Student, Brera School Art, Milan, 1948-1950; student, Politecnico di Milano, 1950-1953; student, University Venice, 1953-1957; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Parsons School Design, 1983; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Pratt Institute, 1987; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School Design, 1988; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Istituto Universitario di Architettura, Venice, 1994; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Corcoran School Art, 1994.
Principal Lella & Massimo Vignelli Office Design and Architecture, Milan, 1960-1964. Director, senior vice president design Unimark International, Milan and New York City, 1965-1971. Co-founder, president Vignelli Associates, New York City, since 1971.
Chief Executive Officer Vignelli Designs, Inc., since 1978.
Member American Institute Graphic Arts (president 1976-1977 Gold medal 1983), Industrial Designers Society of America, Alliance Graphique Internationale (past president), Architectural League New York (vice president).
Married Lella Elena Valle, September 15, 1957. Children: Luca, Valentina.