It’s Manuals Monday! Every Monday we feature an excerpt from a graphics standards manual from the archives.
“Owing to the company’s enormous size, this project took a tremendous amount of time—domestic and international trips, presentations, changes, reviews, training seminar, top-level crisis meetings, low-level crisis meetings, and anything else you can add to it. It had a precarious life of good to bad implementations. The basic project was designed with a collaboration of the firms of Jay Doblin Associates and Jack Hough Associates. The project would have died a thousand times had it not been for the remarkable efforts of John Rutkus of Xerox, whose commitment kept it alive and progressing.” p. 53, design: Vignelli.
From 1985 to 1989, Vignelli Associates worked on this series of manuals for Xerox. The final versions are a set of spiral bound manuals contained in a box. Today we’re focusing on the Facilities and Signs or Volume 7.0 of the set.
Hmmm, i spy the Handkerchief chair in the training room configuration drawing. The Handkerchief chair was designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli with David Law for Knoll and had just hit the market when this Xerox project started in 1985.
We’ll feature more from the other volumes in the near future. Stay tuned!
Advertising Guidelines Vol. 1
Here’s a showroom project for Rank-Xerox from the 1960s: http://vignellicenter.tumblr.com/post/165448932227/vignelli-sevendecades-1960s
Xerox Integrated Design System Guidelines, Vol. 7.0 Facilities and Signs Guidelines, 1985-1989
Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York