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365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers by Sarah Dougher, Steve Gordon Jr., Joshua Berger, Laurel Saville

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Chapter Seven:
STAYING CREATIVE
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Stefan Sagmeister jokes, “I think the last
class I took was yoga. My last design-related
class was when my former intern gave me
Photoshop lessons.”
Sagmeister admits that he usually goes to con-
ferences if he is asked to speak at them and
then takes the opportunity to visit other panels.
But in general, he does not attend design con-
ferences. “There are few conferences where I
really have the feeling I have learned. It is more
like a sense of education than a true education.”
AVOID DESIGN CONFERENCES
STEFAN SAGMEISTER
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There are exceptions. Sagmeister notes
that he has often attended the Technology,
Entertainment, Design (TED) conference, which
is about design, but he comments, “[It is] much
more about science.” The cross-disciplinary
atmosphere of such a meeting of people has
the effect of stimulating the imagination in meth-
ods and practices (not to mention images) far
outside the purview of design. In January 2003,
Sagmeister went to St. Mortiz to a conference
where graphic designers were in the complete
minority. “It was mostly product designers and
educators, and I find that much more interest-
ing. When there are people who do different
things than I do, I learn from them.”
AIGA conference announcement poster, designed by Stefan Sagmeister
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