Fighting Ugliness With Massimo Vignelli

On September 16, 2010 The Vignelli Center for Design Studies opened at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Center contains the legendary Massimo Vignelli’s archives. In anticipation of the opening Vignelli did the press rounds.

Here he is on a short documentary by John Madere discussing the Center, beauty and how to fight ugliness:


Famous for his work designing the New York City subway map, you can explore his work thanks to The Vignelli Canon, available as a free PDF from his website. 

Debbie Millman, kicked of a new season of her podcast “Design Matters” with a lively interview with Vignelli discussing his career, his favorite work, his approach to technology and why he only needs four typefaces. Listen here. 

In this 30 minute interview Vignelli addresses his belief that bad design is vulgar and we must fight vulgarity:

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit

◉ Permalink