I was very sad to learn this morning that Massimo Vignelli has passed away. As someone who loves great design and transportation, Vignelli’s work has always been of great interest to me.
Vignelli’s designs include the iconic American Airlines “AA” logo, New York Subway signage, and the much heralded (or cursed, depending on who you ask), 1972 New York Subway map. Vignelli’s work also includes the directional signage for Washington D.C.’s Metro and the old dinnerware on Alitalia flights. Continue reading →
United Airlines announced today that they’re bringing back “Fly the Friendly Skies,” the Leo Burnett-created slogan used from 1965-1996. To me “Fly the Friendly Skies” is one of the most enduring travel slogans of all time. With Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” United has consistently produced quality advertising using the combination. Continue reading →