Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014
He had had many other designers work for him before me and would have many others afterwards. But for me, there would only be one: Massimo Vignelli died on Tuesday, May 17, 2014, at the age of 83.
What Bill Knew
William Drenttel hated to be thought of as a business guy, but he knew a lot about business...and love.
I still remember the moment when I began to realize that I had a case of chromatophobia, fear of color. From my earliest days as a designer I loved black and white. Such authority, such decisiveness. To this day, any collection of my favorite personal projects — posters, book covers, identities — marks me as a follower of Henry Ford, who famously told buyers of his Model T that they could have whatever color they wanted as long as it was black.
Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport
Thoughtful criticism of graphic design once seemed to have a bright future. These days, it's no more than a series of drive-by shootings punctuated by the occasional lynch mob, conducted by anonymous people with the depth of barroom philosophers and the attention span of fruit flies. So many designers can be articulate, inspiring advocates for the power of design. Where are their voices?