Massimo Vignelli, born in Milan, studied architecture in Milan and Venice. From 1957 to 1960 he toured the United States, then stopped in Milan to found the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture with Lella Vignelli. In 1956 he became co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation. In 1971 he opened the offices of Vignelli associati and in 1978 of Vignelli Design.
His work includes graphic design and corporate identity programs, publications, architectural graphics and displays, interior design, furniture and consumer design products for many American companies.
His work is exhibited in the permanent collections of the world's most important museums.