Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Artist/Designer
I find myself drawn to Stefan's work because I see his vision for change (in the world and design) as being one of empathy, self-compassion, and a certain level of raw emotion. One aspect where his vision comes to play is in ‘fighting fear’, which is an idea I connect with all too well. As a creative I am always battling with the inner critic who uses fear as a tool to hold me back from innovative expression. (In all aspects, I feel strongly that fear holds us back from heighten and illuminated greatness.)
Stefan's introspection has a great deal to do with his voice as a designer. What I appreciate is he seems to take the time he needs for himself in order to be a better person as well as a better designer. By taking the time to journal or implementing a self imposed sabbatical it likely gives Stefan time to reflect and really see the world around him. In his book “Things I have learned in my life so far” he has taken what he has learn through his process and visually communicated it back to the world.
Stefan clearly takes his work personally, using himself within the work (physically) and in such a venerable way, I feel most graphic designers would not be willing to push themselves that far . By evaluating his thoughts through the process of journaling it allows Stefan continued insight into change and forward thinking. These elements are what make Stefan Sagmeister a compelling designer.
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."