We were saddened to hear of the passing of Massimo Vignelli, a great design mind and one of the most influential designers of this century. We wanted to find a way to honor him and his legacy. Yesterday, friends and family gathered at a small, intimate memorial ceremony honoring Massimo at Saint Peter’s Church in New York.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which houses the Vignelli archives. I had the privilege of visiting a few years ago. They’ve created the Vignelli Fund for Design Excellence, which will support Vignelli scholarships, fellowships, as well as exciting programming that will help advance design excellence and Massimo and Lella’s vision through education and advocacy for decades to come.

To make a gift, send a check made out to Rochester Institute of Technology to:

Friends of Vignellis Fund
attn: Craig Smith
116 Lomb Memorial Drive, USC 3465
Rochester, NY 14623-5608

Or visit the website for Rochester Institute of Technology and click on the “Give to RIT” tab near the bottom of the landing page.

For questions about the fund, e-mail Craig Smith at [email protected]

You can also give a donation to The Lella and Massimo Vignelli Design Fund at Saint Peter’s Church. This fund was established on the 35th anniversary of the new Saint Peter’s Church in 2012 and designed to preserve the integrity of Lella and Massimo’s comprehensive design and to ensure the Vignelli vision for this New York City treasure is carried into the future.

Please send a check payable to “Vignelli Design Fund” to:

Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

or click “Give Now” at www.saintpeters.org

For questions, email Kathy Burt at [email protected]