Bjarke Ingels and Stefan Sagmeister on the Inspirational Power of Great Design

The starchitect and graphic design legend discuss their newest collaboration Hot To Cold, designing for a greater good, and the creative life well-lived.

Ingels and Sagmeister signing copies of their collaboration Hot To Cold (TASCHEN, 2015).

They arrived at least an hour early, if not more. By the time architect Bjarke Ingels and famed graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister took the mic at TASCHEN Books, the tiny Soho store was filled with over 300 people, the line snaking out the door and down the block. Many were young architects who treated Ingels, a wunderkind designer who at 40 is already a legend, as a star, asking for handshakes and chattering among themselves with excitement. Sagmeister, a veteran of the design world who, among many accomplishments, created some of David Byrne and the Talking Heads’ most iconic album covers, retained his trademark cool, calm stance as fans swirled past. The two had come to TASCHEN to celebrate and discuss their collaboration, Hot To Cold, a weighty tome highlighting some of Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) greatest works, dreams, and unrealized projects, featuring Sagmeister's distinctive design. In this case, Sagmeister had created a rainbow gradient that splashes the cover, meant to conjure a heat map. The book sold out almost immediately.

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Announcing the GOOD Design Hackathon in New York City

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Next month, GOOD is bringing together geeks of all stripes to tackle some big questions. From designers to developers, you're invited to our Design Hackathon, a challenge on the theme of 21st-century citizenship. Participants will brainstorm, design, and demonstrate the learning tool they think will most empower average New Yorkers to become better citizens. We’re looking for the most innovative and creative people, who want to push the envelope of interaction design during a weekend full of guest speakers and fun prototyping.

With a year full of big changes happening in politics, culture, technology, and media, we want you to design one tool to promote and support all of the following goals: meaningful connections, efficient transportation, clever consumption, educational reform, cleaner environments, and smart economies. What does that look like? How will it work? Where and when will you use it? We never said it would be easy.

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So get your creative engines ready. See you March 2.

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