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Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Roberto Guerra & Kathy Brew

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About the Movie

Two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli’s work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say they are known by everyone, even by those who don’t know their names. Adhering to self-proclaimed motto, “If you can’t find it, design it,” their achievements in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, corporate identity, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous international awards for over 40 years.After Massimo brought the Helvetica typeface to America in 1965, he and Lella moved on to a diverse array of projects, including New York’s subway signage and maps, the interior of Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center, Venini lamps, Heller dinnerware, furniture for Poltrona Frau, and branding for Knoll International, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ford and American Airlines.Luminaries from the world of design – from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand – bring us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This smart documentary is occasionally clunky technically, but the directors, Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew, include perceptive visual details ... – Miriam Bale, New York Times, Oct 11, 2013

Rotten: The film lacks the elegance of form required to honor its subject. – Calum Marsh, Village Voice, Oct 8, 2013

Fresh: You may not recognize the Vignelli name, but you certainly recognize their designs. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Oct 31, 2013

Rotten: Unfortunately, the filmmakers sometimes fail to provide much in the way of context. – Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail, Oct 11, 2013

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Customer Reviews


A must see for any designer…especially if you’re not familiar with the Vignellis.

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