Renowned designer Stefan Sagmeister talks about the process behind his typography-driven films, which sprung from the insights in his book Things I’ve Learned in My Life So Far. Experiences include being misconstrued as a suicide “jumper” while shooting at the Empire State Building, creating custom software for an interactive spider web art installation, and imagining innovative uses for animals in his “happiness” documentary.
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York-based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993, and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has earned practically every important international design award.
In 2008, a comprehensive book titled Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far was published by Abrams. Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, Seoul, and Miami. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents.