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Massimo Vignelli dies at 83; graphic designer created N.Y. subway map
Massimo Vignelli dies at 83; graphic designer created N.Y. subway map

Massimo Vignelli, a graphic designer whose New York subway map both guided and confounded riders in the 1970s while generations of shoppers carried his Bloomingdale's "brown bag," has died. He was 83. He died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan after a long illness, according to Carl Nolan, controller at New York-based Vignelli Associates. Vignelli's work remains a pervasive part of New York City life. It includes the subway system signs that he and partner Bob Noorda began working on in the 1960s and the corporate design for luxury department store chain Bloomingdale's, including its shopping sacks emblazoned with the "big brown bag" logo since 1973. His subway map sparked controversy...

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