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The Vignelli Canon

4.65 of 5 stars 4.65  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The famous Italian designer Massimo Vignelli allows us a glimpse of his understanding of good design in this book, its rules and criteria. He uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice - from product design via signaletics and graphic design to Corporate Design. By doing this he is making an important manual available to young designers that in its clarity b ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Lars Muller Publishers (first published April 1st 2010)
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brandi
every designer should read this!
Here is the link

http://www.vignelli.com/canon.pdf
seeseesee
Massimo Vignelli designed this logo in 1968:



It is a classic, timeless logo. In the book Vignelli explains:

We are for a Design that lasts, that responds to
people’s needs and to people’s wants. We are
for a Design that is committed to a society that
demands long lasting values. A society that earns
the benefit of commodities and deserves respect
and integrity.


AmericanAirlines in 2013 is a bankrupt company and it has replaced Vagnelli's timeless master piece with this:



No one from AmericanAirlines read
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Chris

The famous Italian designer Massimo Vignelli allows us a glimpse of his understanding of good design in this book, its rules and criteria. He uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice - from product design via signaletics and graphic design to Corporate Design. By doing this he is making an important manual available to young designers that in its clarity both in terms of subject matter and visually is entirely committed to Vignelli's modern design.

About the Author

Massimo Vign

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Alex
"I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless." - Vignelli

That quote 100% sums up this book. Both Massimo and this book are brilliant; there is no reason not to read it. It's only 100-pages and it's free: http://www.vignelli.com/canon.pdf

Read it.

READ IT!
Lieuwe Bergstra
Great concise design book that you can read in less than an hour. Clear ideas about what should be the foundations of mostly visual design. It is dogmatic on some aspects such as typography, but honestly I do like the approach of brushing with broad strokes.
Maryna Aleksandrova
Great book! This book will walk you through main graphic (and not only) design principles with clear examples illustrating each word of the book. Read if you need to refresh or learn.
Pat Davis
Where many designers have a way of congesting their message with convoluted jargon, Vignelli cuts out the excess and only preserves the timeless practices of design. His methods are based in simplification, sometimes religiously so, and he is mortified by exercises that are not time-tested. The Canon is an excellent starter read for anyone interested in the essential elements of design.
Theia
Nu mi se pare deloc o carte doar pentru designeri.

Trebuie s-o citească toți. Pentru a înțelege ce înseamnă bunul gust, decența, eleganța, pertinența, logica, rațiunea chiar a tot ce înseamnă imagine, a tot ce înseamnă design.

Oferă soluții pentru designeri. Și oferă puncte de vedere (de atenție, de luat în considerare) pentru fiecare.
Sean
Provides a glimpse inside the mind of one of the important figures of modernist design. I found it fascinating and can't help but applaud the designer's steadfast adherence to his modernist ideals. Interesting and educational.
Azad Azadi
An interesting book on typography, including many of author's personal believes regarding rules of this practice. I enjoyed reading it and strongly recommend it.
Kai Yao
Very good. Explained the basic concepts of design with some some harder facts. Overall I found it useful for understanding the principles of design.
Jess
I expected this kind of writing, thinking and discipline from Massimo. Beautiful read and insight into his process.
Antonio
Como diseñador lo único que puedo decir acerca de este libro es: Amén.
Aras Atasaygın
Great book. Absolutely a must read for designers.
Sebastián Romero
A must read for designers
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