This week was the grand opening of the Vignelli Center for Design on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. The center houses a permanent archive of the work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose projects included New York City subway signage, Heller Dinnerware, corporate identity programs for Xerox and American Airlines, packaging for Bloomingdales, and many other iconic works. The new Center, as described by RIT, is “a place for design education, research and critical examination. The key concept in all
areas of the Center’s work is the rigorous reflection of Modernism–the discourse of Modernism, which forms a bridge between the history of design and the Vignelli design tradition.” The new Center also includes the Benetton Gallery where there is an exhibit of select pieces from the Vignelli collection.