Stefan Sagmeister


“Our goal is to touch somebody’s heart with design”

Stefan Sagmeister was born in 1962 in Bregenz, Austria.

First he studied engineering, and then switched to graphic design. After studying at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, he won a Fullbright scholarship in New York and studied there for two years at the Pratt Institute. After two more years as Creative Director at Leo Burnett in Hong Kong and working with his idol Tibor Kalman at M & Co, he founded in 1993 in New York  the Sagmeister Inc.

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The motto of punk and anarchy takes place later graphically as a red thread through all his works, besides the fact that he forms his typography of everyday objects, which he photographed.

He has since designed CD covers for the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Talking Heads and Lou Reed.

He was 5 times nominated for a Grammy. In 2004 he received the Grammy for the Album Design “Once in a Lifetime” (Talking Heads). In June 2008, Sagmeister was awarded by students of the Cologne International School of Design Design Award “Klopfer”.  2009 he received the Lucky Strike Designer Award worth $ 50,000 from the Raymond Loewy Foundation. He has won almost every international design awards, and hold lectures on all continents.

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In 1997 and 1999 he designed posters for the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the title page for the design magazine printing (March / April 1996) and the New York edition of the Japanese design magazine Idea.

Since June 2012, he leads the agency together with the designer Jessica Walsh under the name “Sagmeister & Walsh”.

Stefan Sagmeister is currently working on the corporate identity for the new state museum in Bregenz, Vorarlberg (opening 2013).

He lives and works in New York.


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