Save the Date: Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop

Save the date for the first summer Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Beatriz Cifuentes-Caballero and Yoshiki Waterhouse will lead; Peter Laundy to visit as guest critic.

Vignelli Center

Save the Date: First Summer Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop

June 21-27, 2015

Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

Massimo Vignelli, Beatriz Cifuentes-Caballero, Yoshiki Waterhouse

Lead faculty
Beatriz Cifuentes-Caballero
Yoshiki Waterhouse

Guest Critic
Peter Laundy

Guiding faculty
Bruce Ian Meader
Anne Ghory-Goodman
R. Roger Remington

Spend a week in June at the first Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop, working with former Vignelli Associates designers in a dynamic Modernist environment, the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT.

This workshop honors the careers and accomplishments of Massimo and Lella Vignelli and extends through performance their Modernist design values. It follows the tradition of Vignelli Master Designer Workshops held for the past six years.

Participants will experience an intensive in fine typography and be challenged with designing a branding program for a major Rochester cultural organization.

Advanced graphic design students and practicing professional designers are welcome to attend.

Registration will be available soon.

Please contact Katie Nix ( for more information or to be notified when registration is available.

March 4: Design Conversations, Antenna Design

How does design change behavior? Antenna Design founders Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger will visit RIT for a Design Conversations lecture on March 4, 2015. This lecture is open to the public.

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Design Conversations Lecture Series 2014/2015

The Vignelli Center’s annual Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals.
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Cancelled: Feb 16: Chris Pullman, “10 Things I’ve Learned”

Chris Pullman’s lecture scheduled for Monday, February 16 “10 Things I’ve Learned,” has been cancelled. Please join us tomorrow, February 17, in the University Gallery for a Design Conversations lecture on “Designing with Motion.” This talk focuses on how the conventions of typography and the dynamics of word-image interactions change when working with time, motion and sound.

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Feb 17: Design Conversations, Chris Pullman

“Designing with Motion.” Chris Pullman, former Design VP of WGBH Boston, will visit the Vignelli Center to deliver a Design Conversations lecture on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. His talk focuses on how the conventions of typography and the dynamics of word-image interactions change when working with time, motion and sound.This lecture is open to the public.

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Design Conversations: Gary Smith

Gary Smith, Vice President of Product Design & Exploration at Herman Miller, Inc., the global leader in designed furnishings for working, living and healing environments, will lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology on December 2, 2014.

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Medicine+Design Conference

Around the world healthcare professionals and designers are collaborating to produce innovative solution to major challenges in the wellness community. The Vignelli Center will host Medicine + Design: Healthcare and Wellness Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology on November 7 and 8, 2014.
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October 30th is #AskAnArchivist day!

What is #AskAnArchivist day?
On October 30th, archivists around the world will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things archives! This day-long event will give you an opportunity to connect directly with archivists to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity.
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Visit the Vignelli Center

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies, located on Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus in Rochester, New York, is home to the archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

The archives contain a comprehensive collection of primary source materials along with many examples of their finished works including identity campaigns, products, and furniture. The Vignelli Center has two levels of archival storage,
two galleries and a study room. It is open to the public and welcomes all visitors.

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Design Conversations Lecture: Jan Conradi

Jan Conradi, author of Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision will speak at Rochester Institute of Technology about the Vignellis and Modernism.
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Design Conversations: Annette Kroger





“At First Sight…Pierre Mendell”

Graphic designer Annette Kröger has been in charge of 
Pierre Mendell Design Studio in Munich since 2009, 
after working there for many years as Mendell’s assistant. 
She will discuss his celebrated posters and her experiences
working in the studio with Pierre Mendell (1929–2008).
This talk complements the major exhibition of Mendell’s
posters in the Bevier and University Galleries at RIT
from August to October, 2014. The lecture and exhibition
are supported by a grant from Mark and Maura Resnick.

Interpreting services available upon request

University Gallery
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

Park in lots E or F

For more information
Contact Katie Nix, Vignelli Center Program Assistant

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies hosts and supports a variety of events that advocate for design excellence including lectures, exhibitions and workshops.
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Pierre Mendell Poster Exhibition

June 4, 2014. The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT will host a major exhibit of graphic designer Pierre Mendell’s posters concurrently in both Bevier Gallery and University Gallery.
The exhibition opens August 25, 2014.
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Vignelli Center Open House: May 13, 2014

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ welcomes all members of the Rochester community to tour the archives and galleries, learn about our design programs and projects, and view artifacts from our unique collections on May 13, 2014
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Design Conversations: George M. and Gregory Beylerian

George M. Beylerian: Learning from Experience
Gregory Beylerian: From Concept to Reality, The Art of Living a Creative Life

Wednesday, May 8, 2014

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Design Conversations: Robert Appleton

Designer Robert Appleton will give a Design Conversations lecture titled “Vortex: Why Design Needs New Ways of Speaking” on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Design for Herbert Bayer’s World Geographic Atlas Roundtable

Vignelli Center Visiting Scholar Michael Burke will lead a roundtable discussion regarding Bayer’s work on the Atlas for Container Corporation of America.

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Design Conversations: Michael Bierut

In the world of design, every job, every project, every conversation, every fight, every heartbreak, every victory is a chance to learn something. Michael Bierut talks about his life in design and what he’s learned from his teachers, bosses, partners, and clients.

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Design Conversations: Ken Carbone

Ken Carbone, co-founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, will speak about what drives his design.

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Design Conversations: Spring Semester 2014

The Vignelli Center’s annual Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals.

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