Massimo Vignelli poses on the Exhibition "Kkann: lacqua - il Flusso " of Artist Dario Milana, At Milan Stock Exchange Opening Days on Nov. 18, 2011 in Milan.
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May 27, 2014 6:27 PM EDT

Acclaimed graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, whose most recognizable works include the original American Airlines logo and a 1972 New York City subway map, died Tuesday at age 83.

Yoshiki Waterhouse, who worked at the designer’s company, said Vignelli had been sick and died in his Manhattan home, the Associated Press reports.

Vignelli, who was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, also created memorable work for Bloomingdale’s, the National Park Service, Xerox, IBM, Gillette and Ford, which has been exhibited in museums around the world, the New York Times reports.

But the most enduring, perhaps, is the subway map. His “contribution to improving the way New Yorkers find their way around the subway system is hard to overstate, and it will endure for a long time to come,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told the AP.

Vignelli is survived by his wife and business partner, Lella, as well as two children and three grandchildren.

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