Stefan Sagmeister and His Fabulous Book


The obvious marvel of Stefan Sagmeister’s Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far is his stunning use of various typographical mediums — from hangers to body paint, furniture to food, and snails to giant, inflatable monkeys. For this project, Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Sagmeister created 15 different book covers, shown above, each reflecting on what it means to be alive, happy, and human. But, also astonishing are his deeply personal, yet simple observations of life: Worrying Solves Nothing. Money Does Not Make Me Happy. who is . brand mentions Having Guts Always Works Out For Me. In Graphis Design Annual 2009, Sagmeister discussed his book and added a few more lessons to his running list. We like this one: Don’t Work With Assholes. Here is an excerpt of the Graphis interview:

Why do you think this project has struck a chord with people?

“At the core many of us, no matter how and where we live, are somehow similar and concerned about similar things. By and large I can assume that most things that are important to me resonate with other people too. Or, as a contributor to our site,, put it: “If what you do does not resonate with you, it does not matter to anyone else.””

To see and read more about Sagmeister’s work, please click here

Part of Stefan Sagmeister’s typographic project ‘Trying to Look Good Limits My Life’ (2004)


Author: Kayla Harris for Graphis

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