Words matter. These are the best Stefan Sagmeister Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
I had discovered that I’m much less special than I thought I am. So whatever I find true for myself, other people might also relate to.
It’s much more difficult to make an unbound book than a bound book, because the factories aren’t set up to make an unbound book.
In running, I know that I can train as much as I want and I’m never going to break the world record for the five miles. It’s partly genetics; I’m just not built for it. But if I worked really hard, I might be able to cut my time by half. Could I do the same thing with my mind and my well-being?
I had given a presentation on design and happiness for quite a long while at design conferences. I had found thinking about the topic helpful for my own practice, as it forced me to consider the fundamentals, and the feedback from the audience was always enthusiastic.
Any excuse to get away from the computer screen is welcome.
I’m actually quite critical of the storytelling theme. I think all the storytellers are not storytellers.
U.K. psychologist Daniel Nettle thinks of happiness as a carrot on a stick, designed by evolution to show the right way, and also designed so that we will never permanently reach it. We likely would just sit around and eat sweet and fatty foods all day, and that is simply not in the interest of evolution.
The question I wanted to answer was, could I train my mind to be happy the same way one trains one’s body?
Some people said, ‘Oh you’re going to become a fine artist now and do exhibits and stuff.’ But I have no desire to do that. I really like design and I’m going to stay with it.
If you want to communicate something, you’d better make sure that your design piece is well-dressed and that its teeth are fixed. At the same time, I still believe that if it is only stylistically great and it has nothing to say, it still is not going to make a lasting impression on anybody.
Downtown Toronto is a very good place to talk about the neutrality of modernist architecture. I’m sure this kind of box-building was interesting in the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, but I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to build like this in 2013.
People who actually tell stories, meaning people who write novels and make feature films, don’t see themselves as storytellers.
You could say that bad typography brought us the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war, the housing crisis and a good number of other things.
I didn’t think that personal style had much value in graphic design.