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National Book Awareness Week! 

"The design of books has taught us to consider problems in a whole, complete way, in a cover-to-cover sense, so to speak." - design: Vignelli (1981), #26 [p. 18]

What better way to end National Book Awareness week than with some of the Vignellis book designs from the archives! They designed numerous books over the years including a couple of books about their own work titled design: Vignelli. So we said to ourselves what if we showed the process of designing a book about your own book designs?  Now that’s book awareness!

We love sharing the process materials for the design: Vignelli books (see here and here) and we have uncovered even more just recently. Now we can see Massimo’s original handwritten edits to the text and his initial sketches of the book layout. And these are just a couple examples of what we found! We’re so lucky to be able to follow the design process from start to finish! 

design: Vignelli book (excerpts), 1981
10 1/8” x 10 1/8”
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Massimo Vignelli’s handwritten text for design: Vignelli book (circa 1981)
pen on paper
9” x 12”
Box 584, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Sketches for design: Vignelli book (circa 1981)
pencil and crayon on paper
14” x 17”
Box 454, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

All of the YES. Because Vignelli.

Jane Dorn