Author: Maxwell Tielman

Image features overlapping letters in bold hues spelling out K-N-O-L-L. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Colorful Identity
To celebrate the opening of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color (May 11, 2018-January 13, 2019), Object of the Day this month will feature colorful objects from the exhibition. Today’s post was originally published on April 18th, 2013.  From the New York Subway system to American Airlines, Massimo Vignelli was responsible for some of the...
colorful graphic design for Knol with overlaying letters of K.N.O.L.L.
A Colorful Identity
From the New York Subway system to American Airlines, Massimo Vignelli is responsible for some of the most iconic and enduring graphic identities of the twentieth century. Born in Milan in 1931, Vignelli displayed an interest and aptitude in design at a relatively early age. At sixteen, he began working as a draftsman at Castiglioni Architects...
At center, a spinning black wheel from which extends a black arm with clenched hand. Lightning bolts issue from the fist. At upper right, a red power plant. Imprinted in red, blue, and black, left margin and lower left portion: POWER / THE / NERVE CENTER / OF LONDON'S / UNDERGROUND.
The Power Underground
When it was introduced to London in the 19th century, the first underground railway was revolutionary. Able to provide quick, uninterrupted travel for commuters and easy access to the bustling city from the suburbs, the London Underground promised a better, more efficient future. It would take some convincing, however, to get the general public to...