Massimo Vignelli is in my list of top 5 designers, easily.
Now, I know...that is like saying, basketball players have a lot to learn from Magic Johnson. Obviously they are great and recognized as such. But it would be a huge misstep to not acknowledge the influence that they have had on not just my development but on the entire craft itself.
When I was younger, still in high school. Like most designers, I did not understand the full implications of typography and how powerful it is. I readily skipped over it in favor of illustration every time. I watched a well known film "Helvetica" which gave a discussion of not just the specific typeset and its history. But also addressed designers who did and did not use it, their work and the importance of type in design.
The film (at the time) seemed a bit boring, was type really that important?
This was the start of need to learn all about type. I got into college and started my design studies and I did not know where to start learning about type. With the help and direction of some awesome professors I dove headfirst. Low and behold, in my first type class we watched the same film "Helvetica". It was that much more interesting at that point in my life. Such a great film and only gets better. (I may watched it probably 2 more times throughout my life.)
In that film Vignelli had a huge part in the narrative. He is considered to be THE best designer for Helvetica usage. His designs showed the entire breadth of creativity and type usage. Even though he considered only about maybe 5 types were worthy of any usage at all. And he seemed to mostly use 3.
The usage of white space, scale, color, type/layout.....was just amazing, groundbreaking and ultimately legendary.
He was able to communicate so many different things while showing such restraint all whilecreating some dynamic iconic designs.
I refer back to his work time and time again in order to better my own type setting skills. To try and learn from one of the very best is always a great way to learn.
If you are already very familiar with his work.....then go back to it...take notes...study it, if you somehow aren't....do the same.