Book, Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, 2008
Digitally color printed and die-cut cardboard cover with 15 digitally color printed booklets. Gift of Stefan Sagmeister. 2011-34-6
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
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 has been included in the following exhibitions: