‘Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far’ is on show at Deitch Projects until Feburary 23. The show is a continuation of Stephan Sagmeister’s book of the same name which is out later this year. Each piece of work serves as a visual expression of the following things (listed below), which Mr Sagmeister has learned in life and were later to be adapted into commerical graphic design projects for his clients:
1. Helping other people helps me.
2. Having guts always works out for me.
3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
4. Organising a charity group is surprisingly easy.
5. Being not truthful always works against me.
6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
7. Assuming is stifling.
8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
10. Money does not make me happy.
11. My dreams have no meaning.
12. Keeping a diary supports personal development.
13. Trying to look good limits my life.
14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
15. Worrying solves nothing.
16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
17. Everybody thinks they are right.
18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first.
19. Low expectations are a good strategy.
20. Everybody who is honest is interesting.
This reminds me a bit of an arty version of that Baz Luhrmann tune which was released a while ago: