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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.

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Overview


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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  • ISBN-13: 9780810995291
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. Since 1993, Sagmeister Inc. has focused on all things printed. 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 co-chair of the MFA/Design program at the School of Visual Arts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

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    An Incredible Collection of Inspiration - Amazing Visual Interpretations of "Life Lessons"

    This is a book that is front and center on shelf or coffeetable. The laser cut slipcase makes even the cover ever-intriguing. Slide out a section and be prepared - no, not possible to be prepared - just let the visual maxims and essays take you on a journey to places you'd never have imagined. Sagmeister's collaborations on projects that visually illustrate life lessons like "being not truthful works against me". Sagmeister's approach is always fresh with incredible imagination and concepts. This book is not for everyone - but anyone with even marginal creativity and curiosity should own and recommend this truely inspirational collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

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    Very entertaining throughout. Bear in mind that Stefan is a Graphic Artist, so it's not a run-of-the-mill book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    wait a minute

    Dutch artist Amie Dicke has taken magazine clippings of models in ads and cut them with an x-acto by hand, resulting in a image similar to this cover- as a graphic artist, you'd think he'd 1. be familiar with dicke, 2. know better than to release this if he is familiar with dicke, 3. at least have people who know people who know her work and could say, hey, she talks about media and his work IS media, so let's not let them intertwine... just a point.

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