I went to a book signing in the Lighthouse today by Stefan Sagmeister, an internationally renowned graphic designer. Sagmeister created the opening event for the Six Cities Design Festival last year, and has designed work for musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.

Bridges To Babylon Rolling Stones
[Left] The cover for the Rolling Stones album, Bridges To Babylon, designed by Stefan Sagmeister.

He’s just released a new book, titled Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve held in my hands! It’s got such an innovative design, all the chapters in separate parts and contained in a cardboard box. I even found a little diary entry on the inside of the container box!

Stefan Sagmeister Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far

Stefan Sagmeister Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far

It’s a series of maxims from his personal journal, which he transformed into typographic works. Some pretty cool little maxims…

“Having guts always works out for me.”
“Trying to Look good limits my life.”
“Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.”
“Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.”

It was great to meet Sagmeister, to have a short chat and get my book signed. I’m really looking forward to reading through the rest of the book!