I’m just entering the 3rd and final year of my graduate course in Design, specializing in Visual Communication, and for our first assignment we’ve been asked to read the Vignelli Canon and make a 2 to 3 minute video about it, or our thoughts about it (but not like a documentary style summary of it or a book report).
Here’s the deal - I’m halfway through the book and I can’t help but feel a little? stifled? for lack of better word… He strikes me as very conservative in his ideas and the styles I personally tend to gravitate towards really feel like a different world (think Art Nouveau, collage, or spontaneous composition). So I’m really struggling to find a direction to go in without just coming off like a hater or someone with a superiority complex. Some of the sentences I come across I find myself disagreeing with at a fundamental level like “I do not like typography intended as an expression
of the self, as a pretext for pictorial exercises.”
I’d really appreciate any insights on the book and what parts of it really struck a chord with you. Thanks in advance!