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203. Obsessive Design.

I wasn’t going to post about Sagmeister’s latest design/art piece, as it’s getting a lot of play elsewhere. Except, I love it. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of his work, but he may have just won me over with his penny installation that states: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” And that got me thinking about a lot of my favorite work – and how a good bit of it has an over-the-top, obsessive-compulsive ingredient. I truly enjoy work that someone(s) had to slave over to make happen, work that took effort, work that is done on a grand scale. Unfortunately, few projects within an ad agency come with the time that these type of things require, so I also look at them with a bit of jealousy too. There are so many, but here are a few of my favorites off the top of my head - recognizing that I'm no doubt forgetting a bunch of obvious ones. Submit your own favorite obsessive-compulsive design project via the comments.

The aforementioned Sagmeister Installation.
I could have included a number of his projects, he's sort of the king of obsessiveness, but this is the first one that stopped me in my tracks. His project site.

WK12’s Fail Harder Installation.
This was done a few years ago, and I still love it. Nothing but inspiration, time, and effort. I also like the little project done as a response – installed around the corner...proving a completely different point.



  Marian Bantjes Sustainable Piece.
A lot of her work could be described as a touch obsessive compulsive, but this one more than most. More of her work here.

VM World Conference Chalkboards.
Done by Brian Rea and Nicholas Blechman, live – in front of conference goers. This piece had to be guarded by security between days, and a third artist worked the lift.

2003 Adobe Design Awards Poster.
I’m not sure who did this, but I love it. Sometimes it’s the scale that makes it work. (Note: Another Sagmeister piece it appears.)

Justin Quinn’s E fine-art.
From the artist, “I started recognizing my studio time as a quasi-monastic experience. There was something sublime about both the compositions that I was making and the solitude in which they were made. It was as if I were translating some great text like a subliterate medieval scribe would have years ago—with no direct understanding of the source material.” More here.

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The adobe design awards poster was done by Stefan Sagmeister. They only got about 1/2 way done before the coffee cups began to leak so they had to take the photograph with the shape of the award partially finished.
October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchris
Figures - so he makes it in with two. Anyone have more of these type of projects?
October 1, 2008 | Registered Commenterjj
Love the site.
A question though: why are the images always broken when I view your site? Am I alone in that?

This is the only site that I regularly see nothing but broken links on it (and in my RSS reader too). I'd love to see this stuff, so if you or one of your readers know if it's my fault, I want to fix it on my end. If it's something on your end, then this can be a friendly heads up.

Thanks again.
October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew
hmmmm... I was not aware of any problem, but I can certainly look into it. It may be a matter of making the links to the images absolute or something. Can you take a screengrab? I would want to fix it, and most likely it's not on your end.
October 1, 2008 | Registered Commenterjj
RE: broken links

I have the same problem with my RSS (I use Google Reader), but the links appear fine when I click through to the idea why, so sorry, I'm not much help.

I enjoy the site. Keep up the good work!
October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPete
It's like getting caught with food in your teeth. You WANT someone to tell you so you can fix it. Thanks fellas. The background software was updated recently, and I'll figure it out. Really appreciate you taking the time to comment... and for the kind notes.
October 2, 2008 | Registered Commenterjj

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