Massimo Viginelli's approach to scale, typography, grid systems and the modernest aesthetic was inspirational and his thinking has a strong influence on my design approach today. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century. Viginelli's design philosophy centers around creating “visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless” outcomes. His Canon published by Lars Muller in 2010 is one of the most insightful documents about design mechanics and approach I have read. The canon is also available as a pdf but do yourself a favor and get the book! Massimo was generous with his knowledge. I discovered the below video and quote Via 99u last night and thought it was to good not to share.
Without vision, nothing separates you from any other “pencil pusher.” Without courage, you’re likely to fall victim to the seemingly endless stream of fear of failure, incompetence, or imperfection you’ll face during your life. And without determination, all of the vision and courage is useless as even the smallest hurdle will cut down your momentum.
Find your vision, train yourself to be courageous, and determine to be determined.
Massimo Viginelli passed away last month and the outpouring of love from the design community is a mark of what a huge loss we mourn.