We were (big) fans of the documentary film by director Gary Hustwit when it premiered in 2007 and opened our eyes to the prevalence of the titular typeface just about everywhere—on American Airline planes, Bloomingdale’s bags, National Park Service brochures, and perhaps most famously, New York City’s enduring subway signage.
The mastermind behind all of this? Late Italian designer (and Helvetica champion) Massimo Vignelli, who would have celebrated his 86th birthday today, January 10.
Vignelli died in 2014, but his extensive body of work—created in close collaboration with his wife, Lella, who passed away on December 22—continues to fuel a passion in designers and design enthusiasts. Intrigued? Check out this brief reader on Vignelli and his lasting influence, including a downloadable PDF written by the designer himself.
And last but not least...
The Vignelli Canon—Vignelli’s 96-page book on typography in graphic design