The Pursuit of Happiness

For the last decade, typographer and designstein Stefan Sagmeister has been exploring a most satisfying and universal curiosity. Researching the work of Penn professor Martin Seligman as well as psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Sagmeister has been collecting his own list of personal truths in response to the question: "What makes us happy?"

He has recently parlayed his responses into a playful dreamworld of typography, motion, color and sound. In addition to his feature-length documentary "The Happy Film," Sagmeister turned this exploration into two museum shows: "The Happy Show," which is touring the country until early June, and "Six Things: Sagmeister and Walsh" at the Jewish Museum in New York City until August 4.

The latter, a short but sweet entrèe into the mind of Sagmeister and his young partner Jessica Walsh, is wrought with bubbly typography, upbeat symbology and some captivating video work achieved with the help of a high-speed camera. He explores his six revelations:

  • If I Don't Ask, I Won't Get
  • Keeping A Diary Supports Personal Development
  • Be More Flexible
  • It is Pretty Much Impossible to Please Everyone
  • Now Is Better
  • Feel Others Feel

each with its own tactile and interactive typographic manifestation. 

Thoughtful, colorful and spot-on, Sagmeister and Walsh's "6 Things" should appeal to anyone with an imagination or an over-the-top fangirl shrine to Sagmeister in their closet. 

I'm looking at YOU Stephanie! 

Enough talk go here now.

PS I don't know any Stephanies but I do know a thing or two about DIY temples. Most of which I learned from curling up in front of a fireplace with a few boxes of Kit Kats and a good book.

stills from "Six Things"

stills from "Six Things"

Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

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from "The Happy Show"

from "The Happy Show"

from "Six Things"

from "Six Things"

from "The Happy Show"

from "The Happy Show"

from "Six Things"

from "Six Things"

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from "Six Things"

from "Six Things"