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  • Summary: Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world's most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, 'If you can't find it, design it' The work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don'tItalian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world's most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, 'If you can't find it, design it' The work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don't know their names. From graphics to interiors to products and corporate identities, the film brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis' world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 8, 2013
    80
    Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra’s documentary boasts an economical sleekness that’s in tune with the designers’ concepts.
  2. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Oct 10, 2013
    70
    The information-rich film is enlivened by the charm of the intelligent, eccentric couple at its heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Oct 31, 2013
    63
    You may not recognize the Vignelli name, but you certainly recognize their designs.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 8, 2013
    50
    Good design rests at the intersection of function and beauty. Design Is One, alas, has far too little of the latter.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Oct 13, 2013
    50
    Haphazard and on the edge of half-hearted, the documentary always feels like a sketch rather than a finished design.