Stefan Sagmeister has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He’s a two-time Grammy-winner and also earned practically every important international design award.
From the stage, Stefan speaks on happiness and beauty, how they connect to design, and what that means to our everyday lives. He has spoken 5 times at the official TED conference, making him one of the most frequently invited TED speakers.
His books sell in the hundreds of thousands, and his exhibitions have been mounted in museums around the world. Stefan's exhibit ’The Happy Show' attracted over half a million visitors worldwide, and became the most visited graphic design show in history.
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.
Stefan Sagmeister explores the possibilities to achieve happiness as a person and as designer, and the chances to design pieces that induce happiness in the audience. This experience features clips from the documentary feature: The Happy Film.
Stefan Sagmeister uses examples from architecture, design and science to show that beauty is no mere surface strategy. He will prove that we not only feel differently when we are surrounded by beauty, but that we also behave differently.
Stefan Sagmeister speaks about art and design, and the difference between the two. With examples stretching from 500 years ago to today, Stefan examines functionality and uselessness. He explores whether it is more advantageous to be a designer or an artist - or if it makes any difference at all.