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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.

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Kevin OCallaghan is a design wizard and Monumental is his manifesto, featuring hundreds of beautiful and useful design objects made out of obsolete, useless, cast-off technology. Since 1985, OCallaghan has taught a now-legendary 3-D design class at New Yorks School of Visual Arts, where students solder, rivet, and weld the flotsam of mass-produced consumer culture into new, different, and, most importantly, functional objects. For “Yugo Next,” an exhibition that toured the United States—and mesmerized the media wherever it went—students transformed so-called “useless” Yugo automobiles into a piano, a barbecue, a shower, a confessional, an accordion, a gigantic telephone, and a toaster that actually popped, among other things. OCallaghan is a philosopher, comedian, entrepreneur, and social critic who shows how design can make the world a better place.

About the Author

Deborah Hussey is an editor and writer who specializes in art-related topics.

 

Steven Heller is a historian and critic of graphic design. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 130 books on design and popular culture, including Abramss Graphic Style and Illustration. His career is intertwined with two great New York institutions, the New York Times (as an art director) and the School of Visual Arts (as program director and teacher).

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truthhurtsmmc10, October 11, 2010 (view all comments by truthhurtsmmc10)
Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O'Callaghan..

EVERYONE WAS TOO BUSY LOOKING AT THE PRETTY PICTURES...Sadly..FACTS were NEVER CHECKED in this book & COPY EDITOR did a POOR JOB.

Same names of people spelled differently NUMEROUS times throughout the book.

People were also NOT CREDITED CORRECTLY FOR THE WORK THEY DID..

"ECHOPHONES" WERE COMPLETELY MACHINED, WELDED & FABRICATED BY NYLE BUXTON AT BUXTON MACHINE...
He was NOT a CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT as stated in this book.

NYLE built the ENTIRE thing EXCEPT for the FOAM CUSHIONS.
His name is NYLE BUXTON Not "NIGEL" yet ANOTHER MISPRINT in the book.

Cars were donated by TOYOTA

The black foam cushions around the cars were done by Al Wagner at SMITHTOWN AUTO TRIM.

ALL PAINTING on the "ECHOPHONES" was done by Rob Tringali Jr. at THIRD GENERATION AUTO BODY.

These were PAID PROFESSIONALS... NOT STUDENTS.
They were ALL HIRED By Kevin Himself to build the "ECHOPHONES".

THEY SHOULD BE PROPERLY CREDITED!!!!!!!


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RBNY, October 9, 2010 (view all comments by RBNY)
Posted October 9, 2010, 10:14 PM EST: Living in NYC, I have been fortunate enough to experience some of the amazing exhibitions pictured in this book. How wonderful to have the background on these projects and to find out how they came about. What creativity! O'Callaghan is truly an inspiration to all of his students, and to creative people everywhere. This book is an inspiring story of dreaming up great concepts, coming up with unbelievable designs, then finding a way to make them a reality, and learning that dreams can come true-with a little help from your friends! Can't wait for the next exhibition. This book is a definite for holiday gifts.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810989535
Author:
Hussey, Deborah
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Author:
Heller, Steven
Author:
Sagmeister, Stefan
Author:
Nettle, Daniel
Author:
O'Callaghan, Kevin
Author:
Spector, Nancy
Subject:
Mixed-Media
Subject:
General
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 Color Illu
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10 x 10 x 1 in

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Kevin OCallaghan is a design wizard and Monumental is his manifesto, featuring hundreds of beautiful and useful design objects made out of obsolete, useless, cast-off technology. Since 1985, OCallaghan has taught a now-legendary 3-D design class at New Yorks School of Visual Arts, where students solder, rivet, and weld the flotsam of mass-produced consumer culture into new, different, and, most importantly, functional objects. For “Yugo Next,” an exhibition that toured the United States—and mesmerized the media wherever it went—students transformed so-called “useless” Yugo automobiles into a piano, a barbecue, a shower, a confessional, an accordion, a gigantic telephone, and a toaster that actually popped, among other things. OCallaghan is a philosopher, comedian, entrepreneur, and social critic who shows how design can make the world a better place.

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