Friday, April 11, 2008
Not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to "Marley & Me"
I just picked up designer Stefan Sagmeister's new book "Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far", and after spending but a day constantly monkeying with it, reading it and looking at it, I must declare it to not only be a beautiful object and interesting read, but perhaps even a work of genius.
But is it a book? Sorta. It's more of a box comprised of 15 booklets housed in a die-cut slipcase. Each time you take out a booklet, the cover image changes. It's awesome, and everyone who has seen the case on my desk can't help but pick it up and slowly experiment with it. Each booklet uses different images and materials (everything from hot dogs to cactus and large inflatable monkeys) to enact large-scale typographic executions that illustrate statements Sagmeister has jotted down in his diary over the years such as “Worrying solves nothing” and “Trying to look good limits my life", all to interesting and frequently stunning effect.
This publication has officially been given the much sought-after "Blogfoot Blue-Ribbon Medal of Honor", bestowed on but a precious few projects that display an unwavering dedication to giving a shit via a level of skill, craft and ingenuity above and beyond the call of even the most unreasonably high expectations.
Here's pixel-ey video demonstrating the various cover shenanigans: