Massimo Vignelli, considered by many as one of the world’s great designers, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those who were influenced or inspired by him to write him a letter.
Here is my letter to Massimo that I will be sure to mail to him as well:
I was lucky beyond words. You were the first real graphic designer I ever met. I was 6 years old and you were visiting my father, who was then the publisher of Print Magazine and getting ready to start Package Design Magazine, on which you were a consultant.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. -Walt Disney
I have worked most weekends of my life. Sometimes it is motivated by practicality, and sometimes driven by sheer habit and compulsion. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the two but there it is — weekends in the office are my default position. Perhaps for this reason, I was drawn this week to a set of career tips by The Creative Group, the very wise specialized staffing firm, about how to minimize weekend work. The Creative Group presents quite nicely pragmatic ways to avoid unnecessary weekend labors. I thought they were also addressing the compulsive aspect — since one piece of advice is headlined ‘Seek Help’. Turns out they meant to hire freelancers, rather than a mental health professional. Oh well.