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Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far
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This book began as a list designer Stefan Sagmeister made in his diary under the title Things I have learned in my life so far, which includes statements such as "Worrying solves nothing" and "Trying to look good limits my life." The list reveals something that is profoundly true: Although human beings have been pursuing happiness for countless generations, it is not so easily achieved. And we need constant reminders to keep us on the right path.
With the support of his clients, Sagmeister transformed these sentences into typographic works, from billboards in France to sign-toting inflatable monkeys on the streets of Scotland. Accompanied by essays from design historian Steven Heller, Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector, and UK psychologist Daniel Nettle, as well as Sagmeister's own words, the series is revealed as a complex blend of personal revelation, art, and design--an eclectic mix of visual audacity and sound advice.
This book consists of 15 unbound signatures in a laser-cut slipcase. Shuffling the sequence of the signatures will produce 15 different covers.
"In 2000, Austrian born, New York-based graphic designer Sagmeister created this book's eponymous list in his diary, including twenty statements such as: 'Trying to Look Good Limits My Life,' 'Assuming is Stifling' and 'Worry Solves Nothing.' These 'maxims,' which Sagmeister admits verge on the 'banal' but which are also devoid of cynicism, were transformed into art projects: 'Assuming is Stifling' graced the cover of a Japanese annual report; 'Everybody Always Thinks They are Right' was represented by six 33-foot white inflatable monkeys, each one displaying a different word. This 'design book for non-designers' is itself an experiment in form, comprised of 15 booklets in a box whose cover is a cut out of Sagmeister's face; when inserted, each completes the portrait in a different way. One of the booklets includes essays on Sagmeister's oeuvre, the most interesting by critic Heller, who states: 'This is truly the nexus of art and design in the service of expression.' This book is bound to be of interest to followers of Sagmeister's work, as well as to the general reader in search of an invigorating approach to graphic design and, one might argue, autobiography." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In 2006, Stefan Sagmeister published Things I have learned in my life so far, a book born from a running list he keeps in his diary. With the support of his clients, Sagmeister began transforming these personal maxims into typographic artworks, which appeared on billboards, in magazines, and in public spaces all over the world. The result is an intriguing blend of personal revelation, visual audacity, and examination of the pursuit of happiness.
This revised and updated edition includes all of the aphorisms from the first book along with an additional 48 pages of new ones, and incorporates recent material from Sagmeisters exhibitions at the Deitch Projects gallery in Soho and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, as well as his current project, The Happy Film. The book retains its unique packaging, now with 18 unbound signatures gathered into a laser-cut slipcase.
About the Author
Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. He lives in New York. Daniel Nettle is a reader in psychology at Newcastle University and is the author of Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile. Steven Heller is cochair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts. Nancy Spector is deputy director and chief curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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