You are Not a Storyteller – Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC

It appears all the 'storytellers' showed up in the comments on the following video at Vimeo. Ya know, there are times when being part of the design or "creative" industry makes me cringe. And it's usually when I'm reading comments on something online. Don't read the comments. Watch this video and decide—for yourself—if you agree or disagree with Stefan. Allow that feeling to drive a single creative thought in your mind and go make something. Skip the public comment debate on whether you think someone is 'right' or not. Get over yourself.

People who actually tell stories ... don’t see themselves as storytellers. It’s all the people who are not storytellers—for some strange reason, because it’s in the air—suddenly now want to be storytellers.

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Stefan Sagmeister at the recent FITC Toronto conference in April, 2014, and he had some things to say. See Sagmeister in Calgary at the CAMP Festival Calgary, Alberta • Sept 8-9, 2014 •

About Stefan Sagmeister: formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times, he finally won two Grammy Awards for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He has also earned practically every important international design award.

In 2008 Stefan authored a comprehensive book titled “Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far”, published by Abrams. Solo shows of Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami.

Stefan teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. In 2012 young designer Jessica Walsh became a partner and the company was renamed into Sagmeister & Walsh. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York. After his studies he worked as a Creative Director for Leo Burnett in Hong Kong and for M&Co. in New York.

Streets – New York City

Shot with the Freefly TERO in the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Stabilized with the Freefly MōVI M10 and M15. Shot on the Phantom Miro LC320S (1500-2000fps) and Red Epic Dragon

Filmmaker Tim Sessler using a high tech remote control camera dolly with super high speed Red Epic camera capturing scenes of New York City in the summer. Slo-mo has a way of making things so dramatic - this is beautiful, inspiring work.

Dustin Humphrey — Freunde von Freunden

I like hearing the noise of motorcycles and surfboards being made, it’s the noise of creativity’s music to my ears.
In surf photography, it’s typically all about the location – a sun setting through the waves or the perfect green room – but sometimes there’s just someone who sees things differently. In the mid-90s Dustin Humphrey made a name for himself with his wholly unique vision for surf photography. One of his most memorable projects, the ‘Dopamine’ series reveals dramatically detailed scenes just below the water’s surface: shanty towns, naked girls riding motorcycles, a Beatnik graveyard, an entire bedroom floating upside down, all with surfers riding waves above. His photographic works turned the eyes of surfers across the world to some of the remotest and most challenging surf spots on the planet.