The Happy Show

TheeBlog-TheHappyShow There are many Designers who I truly admire, look up to and study. Stefan Sagmeister is definitely one of them. I mean, who doesn’t? His provocative and stimulating work has influenced us all in one way or another, and his constant search for happiness is something we should all emulate. (Specially if it involves sabbaticals in Bali!) One of Sagmeister’s latest projects/exhibitions is The Happy Show, touring different US cities and currently in Chicago until Septmeber 23rd (better hurry if you are in Chicago!) It is based on Stefan’s experiences, learnings and search for happiness during the past ten years. The Happy Show offers visitors the experience of walking into Stefan Sagmeister’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. Add this exhibition to your must-do list.

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Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister not only tests the boundaries between art and design, he often transgresses it through his imaginative implementation of typography. Filling the fourth-floor galleries and activating the in-between spaces of the Chicago Cultural Center, The Happy Show offers visitors the experience of walking into the designer’s mind as he attempts to Sagmeister Gumball Personal Happiness Survey – Happiness Infographics Wallincrease his happiness via meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. “I am usually rather bored with definitions,” Sagmeister says. “Happiness, however, is just such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down.” Centered around the designer’s ten-year exploration of happiness, this exhibition presents typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally culled from Sagmeister’s diary, manifested in a variety of imaginative and interactive forms.

To contextualize the maxims that appear throughout the exhibition, Sagmeister has gathered the social data of Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, anthropologist Donald Symons, and several prominent historians. A 12-minute segment of the Happy Film, a feature length exploration of whether it is possible to train the mind the way we train the body, will also be on view. – CityofChicago.org

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Sagmeister’s film “The Happy Film” is still in production but here’s a mini trailer featuring great title sequences…



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