stefan sagmeister was born in 1962, bregenz, austria.
he studied graphic design at the university of applied arts in vienna. in 1987 he moved to new york
to attended pratt institute on a fulbright scholarship. he then returned to austria in 1990 for community service as an alternative to obligatory military conscription. at the age 29, he attained a job with
leo burnett hong kong. in 1993 he returned to new york to work for the hungarian graphic designer
tibor kalman at M&Co. when the studio closed the same year, sagmeister opened his own office ‘sagmeister inc’. in 1994 he was nominated for a grammy award for his album cover - 'h. p. zinker mountains of madness’. in the following years he designed album packaging for artists such as david byrne,
lou reed and the rolling stones. in 1996 sagmeister began developed posters for AIGA -
american institue of graphic arts - he took a ‘year out’ in 1999, closing his studio to commercial work
and concentrating on his own experimental projects. in 2001 released the book ‘made you look
(another self-indulgent design monograph)’. in 2005 he won a grammy award as art director of the
‘once in a lifetime’ talking heads boxed set packaging. currently among many projects sagmeister
continues his work on ‘20 things in my life I have learned so far.’ a series of typographic pieces inspired
by the work of his grandfather that he began in 2004.
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