Stefan Sagmeister quotes

  • Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Motivational #Letting Go #Silly

  • Ensure it feels like it's made by humans, for humans.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Made #Feels #Humans

  • It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff — as much stuff as possible — with as little fear as possible. It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Wind #Important #Littles

  • My granddad wanted to become a sign painter and designer, but was stopped; my dad would have had a real talent for language, but was stopped. When I expressed a desire to become a graphic designer, I was not stopped.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Dad #Real #Desire

  • You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt... or in front of a piece of graphic design.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Art #Design #Pieces

  • Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Drug #Drag #Feels

  • In running, I know that I can train as much as I want and Im never going to break the world record for the five miles. Its partly genetics; Im 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?
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Running #Cutting #Mind

  • I didnt think that personal style had much value in graphic design.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Thinking #Design #Style

  • If you want to communicate something, youd 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.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Believe #Design #Teeth

  • Any excuse to get away from the computer screen is welcome.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Welcome #Computer #Excuse

  • The question I wanted to answer was, could I train my mind to be happy the same way one trains ones body?
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Mind #Body #Way

  • Everyone who is honest is interesting.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Interesting #Honest

  • 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.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Design #Looks #Typography

  • To touch somebody’s heart with design.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Heart #Design

  • The conventional wisdom in our business is that you have to grow and keep moving to survive.  We never grew, always stayed tiny, and it serves us very well over the years, allowing us to pick and choose projects, and keeping our financial independence from our clients.  We actually have a rather good track record, because we do select projects carefully. Most of our ideas don't eat dust but glimpse the light of day because we find it much more helpful to spend some serious time and effort before we start working on a project, rather than suffer through it afterwards.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Moving #Light #Dust

  • At the opening of our exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York we featured a wall of 10,000 bananas. Green bananas created a pattern against a background of yellow bananas spelling out the sentiment: Self-confidence produces fine results. After a number of days the green bananas turned yellow too and the type disappeared. When the yellow background bananas turned brown, the type (and the self-confidence) appeared again, only to go away when all bananas turned brown.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #New York #Wall #Self Confidence

  • Having guts always works out for me.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Work Out #Guts

  • Work your ***** off. Don't be an asshole.
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Design #Ass

  • Everybody thinks they are right
    -- Stefan Sagmeister

    #Inspirational #Thinking

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