Penn State Harrisburg

Internationally known graphic designer to present

Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister, internationally known graphic designer and typographer, will present “Design and Happiness” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Penn State Harrisburg Student Center as part of the college’s Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013 Commemoration Lecture Series.

A founder of New York City-based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, Sagmeister has designed for clients including the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has won two Grammies and numerous international design awards for his work and has been exhibited around the globe, in locations including Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Prague, and Berlin.

Sagmeister will explore “…the possibilities to achieve happiness as a designer, his tactics to make sure his work remains a calling without deteriorating into a job as well as the chances to design pieces that induce happiness in the audience.” He will also discuss and display multiple recent works.

The lecture is presented by the Penn State Harrisburg Diversity and Educational Equity Committee (DEEC) and Office of Student Affairs and is co-sponsored by the Society of Design and the college’s School of Humanities.

Future presenters of the lecture series, “Creative Interaction: A Move Towards Cultural Synergy,” include:

  • Suzan Shown Harjo
    • Wednesday, March 20
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building
    • Harjo is a Native American activist, lobbyist, and writer. She has raised public awareness about issues concerning Native Americans, working on legislation to protect their rights. She serves as president and director of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C., the nation’s oldest and largest Native American advocacy group, which she also founded; and is a founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Dr. Elijah Anderson
    • Wednesday, April 3
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building
    • One of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists, Anderson is Yale University’s William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology. Anderson has been a consultant to the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science, and the National Science Foundation. He has served on the board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, as vice-president of the American Sociological Association, and as a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior. His publications have won the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of urban sociology.