 1955 to 2003. The 'A to Z' as the title suggests uses each letter to tie in with some of their work. 'The Vignelli Canon' I thought was the best of the three. The contents are divided into two sections: The Intangibles looks at the intellectual basis of design; The Tangibles provides some basic practical observations.

For much more comprehensive look at the Vignelli's work check out Rizzoli's 1990 published 276 pages overview: 'Design: Vignelli'.

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