Earlier this month, Massimo Vignelli and his son asked the world to send well-wishes and thank you notes to the "very ill" designer. Sadly, the New York Times reports that Vignelli passed away today in his Manhattan home at the age of 83. 

Vignelli is best-known for his 1972 redesign of the New York City subway map (below), but he was also responsible for the branding of several companies including Bloomingdale's, IBM, American Airlines, Gillette, and Xerox, as well as brochures for the National Park Service and shopping bags for Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys.

Image via New York Times

The Times says of the designer, "He preached clarity and coherence and practiced it with intense discipline in everything he turned out, whether kitchenware, public signage, books or home interiors."

In addition to the letters that he and his family received this past month, friends and fans of Vignelli's work used the hashtag #DearMassimo to share kind words:


[via New York Times]