by R. Roger Remington
Most students who visit the Vignelli Center are from the School of Design. However Zachary Anglemyer, a first year Mechanical Engineering student, was curious about the architecture of the Vignelli Center. He entered, looked around and was captivated by the design of Vignelli objects in the Benetton Gallery. His curiosity then led him upstairs to the Vignelli Archive where he met Jennifer Whitlock, the Vignelli Center. He then had a tour of the archives.
His curiosity was piqued as he viewed the Vignelli works through the eyes of an emerging engineer, wondering how he could systematically analyze the form of the objects. He was fascinated by how the Vignellis, as designers, understood and translated engineering solutions into industrial products. Initially, of particular interest, was the Vignelli Handkerchief chair, designed between 1982-1987.
His technical analysis of the Vignelli design continues and it is his hope to be able to use what he has learned at the Vignelli Center for a required research paper in one of his engineering courses.
R. Roger Remington, RIT’s Vignelli Professor, commented that, “Zachary is a very bright and insightful young man and I am so pleased that he has found meaning and purpose in the Vignelli Center. The doors are always open to students from all disciplines.”