Thursday, December 25, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Massimo Vignelli, Graphic Designer Whose Work Helped Shape Look of Subway System, Dies at 83

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Massimo Vignelli, Graphic Designer Whose Work Helped Shape Look of Subway System, Dies at 83
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

A graphic designer whose work has been seen by millions of subway riders has died.

Massimo Vignelli was an Italian graphic designer who helped shape the look of the subway system over several decades.

In the 1960s, he introduced Helvetica, the font still used in subway signs.

He's perhaps best known for a famous version of the subway map that he designed in 1972 whose influence is still seen today, despite the MTA not using it in more than 30 years.

While the map showed each line to highlight transfer points and the difference between local and express service, it distorted the street grid and portrayed Central Park as a gray box.

The design is now part of the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection.

Vignelli lived on the Upper East Side.

He was 83 years old.

10.11.12.247 ClientIP: 54.226.10.234, 23.62.7.37 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP