There are times when we should be really happy, like when seeing a baby laugh for the first time, when friends get married, or the day the filling of our sandwich is well-ratioed. But what about our overall happiness? Having been mulled over by psychologists, philosophers and sociologists among others, graphic designer extraordinaire, Stefan Sagmeister has decided to tackle the issue in his own way.
Over the past year, Sagmeister has been working on The Happy Film in which he aims to answer the question of whether it’s possible to train your mind into being happy. Documenting the results, the designer has adopted the positive psychology school of thought, and has concluded that the three most agreed-upon routes to happiness were meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychotropic drugs. As a result the relatively chirpy chap has gone through three months of intense meditation and intimate therapy sessions for the first time. So next up? Drugs but nothing too badass.
Alongside the documentary, by-products in the form of art and design works have culminated into what’s now become an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia which opened yesterday called The Happy Show. A more detailed preview of the film will be presented at the show as well a whole host of other pieces many of which interact with the existing features of the space.
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Build’s brand identity for product design brand Plæy mirrors its playful and modular designs
- David Bailey's photographs of NW1, republished and exhibited for the first time
- Studio Mut creates a catalogue for Italian art prize that celebrates up-and-coming artists
- A forward-minded retrospective: behind the design of the massive Cedric Price monograph
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich