Another great designer I admire for their unique style and groundbreaking techniques is Stefan Sagmeister. He started his career with a focus on design within the music industry and did album covers for Lou Reed, David Byrne, and The Rolling Stones.
Read more about his works and some controversial opinions on movie posters vs. album covers here.
His work is surreal and often pushes the boundaries of what we think design is. He works with typography a lot and uses unconventional items to form words. In one of his most infamous posters, for a lecture at Cranbrook College near Detroit, he sought to convey the pain that comes with the studios projects, so he asked an intern to carve the words into his torso with an X-Acto knife and photograph it. The end result is jarring, but effectively communicates the message he was trying to convey.
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Later, he went on a quest to find what makes people happy and why it makes us feel that way. Here’s a great video he made about finding your happiness “7 Rules for Making More Happiness.” He also incorporated his search for happiness into his art in his exhibit, The Happy Show.
Aaron Draplin is one my favorite designers, because of his ability to use really simple shapes and clean lines to create complex work that stands out. His use of color always draws you into the piece and his design elements are strong, sturdy, and uniquely his.
You can check out his vast collection of work on his site!
His drive and passion for the industry have not faded, even after 20 years as a designer. When I’m feeling down about where my career may end up after school, I turn on one of his talks to remind myself that it’s worth working at and just having fun doing what you love. This is one of my favorite videos of his.
Every part of his website is stuffed with fun facts, musings, work he’s done, and stories he has shared. I could spend all day going through the different tabs on his site and reading all the “draplinformation” he’s posted. He’s a gem in the graphic design community!
My name is Brittany Stephens. I’m a Graphic Design student in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I graduate this Spring and I hope to freelance for a while until I get a job with the right firm or agency. I would really love to work in the music industry as a designer, so my goal is to sharpen my skills in the areas of merch design, posters, and branding. I love using typography, playing with color, and using simple shapes. Check out some of my work. I also post about some of the designers that inspire me.
You can keep up with my life outside of design here! Lots of pictures of cats and my kid. Great content if you’re into that sort of thing. If you want to view some of my talented classmates’ work you can check out Moriah Guinn and Priscilla Huffman.