Stephanie Wan

Les grandes pensées viennent du coeur.

Stay Motivated

I stumbled upon this TED talk by one of the talented designers I truly admire.

Stefan Sagmeister, the founder of Sagmeister & Walsh Inc., is a well recognized New York-based graphic designer and typographer. With such a well-rounded background, it’s no surprise that this Austrian designer has achieved over 200 awards including every significant international design awards, several Grammy nominations and awards since 1977. His secret? Taking a year off his New York studio every seven years to travel is the best way to stimulate creativity, rejuvenate and refresh his imagination.

“Trying to look good limits my life.”

“Everything I do always comes back to me.”

Sagmeister’s ideas are often communicated literally, yet he manages to retain the boldness, creativity, and innovation in his work. A literal approach to any kind of artwork or visual message is especially challenging and risky. If you don’t do it correctly, it could easily come off as boring, unimaginative or repetitive. However, Sagmeister interprets typography in a very personal way; he translates his own handwriting visually with elements of everyday life such as ribbons, twigs, bundles of grass, straws, pieces of furniture, flowers … and so on. Currently, he teaches the graduate department at my dream school, School of Visual Arts. I really hope I’ll eventually meet him in person one day! *__*

Here are 7 rules for making more happiness according to Stefan Sagmiester:

  1. Thinking about ideas & content freely – with the deadline far away.
  2. Traveling to new places.
  3. Using a wide variety of tools & techniques.
  4. Working on projects that matter to me.
  5. Having things come back from the printer done well.
  6. Getting feedback from people who see our work.
  7. Designing a project that feels partly brand new and partly familiar.


“Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.”

“Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.”

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