Biography Sagmeister studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He later received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York. He began his design career at the age of 15 at "Alphorn", an Austrian Youth magazine, which is named after the traditional Alpine musical instrument. In 1991, he moved to Hong Kong to work the Leo Burnett's Hong Kong Design Group. In 1993, he returned to New York to work Tibor Kalman's M&Co design company. His ten2
ure there was short lived, as Kalman soon decided to retire from the design business to edit Colors magazine for the Benetton Group in Rome. Stefan Sagmeister proceeded to form the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner. Sagmeister Inc. has employed designers including Martin Woodtli, and Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker, who later formed Karlssonwilker. Stefan Sagmeister is a long-standing
artistic collaborator with musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed. He is the author of the design monograph "Made You Look" which was published by Booth-Clibborn editions.
Sagmeister goes on a year-long sabbatical around every seven years, where he does not take work from clients. Currently on one in Bali, Indonesia, he is resolute about Solo shows on Sagthis, even if the work is meister, Inc.'s work tempting, and has dishave been mounted in played this by declinZurich, Vienna, New ing an offer to design York, Berlin, Japan, a poster for Barack Osaka, Prague, CoObama's presidential logne, and Seoul. He campaign. Sagmeisteaches in the gradu- ter spends the year ate department of the experimenting with School of Visual Arts personal work and rein New York and has freshing himself as a been appointed as the designer. Frank Stanton Chair at the Cooper Union Awards School of Art, New York. Sagmeister received a Grammy Award His motto is "Design in 2005 in the Best that needed guts from Boxed or Special Limthe creator and still ited Edition Package carries the ghost of category for art directthese guts in the final ing Once in a Lifetime 3
box set by Talking Heads. He received a second Grammy Award for his design of the David Byrne and Brian Eno album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today in the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package category on January 31, 2010. In 2005, Sagmeister won the Communications Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.