Dezeen podcast: Stefan Sagmeister
at Vienna Design Week

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Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Dezeen podcast: in this podcast recorded at Vienna Design Week, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister talks about his Austrian background, the benefits of keeping a diary and trying to prevent his studio growing.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Top portrait is by John Madere. Above: Worrying solves Nothing, made of coat hangers in Linz. Photograph is by Otto Saxinger

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Sagmeister also introduces his ongoing project Things I have Learned in My Life So Far, in which notes from his own diary are emblazoned across billboards and magazine pages.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Assuming is Stifling, for GGG / DDD gallery annual report. Photograph is by Matthias Ernstberger

During Vienna Design Week the Austrian-born, New York-based designer gave a lecture presenting this project, as well as launching a book he's designed about the Viennese design scene, entitled New Vienna Now.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above and below: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

Vienna Design Week took place 1-10 October.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

The information that follows is from Vienna Design Week:


“Everybody should talk about everything that’s everywhere. Design is everywhere.”

Stefan Sagmeister (b. Bregenz, 1962) set up his New York studio Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has designed for the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum, et al.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

In 2008, Abrams published Things I have learned in my life so far by Sagmeister.

TStefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

Sagmeister Inc. has had solo shows in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, Seoul, and Miami.

Above: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

Sagmeister currently teaches at the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures throughout the world.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Having Guts Always Works Out For Me, for .copy magazine. Photographs are by Bela Borsodi

Nominated for eight Grammy awards, he finally won two: for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above and below: Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development, one minute movie shot in Singapore

He has won practically every other significant design award.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development, one minute movie shot in Singapore

He studied at the Vienna University of Applied Arts, was a Fulbright Scholar, and received a Master’s degree from the Pratt Institute in New York.

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development, one minute movie shot in Singapore

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development, one minute movie shot in Singapore

Stefan Sagmeister at Vienna Design Week

Above: Keeping a Diary Supports Personal Development, one minute movie shot in Singapore

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  • Felix

    sagmeister is awesome, nuff said

  • noe berengena

    After a while even novelty gets boring. "Self-indulgent" is a good description.

  • fish fingers

    He looks hungry.

  • http://areyouanevilgenius.blogspot.com evilgenius

    When Sagmeister came out with Made You Look and his famous Cranbrook lecture poster, there was a freshness to finding actual constructions of type in places you'd least expect.

    The new stuff… well… feels just like the old stuff, and in hindsight, with exception of the Cranbrook piece which is still just WOW! in my mind, even the Made You Look stuff seems like a rehashing of Jenny Holzer and Ed Ruscha.

    And as for this comment:
    "He has won practically every other significant design award."

    It's easy to win an award once you've created an excellent body of work. It's even easier once you get to the point where everyone is on your n-ts and they think anything you do is golden. Sagmeister may be falling into the same trap Coppola did, when he released Apocalypse Now Redux, an over-indulgent flop that completely destroyed the narrative pacing of the original. There's times when designers and artists are made better when they have to work within external constraints.

    Mr. Sagmeister, I still love ya, but this stuff ain't that great. Sorry.

  • http://areyouanevilgenius.blogspot.com evilgenius

    correction: not made you look, things i have learned