Stefan Sagmeister is a well-known Austrian-born graphic designer and typographer based in the United States. He is a founder of the renowned design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, co-founded with Jessica Walsh.
Stefan founded Sagmeister Inc. in New York 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.
Short Bio and Career
Graphic Designer, Film Director, Illustrator, Typography
Family and Siblings
Date of Birth:
1962 August 6, Monday
Age (As in 2022):
60 Years Old
University of Applied Arts Vienna and Pratt Institute
206 West 23rd Street Floor 4 New York, NY 10011 US
Is Sagmeister Gay?
Quotes & Books
The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook (2008) Things I have learned in my life so far (2008) The Happy Film Pitchbook (2013) Sagmeister and Walsh: Beauty (2018)
“Design that needed guts from the creator and still carries the ghost of these guts in the final execution.”
Awards & Nomination
Grammy Award (2005, 2010) National Design Award (2005) Golden Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria (2013)
Other Facts You Need To Know About Stefan Sagmeister:
Stefan Sagmeister started his design career at the age of 15 at the Austrian Youth magazine “Alphorn.”
He joined Leo Burnett’s Hong Kong Design Group in 1991.
He returned to New York in 1993 to work at Tibor Kalman’s M&Co design company. His time there was brief, as Kalman quickly wanted to leave the design industry.
In the documentary, The Happy Film, Stefan Sagmeister attempts to reshape his personality to become a happier and better person. He decides to reinvent himself as a concept project. He conducts three controlled trials involving meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. His one-of-a-kind creations and painfully intimate encounters mark a path that brings him more to himself than he might have imagined.
Stefan takes a year-long sabbatical every seven years, during which he does not accept client jobs. He is adamant about this, even though the job is enticing, as seen by his refusal to design a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Stefan spends the year playing with personal research and reinvigorating his career as an artist.
Sagmeister sparked outrage in February 2017 when he performed a lewd joke about animal cruelty at the annual web conference Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand, embarrassing a sign language translator and offending others in the crowd. Later, he apologized via the Sagmeister & Walsh Twitter account.
He is the Frank Stanton Chair at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and he lectures in the graduate design department of the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Martin Woodtli, Hjalti Karlsson, and Jan Wilker, who later founded Karlssonwilker, have all worked for Sagmeister Inc.
Initially, no significant labels asked him to produce album covers. So, as his friend was about to release his record, he jumped at the chance to design the CD cover for Zinker’s Mountains of Madness. He used optical illusion to make the CD cover more appealing to customers, and his unparalleled passion for creative projects won him four Grammy awards for his cover.
In 1996, Lou Reed asked him to design the cover for his album, Set the Twilight Reeling, after being inspired by his work. His illustration followed it for David Byrne’s album Feelings, which featured a GI Joe-style doll.