Design Is One: The Vignellis (2013)



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First Run Features presents the U.S. theatrical premiere of Design is One, the definitive documentary about the legendary and iconic design team of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, on October 11 in New York at the IFC Center, followed by a national release to theaters in select cities. In 1965, Massimo Vignelli brought the Helvetica typeface to the U.S., launching the new DNA of modern design. Together with his wife and creative partner Lella, the team designed the New York City subway map, and the everlasting identities of the world's premiere fashion, design and leisure brands including Knoll, Bloomingdales, Ducati, Fratelli Rosetti, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Ford Motor Company and American Airlines. Luminaries such as Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman and Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand all speak to filmmakers Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra about the Vignelli's work, from the perspective of being both peers and fans. Most importantly, the film features extensive personal conversations with Lella and Massimo themselves, who reveal for the viewer their intensely collaborative creative process and the inner workings of their deceptively linear genius that has defined contemporary design as we have come to know it. (c) First Run


Critic Reviews for Design Is One: The Vignellis

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

You may not recognize the Vignelli name, but you certainly recognize their designs.

Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the filmmakers sometimes fail to provide much in the way of context.

Oct 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This smart documentary is occasionally clunky technically, but the directors, Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew, include perceptive visual details ...

Oct 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film lacks the elegance of form required to honor its subject.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Haphazard and on the edge of half-hearted, the documentary always feels like a sketch rather than a finished design.

Oct 12, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli takes an efficient, minimalist approach to portraying the careers of the Vignellis: two of the world's most influential and important designers.

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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