The Best Stefan Sagmeister quotes

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What can you learn from a designer who takes a year-long break every seven years? How about one who’s been quoted as saying I’m not interested in good design, I’m interested in effective design? In this blog post, we take a look at the life and work of Stefan Sagmeister, an unconventional graphic designer with some insightful things to share.

Discover the most interesting quotes from Stefan Sagmeister, and much more.


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About Stefan Sagmeister

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August 6, 1962

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education of the author

Hochschule Fuer Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Pratt Institute, New York City

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Known For:
Graphic Design, Film

Inspiring Phrases From Stefan Sagmeister

Hobbies are for people that don’t like what they’re doing. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

The question I wanted to answer was, could I train my mind to be happy the same way one trains one’s body? โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

I discovered that I never really used Helvetica but I like to look at it. I like the VW beetle, too, although I’ve never driven one. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

hobbies are for people that don t like what they re doing Stefan Sagmeister quote

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. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

So whatever I find true for myself, other people might also relate to. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Work your ass off. Don’t be an asshole. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Various Statements From Stefan Sagmeister

Everyone who is honest is interesting. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Yes, design can make you happy. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

everyone who is honest is interesting Stefan Sagmeister quote

To touch somebody’s heart with design. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

You could say that bad typography brought us the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war, the housing crisis and a good number of other things. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

I didn’t think that personal style had much value in graphic design. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

I’m actually quite critical of the storytelling theme. I think all the storytellers are not storytellers. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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More Phrases From Stefan Sagmeister

You’re authentic when you’re honest. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

I don’t think there is a particular responsibility on designers that is not on other professions… I think there’s a responsibility for all of us to engage on all levels. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Having guts always works out for me. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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In Stefan Sagmeister Statements


Peter Noever is a pain in the ass and a joy in the heart. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

you re authentic when you re honest Stefan Sagmeister quote

People who actually tell stories, meaning people who write novels and make feature films, don’t see themselves as storytellers. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Deeper Quotes From Stefan Sagmeister

To be a good designer, you would need to have deep and farโ€“reaching interests outside of the profession. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

Any excuse to get away from the computer screen is welcome. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

any excuse to get away from the computer screen is welcome Stefan Sagmeister quote

Whenever I do overcome my inherent fear, it turns out well. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

There are brands out there in the world that have an incredible influence on the culture. Numerous ones are badly done. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

My diary entries allow me to keep track of all the things I would like to change about my life. โ€” Stefan Sagmeister

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