203. Obsessive Design.
Oct 1, 2008 at 10:57AM

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.

Update on Oct 14, 2008 at 09:15AM by Registered Commenterjj

Just found this art installation for an art museum, by ReThink in Vancouver.

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