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Graphic designer Massimo Vignelli dies in NY at 83

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Renowned graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, whose vision extended from subterranean transit maps to airline logos, died Tuesday at age 83.

He had been ill and died at his Manhattan home, said Yoshiki Waterhouse, who worked at his firm.

Vignelli, who was born in Italy, started his work life in the United States in the mid-1960s. He worked on a variety of design projects for companies including Bloomingdale's, Ford and Xerox. His designs have ended up in museum collections around the world.

Among Vignelli's high-profile projects were the original branding for American Airlines — airplanes with red, white and blue stripes along the sides and the big AA logo on the tail — and a version of the New York City subway map that came out in 1972 — a geometric design lauded by some for its look but criticized by others because it didn't easily help with understanding the street-level geography of the city.

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