Born in Milan, Massimo Vignelli studied architecture in Milan and Venice.
From 1957 to 1960, he travelled through the United States to then settle back in Milan where he founded the design office Architettura Vignelli with his partner, Lella Vignelli. In 1965, he became co-founder and design director at Unimark International Corporation. In 1971, he opened the offices of Vignelli Associati and in 1978 of Vignelli Design. His works include graphic design and corporate identity programmes, publications, graphic works and architectural exhibitions, interior designs, furniture and design consumer products for a long number of American and European companies. His works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the most important museums worldwide.