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Posted 09.16.10 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Kim Förster: Massimo Vignelli: Oppositions, Skyline and the Institute



Oppositions 5, Summer 1976

In October 1973, the Institute launched Oppositions, a quarterly journal for ideas and criticism. Massimo Vignelli's design for the cover, with its grid system and Helvetica typeface, was strongly influenced by the Swiss tradition; the ultra-warm red eventually became known as "Vignelli red."

Julia Bloomfield, who was the journal's managing editor, worked on the layout and, with Abigail Moseley, produced the mechanicals. Still, the final design bore Vignelli’s signature. Oppositions was an eye-catcher in the bookstores, and the perfect-bound spine encouraged readers to keep the periodicals on their shelves.

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

Massimo Vignelli: Oppositions, Skyline and the Institute
On Places, a gallery of Massimo Vignelli's graphic design work for the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, written and curated by Kim Förster.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Förster is a doctoral candidate at the ETH in Zurich, where he is working on a history of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.
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