Visit the Vignelli Center for Design Studies

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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Lecture: The Rise of Experiential Design

Why does Experiential Design matter?

On December 1, 2015 Jason White, Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Chicago-based conceptual design studio Leviathan, will answer this question via delving into the current state of affairs within the creative industry, discussing its newest and most exciting prospects, providing insights into embracing them to make an impact.

Attendees will learn how media production is shifting from traditional formats to excitingnew platforms, from off-the-screen into dynamic physical spaces. From new exhibitions to public installations, Jason shares an arsenal of new techniques to build these kinds of experiences, including projection mapping, virtual reality, and immersive environments. His insight into the growing experiential design industry will address how these changes affect us, how to adapt to them, and which tools are best to achieve success.

Jason White: Design Conversation, Vignelli Center for Design Studies

About Jason White
Jason White is the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of a Chicago-based conceptual design studio Leviathan. With expertise in motion design, Jason guides his team through the production of broadcast animation and experiential design projects for global brands, agencies and entertainers. Under his creative lead, Leviathan has worked with major brands including BMW, HP, Samsung, and The North Face; as well as recording artists Drake, Skrillex, and Amon Tobin.

Jason is also a regular guest speaker at industry conferences around the world including FITC, HPX Digital, Collider, SEGD xLab, Pause Fest, and North by Northeast. His works have been featured in international media outlets including Art of the Title, Graphis, Motionographer, The Creators Project, Stash, and Wired.

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Lecture Information

The Vignelli Center’s monthly Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals. Lectures serve to create design dialogue and discourse among students, faculty, and the community.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
4:45 pm

University Gallery
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

Interpreting services available upon request: https://myaccess.rit.edu/

Park in lots E or F

 

See a complete list of past Design Conversations speakers

Wined & Vignelli Designed

Wined & Vignelli Designed shared artifacts that demonstrate Massimo and Lella Vignellis’ process of designing for dining. The Vignells have designed tableware for many clients, including Palio restaurant, CIGA Hotels, Heller, Sasaki, 21 Club and SD26. Their designs for dining include cookware, glasses, goblets, mugs, plates, platters, vases, flatware, bakeware, and butter dishes.

A selection of artifacts from this event are now on display in the Level 4 Archival Storage Space.

Vignelli Center for Design Studies: Wined & Vignelli Designed

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More about Wined & Vignelli Designed
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Wined & Vignelli Designed

What would your holiday party look like if you set your table with dinnerware designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli? Find out on November 19, 2015 when Vignelli Center Archivist Jennifer Whitlock will present a variety of designs for dining from the Vignelli Center’s Archives.

Vignelli Center for Design Studies: Wined & Vignelli Designed

Wined and Vignelli Designed
Setting the table with Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

A special showing of artifacts and the process of designing for dining.

It’s a dinner party in the middle of the day with no food.
Open to all; no RSVP required!
Visit for any amount of time.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1-3 pm

Helen Hamlyn Trust Study Room, Level 4
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology
(enter through the University Gallery)

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the projects we’ll share.
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Design Conversations Lectures

The Vignelli Center’s monthly Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals. Lectures serve to create design dialogue and discourse among students, faculty, and the community.

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May 5: Design Conversations, Kimberly Elam

Author, educator and designer Kimberly Elam will talk about “Grids, Non-Grids, Broken Rules, and Passion in Design” on May 5 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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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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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

 

 

Kroger-Lecture

 

“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 https://myaccess.rit.edu/

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
kcnfaa@rit.edu

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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