Things I Have Learned in My Life so Far (Updated Edition)
Stefan Sagmeister, Steven Heller, Daniel Nettle, Nancy Spector
Abrams, New York, 2013
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 nothingâ€¿ 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 special package from acclaimed graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister consists of a slipcase containing 15 unbound signatures (the cover of the book changes depending on how they are sequenced).