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What is this?

Photograph of face of man; skin covered with biomorphic trellis pattern. Upper right, starburst sticker that reads: STEFAN / SAGMEISTER / THINGS / I HAVE LEARNED / IN MY LIFE / SO FAR.

Why is this in our collection?

In his effort to make graphic design more human and personal in response to the “cold” modernist design of some colleagues, Stefan Sagmeister frequently uses himself as design inspiration. This was perhaps mostly famously executed in the 1999 AIGA poster advertising his lecture in Detroit, for which he carved the poster’s text into his own skin. His self-promotional book, Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, features his face on the cover and was inspired by a list of maxims in his personal diary with the same title. The book is comprised of 15 unbound brochures housed in a box, each documenting one of his personal truths and each illustrated with interactive installations from all over the world.... more

This is a book from United States. It is dated 2008 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of Stefan Sagmeister.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

digitally color printed and die-cut cardboard cover with 15 digitally color printed booklets

Its dimensions are

24.4 x 17.5 x 2.7 cm (9 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 1 1/16 in.)

We have 1 video that features Book, Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far.

Collections in Motion: Sagmeister's Things I Have Learned (Complete Book)

A front-to-back flip-through of each spread of Stefan Sagmeister's unique book. You can also see all variations of the die-cut cover.

This object was design director: Stefan Sagmeister and graphic design by Sagmeister Inc. and designed by Stefan Sagmeister and made for Sagmeister Inc.

This object was donated by Stefan Sagmeister

A timeline of event horizons

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18794275/ |title=Book, Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=30 June 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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