Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.
In 2008 a comprehensive book titled "Things I have Learned in myLife so far" was published by Abrams. Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. In 2012 young designer Jessica Walsh became a partner and the company was renamed into Sagmeister & Walsh. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.
Why Beauty Matters
Throughout the most of the 20th and the 21st century beauty has gotten a bad reputation: Most respectable designers claim not be interested in it, the contemporary art world has almost completely abandoned it and you can sit through hours of lectures on architecture without hearing the term uttered once. But a beautiful environment not only changes how we feel, it also changes how we behave. Stefan Sagmeister will talk about why the neglect of beauty is so utterly stupid and what we can do to reverse it.