Massimo Vignelli, Designer Famous For 1972 NYC Subway Map, Dead At 83

Italian-born designer Massimo Vignelli, famous for redesigning the New York City subway map, died Tuesday in his Manhattan home. He was 83.

Vignelli had been “gravely ill” with an undisclosed ailment and was hospitalized before his death, Creative Review reported May 9. Toward the end, his son Luca encouraged fans to write him letters of appreciation, as Vignelli had always wanted to attend his own funeral.

“Luca said that Massimo would be thrilled to get notes of good wishes from people whom he’s touched or influenced — whether personally or remotely — over the years,” Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, who began his career under Vignelli, told Creative Review. “Luca has visions of huge mail bags full of letters. I know that one of Massimo’s biggest fantasies has been to attend his own funeral. This will be the next best thing. Pass the word.”

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