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The Vignelli Canon

Title: The Vignelli Canon

Author: Massimo Vignelli


Vignelli Canon has been on my list of books to purchase for some time. I'm amazed that it's taken me this long to buy the book because Massimo Vignelli is one of my favourite designers and most certainly one of my biggest inspirations. I'm a modernist/functional designer and I opt for timeless solution as opposed to trends — much like Vignelli.

The layout of the book is as expected, a simple three-column grid, of which is actually studied within the publication. In terms of content, the book offers lectures from Vignelli. It's a book of principles regarding the way in which Vignelli & his studios work. You get the impression that employees have these principles drilled into them on a daily basis.

It's certainly one of my favoured design books and one that will sit at the top of the pile.