Event Recap: Talk About with Stefan Sagmeister
April 22, 2008 Filed Under: Events 10 Comments
Last night’s Talk About with Stefan Sagmeister event was an immense success! The event sold out with over 150 attendees, making this event one of AIGA Charlotte’s largest turnouts. Attendees mixed and mingled during the one hour reception and Stefan visited with many of our members on the steps to Spirit Square.
Stefan gave an incredible lecture. His words and work inspired on both a professional level and a personal level. The craft and creativity of each project was compelling. He shared many stories about the process of each projects’ creation and production. My favorite story was his near arrest for being mistaken as a jumper from an Empire State building window. When in fact he was merely doing a photoshoot for his maxim “Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.” Although, it is easy to see how the police would confuse him for a jumper when the shoot consisted of him sitting in one of the building’s open windows with feet dangling over the edge holding a sign with the phrase’s first word “Over”.
On a personal level Stefan’s maxims were very intriguing. Each statement held an idea that we can all relate to and learn from. A few of my favorites are: “Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.” “Everything I do always comes back to me.” and “Having guts always works out for me.”
The biggest inspiration I walked away with was the idea of not always relying on the computer to create impactful design. The idea of conveying messages using bananas, clothes hangers, fabrics, window steam or inflatable monkeys has really challenged me to think beyond the keyboard.
I would like to thank Stefan for traveling to Charlotte to share with us the things he has learned in his life so far! And a special thanks to everyone that made this event possible including the AIGA Charlotte Board, our event volunteers, the design team at MODE and our generous event partners Belk Printing Technologies and Athens Paper.
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